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Going back to ‘Land of Opportunity?’

By: 18 November 2010 3 Comments

If you don’t keep up with regularly, you’re missing out on some great stuff.

Why? Roby Brock over there regularly reports on things that actually interest us Arkansans. Take this item, for example — incoming State Rep. David Sanders has pre-filed HB 1005, which could change our state’s slogan once again.

For more details on this possible change, click here to visit TalkBusiness and read all about it. The long and short of it is this — HB 1005 could effectively change Arkansas’ state slogan to what it was before they changed it last time.

Sanders wants Arkansas to abandon its “The Natural State” slogan in favor of “Land of Opportunity,” the nickname by which the state was known prior to its change in the mid-1990s.

I well remember when the state abandoned the “Land of Opportunity” slogan in favor of “The Natural State.” My mother, at the time, said it sounded like we Arkansans had just thrown in the towel — the whole “opportunity” thing didn’t work out, so we’ll fall back instead on bragging about how many trees and such we have in the state.

We’ll see how it goes.

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  • Jamie Smith said:

    I personally think it’s silly to change it so much. I also don’t like the “Land of Opportunity” slogan because it’s too much like what the US is known as, in my opinion. I love that I live in the Natural State. Why change it?

  • Larry Ash said:

    Land of Opportunity is just perfect. Natural State is new age feel goodism. What’s natural about downtown Springdale, just to take one little example.

    Sure, we got lots of outdoors—who doesn’t?

    What we really should tout is a low regulation, low tax pro business environment where people can come from places like crazy California and live rational lives while making a solid living.

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