Better Branson Jobs......WHERE?

I'm retired and not looking for a job, but about fourteen times a day I absorb the "Branson Better Jobs" TV ad promising that their agency/website is the obvious source for employment opportunities in Branson.  Well, is it?  A recent visit to their touted website confirms that, in this ostensibly mega successful community, there are exactly 11 jobs available;  most of which are entry level  jobs at or near minimum wage.  Setting aside the implied question as to how this media presence is being funded, the more notable question viable is the Branson Community if there is such a minimal employment base.  Does this community have sufficient economic opportunity to attract the educated and purposeful citizen base necessary to create a culture as inspiring as our visitor count. 


Child Labor, Ozarks Style!

"Please Mommy, do I have to sing and dance again tonight"?  Sure, it isn't an Ecuadorian Sweat Shop, but my God the increasing pivot toward "family value" entertainment  is filling Branson with family acts dependent on kids hoofing through schedules that would put Shirley Temple to shame.  If singing/dancing isn't a big business then why the big bucks, and if it is, then where is the protection for little Susie and Billy singing those good old gospel hymns 24/7.   


A Pretty Casual Emergency

Yes, we are saturated with the media portrait of Skaggs Community Hospital, as "the best little hospital this side of Mass General".  I for one cannot dispute the accolades, but am troubled by a recent close encounter with the ER.  Pretty common story, chest pains, dizzy, unconscious, EMT, emergency room and then..........a sense that their triage protocol was compromised by the obvious fact that they were doing "primary care" for the Taney County poor/under insured. Admin/Nures/Docs all had that air of mild contempt for the imposition of the days dubiously entitled customers and had lost all discression as to which "carbon units" were either paying, or at risk, or both.   My hope is that next time "through the doors', I would like a little less objectiification and a little more action....please!


That'll be $10 for Ben & $10 for Jerry

The new Ben & Jerry Ice Cream Store at the Landing is breaking new ground in the evolution of "pricing strategy".  Many of we locals have coughed up our $20 for a couple of cones, but just once.  The Ice Cream is good, the menu displays are oblique and the prices are just stupid.  No doubt their strategy arises from a "holiday syndrome" psychology that presumes they will never have the same customer twice and that "daddy just can't say no".  Hell, I'm not sure they are not  right.  However, according to this capitalist wisdom they should just go for a $100 a cone and wait for a few Arabs to come in and spend some of the $76 Billion were sending to  OPEC.


Blood Bath at Murder Rock

Whoever spent a measurable part of a Billion Dollars building infrastructure for the Branson Creek sudivision down South of Hollister should have funded a few islands in Dubai instead. I presume they now are rationalizing that they wanted to turn a few hundred million dollars into a nightmare rather than a place on the Forbes List.  One gaze from the Murder Rock panoramic view of a "1000 year buildout", ( only one marginal spec house built this season) must surely be enough to send someone over the edge.  My guess is that their banker will want to jump first!