Here’s a Monday open line plus some midday  news and comment from my visit today to Mena.

They had a break room with wifi in the fine old WPA-era courthouse, so I gave it a shot on Facebook.

News from Mena. They need some highway improvements badly because of dangerous truck traffic through town. And I was surprised to learn from local historian Harold Coogan that U.S. 71, a memorable nightmare drive with my dad 50 years ago, still numbers at least five of what you could functionally call one-lane bridges.  Coogan has a bumper sticker that says, “Pray for Me. I drive U.S. 71.”