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Increasing Parking Meter Fees Make No Sense

According to BUSINESSTALK POLITICS: October, 2017 October 29, 2017

City Administrator Carl Geffken wants to replace the old meters & increase downtown parking meter fees by 100%. The upgrades would come from the existing $350,000 city parking meter fund for the approximately $270,000 cost for upgraded meters and an automated parking deck gate, the increased rates would supposedly repay the city for their costs.

However, as it stands now the city loses about $35,000 per year on parking!

So, let’s see—the city loses $35,000 per year at the present rates—does the City Administrator actually believe the same number of people who pay parking meter fees now will stay the same or go up with a 100% rate increase?

The fact is that the present parking meters probably deter many shoppers who park free at the mall or all over town and not risk an overtime pay penalty—only logical. Comparing our town to larger, more economically robust cities is utterly ridiculous…we simply can’t afford to “keep up with the Joneses”.

Throw in the important factor that a majority of the downtown business owners prefer free parking—so what possible sense does this new plan make?

Sounds like there is no quid pro quo in free parking, but lots of possibilities in replacements with expensive, high tech superior devices that can even be controlled by your Smart Phone—what an incentive to draw customers!

But wait, the Propelling Downtown group’s expensive Gateway Consulting (there’s that “consulting”word again, as always in these expensive proposals) “warns that getting rid of paid parking makes it more difficult to bring them back again for future revenue”! Honestly, that is what the article said. More interesting “logic”.

Which begs the question—if the city already loses money why continue at all, and doesn’t this new proposal stand to lose twice as much or more—who benefits?

That question always needs to be applied, especially to government spending taxpayer’s money. The taxpayers will generally be the losers as usual and the businesses downtown could likely suffer and some may even be forced to relocate or close.

The 501c3’s & 4’s, the “Consulting” firms, and the instigators appear to always be the financial winners in their various projects/schemes—but who are “we the people” taxpayers to question the wisdom and logic of our “leaders”?—Hints: The River Valley Sports Complex fiasco, the Marshal’s Museum expenses, the Convention Center failures, decades old dysfunctional sewers/waste water (hundreds of millions flushed over the years from a 1984 dedicated 1% sales tax & hundreds of millions to go due to uncompleted EPA mandates), poor streets, and distorted graffiti (painted by “Ghetto Artists” on historic buildings) which mystify tourists who come looking for history of the old West & outrage/embarrassment for those of good taste & historical knowledge…a regal historic opportunity lost due to the “Emperor’s New Clothes”, often grotesque syndrome, in my opinion.

So the question now remains, will the City Board & Mayor cooperate in this newest scheme, just as they did in much of the aforementioned disasters? We already know where the City Administrator stands, sadly.

~Barbara McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

Questions re Files/Pitsch/Hutchinson/Ft. Smith

Is it possible—what if? October 21, 2017

This hypothetical narrative, accompanied by some facts, begins with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and could end with the Governor.
The Governor acts like a Progressive with both feet in the DC & Arkansas swamps, an important fact in the narrative.

“Talk Business” broke the story May 16, 2017 in Little Rock that Sen. Jake Files (R) was allegedly the subject of an FBI criminal investigation, absent Lee Webb. Curious! The next day (Hutchinson’s Screw) Rep. Mat Pitsch (R) boldly announced to the media, “He will enjoy serving as the next new Republican State Senator”. Was the fix in? Did Pitsch anticipate Files had fallen on his sword?

Question: At that juncture why did Hutchinson not demand Files resignation? 10/21/17 the Governor still mum re: the Senator’s undergoing a number of investigations, along with his refusal to resign his State Senate seat, all in view of the fact the FBI has/had him under investigation. It is said that during one of the investigatory FBI summons Files stated he was cooperating, yet in a civil deposition he pled the 5th Amendment.

