Look beyond the forest to see the trees


Editor, The Commercial:

The letter “I” does not appear in the word “Team”.

In that respect I want to address the city aldermen bringing focus to the problem our city has with where city officials live when employed by the city. By taking every opportunity to bring focus to their respective concern for a residency problem, they appear to be self-serving individuals eager to become the next mayor in lieu of appearing to serve and represent the collective citizens of Pine Bluff.

I would first like to point out modern technology of cell phones, computers, Skype, two-way radios and other communication devices allow our President to run a nation from anywhere in the world. If the President can do that with an entire nation surely you can run a small city in similar fashion.

Next I would like to point out Pine Bluff faces more serious problems than employee residency. A population drop from 65,000 to 49,000 comes to mind and with the population drop, a serious loss of revenue. We have a severe negative national image to overcome. We have education and school problems. We have employment problems with workers who can’t pass drug tests and industry closings as a result. Our city streets are in need of repair and the entrance images into our city need improvement. Since we only get one chance to make a good first impression let’s attract rather than repel newcomers with city entrances and televised city council meetings.

In the future please lead, follow or get out of the way. We have problems in Pine Bluff to solve that are way more important than where someone lives and works.

Can I get an Amen?

Bob Smithey

Pine Bluff