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Re: “Architects see challenges for Arts Center redesign

I have hope for the Arts Center. But sadly, as with many things in Little Rock...time has caught up to the Arts Center.

Crystal Bridges has set the bar unbelievably high.

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Posted by Weatherninja on 06/13/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Report: Little Rock Kmart on Sears' latest store closure list

Haven't been in there in years...mainly because the store looks like it was last updated around 1990.

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Posted by Weatherninja on 06/07/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Thursday's open line: Plus Park Plaza's new rule on young people

This is just one more reason for me not to go the mall....Nobody ever gets shot or robbed shopping on Amazon.

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Posted by Weatherninja on 03/17/2017 at 5:30 AM

Re: “Internet sales may not be the whole story on local tax collections

As a resident of Benton, I couldn't agree more with this article.

For about 20 years now, I've lived and worked in the Little Rock area. For about 15 of those years I commuted back and forth to Little Rock for work daily. I had to plan my days in Little Rock around shopping at various stores, both retail and for alcohol, out of necessity.

However, in the past 5 years or so, we've not only voted Saline County wet, but we've gotten a Target, Old Navy, and other various stores, as well as restaurants that used to only be in Little Rock. I've also started working from my house more often and going into the office in LR less often, leading me to spend and shop more locally in Benton. Many others are just like me. While I personally shop online a lot for smaller items, I tend to still make major purchases locally offline.

Meanwhile, Little Rock continues to stagnate, both in retail/shopping options, as well as quality of life. No one I know my age (under 40) wants to live in Little Rock because of the schools and the cost of housing, compared to the suburbs.

Taxing internet sales seems to be the easy, low hanging fruit to my mind. The harder, yet more applicable issue to address is giving me, as a consumer, more reasons to come and shop in Little Rock, because trends are pushing me toward shopping (and living) elsewhere.

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Posted by Weatherninja on 01/17/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Ex-POW on Donald Trump's slam of John McCain

What makes America great is that a Jew, a Muslim, an atheist, can (and do) all sit down, tell jokes, have a beer, and get along without killing each other or government oppression.

I can drive a gas guzzling SUV, while my neighbor drives a Prius, and we're both free to make those choices without government interference.

Questioning the meaning (or implementation) of the values in the national anthem is a sacred right as well. Blind, enforced, non-questioning obedience is exactly why the eventual founders of our nation broke away from England, and all of us should shudder whenever someone questions our right to protest or share another perspective outside of the mainstream one.

But I'm just a taxpayer; what do I know?

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Posted by Weatherninja on 09/20/2016 at 6:19 AM

Re: “The dream of the 90s is alive with Pepsi

Recently I too purchased a 20oz Crystal Pepsi purely out of 90s nostalgia.

I seem to recall there was a clear Tab for a while, as well as clear Amoco gasoline.

I always wondered about the clear gas, though. Most folks never see the actual fluid going into their tanks, so what was the point? Amoco probably sold a few extra gallons of it, though.

Ah, the 90s. What a decade.

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Posted by Weatherninja on 08/31/2016 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Sears to close its store on South University in July

I'm only in my late 30s, but Sears was a great place to go shopping when I was a kid. They had pretty much everything you needed, a true department store. The employees were actually knowledgeable about the products, and the products were of high quality.

The last time I went to this Sears, I was shopping for a new lawnmower. Apparently they only had 2 employees working the entire lower floor of the store.... and both of them were helping 60+ year olds at the cash register. Oh, and they had urban/rap/hip hop music blaring from above. Total mismatch of customers and shopping atmosphere. I walked out and haven't been back. What a shame.

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Posted by Weatherninja on 04/22/2016 at 5:42 AM

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