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Bad endorsement

I have always been impressed with the Arkansas Times, the “Newspaper of Culture and Politics.” I suppose the articles on the late-night bars could be considered as describing a particular sub-culture. The photographs on the cover and accompanying the articles also show a culture, one that treats women as sexual objects for the pleasure of men. I am disappointed that the Times implicitly endorses this culture.

Muriel Lederman

Little Rock

Voting tips

I have some suggestions for no-hassle voting on election day. First, make decisions on candidates and on ballot proposals ahead of time. Second, verify your voting precinct and voter eligibility, particularly if you have moved. Third, don't be intimidated by a very quirky Arkansas law. Although identification is not required to cast a regular ballot (unless you registered by mail), poll workers are required to ask for it! Nevertheless, go armed with a driver's license; a current utility bill, bank statement, or federal check showing your address; a state-issued ID card or a military ID card. Avoid voting a provisional ballot if at all possible, for it may or may not be counted. Finally, vote during the early voting period. Be prepared to wait. Be patient. Your right to vote is a sacred privilege.

Suzanne Hamilton

Little Rock

Final election thoughts

Question: What potential first lady would lie about being an only child? What potential first lady would keep her 10's of millions when a sister was in need? Answer: Cindy McCain.

Jo Sears-Harkins

Little Rock


Republicans, when will the hate stop? When will you people stop the code words? That's what they did in Mississippi where I was raised. If you were a black man and acted like you were smart, you were beaten or killed. The words used were uppity, arrogant and elite. This is what the Republicans are doing now.

Betty Williams



Memorably, there was Richard Nixon and his felonious second in command, Spiro Agnew. Then Bob Dole, who scowled his way through at least one campaign. And recently we have had to endure seven years of Dick Cheney, who is frequently compared with Darth Vader. Now, we must cope with the senator from Arizona, notorious for his barely controlled temper. What Republican men seem to have in common is hostility — towards Jews, women, gays, Democrats, liberals, newspapers, activists, foreigners, and all those “enemies” out there. When one deals with Republicans one is dealing with a group of angry straight white men who really, profoundly need a lot of therapy. They should get it; but not at our expense!

James A. Means

Natchitoches, La.


Dr. Bob Hartsell stated eloquently and intellectually the reason America needs Barack Obama as president. There is a time for a warrior and a time for a diplomat. America needs a leader to get us out of the quagmire in Iraq and Afghanistan and turn our nation's energy to the financial crisis that is strangling our country.

Jim Davis



U.S. politics has become the playing-out of Marx's prediction that all society will come down to a struggle between the haves and the have-nots. The Republicorporates (haves) are simply trying to get all the money they can loot from the U.S. economy before it goes down the tube. McCain is not a candidate of change. Look at his agenda — it is the same old trickledown lie that Reagan started with.

Carl S. Evans

Little Rock

What has happened to the Republican Party? Remember when they spent $55 million of our money going after Bill Clinton for Whitewater and lying about his infidelities? Well, here we are today and the Republicans have offered John McCain and Sarah Palin as their candidates for president and vice president. John McCain admits that he does not know much about the economy. While he was married, he cheated on his wife and left her and his children for another woman who had the money and power he wanted. He made his choice for his vice presidential candidate after meeting Sarah Palin only once for some 15 minutes.



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