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Posted: February 5, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Rather than embracing a future flush with cash from a newly implemented sales tax in Washington County, Ozark Regional Transit is paring services.

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I am one local elected official that wakes up every morning wanting to make progress on transit. In meeting with the citizens of Fayetteville's Ward 1, the number one issue I'm hearing is the need for more connectivity in terms of sidewalks, trails, and transit.

Lack of public transportation is holding us back as a region. The smart young professionals (i.e. intellectual capital) are drawn to cities with good transit systems. As a result, companies that thrive on innovation and fresh talent aren't keen to locate to auto-centric USA. Transit is a reliable delivery system for a workforce, which is an attractive thing to an employer. Transit also give us access higher paying jobs. I know many people who live in Fayetteville that would love to take some of those higher paying jobs in Bentonville but won't because of the stressful and expensive commute. I also know plenty of people who do make the commute but would prefer to sit back with a cup of coffee and the paper or catch up on their emails on a light rail instead of stressing out behind the wheel of their automobiles.

Tourists flock to locations with rich pedestrian street culture, nothing says vacation like leaving your car behind. Imagine the economic benefits of a transit system connecting the airport to Crystal Bridges, our University, and all of our downtown shopping areas and recreational facilities.

Transit routes and stops are catalysts for development and commerce. A business located next to a bus stop has a steady stream of potential customers dropped off at its door throughout the day.

And since 97 cents of every dollar spent on fuel leaves our state, our car culture is funneling wealth out of our community.

So how do we get transit? Tell your elected leaders that it's important to you. Benton County leaders need to hear this the most.

The League of Women Voters of Washington County is hosting an important discussion of transportation issues in Northwest Arkansas, including the need for more public transit. The discussion will include ways to encourage local leaders to make transit a priority with tax revenue from a new half-cent sales tax. "Transportation in NWA- Where Do We Go From Here", is on Wednesday, February 20th, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Fayetteville Public Library Walker Community Room.

Let's get moving on transit!

Sarah Marsh
Fayetteville City Council Member, Ward 1, Position 2

Posted by: SarahMarsh

February 5, 2013 at 9:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The first comment above sounds like dribble that would come out of some progressive agenda as taught from a University. It is fraught with comments that sound to me as being copied from a book.

I've watched public transit all my life and have used it from time to time. My degree is as a Public Manager. What I'm hearing above is a press to transform all of the world into some Agenda 21 utopia. You would think the word "Utopia" would leave a persons vocabulary a year into reality after graduation.

This area is not a true "metro" area. The cities have are not so interconnected that they require large mass transit. In fact, the "low use" of mass transit around here is mostly used by people who don't have a car. It's used to get to the store, not work.

I could agree that we have a moral obligation to meet the needs of the truly disabled and elderly who can't drive. I'm a big supporter of the door-to-door system and said so in my objections to the transits "money grab" last year.

But, this system is not needed by a percentage of our population. How do I know? A degree? An office in a college building? NO! I see the empty buses. Hell. ORT had to BUS IN advocates for their $7M grab. Most were disabled but didn't want to hear that we weren't against door to door. They were obviously told (or intellectually unable) to understand the difference.

Here's the problem. ORT, by its own admission, said all they really needed was $1.5M (as I recall). Looking at the shortfalls this year, $1/2M would have sufficed. That's a far cry from $7M. That smacks of Agenda 21 or some other AGENDA.

People of Fayetteville, WAKE UP. Agenda 21 is no longer a myth. It's a fact and its origins are not from the United States, rather the United Nations. The rest of the world wants us to conform to their model. Do we want to be like them? We're the ones who keep a lot of people free. We're the ones who keep necessities like fuel moving to the world. WE should not want to be like the MEDIOCRE rest of the world.

Start recognizing the problem here. Thuniversalisme universalist, agenda driven elected officials. A city is something to bemanipulatedot munipulated. It's job is not to rewrite the way we live with some unproven, fanciful AGENDA 21.

