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MOORE ON MAUMELLE | Lewis keeps looking for a hornet’s nest to stir

A few weeks ago, Alderman Preston Lewis stirred up a little action on Facebook with his adamant opposition to the indoor aquatic center. Now, he comes back a few weeks later with a challenge that it’s past time to take care of the third entrance to Maumelle.

In his Facebook post, Lewis states: “I have included a map that shows the planned 9.8 million dollar extension of Counts Massie Road. The money was approved by the voters in 2012. We are paying interest on your money, yet we still haven’t broken ground. 20 months with no tangible progress is inexcusable. We can do better than this!”

It appears that the more than 30 comments all agreed with him and, according to Lewis, traffic is the No. 1 concern of Maumelle citizens. Follow him at www.facebook.com/PrestonLewisForMaumelle. He regularly posts items about Maumelle city government.

Does anyone besides me think that Mr. Lewis is considering running for a higher office, either at the municipal level or perhaps for state representative?

My Sunday morning line up

My DVR is set every Sunday morning to record “CBS Sunday Morning” with Charles Osgood, “Talk Business and Politics” with Roby Brock and “Capitol View” with David Goins.

Both local shows will include local commentary featuring Bill Vickery, Max Brantley, Rex Nelson, Alice Stewart and others. Both are well done, but seem to cover about the same topics each week. For instance, Asa Hutchinson was on both programs last Sunday.

Fireworks fall short, according to one report

A friend of mine reported that he attended the annual Maumelle fireworks show and the running time of the show was around 10 to 11 minutes. The shows I have attended in the past usually run around 20 to 25 minutes. Did we cut back on the budget? Looked like a huge crowd. We’re they hugely disappointed? Let me hear from you.

I was driving around Maumelle just before the 10 p.m. deadline for ending private fireworks detonations and I felt like I was in the middle of a war zone. Haven’t heard if we had any injuries or fires. Luckily, my dog is losing her hearing so she wasn’t as freaked out as in previous years.

One reader misses the point

One reader sent me an email criticizing me for my article on independence. In some way, she thought I was I was criticizing my mother for being old and disabled. I did, however, receive several emails and Facebook notes thanking me for the article. I guess you can’t please everyone.

Nobody asked me but …

• It seems we need to rewrite our immigration laws or we need to enforce them.

• Reports state that more and more people are going to church online and that church attendance is in a steady decline. Going to church online would certainly allow you to take a little nap without being noticed.

• The World Cup will make soccer popular again in four years. I’m ready for some football … American football.

• I am constantly amazed by people who own businesses and choose to feature themselves, their children and/or their grandchildren in their television commercials.

• Burger King featuring a “Proud Whopper” in support of its gay customers is about the most absurd marketing ploy in my memory. Will they soon offer the “Hetero Burger?”

• I think we need a do-over on the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. It’s just been a mess from the beginning and the revenue is in a steady decline. There seems to be a movement to make it a state agency accountable to the governor.

• It appears the lobbyists of Hobby Lobby are pretty strong.

• We now have a shortage of restaurants around here offering good, old-fashioned, country-style food. I miss BJ’s already.

See you on the Boulevard.

Neal Moore is COE (Chief of Everything) at Neal Moore Creative, a PR, advertising and marketing consultancy. If you have a community concern or if you’re just irritated about something contact him at neal.moore@sbcglobal.net. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.

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