Another question & purely conjuncture: What action against Files, if any, would be taken by & if Hutchinson called an emergency session of the Arkansas legislature? Files remains a sitting member in the current Arkansas Senate and is Chair of the Senate Revenue and Tax Committee. If he remains in the current legislative body would this act not be fraught with constitutional & legal problems?

Now the matter of Files legal difficulties moved up the Arkansas River to Fort Smith pertaining to the now defunct River Valley Softball Complex that Files & partner Lee Webb (D) a county employee that were awarded a contract to build the Complex, another curiosity and potentially corrupt act by the Fort Smith City Government. Webb, as stated is also an active government functionary and appears to be a phantom in the current criminal investigation.

The nexus between the Fort Smith city government and Files & Webb’s contractual agreement has been going on well before at least March, 2014. The Fort Smith Board has refused to divulge why these two elected politicians (huge conflicts of interest & maybe more) were awarded the potentially lucrative contract—no transparency. Was the contract between the two parties (Fort Smith & Files/Webb) a pay-off, a quid pro quo deal, incompetence, or some other arcane involvements? It is known Files & Webb spent well over $2 million taxpayer dollars, plus “in kind” services (e.g. National Guard, Gary Grimes—dirt work) replete with no City oversight—NONE during the 5 year period. Why? After the project was identified as a failure in 2017, $27,000 or more made its way from the AIDC to WAPDD to the City Board and ultimately into the hands of Senator Files. What prompted the Board to continue funding an abject failure?

Could it be there is a working arrangement in Fort Smith comprised of the City Government, Special Interests, coupled to Files & Webb? Have all & more entities abused a plethora of city, state and federal government taxpayer funds, and leverages available to government and their cronies?

For example: The nascent Marshal’s Museum, billed as a private endeavor—not so! How many millions did Senator Files pump into Sam Sicard’s & Richard Griffin’s museum? Perhaps from the GIF, accompanied by grants, New Market Tax Credits, and perhaps a plethora of more taxpayer funded operations.

It appears the powers behind the Museum operation are First National Bank CEO Sam Sicard, Richard Griffin (long time czar of the constitutionally corrupt HUD & owner of a construction company) & a host of lesser lights.

An FOIA directed to the officers & attorney for the museum resulted in the redaction of names of seed donors & other pertinent data in this ultimately government venture.

It appears that both Sicard & Griffin have had substantial financial dealings with Files—to what end & why? Particularly with Files laundry list of failed corporate ventures. All that is left in the Files political quiver is the politically potent Chair of the previously mentioned State Revenue & Tax Committee; that allegedly cemented their former quid pro quo relations? If & when the Museum becomes functional who claims ownership & maintains it and if it fails, then who picks up the tab?

The city & county have contributed thousands of dollars in cash and in-kind resources to the 50,000 sq. ft. Museum behemoth, coupled to federally produced commemorative medallions, paid for by middleclass taxpayers. It looks like these ongoing downtown projects are enhancing the value of the downtown property owners and would not Sicard’s & Griffin’s economic & political pyramid do the same at taxpayer expense?
President Trump has a pool of candidates to select from for nominations for Federal Prosecutors, i.e. the Western District of Arkansas. In the selection of Federal Prosecutors, Senator Boozman, Congressman Womack & Gov. Hutchinson will probably make the choice. Federal Prosecutors seem to be chosen due to their past political deeds and/or political connections, not legal prowess.

In this narrative the Federal Prosecutor selected may be tied to a caveat. The caveat: the individual appointed will not initiate prosecutorial measures against Sen. Files because of what he knows. With that said, could Gov. Hutchinson be the primary force that creates the caveat to be inserted into the appointment? As insurance and for what?

At this point Files behavior has been one of arrogance and smugness. One would think with the legal baggage he is carrying he would present the opposite.

Maybe Files is holding the winning hand after all—that is a headful of dirty linen that may have been carried out by Hutchinson & his minions and of course including the Fort Smith City Government, and some of the insiders who may have leaned on Files for political/financial favors.

