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Herago

El Dorado, AR

#1 Mar 24, 2013
South Arkansas counties rank lowest in health statewide. This was on the front page of the paper today, main headline. Just more proof that this part of the state is shit compared to the Northern, much better half.

Any of you idiots want to throw a fit and disagree with the statistics because you refuse to acknowledge El Dorado's problems?
Disc Popp

El Dorado, AR

#2 Mar 24, 2013
Everyone knows this part of the state isn't as nice as the upper half. I don't think anyone can argue that. We need to address our problems instead of keeping our heads in the sand and then maybe some real progress would happen.
informed

El Dorado, AR

#3 Mar 24, 2013
Herago wrote:
South Arkansas counties rank lowest in health statewide. This was on the front page of the paper today, main headline. Just more proof that this part of the state is shit compared to the Northern, much better half.
Any of you idiots want to throw a fit and disagree with the statistics because you refuse to acknowledge El Dorado's problems?
We don't refuse to acknowledge the problems, we just don't harp on them. We choose to see the good in the town and all of its possibilities. I agree that ignoring the problems would mean never solving them. Ranking lowest in health, in one of the unhealthiest states in the country, is obviously a problem. And its something many people will be trying to address, particularly through the school system. Look on the bright side though. At least we aren't as bad off as parts of other states are, like Mississippi, W. Virginia, Louisiana and Georgia. We might be the bottom of Arkansas barrel but we are NOT as bad off as many other places are. Northern Arkansas is real nice, everyone knows that. But at least we aren't like Pine Bluff or anything. We aren't a hopeless hell-hole like some people would make us out to be.
Aint From This Dump

Camden, AR

#4 Mar 25, 2013
informed wrote:
<quoted text> We don't refuse to acknowledge the problems, we just don't harp on them. We choose to see the good in the town and all of its possibilities. I agree that ignoring the problems would mean never solving them. Ranking lowest in health, in one of the unhealthiest states in the country, is obviously a problem. And its something many people will be trying to address, particularly through the school system. Look on the bright side though. At least we aren't as bad off as parts of other states are, like Mississippi, W. Virginia, Louisiana and Georgia. We might be the bottom of Arkansas barrel but we are NOT as bad off as many other places are. Northern Arkansas is real nice, everyone knows that. But at least we aren't like Pine Bluff or anything. We aren't a hopeless hell-hole like some people would make us out to be.
I agree with positive thinking but you are saying at least I'm not the poo stuck to my shoe, well that isn't saying much. People in this part of the state have been ignoring, wishing away or attempting to pray away problems for years. There are solutions but no one cares to hear them...preacher didn't mention it being in the Bible. No we aren't a hopeless hell hole but as long as people here are more interested in dragging down their neighbor instead of helping them and too many businesses think mediocre/dishonest business is just good business...we will never appear to be anything more than a hell hole. Oh, I encourage you to get out of South Arkansas more often then tell me with a straight face our citizens aren't rude, corrupt and dangerous-don't care what the color of your skin may be. For you honest folk, you just stand their and tolerate the nonsense so you made this place bad too. Refuse to take bad. Truly funny...our town motto "Well at least I'm not crap."
whatever

El Dorado, AR

#5 Mar 25, 2013
informed wrote:
<quoted text> We don't refuse to acknowledge the problems, we just don't harp on them. We choose to see the good in the town and all of its possibilities. I agree that ignoring the problems would mean never solving them. Ranking lowest in health, in one of the unhealthiest states in the country, is obviously a problem. And its something many people will be trying to address, particularly through the school system. Look on the bright side though. At least we aren't as bad off as parts of other states are, like Mississippi, W. Virginia, Louisiana and Georgia. We might be the bottom of Arkansas barrel but we are NOT as bad off as many other places are. Northern Arkansas is real nice, everyone knows that. But at least we aren't like Pine Bluff or anything. We aren't a hopeless hell-hole like some people would make us out to be.
El Dorado IS a hopeless hell hole. Ten more years will prove it to be so when the population is lowered or stagnated from what it is now. If it stagnates that just means that for every white person that leaves this shit hole there will be a welfare baby popped out. Chances are it will go lower again, unless we get more industry here but town officials work pretty hard to make sure every opportunity for that is missed and instead they will promote some shitty store, new venue or bar in hopes of making El Dorado a "festival town". Festival town my ass. Throwing parties isn't going to get us anywhere.
Just move

