Well, Boston’s Big Dig has finally been completed. One can only wonder when Fayetteville’s Big Dig can claim the same? In the meantime, it sits there, perhaps not gathering dust, but certainly doing its part to make the downtown area look like the aftermath of a nuclear attack.

Maybe they could rent the space out for paint ball games? Or to movie makers who need something that looks like a bombed out crater?

You gotta wonder – how many businesses don’t come downtown simply because of that god awful whole in the ground? In the end result, that monthly check the city of Fayetteville is getting from the “developers” of this property may not be nearly enough.

Telecomm Wish List


The Telecomm Board is preparing its annual report to the Fayetteville City Council, detailing what we have worked on and accomplished in 2007.

One of the things we hope to include is a sort of wish list – things that the Board and people in the community might like see happen in our community 2008.

All suggestions are welcome.

Please don’t include personal jet packs; I gave up hope on getting one quite some time ago. And, of course, I’m not sure they actually fit under the heading of “Telecomm.”

Feel free to email me with any thoughts you may have on the subject.

The Bully of Bentonville


Well, nobody’s ever going to go broke being critical of Wal-Mart. Bookstores across the United States feature books and magazine covers critical of the Bentonville-based giant on a regular basis. In fact, just about the only place you probably won’t see these books cropping up is on
the bookshelves at the nearest Wal-Mart Supercenter nearest you.

Anthony Bianco’s “The Bully of Bentonville: How the High Cost of Wal-Mart’s Everyday Low Prices is Hurting America” is one of the best to hit the stands, and it’s also one of the most interesting I’ve read so far. Bianco, a senior writer at Business Week magazine, has provided the reader with a powerful indictment of the company that Sam Walton founded so many years ago.

It makes me want to hurl the book at everybody on TV that I see who proudly asks, “You know what I love about Wal-Mart?”

Quote of the Day

He who believes that the past cannot be changed has not yet written his memoirs. – Torvald Gahlin