El Dorado Listed as Comeback Town by CNN

El Dorado Listed as Comeback Town by CNN

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curiousK

El Dorado, AR

#1 Mar 12, 2013
Its in the paper today. El Dorado made a list of seven small "comeback towns" in the U.S.

I think its wonderful we made a list that was positive, but I'm wondering what "comeback" it is that we've made. The newspaper article basically talks about re-branding, money spent on new centers, and the El Dorado promise. Those aren't comebacks. Thats re-branding, building things our town can't afford, and the El Dorado promise, which is nothing more than free money.

I'm not trying to diss our town. I like it here, unlike a lot of people. But I think to be considered a "comeback town" we should have an actual comeback economically. We still have a dwindling economy and population, how is it that we're "coming back"?

So why did we make the list? Anyone think its because we have a few extremely wealthy families here that support politics? If you disagree, then just look back a few years ago to when George W. Bush was president and campaigning for his second term. He came here to El Dorado, the middle of nowhere, with no population. George W. was here to get himself some major campaign dollars.

Like it or not, this town is isolated and run by a number of very few wealthy people. We have a handful of mega millionaires, maybe twice as many that make double-digit millions a year, and besides that theres a surprisingly small middle class (that ranges from doctors to teachers, nurses and small business owners) and the rest are your typical welfare white trash and ghetto thugs.

If our population were to grow and our economy with it, then I would say we've made a "comeback". Right now all we can say is that we've made the town look a little prettier, tried to advertise it as a party town to no avail, and that we give our kids free college money. Not a comeback.
TheHeck

El Dorado, AR

#2 Mar 12, 2013
This town hasn't comeback from anything. I don't think its in decline anymore thank goodness but its stagnant as hell. Spending millions and millions on pretty buildings without any payoff should actually make things worse.
well

El Dorado, AR

#3 Mar 12, 2013
Why didn't the article mention anything about all the gay activities?
big man

United States

#5 Mar 13, 2013
Its nice that El Dorado being recognized by CNN as a comeback small town but we have to offer more jobs more entertainment better housing etc to get the city population back above the 20,000 mark then we really be a comeback town 2010 Census have El Dorado population at 18,883 yes we have the square. and the. promise but we need more than that
big man

United States

#6 Mar 13, 2013
Remember that El Dorado was once a city of nearly 30,000 in population now times changed
yep

El Dorado, AR

#8 Mar 13, 2013
Everyone went North for a better quality of life, period. Rural South Arkansas has to be one of the worst places in the U.S. Places like Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, etc. that are rural don't have the problems we do with minorities and welfare.
LaShondra

Dallas, TX

#9 Mar 13, 2013
yep wrote:
Everyone went North for a better quality of life, period. Rural South Arkansas has to be one of the worst places in the U.S. Places like Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, etc. that are rural don't have the problems we do with minorities and welfare.
Da welfare is offer everyswhere, stoopid
mao

Stuttgart, AR

#10 Mar 13, 2013
Well we have just opened up a Atwoods that will employ quite a few people, even though their competitors are having a fit.
yep

El Dorado, AR

#12 Mar 13, 2013
LaShondra wrote:
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Da welfare is offer everyswhere, stoopid
Thank you, juvenile name caller, for your astute and intelligent opinion.

Yes, I'm aware people are on welfare everywhere, but if you look up factual statistics, you will see that rural places in certain other states do not have the same PERCENTAGE of problems with minorities (crime and welfare) or welfare abuse (by blacks and whites). I'm not a childish name caller so I won't call you stupid, but I will say you are obviously uninformed.

p.s. calling someone stupid when you yourself don't seem able to spell very well, is a little ironic don't you think?
ur flippin

Dallas, TX

#14 Mar 14, 2013
mao wrote:
Well we have just opened up a Atwoods that will employ quite a few people, even though their competitors are having a fit.
Hopefully, they won't stoop to their competitors' pathetic levels. Throwing price comparisons on facebook and topix that are selectively biased? How pathetic can you get in today's business world? AMD the sad part is: they don't even realize that nobody gives a damn.
maybe

El Dorado, AR

#15 Mar 14, 2013
ur flippin wrote:
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Hopefully, they won't stoop to their competitors' pathetic levels. Throwing price comparisons on facebook and topix that are selectively biased? How pathetic can you get in today's business world? AMD the sad part is: they don't even realize that nobody gives a damn.
For God's sake LET IT GO. You just can't help yourself can you? You are full of hate and envy for people you barely even know, you sad, miserable person. You're a pitiful creature. I don't know how you can live with yourself.

