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Am I the only person in Arkansas who continues to be troubled by the knowledge that our most highly valued state employees are coaches?

Don Martin

Hot Springs

Use the anniversary

Now is the time to look at Arkansas. A serious look at where we are in race relations. Where we were in 1957, where we are today and where we want to get to in the future. We can use the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock school crisis to get the whole state to take an insightful look.

It was an international event and now we celebrate the accomplishment but we need to do more than that. We need to take the energy and use it in a positive way. Admitting that the event still lingers and affects Arkansas is a first step. An admission that 1957 and the lack of healing can still be influencing events. Even what it still does in hindering the acquiring of a significant economic gain, like getting Toyota to invest in Arkansas. We are asking a different culture to invest in Arkansas and we do not even deal openly and well with our own diversity.

We need to deal with ourselves and embrace our diversity to truly be able to embrace a different world culture. 2007 is the year and the opportunity is there for Arkansas to change history yet again and showcase a state and its people who are ready to join the global economy. Now is the time.

Dr. Dennis Burrow

Little Rock

Save golf course

Whenever we have to go to the trouble of having people sign a petition — such as we are now doing to try to preserve War Memorial Golf Course — there must be something wrong somewhere. Is City Hall listening to the people (as they are supposed to do) or are they listening to the developers?

Why, pray tell, can we not keep what we have? We have a golf course that serves the public well and a clubhouse that shares its upstairs with the AARP. This all serves a very fine and useful purpose and does not cost the city of Little Rock a lot of money such as would letting in the developers with their bulldozers to rearrange it all.

Sarah E. Lodge

Little Rock

One-sided paper

Your paper recently featured one of my relatives. I enjoyed the column and continued to read on. The further I read the more disappointed I got. My disappointment comes from the obvious one-sided view your paper portrays. You have a duty to argue both sides or at the least have a good balance of opinions.

You stated, and I paraphrase, that most Arkansans are Democrats. I respectfully disagree. Most Arkansans are moderate to conservative — in favor of preserving the status quo and traditional values and customs and against abrupt change. I have lived in Arkansas my entire life and I have swung from Democrat to Republican. I have seen a change in both parties that I am not happy with. The Democrats are leaning more and more left-liberal and the Republicans are leaning more and more aggressively right. I still lean more Republican mainly because they seem to cling more towards moral issues.

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