Run­ning of the bulls noth­ing com­pared to I-49

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Once again, the Run­ning of the Bulls in Pam­plona has brought dare­dev­ils from around the world to chal­lenge fate and en­raged bulls in a quest to face death head-on. Be­sides the no­to­ri­ety be­stowed upon Pam­plona, there are all those tourist dol­lars to be counted.

Here in Northwest Arkansas, our own elected of­fi­cials and ad­ver­tis­ing com­mis­sions con­tinue to over­look our own chance for an even more dan­ger­ous and ex­cit­ing chal­lenge: The Run­ning of the Fools, or as the lo­cals call it, driv­ing on I-49.

Pam­plona has had only 10 fa­tal­i­ties in over 100 years of bull runs, and only 4-10 run­ners are gored per year. We of­fer life-threat­en­ing in­juries ev­ery sin­gle day out there! And just to make sure that no­body is safe, the con­struc­tion com­pa­nies line the lanes with con­crete bar­ri­ers that fea­ture sud­den shifts to the left and right with ab­so­lutely no shoul­der to veer off onto.

That isn’t to say that we don’t have any shoul­der on I- 49. Be­tween Ben­tonville and south Rogers we’ve had a shoul­der com­pleted for sev­eral years that’s ac­tu­ally wider than the two traf­fic lanes it ser­vices. This will come in handy dur­ing our own run as there is plenty of room to set up food trucks and car­ni­val rides in this space for peo­ple to en­joy while traf­fic is backed up for seven miles while the lat­est wreck is be­ing cleaned up.

The Run­ning of the Bulls is for sissies who can’t han­dle the real dan­ger of I-49. Let’s get our mar­ket­ing peo­ple on it and bring their tourism dol­lars over here. TROY JUZELER Ben­tonville

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