Jim Laubler
Fayetteville, AR

Posted by: SFret

February 5, 2013 at 10:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

There was a computer glitch on my last paragraph above. It should say:

Start recognizing the problem here. The problem is the universalist, agenda driven elected officials. A city is something to be MANAGED, not manipulated. It's job is not to rewrite the way we live with some unproven, fanciful AGENDA 21.

Let's get some good management into the city. We certainly don't need social engineers.

Jim Laubler
Fayetteville, AR

Posted by: SFret

February 5, 2013 at 10:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jim, you are the man! Let people who use the system, PAY FOR THE SYSTEM!!! Tokens, passes, cash, NOBODY rides free.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 5, 2013 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

For heaven's sake, trying to talk about a decent transit sysstem and now we're into Agenda 21
Oooh, scary.
+++
It's funny but long before there was an Agenda 21 I lived in cities with transit systems--Minneapolis in the 1930s, Cleveland in the 1940s, eventhe great metropolis of Fargo, North Dakota.
In the recession of 1973-4 I moved from Fayetteville to San Diego where I had relatives. The big advantage was that here I had to have a reliabale car to get a job but in SD there was a great bus system and it made all the difference in getting jobs.
SD

Posted by: Coralie

February 5, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Let people who use the system, PAY FOR THE SYSTEM!!! ."
Most people don't ride free now on ORT, although they do on the University transit system.
Most transit systems charge something with maybe discounts for elderly, students, vets, or whoever.

Posted by: Coralie

February 5, 2013 at 1:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mr. Laubler doesn't like Sarah Marsh's writing style.
I don't like Mr. Laubler's conspiracy thinking.

Posted by: Coralie

February 5, 2013 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Maybe he doesn't like Sarah Marsh's agenda. Maybe he thinks he is taxed enough. Maybe he thinks our do-good churches could provide charity transportation to the needy (as I do) rather than making their preachers in Obama's top 1%. Lets see some of these mega-churches in NWA put their service where their big mouths are. Ronnie?

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 5, 2013 at 5:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jim, could you enlighten us on "Agenda 21?"

What are it's origins? Purposes? Goals? Originators?

Surely you have some links.

Posted by: cdawg

February 5, 2013 at 6:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. Its goals include:

- Combating poverty
- Promoting health
- Protecting fragile environments
- Reducing pollution
- Strengthening the roles of women, children, local authorities, indigenous people, and farmers in the decision-making process.

The implementation means are through science, technology, and education.

The US has signed on to participate and over 528 cities are members of ICLEI, an international sustainability organization that helps to implement the Agenda 21 and Local Agenda 21 concepts across the world.

Posted by: SarahMarsh

February 5, 2013 at 8:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

There will be no increase in sales tax as long as I can drag my poor overtaxed body down to the polls to vote, NO! The only thing that could be done to combat proverty is the remove Miss Marsh and Mr. Obama from office.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 5, 2013 at 10:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sarah, you are just too literate and articulate.
We can't have that sort of thing.

Posted by: Coralie

February 6, 2013 at 1:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Right, Coralie, but sad to say, most of the people who run for these dinkey little positions of power, run on an agenda. Now we know what hers is. Recall!

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 6, 2013 at 5:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Whereas us good guys don't have any agenda at all.
BTW, what IS her agenda?

Posted by: Coralie

February 6, 2013 at 5:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Whats a BTW?

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 6, 2013 at 11:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Light rail in NWA or a fast food restaurant on the moon: I can't decide which one is more ridiculous. The folks don't want either. If there was a demand for either, some charismatic capitalist would be all over it.

Here is what mass transit in Arkansas looks like:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3498/39...

Posted by: Tankersley101

February 7, 2013 at 12:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heh, Heh, Heh. Good post. Tank. Good picture too.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 7, 2013 at 2:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jim Laubler has United Nations Tourette's. His autonomic nervous system has shut down and he is hardly able to write without making senseless comments about Agenda21 and ICLEI, despite numerous rebuttals.

"But, what do you expect from a group that is in contact with a United Nations Group which wants to impose World Wide Mandates for Agenda 21 upon the United States (and Fayetteville, AR)." (July 6, 2012 at 8:54 a.m.)