You've been throwing up on Topix EVERY DAY for over a YEAR now. Aren't you tired yet? Aren't you sick of letting the Eppinette family consume your brain every single day for so long? When I say this, I mean it truly. I will pray for you. God bless you. May the Lord keep you and bless you and give you peace of mind. May He loose you from your hate, bitterness, and obsession. May you find yourself at peace always. I pray this over you in the name of Jesus. All you have to do now is accept it, and it is done. You're shackles misery will be removed, if you let them.
maybe

El Dorado, AR

#16 Mar 14, 2013
And now to get BACK ON SUBJECT. I think El Dorado has made some economic comebacks. And if I'm not mistaken, plans are being implemented to grow the population back up a little. Of course it won't be immediate and we will probably never see the 30,000 plus we did in the seventies, but I have faith and hope that our town can revive.

I agree that we have wasted some money though on "spiffing up" the looks of our downtown, which I thought was already nice. And the beautiful, but totally unnecessary high school. Our town was sold on a new high school by the claim that the old one was too unusable and unfit for the kids to be in. But now they have plans to remodel and update and turn it into a middle school, I believe. Very contradictory. I think there were other places we could have spent those mega millions.

But all small towns face these problems. Especially with our still-dwindling national economy. I was one of the suckers that believed in Obama. Now I realize I was fooled. Maybe with a new president in four years, democrat or republican, we will have some hope for the economy to really start coming around. In the meantime, we just need to power through.

God Bless El Dorado.
dapper

El Dorado, AR

#17 Mar 14, 2013
curiousK wrote:
Its in the paper today. El Dorado made a list of seven small "comeback towns" in the U.S.
I think its wonderful we made a list that was positive, but I'm wondering what "comeback" it is that we've made. The newspaper article basically talks about re-branding, money spent on new centers, and the El Dorado promise. Those aren't comebacks. Thats re-branding, building things our town can't afford, and the El Dorado promise, which is nothing more than free money.
I'm not trying to diss our town. I like it here, unlike a lot of people. But I think to be considered a "comeback town" we should have an actual comeback economically. We still have a dwindling economy and population, how is it that we're "coming back"?
So why did we make the list? Anyone think its because we have a few extremely wealthy families here that support politics? If you disagree, then just look back a few years ago to when George W. Bush was president and campaigning for his second term. He came here to El Dorado, the middle of nowhere, with no population. George W. was here to get himself some major campaign dollars.
Like it or not, this town is isolated and run by a number of very few wealthy people. We have a handful of mega millionaires, maybe twice as many that make double-digit millions a year, and besides that theres a surprisingly small middle class (that ranges from doctors to teachers, nurses and small business owners) and the rest are your typical welfare white trash and ghetto thugs.
If our population were to grow and our economy with it, then I would say we've made a "comeback". Right now all we can say is that we've made the town look a little prettier, tried to advertise it as a party town to no avail, and that we give our kids free college money. Not a comeback.
I forgot all about George W. coming here. You're right, this town has some mega money in the hands of a few families (which are quite corrupt if you ask around). Why else would he have come here of all places to campaign? Its bizarre when you think about it. The only conclusion is what you said. He was here to get himself some major campaign money. Part of this town's problem is the handful of elites running it, both dems and reps. I bet this is a problem in a lot of small towns but maybe not as severe. We need a bigger middle class here.
enough is enough Eppy

