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Re: “Keep Fayetteville Fair blasts chamber on civil rights ordinance stance

For people that are curious as to who voted unanimously to repeal our anti-discrimination ordinance:

2014 Fayetteville Chamber Officers & Board of Directors

Chairman
William L. Bradley - Washington Regional Medical Center

Chairman Elect
Tony Uth - HoganTaylor

Treasurer
G. Brock Gearhart - Greenwood Gearhart Inc.

Board Members
Alex Baldwin - State Farm Insurance - Alex Baldwin
Chuck Browning - Acumen Brands
Dr. Holly Anderson - Uptown Eyes
Jeff Pederson - Lindsey Company
Scott Hancock - Centennial Bank
David Russell - First Security Bank
James Smith - Smith Hurst, PLC
Keith Kaderly - Ozarks Electric Cooperative Corporation
Rich Davis - SourceGas
Bo Bittle - Stephens Inc.
Tommy Hyde - Walmart Optical Lab 9149
William H. Waite - Dickson Street Liquor
Blake Woolsey - Mitchell Communications Group
Lisa Darling - Silpada, Lisa Darling

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Posted by Sarah Marsh on 11/07/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Ross scores on 'out of touch' Asa in debate

I'd like to hear more from Drake. He seems like the only sensible one in the race.

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Posted by Sarah Marsh on 07/11/2014 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Political Animals Club sets gubernatorial candidate talks

Inadequate representation of women at the table will likely result in inadequate representation of women in office. There are plenty of strong educated women in this state that would make great candidates. We need to prioritize identifying, encouraging, and supporting them or else Arkansas will continue to be one of the worst states for women in our nation.

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Posted by Sarah Marsh on 07/17/2013 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Raising the minimum wage makes sense

A person working full-time should be paid enough to maintain an adequate standard of living without having to rely on the government or charity to meet their basic needs. Any employer that pays less than a living wage is just shifting their cost of doing business onto tax payers.

So what if some minimum wage workers are teenagers. I worked as a teen to save money for college and still ended up with over $60k in student loans that I'm still paying back over ten years later. Perhaps if I was paid a living wage for all the hours I spent working in restaurants, retail shops, and nursing homes then I wouldn't have graduated to a life of debt. Imagine if I could spend that $250/month at local businesses instead of sending it to an out-of-state bank.

People who aren't getting paid a decent wage have no purchasing power and that's bad for business.

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Posted by Sarah Marsh on 02/18/2013 at 7:25 PM

Re: “The war on women continues

You know how we can stop Abortion in Arkansas? All the women can pack up and leave this state. It's bad enough that we haven't ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, that women must attain a higher level of education to be hired for the same jobs as men only to earn significantly lower wages, that women's health insurance premiums are 80% higher than men's even after excluding maternity coverage, and that Arkansas ranks 49th in the percentage of women living above poverty. Now they want to further encroach on our rights to control our own reproductive health. No thank you.

The thing that needs probing in Arkansas is our legislature. I suspect we would find very few signs of intelligent life.

Now where is that jobs bill?

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Posted by Sarah Marsh on 01/30/2013 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Carroll County food banks find Womack cool to cause

Not sure which is worse, the fact that so many working people in this country still need to rely on government services to meet their basic needs or that our Congressman thinks it's the responsibility of the working poor to learn to live on sinfully low wages rather than the responsibility of employers, especially those receiving government handouts, to pay a living wage. Womack must go.

According to this article, "Last week Steve Womack voted against a bill that would end subsidies to corporate farms that report more than $1,500,000.00 in annual revenue. In Arkansas, these subsidies amount to about $500,000,000.00 dollars a year. Most farm workers working on these operations make so little in wages that they qualify for food stamps; Womack wants to cut funding for that program too."

Assuming I'm doing the math right, if we took the $500,000,000.00 in farm subsidies flowing to our state annually and transformed it into vouchers for the 160,000 children experiencing food insecurity in our state to spend on food from local farms, that would be ~$8.50 per child per day worth of quality locally grown food. We can feed children and put that money into the hands of local farmers. The two are not mutually exclusive.

-Sarah Marsh

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Posted by Sarah Marsh on 11/08/2011 at 10:58 AM

 

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