The Arkadelphia Board of Directors discussed a recent issue by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to separate the Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee holidays.

The Arkadelphia Board of Directors discussed a recent issue by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to separate the Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee holidays.
Before voting, Arkadelphia Assistant Mayor Scott Byrd voiced his take on the matter before respectfully withdrawing his involvement in the matter.
“This is an issue that unfortunately permeates our society today,” said Byrd, noting the hard time the country is currently in.
“I’ll never fault a man for having pride in his heritage, but I think it stands in the way of relationships and all the grief that it has caused is wrong. I’m not opposing that from any particular race or anything at all, so I don’t want anything misread into that. I think it is a sad, sad state of affairs when issues like this come up and get used for different reasons depending on what your viewpoint is and I really don’t care to vote on this issue and if I vote anything but ‘yes’, it’s a no vote so I’m going to excuse myself from the vote.”
Byrd thanked the board and then exited the room.
The rest of the vote unanimously voted ‘yes’ on the matter, approving the matter.
Byrd then returned to his seat as other business continued.