Dallas, TX

#18 Mar 14, 2013
maybe wrote:
And now to get BACK ON SUBJECT. I think El Dorado has made some economic comebacks. And if I'm not mistaken, plans are being implemented to grow the population back up a little. Of course it won't be immediate and we will probably never see the 30,000 plus we did in the seventies, but I have faith and hope that our town can revive.
I agree that we have wasted some money though on "spiffing up" the looks of our downtown, which I thought was already nice. And the beautiful, but totally unnecessary high school. Our town was sold on a new high school by the claim that the old one was too unusable and unfit for the kids to be in. But now they have plans to remodel and update and turn it into a middle school, I believe. Very contradictory. I think there were other places we could have spent those mega millions.
But all small towns face these problems. Especially with our still-dwindling national economy. I was one of the suckers that believed in Obama. Now I realize I was fooled. Maybe with a new president in four years, democrat or republican, we will have some hope for the economy to really start coming around. In the meantime, we just need to power through.
God Bless El Dorado.
For God's sake LET IT GO. You just can't help yourself can you? You are full of hate and envy for people you barely even know, you sad, miserable person. You're a pitiful creature. I don't know how you can live with yourself.
You've been throwing up on Topix EVERY DAY for over a YEAR now. Aren't you tired yet? Aren't you sick of letting the Atwoods move to El Dorado consume your brain every single day for so long? Constantly posting selective price comparisons, thinking it'll keep your business afloat...do you realize how pathetic you are? When I say this, I mean it truly. I will pray for you. God bless you. May the Lord keep you and bless you and give you peace of mind. May He release you from your hate, bitterness, and obsession. May you find yourself at peace always. I pray this over you in the name of Jesus. All you have to do now is accept it, and it is done. You're shackles misery will be removed, if you let them.
FYI

El Dorado, AR

#19 Mar 14, 2013
dapper wrote:
<quoted text> You're right, this town has some mega money in the hands of a few families (which are quite corrupt if you ask around).
I happen to know a few of these people and they are anything but corrupt. You have no idea how many people they help without most people knowing anything about it. I also don't know who you are asking because they obviously don't know what they are talking about. Sounds like a bunch of jealous know-nothings to me!

This town would be nothing without wealthy people who care enough to invest in it. Who do you think can afford to hire people unless they have money? Poor people certainly can't start a business or afford to run a town. People who pay taxes (lots of them) keep this town running and people employed. If you consider that "corrupt" you are clueless.

I guarantee you don't know what you are talking about and neither does the person/people you claim to know these people are "corrupt". Name them & their "corruption" if you are so in the know!
hahahaha

El Dorado, AR

#20 Mar 14, 2013
FYI wrote:
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I happen to know a few of these people and they are anything but corrupt. You have no idea how many people they help without most people knowing anything about it. I also don't know who you are asking because they obviously don't know what they are talking about. Sounds like a bunch of jealous know-nothings to me!
This town would be nothing without wealthy people who care enough to invest in it. Who do you think can afford to hire people unless they have money? Poor people certainly can't start a business or afford to run a town. People who pay taxes (lots of them) keep this town running and people employed. If you consider that "corrupt" you are clueless.
I guarantee you don't know what you are talking about and neither does the person/people you claim to know these people are "corrupt". Name them & their "corruption" if you are so in the know!
Ya, El Dorado is such a fantastic town. We're just growing and thriving and there are hardly any problems with population decline, poor education, thugs or lack of jobs, and the quality of everything around here is so up to standards. That handful of elite families is doing such a great job running this town, they can't be corrupt at all. Corruption causes dysfunction, and we have absolutely none of that right?

Sarcasm.
well

United States

#21 Mar 14, 2013
there is a thing called OIL!!! ;)
ruger

Dallas, TX

#22 Mar 15, 2013
hahahaha wrote:
<quoted text> Ya, El Dorado is such a fantastic town. We're just growing and thriving and there are hardly any problems with population decline, poor education, thugs or lack of jobs, and the quality of everything around here is so up to standards. That handful of elite families is doing such a great job running this town, they can't be corrupt at all. Corruption causes dysfunction, and we have absolutely none of that right?
Sarcasm.
Actually, Mr. "hahahaha," you are correct on your questions. El Dorado has grown over the last few years, has had more jobs created, and the quality of life is improving. El Dorado has one of the highest college attendance rates in the country, so I guess you have no clear direction of what you are referring to. Whoever this "elite" you are referring to: anyone putting their time and money into improving life in this area should have the RIGHT to lead the direction. If YOU don't like it, get involved and donate YOUR TIME and YOUR MONEY. It can be done. We have 4 kids and have a combined income of $50,000 between my wife and I. And we still are able to voice our opinion and assist in molding our town's focus on what we'd like seen done, just by volunteering and donating. I wouldn't call us or people like us "elite," but committed to improving what we don't like about this town. You must be the other guy that just "helps" by complaining.- Thank you for your "help!"

