Favorite

Smart Talk, May 8 

Speaking of Argenta

 

Scott Miller's Argenta News website frequently breaks news that prompts the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's North Little Rock reporter to catch up. That happened last week, when Miller complained that public parking spaces on Willow Street along the east side of Dickey-Stephens Park had been taken for valet parking for Valentine's restaurant in the baseball stadium and for $5 parking for others.

The D-G followup suggested that the parking — blocked off with cones and a warning sign — was the work of an unidentified man on a bicycle who had just dreamed up the scheme unbeknownst to the Travelers. However, multiple fans tell us that valet parkers wearing shirts from Valentine's have been enforcing the no-free-parking rule since last year. The Democrat-Gazette article also excused the action by saying that curbside spaces on the west side of Willow belong to the baseball park, though the article lacked any authority for the assertion. In any case, the excuse doesn't explain the appropriation of public spaces on the east side of Willow, shown in the photo taken by Miller when he tried unsuccessfully to park for free last week. Sic 'em, Dogtown Wire (see below).

 

Beebe: New approach on appointments

 

Gov. Mike Beebe is making some small changes in the application form people fill out to seek positions on state boards and commissions.

Key difference: Gone will be a question picked up from the form developed by Mike Huckabee's administration: “Do you feel that you can work with Gov. Beebe if appointed?”

In the Huckabee years, many potential appointees took this question as something of a loyalty oath and complained about it. The Huckabee administration never would divulge whether anyone received an appointment after answering in the negative.

A spokesman for Beebe said the question just didn't seem necessary. It certainly isn't designed to elicit honest responses. Remaining are questions about whether an applicant's record could cause someone to attack the appointment or be “embarrassing to you, the state or the administration.”

 

Watchdog corps grows

 

North Little Rock is getting a new newspaper of a sort, a digital version.

Dogtownwire.net will go live soon with news and community information tailored strictly to North Little Rock.

D.J. Smith will be the “digital journalist” editing the new website and he's busy lining up other contributors. Smith, a former reporter for The Times of North Little Rock, was enlisted for the venture by Scott Miller, an engineer in North Little Rock who's already been dabbling in on-line news and information with his argentanews.com site, which focuses mostly on the historic downtown Argenta neighborhood.

Dogtown, you ask? Some in North Little Rock don't like the nickname once given the city, but it's meant to depict the scrappy nature of the enterprise and an affection for the city. Promised are some historical reports on how the root of the name actually reflects positively on the city.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

  • Trump unfit

    Even as an oligarch, President Trump turns out to be breathtakingly incompetent. Is there any reason to suppose he's even loyal to the United States? Does he even understand the concept? Trump is loyal to Trump, and to his absurdly swollen ego. Nothing and nobody else.
  • You want tort reform? Try this.

    The nursing home industry and the chamber of commerce finally defeated the trial lawyers in the 2017 legislature. The Republican-dominated body approved a constitutional amendment for voters in 2018 that they'll depict as close to motherhood in goodness.
  • Goodbye, Mr. Trump

    It is hard to escape the feeling that the fortunes of President Trump and the country took a decisive, and for Trump a fatal, turn May 9-10, when the president fired the director of the FBI over its investigation of Russian efforts to swing the presidential election to him and the very next day shared top-secret intelligence with Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting closed except to a Kremlin press aide toting electronic gear to capture the intimate session for Russians but not Americans.
  • Raw feelings in the Arkansas Justice Building over workload, pay

    Strained relations between the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals broke into public view this week. I expect more to come.

Latest in Smart Talk

  • Better than Texas

    Arkansas's tax system is slightly more friendly to the poorest people, but only slightly.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • Small-school champions

    Two Arkansas congressmen are among the 14 sponsors of a bill that would "correct" a provision of the federal school-funding formula they say favors large school districts over small districts.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • Bipartisan race

    The rise of Republicanism in Arkansas has brought a rare two-party race to the state Senate in Southeast Arkansas, traditionally a Democratic stronghold.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

New Entrance and North Forest to debut with Chihuly exhibit opening at Crystal Bridges

New Entrance and North Forest to debut with Chihuly exhibit opening at Crystal Bridges

Dual Chihuly exhibit opening also brings culmination of year-plus forest project

Event Calendar

« »

May

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: A long way to fall

    • Nobody on this damn forum has provide one shred of proof that Ron Fields is…

    • on May 21, 2017
  • Re: A long way to fall

    • Jay C Rider is an incredible person. He is absolutely not responsible for ANY murder…

    • on May 21, 2017
  • Re: Arkansas ticks wanted

    • How do we find our local extension service office?

    • on May 20, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation