Monday, October 27, 2008
Greenland Mayor Gray Recovering
Greenland Mayor John Gray, the bold and much beloved progressive stalwart of local politics, is in the hospital after a motorcycle accident near Jasper yesterday. He lost control of his Honda Rebel, struck a guardrail, and flipped off the motorcycle and into a ravine. Gray, 65, was airlifted to Washington Regional and admitted in critical condition, but his condition was upgraded to fair this evening.
Mayor Gray drew notice by instituting a moratorium on new commercial and residential development in Greenland until the city planning guidelines were revised and approved. On the day of his accident, Gray had a letter published in the Northwest Arkansas Times urging readers to support the Green Party candidates for U.S. Senate and Congress. "Rep. Boozeman and Sen. Pryor are two prominent corporatists who have rubber-stamped Bush's grabs for power and many of his illegal acts," he wrote. "They are free traders who have enabled the current financial disaster. Both are opposed in the coming election by well-informed, true patriots. Please, for the sake of our nation, vote these corporate imperialists out of office!"
We wish Mayor Gray a speedy recovery and a quick return to work at city hall. In the meantime, someone make sure he gets an absentee ballot.