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Do you know who to call in Marion about students attending Marion school district that lives in West Memphis? Their using someone else’s address. And I know this cause the child told my child. [Editor’s Note: There are a variety of reasons why a student living out-of-district might be attending a different school (before or after school care, divorced parents, mitigating family circumstances, parent working for the school, minority move/school choice initiative, etc.), so I guess my first instinct if it were me would be to ask myself, “Is this any of my business?” If I were to then decide it was, I would contact the school district. If my goal was to try to force the student living out-of-district to go to the other school, I would actually want to contact the other school district, because they are the ones missing out on state funding by not having the student on their roll… again, assuming I thought it was any of my business]

*** I’ve been a mall walker for many years. Any ideas on where a senior citizen can walk daily to avoid traffic and inclement weather when they tear down the mall? [Editor’s Note: The only place that immediately comes to mind is ASU Mid-South. I don’t know how they’d feel about being inundated with walkers, but it’s nice and roomy in their hallways]

*** I know one thing. Those boundary lines between Marion and West Memphis are long overdue for redrawing. They were put in place in the 1950s, long before the Richland subdivision and the neighborhood surrounding Dover Road was ever thought of. Walmart, Kroger, the dog track, and all along Interstate 40 belongs to Marion. Therefore, they collect millions of dollars in taxes every year, whereas West Memphis is collecting dust everyday. [Editor’s Note: In 2011, and again in 2012, the issue of the line dividing the Marion and West Memphis school districts was a hot topic in the community. As Larry Miller, who at the time was County Treasurer, explained back then, “school districts are political subdivisions of the state, each with its own taxing authority and legislative body,” and as such do not necessarily (and in fact often do not) follow city boundaries. Redrawing the district lines would require cooperation and consent of both school districts and the Arkansas Department of Education. While we’re on the subject, I still wish that then-governor Mike Huckabee’s proposal to consolidate all of the state’s school disricts into 75 county school districts had come to fruition. It’s the simplest, most cost-effective model for public schools and seemed to make the most sense. But the little school district fought it and here we are, a dozen years later and we’ve only managed to consolidate about 30 of the state’s more than 300 districts. I mean, can you imagine the academic progress and the athletic prowess that a Crittenden County School District would produce, not to mention the unity within the community?]

*** Has anyone actually driven the route that people would use if the I-55 bridge was closed. Drive midtown 240 at 5:00 in the afternoon and see. The exit from 240 to Arkansas is one lane and traffic backs up now just on a normal day add a few thousand more cars and the line would stretch to Mississippi. [Editor’s Note: If you want to put a positive spin on it, look at it this way. You won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot anymore. Just drive as far as you can, and when the traffic grinds to a complete halt, just get out and walk the rest of the way. But seriously, this is just going to be a disaster if someone doesn’t get this plan changed]

*** “RHETORICAL QUESTION” Is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked to make a point rather than elicit an answer. [Editor’s Note: Yes, that is true. However, the attempt at making a point that was in “Text the Times” last week was, as I indicated, rendered null by the nature of it not being based on fact. In the regular rules of discourse, rhetoric is used to in a debate to illustrate an argument to prove or counter a point. Since the point was based on a fallacy, rhetoric doesn’t work in that particular instance… does it?]

*** And the dog and pony show continues in Earle…The police chief quit recently which leaves the town with no police officers. The chief says Mayor Jones kept getting into police business. And we have another dog and pony show emerging in Turrell. Seems Mayor Cooper wants Crittenden County to pay for the day to day activities of the town??? The State of Arkansas should require newly elected MAYORS to attend a school to teach them “do’s, don’ts, cans and cant’s. It obvious the two mentioned in this text DON’T HAVE A CLUE!!! [Editor’s Note: I don’t know if you are aware of this, but the Arkansas Municipal League actually does a have a program under which an individual can receive training to become a Certified Municipal Official. The most recent local example I can think of is when Rev. Herman Coleman, then serving on the West Memphis City Council, was certified back in 2013. I don’t know the cost associated with such training, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt anyone with political aspirations to look into it]

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