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Don't Blame Tom Judson

Subscriber onlyThere are grains of truth in some of what has been said about POA reserve funds recently. What is not true, and misses the mark, is the notion that what's happened to the reserve funds, and how they were spent, is Tom Judson's responsibility and has been done at his direction. In fact, spending down of the reserve funds was started well before Judson was hired and was done at the direction of two previous boards, including the one I served on. If anything, Tom just continued what he heard as direction from the board to continue on that path. So, why did we do that? Continue reading...

Response to Should I Retire

Subscriber onlyRegarding the letter titled "Should I retire to Bella Vista?" from Mr. John Walters of New York, I offer this response. We moved here in 2014, returning after a 40-year absence. We spent 28 years in the military and another 12 in industry. We've lived in six states and three foreign countries and visited many more -- 14 moves in all. There is no better town in the U.S. that offers the quality of life and variety of outdoor amenities as Bella Vista. Residents enjoy an unlimited variety of social clubs and events. Continue reading...

Destination Bella Vista

Subscriber only"Destination Bella Vista" just rolls off the tongue. To some, it conjures up visions of exotic places seen on Discovery Channel or National Geographic, like European castles, Polynesian Islands or the Taj Mahal. When I think of "Destination Bella Vista," I envision destinations, like Branson, Mo., Ocean City, Md., or Las Vegas. Most of them have one "main drag" through town congested with endless traffic, gawking tourists and cheap souvenir shops. That's not why I relocated to Bella Vista. If I wanted traffic and tourists, I would have stayed in the D.C. area. Continue reading...

Ballot full of questions, on 1, 2 and 3

Subscriber onlyThe final gavel drop on the contested questions on the Nov. 6 General Election Ballot has yet to fall. Continue reading...

The Detractors

Subscriber onlyOver the past few years we rejuvenated our aging amenities. The quality and variety of our facilities, and the general beauty we enjoy, is unmatched for the costs we bear. Continue reading...

Facing the judge has painful consequences

Subscriber onlyGod judges rightly. He is always just. He looks at the totality of our life, not just one thing. Knowing how the Judge operates doesn't lessen the offense of any woman's abuse. Sin has painful consequences. Continue reading...

Letter to Editor

Subscriber onlyRecent letters to The Weekly Vista concerning the POA Board and COO Tom Judson imply that these vocal members represent the viewpoint of the majority of POA members. In discussions we have had with neighbors and friends in Bella Vista, we have found that the vast majority of members don't have the time to write letters or attend board meetings to express their positive opinions. They are too busy enjoying the golf courses and lakes, attending fitness classes and exercising at the recreation centers, playing tennis and pickle-ball, playing cards and games, hiking and biking on the trails, dining at the newly remodeled POA restaurants, volunteering at churches, serving on committees and boards of local charitable and civic organizations, participating in city government and otherwise taking advantage of and enjoying everything the POA and the Bella Vista community has to offer. Continue reading...

Letter of support

Subscriber onlyThis letter is in response to recent comments made on Facebook, within Letters to the Editor of the Weekly Vista and at community meetings. Continue reading...

POA Propaganda

Subscriber onlyMr. Judson and the POA board of directors recently released their latest propaganda film, otherwise known as the Sept. 27 open board meeting video. Continue reading...

Bella Vista spending, past and future

Subscriber onlyThe COO responded to my letter regarding the issues of what I consider overspending over the past few years, resulting in nearly the total use of reserve funds for projects. Continue reading...

What has happened to civility?

Subscriber onlyI attended the POA board meeting and was shocked at the derogatory and vicious comments by many of the people in attendance -- our POA board members are volunteers who work for the community. Continue reading...

The tail is wagging the dog

Subscriber onlyWhen I moved here in 1998, there was a POA board of directors and an operations manager. The operations manager was responsible for the daily maintenance and operation of amenities. It did not have input into the five-year plan or decide what capital projects the members needed. It did not decide what the rate of return should be on reserve funds. It did not help create the capital budget. It did not give presentations to members or ask for rate increases. It did not give recommendations to the board on any action other than daily operations. Continue reading...

Old men have a soft spot for cats

Subscriber onlyI have always had a soft spot in my heart for cats. I like dogs, too, but cats are subtler in their ways. Cats have gotten a bad rap over the centuries, seeing as they are often associated with bad luck, witches, and evilness. I can see why, though, with their penchant for mischievous behavior. Continue reading...

Early voting starts Oct. 22; only a few days until election

Subscriber onlyAs I begin to think about election day, a new Garth Brooks song pops into my head. Yes, I am about to emulate the lyrics that this Oklahoma crooner brings to mind. Continue reading...

Property owners group's CEO gets some credit

Letter to the Editor

Subscriber onlyThe first thing to make clear is that I am in 100 percent agreement with the many recent letters and editorials criticizing Tom Judson and the POA Board about the new proposed "Taj Mahal" building, the POA Board's voting control over the 600 lots and sham surveys it conducts; and the complaints list goes on and on. Continue reading...

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