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Preserving the “character” of a community

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There is yet another biker festival which has its eye on Fayetteville, and there are those who are adamantly opposed to it on several grounds - some legitimate, but one not, at least in 2009.

While I personally find the name (Bikes, Babes and Bling) objectionable, I’ll get around that by not attending. But there is the battle cry that the biker invasion is out of touch with the “character” of Fayetteville that we have been hearing from certain quarters.

I’m sorry, but aside from being horrifically arrogant, this also seems more than a little pretentious  - especially at a time when the old “Athens of the Ozarks” moniker has long since given way to the “New York City of the Ozarks.”

We have taken great care in this community to make ourselves into a showcase, and should be rightly proud of it. We have ample parkland, trails, and green space. We By example, we show other communities how to travel down the pathways of the 21st Century.

We are the only community in Northwest Arkansas with the guts to have a public access station.

Our citizens volunteer to be on committees and boards.

Our main drag doesn’t look the path to a truck stop.

But preserving the “character” of the town? Oh, please . . .

Several years ago we had a restaurant on Fayetteville’s Square - the Hog City Diner.

“Oh, no! What a horrible name! It doesn’t fit in with the dignity and character of the square!” was the ungainly battle cry of those who opposed the eatery - and all on the basis of its name.

Yes, the character and dignity of a square that was underused and hardly a money-maker for the city of Fayetteville.

Well, those who stayed out of the restaurant missed some really good food.

The character of Fayetteville?

We have topless dancing in this town!

We have nasty, horrific places where working class families pay rent by the week and live in third-world conditions. Maybe before we start getting all pumped up about a festival that is going to bring some money into our sagging tax coffers, we might (and that especially includes aldermen and activists in search of a crusade) take that on first.

Bah, humbug!

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Quote of the Day

I am a little surprised to find how commonly people suppose that when one is unable to accept their opinions one is therefore necessarily hostile to them. - Havelock Ellis, quoted in Ladies’ Home Journal, May 1947

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Today in History - Rosa Parks ignites Bus Boycott

In 1955, Rosa Parks stood up for all of us when she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus. After the African American woman was sent to jail for violating the city ordinance in Montgomery, Martin Luther King Jr. organized the bus boycott. 

Several groups had already discussed a possible boycott, and Park’s unplanned action decision spurred others into action.

Thanks to the boycott, the city’s buses were desegregated in December of 1956.

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Hey, and while we’re on the subject of history

Today is the 118th anniversary of a sport known in some circles as basketball, invented by physical education teacher James Naismith.

Wait - he “invented” the game right in the middle of what would become basketball season? I sense a conspiracy . . .

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