"And, we certainly can't afford to be influenced by International organizations like ICLEI.org or Agenda 21." (June 4, 2012 at 12:59 p.m.)

"This group ( www.ICLEI.org ) requires a pledge by its members to focus on the ICLEI goals. Why the heck are we allowing a foreign organization tell us how to do anything?" (March 9, 2012 at 8:10 a.m.)

"Agenda 21 (which I never saw this new programs title referred to in your story) has become a cancer to many schools and cities throughout the country. At last check, there were over 40 cities that have pushed away from Agenda 21 and ICLEI.org once their citizens educated their elected leadership." (February 27, 2012 at 8:03 a.m.)

"Here we go. Spreading the ultra liberal Agenda 21 and ICLEI.
I just can't wrap my head around the idea that an American would be Loyal to the Agenda's of the United Nations and George Soros." (January 25, 2012 at 7:42 a.m.)

"Mayor Jordan and the Council think YOU are an idiot and cannot manager your own life. He'll openly tell you he has signed ICLEI documents vowing to do the bidding of their one world view." (January 24, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.)

And on and on. Because the United Nations has shown itself to be so evil....

RE "The US has signed on to participate and over 528 cities are members of ICLEI"
Here's a list: http://www.icleiusa.org/about-iclei/m... Not all of them are sinkholes of liberalism, and many of them show up on lists of best places to live-- or start a business.

RE "Here is what mass transit in Arkansas looks like:"
Only because major corporations, rather than individual citizens, have almost all the say in how government resources are apportioned in Arkansas. (You left out the Walmart truck. And the J.B. Hunt truck.) The fact that it looks like this doesn't make it right.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 7, 2013 at 4:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

AlphaCat,

RE-

"(You left out the Walmart truck. And the J.B. Hunt truck.) The fact that it looks like this doesn't make it right."

I would say since those companies provide the majority of the jobs aside from the Uof A, it makes it exactly right.

Posted by: Tankersley101

February 7, 2013 at 5:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "I would say since those companies provide the majority of the jobs aside from the Uof A, it makes it exactly right."
More jobs are provided by small businesses than by Tyson, Walmart and J.B. Hunt combined, in Arkansas in general and in Northweest Arkansas in particular.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 7, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I'm still trying to figure out if Cat is for chicken trucks or not. Is Cat pro UN or not? There is a song about Cat.

"Rambling Cat, rambling Cat.
What you believe in, no one knows
Backwards and forward
As you're writing.
As you wonder, who would know."

"Just say it, don't just hint it,
I know you meant it,
But I don't know if you said it
or the or the Laubler guy
because you ramble, no one knows"

Thanks to Nat King Cole

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 7, 2013 at 7:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

AlphaCat ,

I completely disagee with your assertion:

"More jobs are provided by small businesses than by Tyson, Walmart and J.B. Hunt combined, in Arkansas in general and in Northweest Arkansas in particular"

I would go further to say that a large portion of small businesses in the area revolve around something do with the companies you listed.

Posted by: Tankersley101

February 7, 2013 at 8:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "I completely disagee with your assertion:....I would go further to say that a large portion of small businesses in the area revolve around something do with the companies you listed."

There were 1,375,000 employed in Arkansas at the end of January 2012; 1,278,000 at the end of September 2012 and 1,255,000 employed at the end of 2012. http://www.arkansaseconomist.com/?p=4000

The 46,531 Walmart associates at the end of January 2012 made up about 3.6% of total workers in Arkansas at that time. Given the demographics that drive Walmart expansion, it is pretty safe to assume that the distribution is pretty even throughout the state, though NW Arkansas may be a little light on Walmart employees, as stores are proposed/planned/underway in Bella Vista (Neighborhood Market), Gravette, Gentry and Prairie Grove (Walmart Express). http://walmart1percent.org/arkansas/

Even if all of Tyson's approximately 96,000 U.S. employees (29 September 2012) worked in Arkansas, that would be only about 7.5% of the Arkansas workforce at that time. http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External....