If the legal winds are blowing toward prosecuting Files, he may have to play his alleged hold card which is, if the principals in this matter threaten to prosecute Files, will he blow the whistle and reveal all the possible dirty tricks employed by the aforementioned that conceivably could bring down the Hutchinson regime as well as involvement with the FS city government– and Files would skate? Hypothetically the key is their choice of a Federal Prosecutor, accepting the caveat.

This hypothetical narrative, in the main, actually has become all too common in federal, state & local government.

Wake up Americans: Incumbency is a toxic weed—fatal.

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

Beleaguered taxpayer questions

More beleaguered taxpayer questions October 6, 2017

Announced Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 that 7 Police Officers were taking a 4 ½ day trip allegedly for training, costing $23,000, which breaks down to $3,204 for each.

The T.R. is a paralyzed institution when it comes to asking pertinent questions, i.e. in this case, where does the training take place and the name of the organization designated to do the training. At that price I don’t have to tell you that this trip is not to Little Rock. Would the agency designated to do the training be an international organization to which the PD belongs and uses their protocols?

At the same time the Police Department announced it possessed a $790,000 surplus while maintaining Police & Firemen retirement funds are in the arrears, in all probability a lie, but if not?

Two curious purchases, 3 new fully loaded Harleys & gasmasks. How are they to be used? This brings memories of the Bass Brothers.

Also announced today regarding the water park…giant water slides coming, and the justification given, “some people just prefer those types of slides”. How many is “some”? Approximate cost $1.6 million, and I emphasize, that is approximate. Maintenance, insurance, more government hiring’s, etc. etc. and Judge Hudson states “it’s all in the name of profitability”.

As Fort Smithians sleep politicians & bureaucrats are stripping our economic hides to bare bones. Don’t count on the Times Record ever performing their professional duties by investigative reporting.

Incumbency is a toxic weed—fatal.

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

The Fort Smith Quick-Sand Money Pit

The Fort Smith Quick-Sand Money Pit July 7, 2017

“Propelling Downtown Forward”—Why? Who pays? Methods of money received? Source of funding? Who benefits?

We the people (citizen taxpayers) must, in this case, be afforded the opportunity to vote on this massive hundred million + utopian project that requires 113 pages of explanations/expectations if the Board succumbs and passes “Propelling”. The genesis of this plan comes from a non-profit 501c3-c4 called 64.6 Downtown (?) formulated by Gateway Planning of Dallas. The cost & source of funding not reported.

“Non-profits”, funded in the main with taxpayer monies, little to no oversight, impregnated with notoriously high salaries & overstaffing, e.g. the Convention Center.

The two major propellants of this self-serving scheme appear to be Richard Griffin & Sam Sicard. They are heavily invested on the Avenue with government cash, grants, New Market Tax Credits, HUD, WAPDD. The cash coming from Sebastian county, Fort Smith, the Ark. State Capitol, and divisions of the national government, e.g. the nascent Marshal’s Museum (initially billed as a private endeavor), ad infinitum.

It is not the city’s responsibility in any manner to prepare, build, and/or sustain a stage for private businesses, as is the intent with the utopic “Propelling Downtown Forward”.

The City Board is scheduled to decide the fate of the Propulsion plan July 11, 2017. Actually it is determining the fate of the taxpaying citizen.

In light of the recent past City Government fiascos, either by design or incompetence, the only honorable position for the Board to take is to quash “Propelling”, if not, then afford a citizen vote. Such a massive potential undertaking under the aegis of a small number of downtown stakeholders is financially & politically extremely dangerous and if enacted another forced theft of taxpayer dollars.

The question that immediately arises, do the City Administrator, Mayor, & Board have the will, the courage & moral fortitude to reject the insider political pressures that they are experiencing re: “Propulsion”.

