Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

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Wonder if there’s any enthusiasm for the placement of bollards around the Magnolia Square? Bollards are the upright steel or concrete posts used as barriers along streets and curbs. Hard to know if bollards would have prevented the car from ramming into the Corner Clubhouse on Sunday. The bollards that protect the traffic signals at West Main and Vine get tested regularly and are often mowed down by big trucks that make bad left-hand turns off Main onto North Vine. And an elevated sidewalk and rails didn’t stop the car that jumped the curb and ran into Jennifer’s front window a few months ago. A key problem is that many people are poor judges of distances while in their cars, and would constantly run into them while parking or backing away.

Today is June 30, which means that the first six months of 2020 are almost over. Many fiscal years are ending. The downhill slide toward 2021 has begun. Hard to know yet whether “downhill slide” should be dreaded or taken warmly.

It was just one of those things that captured our attention. The State of Arkansas is looking at some rules to govern anyone who wants to experiment with autonomous vehicles in the state. We’ve posted elsewhere how people can go about commenting on those proposed rules. We think autonomous vehicles will become a big part of the transportation system much more quickly than many causal observers anticipate.

We’re going to have to disappoint a friend who wants us to abstain from suggesting that Arkansas ditch the Confederate symbolism on the state flag. It’s time that Arkansans acknowledge that the legislature made a mistake in 1923 when it mandated a new star for the flag to recognize Arkansas as a former Confederate state. It can be argued that the flag’s entire design pays homage to the Confederate Stars and Bars. We have an Arkansas flag. We’re fine with displaying the current flag. But the time is ripe for a change. Arkansas can do something new and bold and brave that speaks to our future together. Just so long as it’s not designed by the same people who came up with the logos for Arkansas governmental departments last year.

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com. Email him at news@magnoliareporter.com or call 870-904-3865.

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