According to J.B. Hunt, "We employ more than 14,500 people in 400 facilities across the lower 48 states, including our corporate office in Northwest Arkansas." All of them are equivalent to about 1.2% of Arkansas employees. http://www.jbhunt.com/opportunities/

"The total nonfarm employment in Northwest Arkansas in June 2012 stood
at 211,100" http://www.nwacouncil.org/uploads/doc...

If you really believe that Walmart (about 7,500 in NW Arkansas), Tyson and J.B. Hunt together employ, directly and indirectly, more than small businesses in Northwest Arkansas (and all of Arkansas), then I will be happy to look at the data that supports that belief, once you provide it.

In any case, corporations should not wield the power in government that they do.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 8, 2013 at 1:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

On the subject of Walmart as a source of jobs and prosperity, these items should interest you:

"Walmart’s Impact on Arkansas’s Employment Picture

"Impact of Walmart stores on retail and other jobs

"Based on data available through Walmart’s website, there were 46,531 Walmart associates in Arkansas as of January 31, 2012.

"According to a 2006 study, for every retail job created at Walmart, communities lose 1.4 retail jobs.[2] Based on the findings of this study, we estimate that, if Walmart had no stores in Arkansas, there would be an additional 18,612 retail jobs in the state.

"Impact of Walmart’s China sourcing on jobs

"Based on an estimate of Walmart’s share of the U.S.-China trade deficit, we can estimate that Arkansas lost an estimated 1,841 jobs as a result of Walmart’s practice of sourcing heavily from China.[3]"
http://walmart1percent.org/arkansas/

"In March 2005 the Department of Human Services, responding to a request from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Arkansas Times, released a list of the number of employees at the state's largest employers who receive some form of public assistance for themselves or their family, mostly Medicaid coverage for their children. The disclosure found a total of 9,698 workers at the top nine employers, by far the largest number of which--3,971--were employees of Wal-Mart.

"Source: Brian Baskin, "Top 9 Employers in State have 9,698 Getting Public Aid," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 17, 2005."
http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/corporat...

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 8, 2013 at 1:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

There are roughly 14,000 associates alone that work at the Wal-Mart Home office, now add another 6,000 vendor employees, that are directly related to Wal-mart for employment, to that mix.
More like 20,000 people and that's not counting the the Stores and clubs in NW Arkansas.

Posted by: P5harri

February 8, 2013 at 8:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Walmart, the best example of the few getting to the top using the backs of the poor and weak as steps to get there. Then they move into their gated comunities and tell themselves and others, who bother to ask, how hard they worked to get there. Meanwhile, Walmart pays the lowly "associate" so low a wage that they have to turn to the Government for assistance. Taxpayers, did you know you are subsitizing Walmart?

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 8, 2013 at 8:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wow, Moneymyst, is it possible that we agree on something? I support the right of working people to earn a living wage. People who work full time shouldn't need to avail themselves of public assistance in order to meet their basic needs. Any business that pays its workers below a living wage is just shifting the cost of compensating their workforce onto tax payers.

I also share your concern about taxes. When I moved to Arkansas I was shocked by how much I had to pay in taxes but mostly by how little I got in return. Where we disagree is that I don't have a problem paying taxes, that's the price of living in civilized society. I just think that we should be getting more in return in terms of a higher quality of life, an adequate safety net for when we are ill or fall on hard times, and a government that is more interested in raising all boats than in subsidizing the corporations and special interest groups that are feeding off the people and destroying the public trust (i.e. our environment).

I support transit because it makes life easier for a lot of people. When I lived in another city, I didn't need a car because for $60 a month I had a transit pass that could take me anywhere I needed to go. Since moving here I had to shell out $10,000 for a fuel-efficient used car, then there are the taxes and registration, insurance, gas, maintenance, and repairs which are a continuing drain on my bottom line.

Transit helps working people stretch their dollars further. With all that money I spend on an automobile, I could instead be paying off my student loan, saving for retirement, paying down my mortgage, or spending it at local businesses. I'd rather my tax dollars be going to something we can all use than corporate welfare that benefits the few.

