by Max Brantley
A morning paper review leaves me with two questions:
* Is there any way to put the so-called city of Alexander out of existence? Arkansas Democrat-Gazette federal beat reporter Linda Satter's thorough reporting on a lawsuit over racial profiling by the so-called city's so-called police force calls for something more than a big verdict in favor of the untold number of Hispanics stopped for dangling air fresheners in their cars. (This to fatten the so-called city's treasury.)
What is that treasury for? To hire a police chief, assistant chief, four full-time officers and seven part-time officers. That's 13 paid slots for a so-called city with 600 residents down at the Saline-Pulaski line. At that rate, Little Rock could have 3,500 patrol officers.
The legislature, somebody, needs to look at this. (Wrightsville, too, while they're at it.)
* I didn't turn on TV last night to watch the Pulaski Quorum Court approve a 4 percent bonus for themselves and other county employees. It was a done deal. The pending question is Quorum Court pay raises for next year.