Jack Swink's blog
It sounds as though "Observer" is having a recurring problem defining "Business Friendly". Wouldn't one think being "business friendly" as only an extension of being friendly on a personal or individual level?
Phil Robertson, the "Duck Dynasty" patriach, has been a major topic lately, not only in mainstream media, but social media as well. On Dec 18th, the A&E Network stated they were suspending Phil for remarks he made in a magazine article. One Dec 19th, I stated on my "Facebook" page, "the Liberal Progressives have picked the wrong boy this time." One Dec 21, Cracker Barrel restaurants pulled "Duck Dynasty" merchandise they felt might be offensive to their customers. Well, on Dec 22nd the backlash began and apparently, A&E is seeking to reinstate Phil Robertson onto the show and Cr
Get ready for the City Directors, the City Administrator and the Mayor to increase franchise taxes on items like electric and gas utility bills, TV cable and phone bills to help the Fraternal Order of Police obtain a little more money to spend in their 2014 budget year. Sure the city leaders are saying how they are planning to reduce the FSPD budget for 2014, but why raise taxes and add additional fees to the working folks, who already have the lowest median household incomes compared to yes, Fayetteville and Jonesboro? FSPD's budget is already higher than Fayetteville or Jonesboro, the n
I agree with Sam Sicard, entitlement programs are becoming a concern and changes are needed. He stated, the depletion of such funds “may not negatively impact me, but is going to be devastating for the middle class and lower income retirees”. But somehow, I see yet another entitlement area of concern. This is the area of special interest groups who enjoy the freedom of forcing their financial obligations over to the same middle class workers and lower income retirees. We have witnessed this in our own local area, as entitled non-profits and privately owned ventures fail, forcing their
I must respectfully disagree with Sam Sicard’s support for Congressman Steve Womack. Didn’t Congressman Womack vote with Harry Reid recently in a Republican attempt to defund Obamacare? The sole reason for the attempt to defund, was Senator Ted Cruz and other conservative Republicans questioned the fact, why the US Congress, the Supreme Court, government employees, unions and big corporations are exempt from this healthcare program. Does Congressman Steve Womack believe the AHA isn’t good enough for Congress, but is for the average American worker?
I must respectfully disagree with Sam Sicard’s support for Congressman Steve Womack. Didn’t Congressman Womack vote with Harry Reid recently in a Republican attempt to defund Obamacare? The sole reason for the attempt to defund, was Senator Ted Cruz and other more conservative Republicans questioned the fact, the US Congress, the Supreme Court, government employees, unions and many big corporations are exempt from this program. The question has to be, then why is this healthcare good for the American Worker but not those mentioned?
Now that the city has decided to move the Marshals Museum further down the road, what happens now? The Board of Directors approved forcing 3 water and sewer rate hikes during a 4 year period to only have the Board of Directors approve the city taking $2.1 million from that same water and sewer fund to provide utilities to 60 acres of privately owned riverfront property, what is next? Will the Board of Directors now approve more money taken from the same water and sewer fund to provide more infrastructure expenses for this originally privately funded project? Surely, there will be more
It is interesting how the city directors and the city administrator just briefly reviewed the decline in revenues, without really addressing many of the real issues. Sure they could discuss the convention center, the forgiving of hundreds of thousands of dollars lost to non-profits, untimely billing, etc. Or they could have discussed the private parks the city operates or the bloated department budgets when compared to Fayetteville and other nearby, comparable cities. But what the article, along with the SWTR’s article brought out were surface issues. For instance, Director Kevin Settl
Recently the city administration spent $12,000 taxpayer’s dollars for a 2 day “feel good” retreat to Mt Magazine. Now the city administration is preparing for a “feel good” Citizens Police Academy. Why does the city directors allow the city administration to continue to spend tax payers money on unnecessary events rather than focusing on what other nearby cities do, provide basic, essential services at the most cost effective method?