And for every person using transit, there is one less car clogging the road between you and your destination.

Posted by: SarahMarsh

February 8, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

If I was going to run for the City of Fayetteville city council, (which I'm not because I write books and don't have time) this would be my agenda.

1. Represent the people in your ward, not the entire NWA reigon.
2. Work to get rid of needless regulations like business licenses, false alarm fines, cat round-up, dog in back of truck without being on lease, parking that kills Dixon street and downtown, and others.
3. No more spending money on trails until Senior citizens and Meals on Wheels are more fully funded.
4. Treat the taxpayers money like it is yours instead needing to spend it on something that you wouldn't buy.
5. Don't build any parking decks until every space in downtown Fayetteville is filled up.
6. Work to provide services to areas you have anexed instead of treating them like a red-headed stepchild.
7. Promote those who are in business in your city, and realize that it is they who provide you the money to waste.
8. Realize that expansion for the sake of growth is the idealology of a cancer cell.
9. The city is a business, run it as so, not a platform for idealistic agendas.
10. Remember that, "The good of the many outweigh the good of the few."---Mr. Spock

No, Sarah, I don't think we will ever agree on very much.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 8, 2013 at 4:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

BTW = By the way

Posted by: Coralie

February 8, 2013 at 4:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "If I was going to run for the City of Fayetteville city council, (which I'm not because I write books and don't have time)"
It would be more appropriate for you to not run for the Springdale city council.

RE "No, Sarah, I don't think we will ever agree on very much."
Only, if I remember Ms. Marsh's positions correctly, about half of your agenda. Since the other half of your agenda is fallacious and/or misinformed, that's an unusually high level of agreement.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 8, 2013 at 11:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I don't think they would let me run for the Springdale city council since I don't live in Springdale. Cat, you wrote the name for stupid. I live out Weddington Road in Fayetteville where I and the troll have lived for more than twenty years. There is a difference between dumb and stupid and in your case. Cat, the line is fine. Know where Sherry Main's office is, you ding dong? I live on the left, halfway down that road. Stupid is as stupid does LowCat.

The rest of that statement, Cat, I have no idea what you are trying to sayl Take the wrong meds, you stupid misinformed sack of camel waste.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 9, 2013 at 12:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "I don't live in Springdale."
Ah-- did you move recently? I was under the impression that you lived near the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale. I guess that address you gave to the authorities was incorrect.

RE "Cat, you wrote the name for stupid."
Only when I wrote "Moneymyst", "IrishMensa" or a few others, and only in reference to their comments.

RE "There is a difference between dumb and stupid and in your case. Cat, the line is fine."
Either I don't know where you live, so I'm not stupid-- just a bad guesser, or I do know where you live, and am therefore not stupid-- on that particular matter, anyway. Your assertion is nonsensical in other respects as well.

RE "The rest of that statement, Cat, I have no idea what you are trying to sayl"
The two of you appear to agree on items 1, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10. Items 2, 3, 5 and 9 are fallacious and/or misinformed, so the fact that the two of you appear to not agree on them is a good thing-- for Ms. Marsh. It seems pretty clear to me.

RE "you stupid misinformed sack of camel waste."
Talk about a meds problem. This is the sort of post that has caused two of your previous incarnations to be expunged from this site.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 9, 2013 at 1:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Don't care, It got to where it was intended, didn't it? What part of twenty years do you not understand, TapeWorm?

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 9, 2013 at 5:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I think that Moneycrap is full of it. nothing but a big mouth. probably sits around all day coming up with this crap. get a life because the one you have must suck. YOU are nothing but a complainer. After reading your comment about Alex Collins probably a RACIST too. I will not read your spew anymore and would encourage everyone else to do the same. just go away.

