Moore on Maumelle: My Take 

If you had the power to take out a terrorist that was threatening your country, state, city and family, would you? Of course you would. That is where we are with Covid-19 and the deadly Delta variant. We have been warned that this terrorist is all around us, especially in Arkansas. 

Now we are finding that even those who have been fully vaccinated are getting sick. Those who have already had the virus are getting sick again. So, should we give up? Of course not. We must remain vigilant and do what we can to help control this awful plague. 

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What do we have to lose? Consider going back to where we were. Football season is coming up. Maybe. Our kids return to school in about a month. Maybe. Can we continue eating out and attending concerts and movies? Maybe. Can we continue attending the church of our choice? Maybe. Too many maybes. 

Arkansas once again is battling Mississippi for the least-vaccinated state in the nation.

Yay, us. 

So, as with everything in this life as a frail human being, we face dangers and adversities. But we can give ourselves a fighting chance against this terrorist by getting vaccinated and continuing to wear a mask. 

Please. 

Lowery, Price Jump Into the Same Race 

Two Maumellians have decided they want to be Arkansas’ next secretary of state. Soon-to-be former State Rep. Mark Lowery and Joshua Price have declared their candidacy in recent news conferences. Two observations: I don’t think Lowery can beat Republican incumbent John Thurston, and Price, a Democrat, will have a big challenge garnering support in a mostly red state. 

The good news is that Lowery can do less damage out of the legislature with his record of voter restrictions/suppression and school curriculum tampering/manipulation. Price has had experience with the Pulaski County Election Commission and working with the Delta Regional Authority. He mounted an unsuccessful candidacy in 2018 for Lowery’s District 39 seat but lost in the Democratic primary. 

Lowery’s support in District 39 is not very solid. He only won the last two elections by just over 1,000 votes (52 percent). 

The two key areas managed by the secretary of state are overseeing the state’s election process and taking care of the Capitol and its grounds. The pay is just shy of $100,000 a year. 

The next big question is who will run for Lowery’s seat? I know there are a few folks looking at it, including a Maumellian, but no one has made the commitment. You’ll know when I know. 

Governor’s Race Gets Interesting

One of the most impressive entries to a political race took place a few weeks ago in Arkansas. Two Black Americans -- both with doctorate degrees, both ordained ministers -- have put their name in the hat to be governor of Arkansas. Chris Jones and Anthony Bland are both worthy candidates, but Jones introduced himself to the people with a powerful bio video. I would encourage you to watch it. Check it out at www.chrisforgovernor.com

They will both fight for the Democratic nomination to face the likely Republican candidate, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders has raised a ton of money and will be hard to beat in a pro-Trump state. 

So far there are eight announced candidates. I predict it will be Jones versus Sanders in the general election. 

Maumelle Gets Its First Adult Boutique

The Maumelle Chamber of Commerce announced it had a new business member, The Pink Door Secret Desires. I checked out their website as I usually do when I hear of a new business locating here. To say they are a bit different and eclectic would be an understatement. 

They list photography among their services, including glam and boudoir shots. They also offer life coaching, yoga, adult “toys,” yoni steam and lingam steam. I’ll let you do your own research on the steaming procedures. They are located at 301 Millwood Circle. More details at www.pinkdoordesires.com.

A Parting Shot

According to the Arkansas Department of Health: 1,476 new cases of COVID-19 added on Wednesday, July 13. 15 more have died. 

“We’ve got to put aside this ideological difference or differences thinking that somebody is forcing you to do something. The public health officials, like myself and my colleagues, are asking you to do something that will ultimately save your life, and that of your family and that of the community.” — Dr. Anthony Fauci

See you on the Boulevard. 

Neal Moore is a public relations consultant and resident of Maumelle. Send your Maumelle news or comments to neal.moore@sbcglobal.net. Thanks, PJ