United States

#6 Mar 25, 2013
So a idiot says moving from this shit hole has made her a better person. To bad that is only her opinion! Once an idiot always an idiot!!
Its Scott Biatches

United States

#7 Mar 25, 2013
It's because our dear leaders in this state do not know that Arkansas extends south of Little Rock so shut up and deal with it.
well

El Dorado, AR

#8 Mar 25, 2013
Just move wrote:
So a idiot says moving from this shit hole has made her a better person. To bad that is only her opinion! Once an idiot always an idiot!!
So why did you move?
Chance Epinette

Eureka Springs, AR

#9 Mar 25, 2013
informed wrote:
<quoted text> Ranking lowest in health, in one of the unhealthiest states in the country, is obviously a problem. anything. We aren't a hopeless hell-hole like some people would make us to be.
Yes you are. El Do is just a tad better than Pine Bluff. Not quite as many coons. Damn near. I hear they are gaining on y'all. 60/40......
No thank you.
Reals

El Dorado, AR

#10 Mar 25, 2013
El Dorado is f*****g horrible. Most people know it but deny it or they know it but put up with it to stay near their loved ones that won't leave. The only other option is that they make decent money here so they stay to keep a business running. Nobody wants to retire in a place like this. Nobody wants to live in a town that is not only severely corrupt but also has problems doing any damn thing right. When compared to lots of other places like N. Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, etc. most people realize that everything from food to gas prices to real estate to education SUCKS BALLS. Its hilarious when people try to argue it. They make up every excuse they can but it changes no facts. The food is shit. Real estate is too high when you actually make some effort and compare it to other areas of the state or the country. Gas is jacked the f**k up. Education is sub-standard even for Arkansas and AR has some of the poorest education in the country. Now, there is this health report proving what we already knew - this part of the state is sh*t. EVERYWHERE you go you see ignorant ass thugs or stupid rednecks with their loud music or jacked up trucks. I admit I would rather be here than Pine Bluff but that isn't saying much of anything. I only stay here because I take care of people I love, and my love for them is greater than my dislike for this town. I have to tell myself all the time that at least I'm not in Africa or Asia or Central Europe but sometimes you wouldn't know a difference.
peckerman

El Dorado, AR

#11 Mar 26, 2013
I've lived in Helena, Dermott, Conway, Fort Smith and Pine Bluff and El Dorado is the best of the towns. The worst being Helena.
gooberman

El Dorado, AR

#12 Mar 26, 2013
peckerman wrote:
I've lived in Helena, Dermott, Conway, Fort Smith and Pine Bluff and El Dorado is the best of the towns. The worst being Helena.
Most everyone would agree with that, Conway possibly being an exception. How does El Dorado compare to Russellville, Searcy, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, Fayetteville, Bentonville, etc.
Hamster

El Dorado, AR

#13 Mar 26, 2013
gooberman wrote:
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Most everyone would agree with that, Conway possibly being an exception. How does El Dorado compare to Russellville, Searcy, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, Fayetteville, Bentonville, etc.
Not good. We are a little behind those places but those places are also a LOT bigger than we are. Apples to oranges, people. I agree that with the exception of Conway, we are MUCH better than those other places. We are very lucky in a lot of regards. People need to realize that we might not be great, but we aren't that bad at all.
dippy