Posted by: troutjig

February 9, 2013 at 8:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Some people write to please, to soothe, to console. Others to provoke, to challenge, to exasperate and infuriate. I've always found the second approach more pleasing."---Edward Abbey

"There is a fine art to making enemies and it requires diligent cultivation. It's not as easy as it looks."---Edward Abbey

Thank you, troutjig and Kitty, I love my readers

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 9, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "'There is a fine art to making enemies and it requires diligent cultivation. It's not as easy as it looks.'---Edward Abbey"
Yet, given your intemperate and juvenile reactions to the posts of others, it is an art you appreciate only when you are the artist.

RE "Thank you, troutjig and Kitty"
You're quite welcome.

RE "I love my readers"
That explains the one-handed typing.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 9, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cat, I try to give back in kind. Sorta like a sports team the plays to the level of the opponent they are up against no matter how bad they are.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 9, 2013 at 4:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Let's see, the subject of this thread is...public transit.
Did you notice the letter to the editor in which a woman keeps getting stopped by the police because she is trying to walk to and from work?

Posted by: Coralie

February 11, 2013 at 12:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Blue Lights Not so Special..."
"I have a big problem with the police: Benton County, to point fingers.
I’ve had to walk twice a day 2.2 miles to my bus stop at 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.. I’ve done this for the last seven years up and down Arkansas 12. Yes, it’s dangerous, I know, but I go in style.
I have battery-operated Christmas lights on my book bag and wear a bright green vest so I can be seen as I walk with traffic...."

Posted by: Coralie

February 11, 2013 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Let's see, the subject of this thread is...public transit."
Yes, and it's in there somewhere.

RE "Did you notice the letter to the editor in which a woman keeps getting stopped by the police because she is trying to walk to and from work?"
Yes, I did, and, having spent most of my life as a pedestrian, I sympathize entirely with the writer. Unfortunately for her point, Richard Drake's letter commanded the greater attention. Apparently fetuses are more important than actual people, which is why the "pro-life" movement should be more honest and refer to themselves as the "pro-birth" movement.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 11, 2013 at 2:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Back to the subject: I believe in public transit when the public using it pays for it.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 11, 2013 at 2:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Back to the subject: I believe in public transit when the public using it pays for it."
I agree with you, as long as you recognize that indirect benefit is a form of use.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 11, 2013 at 3:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

We disagree again. Ever heard of a taxi cab?

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 11, 2013 at 3:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Ever heard of a taxi cab?"
Yes, but I receive more benefit when a person uses public transit that when he uses a cab.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 11, 2013 at 4:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Moneymyst, are you so rich that you could afford to take a taxi to and from work? (Assuming you were not self-employed.)

Posted by: Coralie

February 11, 2013 at 4:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Being that Fayetteville is one of the most bike friendly cities in the United States and our tax money went to build and pave all these fancy bike lanes, you ever thought about riding a bike to work, Coralie? Or, just maybe, we built all those trails for nothing.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 11, 2013 at 5:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

When I lived in Heidelberg, Germany it was nothing out of the ordinary to see little old ladies riding bicyles throughout the city. That is not consistent with American culture though.

Posted by: Tankersley101

February 12, 2013 at 12:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Money, I'm retired, so I don't need any kind of conveyance to get to work..
You were the one who brought up taxi cabs, implying they were a possible solution for working people and others who can't afford or can't drive a car.
Bicycles are indeed a better solution than taxis. I don't know why you consider bike lanes or trails to be "fancy".
.

Posted by: Coralie

February 12, 2013 at 2:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

When they have passing lanes, stripes down the middle, bridges, and stop lights, that is fancy.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 13, 2013 at 7:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Moneymyst,

You are aware that our roads are not solely funded by fuel taxes and other user fees aren't you? I would strongly suggest you spend a little time educating yourself about how our highways are funded before you go pointing fingers at our trails program.

Arkansas has been ranked the 9th worst state for bicycling by the League of American Bicyclists. We have a lot of catching up to do to be on par with the rest of the country. My bicycle was my primary mode of transportation for many years, but that was in Washington State where they have better infrastructure to support cycling. Here it would be virtually impossible without a dramatic expansion of our cycling network... which I intend to do everything I can to support the development of.

