MIKE MASTERSON: Pandering to fear

Sky’s not falling

The predictable campaign aimed at frightening the good folks in and around Newton County into believing their farms and ranches are somehow in danger of closing remains in full swing politically. Unjustified fear, rather than scientifically justifiable concerns over serious risk, is an easy tactic.

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RBear says...

Great column, Mike. I read their candidate summaries in the paper Sunday and was wondering what your response might be. I agree completely with your point, all but the point about the state making them whole. I guess you're referring to the fact the state was asleep at the wheel during the permitting process, resulting in capital outlay that could have been avoided. I can go with that line of reasoning.
It is a real shame the way these two candidate portrayed the issue without really thinking through the points. Feral hogs polluting the river? Sometimes you have to wonder what was running through their heads when they answered. Reid is probably the most unprepared of the two and should sit this one out to learn the issues before running. His candidacy is indicative of the state of politics where someone with no inkling of the issues throws his/her hat in the ring and expects the voters to vote for them because they are pro-life or pro-choice.

Posted 13 February 2018, 11:31 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

Farm Bureau is big in Arkansas.

They have more influence in the rural farming areas than Mike Masterson.

Posted 13 February 2018, 2:22 p.m. Suggest removal

Jfish says...

Unfortunately, GeneralMac is correct. The Farm Bureau and big agriculture would have everyone believe that all environmental regulations are really land grabs and all private landowners are good stewards of the land. The Buffalo River is not the only river at risk right now, it is just the most high profile one.

Posted 13 February 2018, 3:51 p.m. Suggest removal

Delta2 says...

Kayaking as a source of pollution??? What a couple of dumb hillbillies. Sounds like Distric 83 is in the shallow end of the legislative talent pool.

Posted 14 February 2018, 9:30 a.m. Suggest removal

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