To refresh the minds of citizens re recent past failures and improper spending of taxpayer monies by the City Board, e.g. forced fluoridation; the nascent Marshal’s Museum; the failed Convention Center ( Legris and two city staffs are soon off to New Orleans for another “convention”!); current Trails and a proposed 87 miles system, apparently without an enforceable bid process in place; the 1985 1% street/sewer tax that generated $650 million in the first 25 years of the ongoing tax + an additional 7 years specifically earmarked for sewers/streets that never occurred, followed by a $400 million EPA mandate (see above, should have already been paid for many times over) accompanied by a $300,000 EPA non-performance fine, and Manager Carl Geffken wants an additional 12 year extension totaling 24 more years to meet EPA mandates and citizen needs, i.e. no sewer/street refurbishing completion; the $2 million (city, state, national) Files/Webb softball debacle; the hundreds of thousands spent in the recycling cover-up (i.e. $52,000 per month x 3 years); a lawsuit against the city pertaining to illegally conducting city business via email (lack of transparency); & a police/fire deficit in their respective retirement funds.

Added to this list of tawdry failures, Police Chief Nathanial Clark was apparently hired for two reasons, he is black and his plans are to install minorities in police command positions, while publicly stating he was going to install a paramilitary unit in the police dept.—Chilling, and why? Also, for the public’s edification the Chief has prevailed on the Board to dissolve the efficient and honorable Civil Service Commission in order to eliminate citizen oversight & scrutiny of the FSPD.

Our Founding Documents intended America to act in the manner of a Constitutional Republic where merit, education, competition, accomplishments reign supreme not “set-asides, quotas”, etc. which are addiction liabilities.

In view of the above listed incompetency’s, wastefulness, lack of oversight, absent a stated & detailed enforceable transparent bidding process, and management mediocrities, citizens should expect the Board to recognize their frailties and resume their sworn responsibilities that address citizens’ needs, not the downtown special interests and pay the city’s financial obligations in a timely manner, e.g. Zero Budgetry. Not to revitalize (pay for) the insiders’ Downtown Avenue skeleton that would enhance the value & profit of their personal private properties, would subsidize existing businesses (structurally & monetarily) and underwrite new construction, along with the introduction of privately owned new entertainment venues—all the responsibilities of individuals, i.e. genuine private enterprise.

Our republic was founded by & until recently has functioned AS
A NATION OF SELF-SUFFICIENTS, NOT A NATION OF DEPENDENT BEGGARS.

Citizens, if Propulsion is installed you will be paying dearly for the Downtown Stakeholders’ apartments, work units, town homes, residentials, small grocery, dry cleaners, convenience shop, gym, sidewalks, trails, rerouting truck traffic, street cars, etc. etc. by their own printed words.

To the FS City Board: Either quash “Propulsion” or grant a citizen vote.

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

Phantom recycling

Gentlemen,

3 years you dumped the recyclables and nobody “knew”, in 3 weeks you have 2 companies submit bids choosing the highest bidder while rejecting the lowest bidder who has worked to develop an intelligent recycling plan with no explanation or consequences, all this following your inability to negotiate at least a break-even contract. All the while you state the recycling program will lose $14,000 per year after spending $53,000 per month on a phantom recycling program for 3 years.

Why is it that Altes and every other recycling company can make a profit and the FS city government, with all the tools it has at hand does not entertain the idea of packing and selling for profit?

This and all the other recent failures add up to gross incompetence or is there a deeper issue?

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

Transparency needed–“Propelling Downtown” project

“Propelling Downtown Forward Plan”….who pays, what is the legal authority, what are the details, and is it Constitutional? June 19, 2017

Recent city government history indicates a government of incompetence, malfeasance, lack of transparency, massive foolish spending and cover-ups. While the City Manager Geffken wants “to move-on”.

Fluoridation, nascent Marshal’s Museum, street/sewer tax, softball complex, recycling, continued subsidizing of the Convention Center, proposed 87 miles of trails, fire & police retirement fund deficits, a new police chief by his own words in public print wants to install a paramilitary police force and put police Command under the control of minorities or anyone else without Commission Approval is a dangerous & an unintelligible means of building and sustaining an accountable policing agency.

