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Re: “Taco Mama

We have eaten Mexican food from Baja Mexico through California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas and this is as good as it gets. The food is fresh and cooked just right. The place is kinda funky, no white tablecloths here. The bar is good the beer is cold the food is great, what more can you ask for? We discovered Taco Mama's a few years ago and it went right to the top of our list of favorite Mexican restaurants and has remained there ever since.

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Posted by Tom B on 02/27/2014 at 11:50 AM

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Re: “Who you gonna trust? Not GOP politicans on health care

I wanted to ask my senators how they would vote on "Graham-Cassidy so I made my call to Senator John Boozman at (202) 224-4843 and Senator Tom Cotton at (202) 224-2353. Boozman's office rolled directly to voice mail so I left a message asking Senator Boozman to please call me back. (I'm sitting by my phone waiting for the call.) At least Cotton's staff answered the phone and I spoke to a real human being. The person could not divulge how Senator Cotton would vote because he had not released an official statement yet. I told them both, one by machine and the other by messenger, that I would hope that they would both vote against the bill. (Talk about pissing into the wind; I get wetter every time I call one of "my" senators or representative.)

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Posted by Tom B on 09/21/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Arlington owners protest threat of closure

Here is a link to more background on the dispute.…

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Posted by Tom B on 09/01/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Arlington owners protest threat of closure

DBI, if the old owners had started when the Building Department first cited the Arlington, and the new owners had continued the repairs and renovation, the job would be moving along toward completion right now. In Jan. 2017, I helped some young friends obtain a building permit to remodel the old fire station on Grand Ave. that was built in 1904. I did the drawings and worked with the Hot Springs Building Department and Fire Department in obtaining the permit and the certificate of completion 6 months later. Both departments worked with our friends to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible. Hot Springs is lucky to have the life/safety professionals they have working for them. I have worked in construction my entire life. I have built all over this country. I only met one building official that I couldn't work with. 99.9% of the building officials want you to succeed and will help in any way they can. If you treat them like the professionals that they are, they will help you complete your project. If you play games with them, you will lose.

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Posted by Tom B on 09/01/2017 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Snake-on-snake action from Ferndale

YEAH king snakes.

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Posted by Tom B on 08/31/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Arlington owners protest threat of closure

The Hot Springs Building Department has been working on this since well before the hotel sold. The new owner was aware of the requirements set by the Building Department during negotiations to purchase the hotel. The new owner was in meetings with the building officials before the purchase. Now the new owner wants to change the rules. There is a reason that building codes are called "Life Safety Codes". If you don't follow the codes, people can die. When was the last time you were in or around the Arlington Hotel? The place is falling apart and someone will be hurt or killed if it is not repaired. These guys are like the NFL, build me a new stadium or I will move somewhere else. The new owner wants us (taxpayers) to pay for his needed repairs. The Arlington is a beautiful old building and I hope it is saved. The taxpayers should not have to pay to save it. (Unless the taxpayers share in the profits after it is repaired.)

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Posted by Tom B on 08/31/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Over the hump: Open line, news roundup

Olphart, I enjoy reading your posts but your 12:01 post was one of your best. You hit the nails on their collective heads. Thank You. You are one of the many posters that make this blog enjoyable.

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Posted by Tom B on 08/24/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Heading to the Womack 'town' hall by ferry boat? Updated instructions

Isn't the Peel ferry on Bull Shoals Lake?

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Posted by Tom B on 08/16/2017 at 10:08 AM

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