El Dorado, AR

#14 Mar 27, 2013
Reals wrote:
El Dorado is f*****g horrible. Most people know it but deny it or they know it but put up with it to stay near their loved ones that won't leave. The only other option is that they make decent money here so they stay to keep a business running. Nobody wants to retire in a place like this. Nobody wants to live in a town that is not only severely corrupt but also has problems doing any damn thing right. When compared to lots of other places like N. Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, etc. most people realize that everything from food to gas prices to real estate to education SUCKS BALLS. Its hilarious when people try to argue it. They make up every excuse they can but it changes no facts. The food is shit. Real estate is too high when you actually make some effort and compare it to other areas of the state or the country. Gas is jacked the f**k up. Education is sub-standard even for Arkansas and AR has some of the poorest education in the country. Now, there is this health report proving what we already knew - this part of the state is sh*t. EVERYWHERE you go you see ignorant ass thugs or stupid rednecks with their loud music or jacked up trucks. I admit I would rather be here than Pine Bluff but that isn't saying much of anything. I only stay here because I take care of people I love, and my love for them is greater than my dislike for this town. I have to tell myself all the time that at least I'm not in Africa or Asia or Central Europe but sometimes you wouldn't know a difference.
True. I try to put the problems out of my head so it doesn't bother me but its definitely a reality. What I don't get is the people that defend all these bad things. Actually, they don't just defend it - they pretend those problems don't even exist! Its absurd! Like a lot of people have said, none of the problems here are ever solved because of the people who refuse to even acknowledge the problems exist. Instead of focusing on industry, the town's leaders are idiots who think we can be some kind of party town, and put all the money they can into things that will have no kind of long-term payoff. We will be even worse off in the future if nothing changes. But look on the bright side, we have..........

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Don't know where I was going with that.
mr spock

Stuttgart, AR

#15 Mar 28, 2013
Lots of inbreds and methheads in the northern half
Yeh

El Dorado, AR

#16 Mar 28, 2013
mr spock wrote:
Lots of inbreds and methheads in the northern half
and we don't have those here? Seriously?
Chance Epinette

Eureka Springs, AR

#17 Mar 28, 2013
Nuthin' but queers and rednecks here! And hippies.
stu

El Dorado, AR

#18 Mar 29, 2013
dippy wrote:
<quoted text>True. I try to put the problems out of my head so it doesn't bother me but its definitely a reality. What I don't get is the people that defend all these bad things. Actually, they don't just defend it - they pretend those problems don't even exist! Its absurd! Like a lot of people have said, none of the problems here are ever solved because of the people who refuse to even acknowledge the problems exist. Instead of focusing on industry, the town's leaders are idiots who think we can be some kind of party town, and put all the money they can into things that will have no kind of long-term payoff. We will be even worse off in the future if nothing changes. But look on the bright side, we have..........
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Don't know where I was going with that.
We have the Promise. And way more entertainment than most towns our size do. A handful of decent restaurants. But yeah, we've got problems. I've come to terms with what this town can and can't be, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it to an out of towner unless they were coming from a real hell on earth type place, like the Middle East, Africa or Pine Bluff. Seriously though, people need to be more thankful for what we have. We might not be very good by American standards but there are some evil places in the world, like Iraq, where law supports the beating and mutilation of women and the killing of Christians. Bottom line, at least this is the worst a civilized country can get. Some of you obviously haven't seen the po-dunk towns in N. Arkansas, Mississippi or Louisiana either b/c some of those places still have really back-ass ways of life. You think our town is corrupt? It doesn't compare to what those teeny-tiny nowhere towns deal with.
actually

Longview, TX

#19 Mar 30, 2013
Yeh wrote:
<quoted text> and we don't have those here? Seriously?
Not in El Dorado. You're thinking of PC.
what

El Dorado, AR

#20 Mar 30, 2013
actually wrote:
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Not in El Dorado. You're thinking of PC.
Tedder no. 2 is obviously just as delusional. We've got white trash all over this area. All over this entire part of the country, really. It doesn't bother me much though. I like rednecks, personally. My redneck friends are country as hell but they're fun and the kind of people that would do anything to help out a friend, or even a stranger. We've got some real salt of the earth people around here. But I'm definitely not some idiot thats in denial about what other type of people we also have. Ever seen that show "buck wild" on mtv? Or Honey Boo Boo? We've got plenty of those types around here, and definitely not just in PC. Just because there are a lot of classy, educated people that live in town doesn't mean we don't have people on the opposite side of that spectrum as well.

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