All the above is against the will of the people, without detailed knowledge/planning, without approval and is mostly unconstitutional.
What Sicard & Griffin and other lesser lights, e.g. McIntosh, White, are proposing is simply that Fort Smith taxpayers will pay for their utopic visions of rehabbing their buildings, businesses, and developing their raw property for their own personal economic gain, always under the umbrella of tourism, jobs & new industry, which is farcical.

Bring “Propelling” to a citizen vote.

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

Diversity as a Primary Value creates chaos

THERE IS A REASON

Director Good and his affirmative action, set-asides, quota posse.

Times Record 6/7/17 –“City backs police hiring policy”…e.g. hiring out of city/state minorities without oversight.

FSPD Chief Clark apparently was hired for 3 specific reasons: (All having to do with PC Diversity)

1. He is black
2. To salt the mines with principally black males & to a lesser extent, women & a Mexican here & there.
3. To immediately hire black NCO’s, Lts, & Captains for command positions.

I view the above as nothing more than mutiny in our city police department and an economic & philosophical disruption of the FSPD.
No discussion re: hiring new raw minority recruits starting at the bottom as has been the case ( as do all inexperienced whites). Director Good in a TR article bloviated he was thoroughly upset pertaining to the above.

What the 4 Directors, Good, Lau, Lorenz, & government sponge Pennartz voted for is unconstitutional and immoral. Director Lau went so far as to say that “one of the city’s priorities is to recruit for diversity”. Diversity obviously overrules merit/achievement now. Why?

Turning over the entire FSPD command by hiring outside minorities, in this case mostly blacks for diversity sake is an act of aggression in these politically correct times that does not bode well for city citizens. The 4 names City Directors are placing multiculturalism & diversity ahead of the Arkansas & U.S. Constitution as well as earned merit. The 4 should inform their constituents where in the Constitutions is diversity discussed.

The question has not been asked nor discussed by these 4 elites—why are there not already minorities employed in the FSPD? There is a reason: merit, achievement, education, experience, competition, desire, etc. Our nation did not achieve preeminence with such deceptive & illiterate policies as you 4 have expressed.

Should a position of command come into play and local police are interested in said position, they should be allowed to apply and in the same vein, if fairness is observed Chief Clark should be allowed to advertise and let the best men/women win. Always locals should be given serious consideration or you dissolve local incentives & morale.

Director Lau stated the FSPD is more than 80% white and more than 95% men. What is the problem with that?

Ten to one says Chief Clark already has his black police command in waiting…now without the oversight of the Civil Service Commission, which is a path to a potentially rogue force.

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

Public positions of power with no oversight invites trouble

The Fort Smith City Government is like a ship with no rudder and the last two decades provide the proof.

The Times Record today 6/3/17…”Directors may sway Commission on hiring decisions”. The City Government has succumbed to Political Correctness and legislative cowardice that reigns supreme, i.e. hiring out of city/state, particularly officer grade personnel.

New city Police Chief Nathanial Clark, he himself toting a load of racial baggage, immediately presented his disdain for existing policy and methods utilized by the FSPD.

5/18/17 in a public statement, Chief Clark opined in the Times Record “Police Chief wants more paramilitary command authority”. Indeed sobering. Paramilitary is defined as a combatant force equivalent to the military’s light infantry. Chief Clark’s statement of developing a paramilitary demands a detailed explanation.

5/22/17 the Chief, with the apparent blessings of the City Manager, Mayor, & City Directors, appeared before the Civil Service Commission and was turned down by that Commission for the aforementioned city employees to overturn the City’s police policy that “requires officers to begin as patrol officers before they can be promoted to higher positions”. The CSC further denied Chief Clark from recruiting from out of state (the real reason behind Clark’s request). The existing CSC & FSPD policy for hiring & promoting from within is sensible, fair, and effective. Publicly supporting Clark for the FSPD overthrow are City Manager Geffken and Directors Lau, Lorenz & Good.

