by Max Brantley
The Wednesday night line begins. Final words:
* U.S. REP. STEVE WOMACK (R-WALMART): Not surprising that Steve Womack of Rogers is a sponsor of legislation to allow states to collect sales taxes from on-line merchants. Walmart, which can't escape sales taxes anywhere because it has a physical presence in 50 states, has been pushing hard for this to eliminate the tax advantage offered by on-line competitors. Don't get me wrong. If we are to finance government through sales taxes, every widget seller should collect and remit it, not just those with retail walls. Governments will be sunk otherwise. Amazon, naturally, has led the fight against limited state legislation, such as that passed in Arkansas, to prevent a level playing field.
* GUN SLAUGHTER: Six dead and three wounded CNN says in a shooting in a salon in Seal Beach, Calif. Suspect reportedly in custody.
* EASTER SEALS SALE: I hear Easter Seals will go to the Board of the Arkansas Schools for the Blind and Deaf next week with a proposal to sell its former facility on Deaf School land at the end of Lee Avenue to a businessman who wants to renovote it for a small office and perhaps two others. It would continue to house psychiatrists' offices. Some past proposals for the property — an intensive apartment development for one — drew objections from neighbors fearful of heavy traffic on the dead-end alley on which the building sits. Word is just going out to neighbors and action is apparently planned before the politically active Hillcrest Residents Association will get a chance to review it. Coincidence, surely.