I haven't heard from anyone fretting about the future of downtown Kingman lately, but Tim Schritter's project for Beale Street will certainly result in at least one more person heading in that direction more often than they do now - me.
Schritter is a brewer, and his business plan is to open up Black Bridge Brewery on Beale Street soon.
I'm a beer drinker, and it's my goal to make Schritter's business just a wee bit more profitable than he anticipates. Schritter's nanobrewery will offer several types of beer, and it is his fervent hope that customers will eagerly fork over about $10 for a half-gallon of the stuff.
It's my fervent hope that I will enjoy the beer enough to do so. There are people who believe that one of the nicer things in life is a fresh, tasty beer. If necessary, these people will watch their pennies in order to be able to buy a "growler" - the half-gallon I mentioned earlier. I'm one of those people.
Dinner would round out the trip downtown, and it would be great if one of the five-star dining establishments on and around Beale allowed the consumption of the nanobrew with their meal.
That's such a good idea it's probably against the law.
Now that we've figured out how to get a meal and a beer out of the trip, we might as well think about the rest of downtown.
For starters, I like the idea (I think it was City Finance Director Coral Loyd's) of moving MCC downtown. Next, keep the pawn shops but add more galleries and specialty stores. The Cellar Door must stay. Have a place where live music can be performed outdoors - a place you can sit down and enjoy a nanobrew while you listen to the music.
In short, make downtown a venue that comes alive, especially on Friday and Saturday nights from May through October.
That sounds like fun, even to an old guy like me.
As long as there's beer.
The sequester talk is reaching a fever pitch, with the $85 billion in mandatory cuts either a threat or a menace to our way of life. For example, avoid jet travel because your air flight controller is going to be furloughed as your flaming 787 that the FAA couldn't afford to inspect (or was that the NTSB?) makes its final approach to the cracked, frost-heaved runway.
I missed the performance by the president last week, the one where he promised all sorts of calamity if those evil Republicans - the ones who don't care how filthy the air is that we breathe - don't come through with big tax hikes.
To best illustrate how big an emergency this really is, Congress is on vacation.
So let's turn to Kingman's Joan Monteith, who writes:
"There are no real spending cuts, only a slight decrease in growth of spending. Note the source of this data is the Congressional Budget Office.
"The crimes are the administration's false portrayal and the mainstream media not exposing the truth! http://mercatus.org/publication/update-federal-spending-without-sequester-cuts-fy2012-2021."
Good point, Joan. Here's one of my own. Have you noticed how we're going to be punished by scaling back access to national parks? Is there a logical reason why?
In the first place, we're capable of taking care of ourselves and getting along without paid supervision.
In the second place, why not do your cutbacks where people won't even notice? Get rid of the Department of Energy and Department of Education permanently and most people won't care.
This silly drama means nothing, and when it's over our national debt will still be $16.5 trillion and it will still be climbing.
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