Director Good emphasizing his diversity victimhood stated he “was thoroughly upset”, adding “bringing in women and minorities should not mean only allowing them to start from the bottom (as they should) and that applications need to be open to the best people”. Of course they should, that is the American way. Translation: what the Chief and Director Good are actually saying, there are no qualified minorities or women for positions in the greater Fort Smith metro area (150,000 citizens) and therefore they must go out of state to procure qualified police personnel, especially to create and enlarge the officer corps, which means Clark is demanding to hire out of city/state officers (Lts, Captains, & Majors) who will probably be minorities subservient to him personally; thereby isolating the FOP, the CSC, the City Manager & official Board from public scrutiny, oversight and sunshine. Chief Clark is implying our city and state do not have qualified police candidates which is a ruse.

NCO’s under Clark’s command & plan would have no chance of promotions or complaints.

Geffkens, Clark, Good, Lau, & Lorenz are not masking Clark’s approach for restructuring both in mission & personnel in the Fort Smith P.D., just the omission of what is to be THE END GAME… another dangerous dose of Affirmative Action, Quotas, & Set-Asides that potentially will divide?

The bungling City Manager, the Mayor & the official Board are in the process of creating a potential unneeded racial divide in our city. Draw the needed resources from our city & state based on merit and competition.

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

Fatuousness must be contagious in government

May 11, 2017

The residents of the city of Fort Smith, AR, I say residents simply to include citizens, illegals, and guests who are subsidizing, that is paying with their hard-earned cash, the furtive failed productions authored by the Mayor, the Board of Directors and the current & past City Manager.

There is significant evidence that this is the most dysfunctional, incompetent collection of individuals ever to sit at the helm of a FS city government.

The proof of the accusation follows:

• The 1985 1% street/sewer tax generated $650 million in the first 25 years of this ongoing tax and was misapplied—observe the state of the FS sewers/streets.

• At that point, $100 million would have fixed the EPA sewer concerns by 1990 and since EPA has leveled & fined the city twice more and the current City Manager is negotiating for another 12 year extension making the revitalization a 32 year project. 7 additional tax years added on to the first 25 year $650 million & ongoing—big dollars…where did they go? The EPA’s last mandate was accompanied by a $300,000 fine.

• The $30 million cost for the Lee Creek Dam, all the while former TR editor Jack Mosely and a bevy of engineers said the Dam at Lake Fort Smith could not be raised. Lee Creek is & was a dismal failure as I warned in a full page ad in the TR why it could be raised & what this would positively mean for the city. How many years was it until the Pols came to grips with the water crisis & determined the dam could be raised after all?

• The 5 year Senator Jake Files & Commissioner Lee Webb’s Sports Complex debacle, accompanied by no city oversight from any quarter and ultimately the city spending just south of $2 million cash, plus what Files called “in kind services”, e.g. U.S. military equipment (that’s us the taxpayers)—observe the results. The question is and has always been why were politicians Republican Files & Democrat Webb given this potentially very lucrative contract? Also, there were with no contractual arrangements protecting “we the people”, making both parties guilty. After the story was broken, Files still received thousands on the urging of the city government and dispensed by another dysfunctional organization WAPDD.

• The city government accepting a million plus bribe from Delta Dental to continually impregnate the pristine waters of Lake Ft. Smith with the toxic agent, Sodium Fluoride…all against the voted on wishes of the citizens of the city. (Bill introduced by Sen. Files among his other deceptive legislative acts).

• Sam Sicard & Richard Griffin’s nascent Marshal’s Museum, billed as a private enterprise entity, while receiving millions of taxpayer dollars from county, city, state & nationally. Sen. Files bequeathed the Marshal’s Museum somewhere around $2 million from the money pit—the General Improvement Fund. At some point the taxpayers will be forced to assume ownership of this proposed behemoth.

• Another Sicard/Griffin operation is the downtown new-age Urban Renewal project, born out of the ‘60’s that forces taxpayers to subsidize redevelopment of downtown private property. Who is benefiting?

