Author: Harry Herget

The Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (JMAPC) meets in a Sanctuary.

Editor, The Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (JMAPC) meets in a Sanctuary. Attendees sit in pews.  The pews are divided by a central aisle into two relatively large and equally sized sections. Years ago, Huntington Avenue Methodist Church occupied this facility.  I know because I was a member of this Church and served on its Board. When controversial issues are on the agenda, proponents and opponents sit opposite each other and, if you were new to town, you’d think a wedding was in progress. My wife and I had come to face the JMAPC to voice our opposition to...

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Proof Positive

Proof Positive   For those of you struggling with the issue of whether or not the City of Jonesboro should allow Dr. Eddie Cooper the right to convert his R1 zoned residential property into a major business operation supported largely by public and private funds, allow me to remove any doubt, any rational argument, any conscientious concerns as to the “threat” his proposed Kings Ranch poses to its neighbors and their respective property values. My wife and I have recently completed major improvements to our home which sits on land contiguous to Dr. Cooper’s property.  When we step out...

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On Becoming Jonestown

On Becoming Jonestown   Recent events in Jonesboro could give an objective outsider the impression our city is trying to reinvent itself by taking on the values most civilized people have outgrown, outlived and, quite frankly, out-and-out disavowed. It’s a frightening repudiation of our fundamental values associated with the need to keep Church and State separate and to pay homage to the founding principle that we are a nation of laws and not of men. Pride, the key attribute of those convinced their excessive sense of self-worth is ordained, and arguably the deadliest of the seven sins, is becoming...

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Swing Voters: Chauvinists Vs. Racists

  Swing Voters:  Chauvinists Vs. Racists There are small constituencies among the voting public who literally decide elections because their numbers exceed those representing the winner’s margin of victory or loser’s margin of defeat. They’re called swing groups and their devotees vote for or against specific candidates based on a common belief or bias which can range from amusing characteristics to disturbing prejudices. For example, I worked for former governor Winthrop Rockefeller who, in 1966, became the first Republican elected Governor of Arkansas since Reconstruction.  He was reelected in 1968. A voting group calling itself “Democrats For Rockefeller” managed...

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The Boomerang Ultimatum

The Boomerang Ultimatum   I’m one of 80 Million Baby Boomers inching his way toward retirement. Boomers are like an ominous, Grey Asteroid on a collision course with our entire culture. Imagine what it will be like in 2020 when our absence from the labor force robs it of valuable, experienced tax-paying workers…imagine a bankrupt Social Security System victimized by insufficient tax revenues…imagine what it will be like when we drain the Treasury totally dry with huge demands on health, transportation and other specialized services for seniors. And that’s the good news. The bad news is we’re doing little...

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