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The Voices of Grassroots Conservatives Across Arkansas

Recent Articles

  • Jun 17

    Spirit Homes: What are the Numbers?

    David & Janet Crow, co-founders of the Faulkner County Tea Party, wrote today’s Letter to the Editor in the Log Cabin about Mayor Tab Townsell’s latest folly — the purchase Spirit Homes for yet another parks facility. The Conway City Council has been asked by the Mayor to purchase the Spirit Homes Building, the size... by OurVoicesAR

  • Jun 1

    Conway Growth: What About Strained Streets?

    From Sunday, May 31, Log Cabin Democrat, published with permission of Vivian Hogue, the author     To our city government of Conway: There are many of us who are acquainted with walking through farm fields and having to hop, skip and jump, sometimes unsuccessfully, over “cow patties.”  This could easily translate to trying to... by OurVoicesAR

  • May 17

    Spirit Homes Done Deal

    by Jack Sotallaro Another seemingly done deal by the most unresponsive City Council in the state.  In a city with four wards and eight elected council members you’d think someone would hear the strident pleas of their constituents to just say no. One Council person insisted on seeing the engineer’s report before voting.  Laudable but... by OurVoicesAR

  • May 15

    Retail Sales Flat-Lined; Conway Builds Shopping Centers?

    Retail sales flat-lined in April and sales have risen just 0.9 percent over the past 12 months, says the Associated Press.  Overall, retail sales are still faltering: The economy expanded at a meager annual pace of 0.2 percent during the first three months of the year.  Consumer spending growth fell to just 1.9 percent during... by OurVoicesAR

  • May 14

    RITA: “No Taxes” But What About GIF Money?

    My friends and I are concerned about a great many details surrounding the proposed RITA project, and we keep being told “there will be no taxes” for RITA.  It’s difficult for us to understand that logic, when RITA proponents in the same sentence also talk about using federal and state grants for funding.  Guess they... by OurVoicesAR

  • May 14

    Spirit Homes: The Empire Strikes Back

    — Submitted by a Conway resident The Mayor pulled a fast one at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.  The agenda and subsequent votes for the Spirit Homes project were structured in a peculiar way. But it was a very effective way if your goal is to reduce transparency and ram your project through without regard... by OurVoicesAR

  • May 7

    Why Shopping Won’t Save Conway’s Future

    With our stuttering economy in mind, a couple of recent news stories easily illustrate the ongoing folly of Conway’s Mayor (and others) who believe shopping centers (and the sales taxes from retail) hold the keys to Conway’s economic future. Just how much real demand is there for more shopping here?  Conway’s new shopping centers need... by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 18

    Conway’s Mayor is Addicted to Parks

    Conway Mayor Tab Townsell’s addiction to parks and immature grasp of city finances are catching up with him and causing legal trouble for the City of Conway. A lawsuit now in front of Circuit Judge Michael Murphy alleges Conway unlawfully used proceeds from a quarter-cent sales tax approved in 2001 for expansion of Conway’s parks... by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 16

    Shock, Gary Named to Criminal Justice Board

    Governor Asa Hutchinson this week named two local law enforcement leaders to the Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board.  Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock and Conway Police Chief A.J. Gary will serve until January 14, 2019.  Chief Gary is being reappointed, while Sheriff Shock is replacing Sheriff Charles Lucas on the Board. by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 14

    Speaking Spirit Truth to the Mayor & Council

    (Submitted by a Faulkner County observer) This is an open letter to the City Council and Mayor of Conway, Arkansas concerning the proposed purchase of the Spirit Homes property and conversion into a park.  As a constituent of each of you, I ask that you vote no to this project. New parks sound like such... by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 7

    Winners & Losers in Conway

    A “concerned reader” penned the following verses after reading about Conway’s purchase of Spirit Homes for more recreational facilities, a project Mayor Townsell wants done. The Council and the Mayor, you see, say they’re just like you and me. But we know that that’s just not true; they’re mostly NOT like me and you. Oh... by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 6

    Questions Without Answers: Who in Conway Will Pay?

    A favorite TV comedian does a regular segment called “Questions Without Answers.” With a bow to Michael Loftus, here’s some “Questions Without Answers” for Mayor Townsell and the Conway City Council on this ill-conceived idea of making Spirit Homes into more recreational facilities. ♦  Estimated yearly operating costs for a facility such as Mayor Townsell... by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 6

    Conway Mayor’s Latest Folly: Spirit Homes

    (Submitted by a Faulkner County observer) Last Tuesday night I attended the public meeting outlining the potential community / swim center our Mayor is touting as such a bargain for Conway.  Several odd things things stood out to me: ♦  The Mayor said the property being considered (Spirit Homes across from Walmart on Dave Ward)... by OurVoicesAR

  • Mar 20

    Quorum Court Blocks Vote on Taxes for Sheriffs Department

    (Submitted by a Faulkner County observer) The main event of the Faulkner County Quorum Court meeting this past Tuesday was a resolution about a special election to let voters decide whether to reallocate an existing sales tax to fund badly needed raises for the Sheriff’s Department. A recent salary survey showed almost all Faulkner County... by OurVoicesAR

  • Mar 19

    Smash-Mouth Politics: Why Being Right Isn’t Enough

    It’s been years since we’ve written a book report.  But it’s been years since we’ve read anything that could truly help shift our country’s current political landscape away from liberal politics and back to our conservative principles — move the needle, as we like to say. You know the Progressives’ lies, prevarication, and non-transparency drive... by OurVoicesAR

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