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An open letter to Sen. Mark Pryor 

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Today we witnessed a bombing of the Boston Marathon. A total of 3,300 people have been shot since Newtown at Sandy Hook Elementary. Do you think they're connected? Do you think people are getting tired of being misused, abused and marginalized? After Citizens United my status as an American has been relegated to the gutter.

Judy Ladd

Hot Springs

An open letter to Sen. Mark Pryor

As an Arkansan who happens to live in Newtown, Conn., and whose parents and sisters and brothers-in -law and nieces and nephews all still live in Arkansas, I am extremely disappointed in your vote today in favor of filibuster on the background check bill. My wife is a teacher at Sandy Hook; she huddled against a wall with her students about 50 feet away from that mass murder, listening to the whimpers and pleas and cries of the victims.

She and I are committed to speaking out on behalf of those victims. We cannot stand for inaction on controlling illegal and inappropriate access to guns in this country. Many of my friends and relatives in Arkansas — along with about 90 percent of all Americans — are in favor of universal background checks and strong anti-trafficking laws, which are essential to reducing the horrible gun violence in this country. If you don't believe that those laws are needed, then you don't understand or don't care about the problem. This isn't just about Newtown; it's about the thousands of handgun murders in New Orleans and Memphis and Houston; it's about the deaths of young people like Jasmine Young and Derek Olivier. Suffice it to say that if you vote against the bill when it comes to a vote, we (my wife and I, all of my friends in Arkansas, and my friends at the Newtown Action Alliance and Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Brady Campaign and other anti-gun violence organizations) will have no choice but to do everything in our power to contribute to replacing you in office with someone who has the courage to do what is right in regard to gun violence. We believe you have it within you to do the right thing, and we hope you will do so.

Brian Clements

Newtown, Conn.

Another open letter to Sen. Mark Pryor

It is time that I must point out to you that I can no longer support you to represent me in Washington.

I have had differences of opinion with many of your positions since you have been elected but have understood that you represent more than just me. The vote today to not allow discussion on new gun legislation has taken you beyond meeting someone "in the aisle" and dissuaded me from the idea that you could become a statesman. When you ran for your first term I was the one that asked you, in a town hall meeting that was staged in North Little Rock, about your position on gun control. Your reply talked only of your heritage of hunting and wanting to teach your offspring of this heritage. You never mentioned that you would block conversation of keeping guns out of the hands of people that, by their mental condition, include children as hunting targets. I did not understand that you wanted everyone to determine their own prey and the number of bullets they can have to unload in the poor unsuspecting target of their twisted minds.

If you believe in the Second Amendment please believe in the WHOLE sentence. It does start with "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state."

Did you notice the words well regulated? You voted today to stop conversation about regulation involving human targets.

Senator, you have just lost my confidence. I have lived my life as a yellow-dog Democrat and I am now looking for a yellow dog rather than a dirty dog to vote for.

You have a chance to redeem yourself but the time is limited.

Please represent logical conversation rather than anti-government and gun manufacture rhetoric.

Michael Dunlap

Conway

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In response to the cover story "Will Mayflower ever be the same after the Exxon spill?" (April 11).

No, it will never be the same. Environmental and personal trauma aside, the property value is gone forever if it can even be sold at all.

Also, what happens months or years down the road if health or environmental problems appear? Is Exxon liable after a certain amount of time?

If it were me, I would sue Exxon for the pre-disaster dollar value of my home, moving expenses, etc., and get away from the area.

OnlyinArkansas

In response to the Eat Arkansas post "Food Feedback Friday: raven, rock and radio" (April 12):

Finally tried the cheeseburger with raw-milk cheddar at White Water Tavern Kitchen, and it was very satisfying. I wish it had been a little pink in the middle, but I loved the liberal use of traditional burger seasoning. The fries were my favorite part of the experience, however. Hand-cut, plenty of skin, perfect seasoning. It's great when fries actually taste of potato.

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I hereby declare the Pantry Pie ($8.95) the best, tastiest food value in the city. A huge crock of savory, tender beef stew topped with mashed potatoes, sheep-herder's pie style. Easily enough for two. Damn delicious. Hearty. Comfort food. Tomas Bohm rocks the house. The Pantry rules. Long live local!

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