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Re: “Thank Goodness. The Friday open line

Okay, it's been 60 years since the Central High international embarrassment that Arkansas has yet to live down. In your opinion how far have we come in those 60 years? Asked another way, do you believe we have made 60 years of progress during those 60 years?

If you believe we have come to a place of full equality for African-Americans, respond 100% and tell us on what basis you believe that to be so. If you believe we have achieved something less than full equality or 100% during those 60 years, give us your percentage of progress, and why you feel that way.

I already know my answer, but will save it until I see comments from others.

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Posted by Sound Policy on 09/22/2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Police shoot suspect in SW Little Rock

Stu/DullRazor, perhaps you would be happier living in a country like Russia, one of the 'stan countries (Kazakhstan, etc.) or North Korea.

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Posted by Sound Policy on 09/21/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Latest Obamacare repeal proposal even worse for women

Wonder if 'ol Stanley Rapert thinks women should have to pay the medical costs for his pecker and prostate gland? Surely a peckerwood like Stanley gets that!

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Posted by Sound Policy on 09/19/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Trump talks tough at UN

Of course Donald Trump talks tough. He is tough! Why, he's got a Purple Heart medal, you know. Decorated war veteran- Korea, 'Nam, Iraq- he served in all those places with valor. He has a chest full of medals, but is too reserved to openly display them. Considers it pretentious.

Amerika is fortunate to have such a famous military leader guiding the ship of state.

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Posted by Sound Policy on 09/19/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Monday's open line and the daily news roundup

Got to Tampa last night. Surreal how life is normal in some areas and not so much in others. It's not even a week since Hurricane Irma delivered a glancing blow to this area (see pics of the Courtney Campbell Causeway, a 4-lane divided highway with Tampa Bay on both sides along with some beachfront access and boat launches in spots):

http://www.tbrpc.org/scenic/)

On "the Causeway" everything looked normal- jet skiers, boaters, folks wading along the shore with just a few palm trees down on the ground. Almost no sign of that Irma gal being there less than a week ago.

Then on to the neighborhood of my Mom's home and- piles of debris (tree limbs, branches, leaves) piled along both sides of the streets in places like 4-6' high hedges. Wow. One house on my Mom's street, the high point in the neighborhood, paid a price for being slightly higher than surrounding properties. A huge tree crashed down on their garage. The sections of that tree trunk looked to be 2' or so in diameter, and were piled along the street for quite a ways. Some tree.

No apparent damage to my Mom's house fortunately.

The 2.6 million or so people who live in the Tampa Bay area dodged one very, very big bullet. Had Irma not shifted to the east that Sunday, this would have been the mother of all disaster areas.

P.S. mountaingirl, my Mom seems to have been unaffected by the events related to Hurricane Irma. We're thankful for that.

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Posted by Sound Policy on 09/18/2017 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Wendell Griffen calls for rejection of 60th school crisis anniversary events

Yes, Stu, we know you are confused (self confessed). Little Rock schools were not taken over due to the district wide school system results being any worse than other school systems in Arkansas. They were taken over because the district's school board, elected by the people, was majority African-American. It's a simple fact.

And then the ultimate irony was the non-democratic (read Republican) overthrow of said school board ended up with one Baker Kurrus being appointed superintendent. But he didn't get the memo, or chose to ignore it, and believed the exiting public schools could do a better job than charters. The result? He was fired by the Republican education czar.

If you want to break the back of public schools in Arkansas, you don't charterize Bentonville schools or Springdale schools, aka Whitesville. No, you charterize (profitize) Little Rock and Pine Bluff schools. You show those non-whites and Democrats Arkansas is a company town.

Charter schools are deathly afraid of transparency- of having to prove they can produce equal or better education results with the same students (educate every child, not just the easy ones), same amount of funding, etc. I contend that is proof positive their product is inferior.

Superior 'products' don't shy away from comparisons. No, they revel in them.

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Posted by Sound Policy on 09/18/2017 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Wendell Griffen calls for rejection of 60th school crisis anniversary events

plainjim, I think we two white boys can agree "blacks in Little Rock" suffer less discrimination now than they did 60 years ago. I say that even though I didn't arrive on the LR scene until 50 years ago. It's entirely possible if we had brown or black skin we might not see things that way.

But be careful. That is not to say blacks in Little Rock are treated the same as whites. That is far from the truth.

And you singled out "blacks in Little Rock", a very narrow microcosm of blacks in Arkansas. There are large parts of Arkansas where there has been far, far less change during that same period because of KKK like control- think white power structures who simply refuse to give up control. More subtle than in the flagrant bad old days, but control and little change none the less.

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Posted by Sound Policy on 09/18/2017 at 9:16 PM

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