Archey Fest this weekend

All right, let’s do this. Get some comfortable shoes, throw a couple of folding chairs in the back of the car (truck), and go have some fun in Clinton this Saturday: Archey Fest.

We’ll get started at 8 a.m. with the car show downtown, give ourselves time to catch the soap box derby thing on Factory Road by the library (placing casual wagers on which “vehicles” will make it all the way down the hill) head back over to the park for the Carnival, live music and fishing derby starts at 6 p.m., then fireworks at dark.

Go home that night tired - the good kind of tired - and flush with the experience of a fun day.

Should be a hoot, see you there.

Making money

While the editor’s already, some time ago now, written a column on the sales tax issue as it applies to online sales, the matter is a long way from settled. More to the point, the Fairfield Bay City Council, in an act we’re worried would be under-reported if we did not bring it up again, voted on the matter and made sure state representative’s Missy Irvin and Trevor Drown were both aware of the vote, by the city’s Mayor Wellenberger sending them an Email to that effect.

We don’t want to call these “hard times,” there’s been harder, but we certainly don’t want to call these times were the tax revenue is plentiful. It’s not. We’re seeing this at every Quorum Court meeting as expenses are considered, as well as ever city government meeting in the county.

Fairfield Bay took a stand, this from Wellenberger’s Email:

“The Fairfield Bay City Council passed the attached resolution last night (2017-09) encouraging Governor Hutchinson to call for a special session as quickly as possible to address the important issue of Marketplace Fairness. Retail businesses and the jobs that go with them are being lost in many cities around Arkansas. They have operated on thin margins and now with the prevalence of internet sales with free shipping, they start at a 10% disadvantage to out of state internet sellers. In addition to the millions of dollars in lost taxes that are due to cities throughout the state, conditions of blight are becoming more and more common as local stores are forced to close. For many retailers, that 10% means the difference of making it or not making it. I have actually witnessed people going in the stores, taking a picture of the model number, looking on line in the store, and ordering it online in front of the merchant, even if the price was the same, because they did not have to pay sales tax. It is not fair to our retailers, hurts our state, county, and city governments, and favors out of state businesses over in state businesses. Please join us in calling for a special session to address this issue.”

So there you have it: Van Buren County city government making a stand and calling for the governor to take action. While we (per above) have our own opinion on the sales tax issue and its relation to revenue, we have to, must, acknowledge the importance of government being willing to speak truth to power.

We hope this is a trend which continues, not just in Fairfield Bay, but throughout the county. People need to know what we think and that we have something to say.

John 3: 17-18 (NIV)

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.