Cycling is low-cost, low-impact, and healthful. The same cannot be said for our auto dependance.

Posted by: SarahMarsh

February 13, 2013 at 8:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sarah are you aware that our roads are funded by a sales tax among other taxes. I suggest you spend some time educating yourself before you run for office. Are you aware that bicycles use the same roads automobiles do, but don't pay their fair share and I think thats just fine. Are you aware that bicycles are toys and automobiles and trucks are tools? Don't play in the traffic.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 13, 2013 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Now, Sarah, do you know who pays for trails that automobiles can't use?

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 13, 2013 at 10:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Funding for all public projects is public information and I invite the public who are concerned about this issue to seek the truth themselves rather than rely on the comments section.

Posted by: SarahMarsh

February 13, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Are you aware that bicycles are toys and automobiles and trucks are tools? Don't play in the traffic."
You need to read up on the subject:
http://www.nlrpr.org/files/ArkansasTr...

RE "Now, Sarah, do you know who pays for trails that automobiles can't use?"
Have you ever heard of indirect benefit?

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 13, 2013 at 12:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I didn't think she knew.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 13, 2013 at 2:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Moneymyst,

The purpose of our transportation infrastructure is to move people and goods. Trails, sidewalks, and transit meet that criteria. There is nothing stopping you or any other citizen from enjoying our lovely trails network. In fact, you might find the fresh air and exercise beneficial to your disposition.

It's clear from your derogatory tone and the abusive language that you regularly employ that you are trolling. While I'm happy to engage in respectful and constructive dialog with concerned citizens, I'm no longer going to waste time dealing with you.

Posted by: SarahMarsh

February 13, 2013 at 4:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thank God, now if the rest of the City Council and the Mayor would adopt that attitude towards you, we would all be better off.

Sometimes you feel like a nut......

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 13, 2013 at 5:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sarah: "It's clear from your derogatory tone and the abusive language that you regularly employ that you are trolling.">>

I'm glad you caught that in just a few posts. This person is a very low wattage and unskilled troll who's only purpose is to attempt to lower the quality of discourse, as low as possible and as quickly as possible, in any given thread. Usually unsuccessfully.

By the way, I very much enjoy your well thought out and well put together posts.

Posted by: fayfreethinker

February 14, 2013 at 12:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Low wattage, but high amperage and able to effectively expose those with hidden agendas and just plain moonbats like Freeby. You two really should think about hooking up and raising a little moonbat. You could call him "big toe" and feature him and his padded cell wagon at every Hog game. Could be that you two could become as famous as the Duggars.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 14, 2013 at 12:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Low wattage, but high amperage"
In that case, your voltage must be negligible.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 14, 2013 at 1:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I am a mean green battery operated human sex machine. Since you asked, I answered even though it wasn't any of you business, Kitty. Since you seem to be so interested, would you like a list of referances.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 14, 2013 at 5:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Since you asked"
I didn't ask anything; I simply pointed out a consequence of the "West Virginia" Law:
Watts = Volts x Amps; Volts = Watts/Amps; Amps = Watts/Volts

As amperage approaches wattage, voltage approaches 1. If amperage is higher than wattage, then voltage must be less than 1. If you are, say, 60 watts and 30 amps, then your voltage is 2; if you are 15 watts and 30 amps, then your voltage is 0.5.

Posted by: AlphaCat

February 14, 2013 at 5:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

We must keep in mind that the formula only applies in a closed-system known as a circuit. A simple curcuit is know as a battery, a wire, and a resistor conected somewhere on that wire.

Ohm's law is also an example of the proof of God.

God = Power x Resistance. Potential is another word for God. (that is He who is possible, not actual, but capable of being) God cannot be less than the number one, if zero, the the law would collapse into nothingness. Since we know of existance and are not aware of nothing. Something must have the potental for existance.

There is only power (heat) and resistance to that heat (cold) there must always be Potential or nothing. Therefore since nothing cannot exist, there is something. Every scienctific analysis leaves residue of the unknown, this we call God.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 15, 2013 at 12:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )