When opening the page to the April 24 edition of the Arkansas Times, the movie review written by Matthew Reed caught this writer's attention. The movie “Expelled,” by writer, actor and commentator Ben Stein was to be the subject. There were no surprises about Reed's own personal stance — he expelled it. The review was an immediate all-out attack. Reed was offended that Stein would dare present a documentary showing how people (scientists and other professionals included) were being ostracized, censored, ridiculed or terminated for the simple inquiry as to the possibility that evolution was still only a theory. In addition to this is the objection that intelligent design should be considered in the realm of true scientific methodology. This is truly what Stein's movie is about. And if one is not too set in their ways to be confronted with the possibility that their theory is debatable, then by all means go see the movie. Otherwise ridicule Stein, and smugly ignore “Expelled.”
Disagrees on Clark
Typically I find the political analysis of John Brummett to be spot-on. However, I must disagree with Mr. Brummett's column concerning Steve Clark and his run for the Fayetteville mayor's office. Mr. Clark's Phoenix-like story of redemption is refreshing and inspiring to include his desire to return to public service. Regardless if his renewed ambitions are ego-driven, Clark's record of service to the citizens of Arkansas — but for the misuse of the people's credit card — is a good one. As Attorney General he performed admirably as the people's advocate. Perhaps the best example was the very pro-active Consumer Protection Division of his administration in which he turned the lemon of the state's anemic consumer protection laws into lemonade with an outstanding outreach and education to the state's citizens on their rights. I take note that current AG is attempting to recreate that program, but that only generates an “'bout time” in response. The citizens of Fayetteville can do far worse than Mr. Clark as their mayor.
James R. Fisher
Operating on the assumption that any publicity is good publicity I have chosen not to respond to your last four attacks on my book, but when you write April 24 that “the Jacoway book defends Gov. Orval Faubus” I simply cannot let that pass. The Jacoway book does not defend Orval Faubus. It attempts to place Orval Faubus' misguided actions in their proper context, demonstrating that Harry Ashmore's narrative of that tragic period in Arkansas history fell far short of offering a full explanation for the governor's behavior. I have difficulty believing that anyone who has actually read my book could find there the kinds of conclusions that you and your staff have been attributing to me over the last year. I urge you and your readers to invest the time in reading “Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis That Shocked the Nation.”
So far George Bush has come through on his pledge of no child left behind. They all went to Iraq. On the other hand, when it comes time for them to come home, so far, over 4,000 have been left behind and of thousands who did return, thousands are in pieces.
Why elections matter
Random thoughts from a member of the Greatest Generation:
Members of the Greatest Generation always knew what it was like to love this land. We were never hesitant about saying it or made silent by the fear we would look uncool.
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