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The Jan. 8 cover article merely shows what you will do to promote those who agree with your politics. I do not know John Wesley Hall personally and do not practice criminal defense law, although I am familiar with his stellar reputation and competence in that practice area. However, what a deal he got! This was worth at least $100,000 in free advertising, with a staged cover photograph and with a smiling Judge Herb Wright on the bench (why the judge is banging his gavel is another matter). To whom is he pleading his case? I'd say Brummett, but the guy on the cover has too much hair. The cover should have had, “Special Advertising Section” printed at the top. Lastly, I continue to be amazed by your hypocrisy in opposing the death penalty for murderers, while promoting a judicially created right to abortion of innocent unborn babies, and your inability to see the inconsistency. 

Michael J. Emerson

Barber, McCaskill, Jones & Hale, P.A.

Little Rock

The night bus

As a person who works in the transportation field it was interesting to see a Central Arkansas Transit Authority ad about the dangers of drinking and driving on a recent visit to Little Rock. It had a snappy slogan, “If you drive hammered, you're gonna get nailed.” The only problem with the ad is that CAT really can't help you avoid drinking and driving unless you indulge at lunch or an early dinner. Their service ends about 8:30 on weeknights and 6:30 on Saturdays.

Steve Strauss

New York

Sexual orientation

The next time some religious fundamentalist tells you that gays and lesbians are of that orientation by choice, look that person in the eye and ask at what point they chose to be heterosexuals ?

Dimes to doughnuts, their answer will be that they were born that way and they've always been straight. At that point ask the person to prove what he has just claimed. Watch the panicked expression as the person realizes he has no more proof than he does that homosexuals are that by choice.

He doesn't believe in evolution? Then ask him why men of the human race all bear nipples on their manly chests? Same perplexed look will follow.

He claims “Adam and Eve” were the first “created “ humans? If evolution isn't a fact, then how does he account for 27 known different races of humans on Earth?

When these fundamentalists have to think and then defend with reason their assertions as facts, it will shut many of them up.

If you have a choice between insanity and stupidity, pick insanity. Doctors can treat folks for that. There is no treatment for stupid!

Kudos to the ACLU for its announced lawsuit against Act 1. When it's over maybe Mr. Cox will crawl back under his rock.

Karl Hansen


End filibusters

Originally intended as a defense against egregious abuses of power by the majority in the U.S. Senate, the filibuster is now so abused that it seems the norm rather than exception. The Constitution requires simple majority votes in each house to pass bills. Yet, urgently needed legislation, supported by the president and majorities in both houses of Congress, dies in the Senate for lack of a 60-vote supermajority needed for cloture. Filibuster has become weapon-of-first-resort for every senator with a dissenting view, special interest to appease, or pork project to fund. Worse than tyranny of the majority is tyranny of the minority. Filibuster is now an insuperable obstacle to essential legislation. It is time for filibuster or senators who abuse it to go.

Americans expect bipartisan action from Congress. Obstructionist senators, thinking to exempt themselves from duty to country by bringing home pork and pandering to parochial social values, failed to learn an important lesson of recent elections. Narrowly servicing home state constituencies at the expense of country is no longer a viable strategy. Abuse of the filibuster to thwart national will is political poison. With 24/7 television news, the Internet, and ubiquitous blogging, people are increasingly aware of elections in other states and are making significant contributions to affect outcomes. We are now, more than ever, one nation, one people, one electorate. “All politics is local” is being supplanted by “all constituencies are national.” Senators not taking heed of this paradigm shift will be replaced by candidates who do.

Dennis Braddy

Little Rock

Worst time

In the annual “Best and Worst” article, Bob Lancaster wrote: “Worst name for a fund-raiser: A fund-raiser to promote colorectal cancer awareness in Little Rock in February was titled ‘Cut the Cheese.' Supposed to be funny? Another stupid Huckabee poop joke? Anyone want to claim credit?”

As a loyal reader of the Arkansas Times and its blog, I feel that a response is necessary. I definitely put my name and face to the “Cut the Cheese” event. As someone that has lost a friend to colon cancer, I felt that the event was a huge success! If you had seen the survivors, families and friends who have experienced colon cancer, you would have appreciated the response to our efforts. Our turnout was huge and people in Arkansas benefited from the actual event and funds raised.

As a fan, I would like to invite the Times editor as my personal guest to our 2009 Cut the Cheese on Feb. 27. No ill feelings — I'd like you to experience this fun-filled event on your own.

Alayna Gilliam

Little Rock

Biodiesel the answer

In 1900, Rudolf Diesel took his prototype internal combustion engine to the World's Fair in Paris. Diesel was running his engine on peanut oil.

Biodiesel is the answer. It only takes one year to grow and harvest crops, refine bio-diesel, then distribute the fuel. It takes eight to 10 years to drill new oil wells and then get the fuel to consumers. Our nation is in the process of building new bio-diesel refineries that are not owned and controlled by big oil companies interested in taking our natural resources and selling them to China and India. We need these new refineries to increase production of fuel specifically for U.S. consumers.

Admit it. Ethanol has already replenished our gasoline reserves. Our fleets and city buses are already running on bio-diesel. Meanwhile, new oil rigs are just beginning to break ground. The bio-fuel industry is running circles around the oil industry.

Gene Mason





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