Why no bids on tree?
The newspaper blurted out the news that a 70-foot tall, I believe it is, steel Christmas tree had been purchased from a northern Arkansas firm that is to be erected in Rogers Plaza, and the project was completed with just a few glitches.
As a retired Air Force contracting officer who had to observe restrictions to keep sole source solicitations down to an absolute minimum, I was rather disturbed as a citizen here that it seemed audacious to fail to obtain bids for the project. Who knows what another contractor might have bid, could be lower, with approval of his performances, thus qualifying him to conduct the project at a price, which could have been substantially lower. Who knows?
This [is a strange] turn of events, even though the tree is quite an attraction, and further more is so large that you could envision it at the state capitol.
If, as required by the armed forces, there is failure to get competition before awarding any contract, somebody has to answer for it. So my experience in the military procurement, realm requires competition with award of contracts going to the lowest responsible bidder.
To the side, God save America. We are in a downward spiral as anyone can appreciate. I speak of morality. I speak of lack of decency, and I speak of the attack on conservatism by liberals.
— Cy Raymer,