That's REAL sarcasm.
yes

El Dorado, AR

#23 Mar 15, 2013
ruger wrote:
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Actually, Mr. "hahahaha," you are correct on your questions. El Dorado has grown over the last few years, has had more jobs created, and the quality of life is improving. El Dorado has one of the highest college attendance rates in the country, so I guess you have no clear direction of what you are referring to. Whoever this "elite" you are referring to: anyone putting their time and money into improving life in this area should have the RIGHT to lead the direction. If YOU don't like it, get involved and donate YOUR TIME and YOUR MONEY. It can be done. We have 4 kids and have a combined income of $50,000 between my wife and I. And we still are able to voice our opinion and assist in molding our town's focus on what we'd like seen done, just by volunteering and donating. I wouldn't call us or people like us "elite," but committed to improving what we don't like about this town. You must be the other guy that just "helps" by complaining.- Thank you for your "help!"
That's REAL sarcasm.
I agree. I hate it when people who dislike this town bitch so much about its "lack of quality". You can't expect a small town like ours to have the things a bigger area does but we make due pretty damn well with what we have if you ask me. The only thing I would point out is that we only have a high college attendance rate because of the Promise, which is a blessing, but I do wonder how we'd do without the promise. I'd like to find the pre-promise numbers. Even with the promise, we chose to home school our children because we personally felt as though EHS education is lacking; unfortunately, the statistics agree. Both our kids (twins) have excelled with the ACT and SAT leagues above the EHS average and they will be attending an ivy league university come fall. Other than the sub-standard quality of our town's education, we love it here and hate to hear the negativity when it can't be backed with statistics. And as bad as this is going to sound, most schools across the country with a high minority rate have a harder time excelling in academics.

And yes, we go out of town sometimes to shop and eat at different places. I think anyone that lives in a town with a small population does that sometimes. Only big city people can find absolutely everything they need or want in one place.
ruger

Dallas, TX

#24 Mar 15, 2013
yes wrote:
<quoted text> I agree. I hate it when people who dislike this town bitch so much about its "lack of quality". You can't expect a small town like ours to have the things a bigger area does but we make due pretty damn well with what we have if you ask me. The only thing I would point out is that we only have a high college attendance rate because of the Promise, which is a blessing, but I do wonder how we'd do without the promise. I'd like to find the pre-promise numbers. Even with the promise, we chose to home school our children because we personally felt as though EHS education is lacking; unfortunately, the statistics agree. Both our kids (twins) have excelled with the ACT and SAT leagues above the EHS average and they will be attending an ivy league university come fall. Other than the sub-standard quality of our town's education, we love it here and hate to hear the negativity when it can't be backed with statistics. And as bad as this is going to sound, most schools across the country with a high minority rate have a harder time excelling in academics.
And yes, we go out of town sometimes to shop and eat at different places. I think anyone that lives in a town with a small population does that sometimes. Only big city people can find absolutely everything they need or want in one place.
True. But I also know many city people that come to towns like El Dorado for relaxation and to enjoy what we have. EHS test scores are also above the national average and, being an El Dorado product myself, comparing your kids to the average should be a low-end goal. Attending an ivy league school in this day is not impressive. The same quality of an education can be found at other schools, even locally, at more cost-efficient prices. Now days, college enrollment is more about quality of life than quality of curriculum. Duke University is a great example of this, as they give away iPads to all enrolled freshmen. This is not because of any form of advanced curriculum; however, they do so to justify their high tuition. What matters is the type of degree, level of education, and financial stability when your precious darlings graduate college and not where he/she obtained a degree. Ask any human resources professional or recruiter that knows their job. Hope this advice is helpful for you in assisting your kids in making such decisions.

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