• $700,000 yearly fed to the overstaffed, overpaid, underutilized, failed Convention Center which should be used additionally & more properly also by the FS school district.

• The proposed 87 mile Trail System, and apparently with some kind of financial/contractual relationship with the formerly defunct & now revived Frontier MPO. Estimated cost, $17 million.

• Most recently, the hiring of a new Chief of Police for our city who is now advocating the creation of a paramilitary police force, which is commonly defined as a light infantry unit that the military can commandeer at any time. The TR in its initial story regarding the reorganization of the police force quoted the Chief calling it a paramilitary reorganization; recent stories have ceased using the term paramilitary.

• The most recent head shaker is the sanitation fiasco that frankly is surreal. It has been said that under the auspices of the former sanitation director & deceased City Manager items for recycling were not delivered to appropriate sources and were dumped in with all the other trash. How could it be that this is breaking news to City Directors when it’s apparently been going on for years and costing & making fools of the taxpayers & in all likelihood millions of lost revenue since the practice began & we are to believe no one in the City Administration, nor Directors was aware? And they are still doing it—WHY? 7 trucks & 14 employees at a cost of $52,920 per month! In your face taxpaying suckers!!

• Then there is the matter of the shortfall in the Fire & Police retirement funds, as well as the city continues to raise utility charges on an ongoing basis.

• Is there a bidding process for the purchasing of the myriads of equipment used by all city services?
One of the many questions that abound is why FS Sanitation Director Mark Schlievert was the fall guy…he was the last to enter the cast of incompetent palookas. The City Government of Fort Smith will not enjoy honor & respect until these overhanging black clouds are abolished. The City Manager, the Deputy City Manager, accompanied by the Sanitation Chief should have been fired immediately, followed by the Mayor and City Board’s mass resignation.

Who is ultimately to blame for the dysfunctional incompetence in city management–is it the taxpaying voters not displaying a modicum of common sense by continuing to return the Mayor & Directors to office? As is the case with most politicians?

Incumbency & lack of transparency are toxic arrogant weeds.

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com

The continued growth & cost of government is detrimental to citizens

Just what do we get for $36,410.00…a lot of PC and more government control? May 9, 2017

School Board President Dr. Deanie Mehl at the helm for more than a decade and her subordinates are just now becoming aware of the litany of Fort Smith School District deficiencies?

After perusing this very impressive use of new-age government-speak it became obvious that this was to frame Fort Smith School District employees as uber-extraordinares in the realm of academia and to intimidate parents by embarrassment for not knowing what all this bureaucratic nonsense equates to.

There is not a school teacher in the district that can tell you what these statements mean, the purpose, and how they fall into the realm of academics.

The Board has hired a firm named Cambridge Strategic Services to compile the data that has led to the District’s deficiencies. Understand Cambridge Services are double dippers and have been involved in government one way or another. Listed below are a few of the alleged deficiencies and frankly the comedy is better than a late night TV show. The District’s & communities “fundamental values”, “ethical code”, “overriding convictions”, “inviolate commitments”, “district’s identity”, “purpose and the means of action”, “strategic parameters”, and so on.

Do any of you believe for one moment this silliness was incubated in the minds of Mehl & associates? Of course not. Straight out of the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the NEA, the AEA, Metro 1313, etc.

This concoction was created with moonbeams & wool, dedicated to further destroy citizen influence in public education.

Recall yesterday Police Chief Nathaniel Clark opined that he was molding the FS city police into a light infantry brigade. Yes, it is unconstitutional. A paramilitary falls under the command of the military ultimately.

Both of the above are not functions of a Constitutional government and continues to increase the size and expense of the corrupt government.

Incumbency & lack of transparency are toxic weeds. Parents don’t be flimflammed by charlatans. None of the above has anything to do with proper education or citizen protection, but certainly helps to empty our pocketbooks.

Joe McCutchen
www.arkansasfreedom.com