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Come on, Kris 

Come on, Kris

Kris Allen may be the newest American Idol, but he clearly isn't God's gift to music, or to Arkansas. On May 26, Kris made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Naturally, Fallon minimized Arkansas and asked Kris if there was much of a music scene in Little Rock. Kris had the perfect opportunity to tell him that the Little Rock music scene is vibrant, full of some of the most creative and inventive musicians and artists in the country. Instead, in his ignorance, he told Fallon, and the rest of the nation, that there wasn't a scene here in Little Rock, and very few places in which to play a show.

I'm tired of Little Rock getting a bad rap because of ignorant and ridiculous comments such as these. I'm proud to have had the chance to grow up here, and to continually benefit from the hard work of so many talented artists and promoters so that I could have a show (or 10) to go to every week.

In fact within this past month I have had the privilege to see: American Princes, Magic Hassle, The See, Big Boots, American Aquarium, Stella Fancy, Glossary, Christopher Denny, Kevin Kerby, Jonathan Wilkins, Frown Pow'r, The Wisenheimers, Cory Branan, Mr. Bear and others, most of which are local. All of which played at a variety of venues, and work hard to keep this scene going and play a better show than Kris Allen ever will.

Do you your research, Kris. Ignorance doesn't look as good on you as that leather jacket does.

Liz Sendejo

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Another LR lover

Thanks to my old friend (and former editor) Starr Mitchell for pointing out in the June 4 issue what a wonderful city we citizens of Little Rock enjoy. Easily the “Queen City of the South,” she stands like an old friend at the end of the road each time I come home to Quapaw Tower and enjoy the skyline with a glass of medicinal wine (or two depending upon the severity of my infirmities). I am doubly blessed in that my profession takes me daily to one or more of the other wonderful cities of our state, but there is just something about the “City of Roses” that makes me, when I crest the Dixon Road Hill and see our city arrayed in all her glory, think of the words of John Ruskin that end: “... lo, what our hands have wrought.” Call me a “Little Rock Snob,” but damn, what a fine place to live!

Jim vonTungeln

Little Rock

Save War Memorial

Thank you for the editorial in the Times on “Right as Rahn.”

The Ray Winder Field sale proposal that popped up, and was unexpected by most people, not by the administration, is just another example of “do what we want to and if we don't get caught it will be okay.” This seems to be the general rule around city hall. Remember the bond sales transactions?

The only “voice” the people who love and respect the War Memorial Park Golf Course have is the Times. The main drum beater for the greedy land-grabbers unfortunately has free access to all the ink he wants and he used it to say “the golf course must go!” Remember?

One member of the Board has been the champion of the golf course and park, Ken Richardson. He needs the support and consideration of all of us who want the park and course left alone. Thank you Arkansas Times!

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