July 29-Aug. 4, 2009
It was a GOOD week for …
RAIN. And more rain. Little Rock ended July with more than 11 inches of rain for the month, a record by bucketsful.
GOV. MIKE BEEBE. He took the rare step of authorizing extradition of a misdemeanor fugitive arrested in Vermont. The misdemeanor (thanks to the state's then inadequate animal cruelty law) was heinous abuse of hundreds of dogs, including Katrina refugees, at a so-called refuge in Gamaliel.
WISHFUL THINKING. Sen. Sue Madison has written a bill to repeal the state lottery. Odds: Poor. But given the various blunders in the lottery's creation, it should provoke some lively discussion.
DOWN-HOME ECONOMIC ANALYSIS. Describing the benefits of his trade mission to Cuba, Gov. Mike Beebe said: “The policies are they need more money to buy more stuff and we got the stuff.”
SIRENS. The Little Rock police and fire departments are rolling out a new siren that includes a rumbling bass sound that you can feel as well as hear. It's meant to get the attention of people with heavily sound-proofed cars and earphones jammed in their ears.
LITTLE ROCK PARK USERS. The city manager officially adopted a policy discouraging (but not prohibiting by ordinance) smoking in city parks. Polite smokers, it is hoped, will obey signs and spare other park users their unhealthy sidestreams.
It was a BAD week for …
ARKANSAS LEGISLATORS. Do they really want to spend millions on new hideaway offices for lawmakers in the Big MAC complex? Do they really need to spend millions more to build a tunnel to connect the Capitol with a building 125 feet away? If you know hoggish legislators and their love of perks, you know the answer to that question. Hard times are for everybody else.
OLD-SCHOOL LOTTERY PLAYERS. The Lottery Commission decided to use a computer – rather than drawing balls from a hopper — to pick winning numbers in the new lottery. Some old-timers say they don't trust the computer.