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I am writing to correct the letter of Eric Francis published June 24, concerning the location of Mexico Chiquito restaurant and the origin of cheese dip.

I know nothing of the history of cheese dip. I do know, however, for many years, probably from its beginnings, the restaurant was located in Pulaski County, outside the city limits of North Little Rock. Mr. Francis is simply mistaken. The dip is probably a "home grown enterprise," but the home was not in North Little Rock.

Mr. Francis goes on to rant a little about things that are physically located in North Little Rock being identified as in Little Rock. Truth is that most of the money and financial support for building the arena and the ball park came from outside of North Little Rock. A county-wide tax built the Verizon Arena and the Stephens family supplied the largest contribution for Dickey-Stephens Park. The baseball team is stockholder-owned and most of the stock is held outside of North Little Rock.

Mr. Francis' paranoia about the use of Little Rock as a general location is a continuation of age-old bitterness by some on the north side. He and others will probably never be satisfied until the south side of the river is named South Little Rock.

R. Robert Bailey
Little Rock


Good photo

The picture in the entertainment section of a young man from Comedy Central, Gabriel Iglesias, made my day. I love it when someone is not ashamed of their size and not running to a weight loss-program because someone said they were fat. Good for this young man. I can see that he is not fat, but fluffy and funny. I am keeping that picture and framing it.

Thanks for a well-rounded newspaper.

Peggy Wolfe
Heber Springs

Soccer not happening

I realize the whole country has World Cup fever but it's just not happening for me. Soccer is like abstract art, I have tried to understand it but it just goes right over my head. For me, watching soccer is like watching a football team (a real American football team) go through agility drills. Remember in Rocky I when Burges Meredith was trying to improve Rocky's footwork by having him chase a chicken? Well, watching soccer is like watching chicken chasing. It gets pretty boring pretty quickly, unless you happen to be the chicken.

David Rose
Hot Springs


Soccer, most countries call it football. But not in the U.S.A. OK, I admire the physical fitness of soccer players. How many U.S. football players could run non-stop up and down the pitch for 90-plus minutes? None I know of, but in "our football" we score. I might die of old age waiting for a soccer point. I am old and do not have that sort of time left.

So, please, to all the gods, let this horrific, hot, unbearable summer turn into fall with cold weather and football season before I kick the bucket.

Just let me see one more season of American football without the vuvuzela horns.

Beverly A. Clary
Little Rock


Crybabies

My God, why can't you anti-tobacco crybabies let it go? The June 24 issue of the Arkansas Times mentions the smoking issue at the Zoo no less than THREE times. It's a crying shame the Times' editorial staff can't find anything more relevant to waste space on. I keep telling you, people smoking (especially outdoors) is a non-issue to the vast majority of normal people. In the Smart Talk section, mentioning Mr. Vigneault's tobacco client is particularly childish. I wonder how many times you've felt compelled to mention the ties to big pharmaceutical that 99% of the anti-tobacco crowd has? Money from Big Tobacco doesn't hold a candle to the money from Big Pharmaceutical funding all the anti-tobacco groups.

And, since you feel the Zoo is one of the state's top family — cough, cough (how childish) — attractions, I guess you think it's OK to tell the 20 to 25 percent of the families out there with a member who chooses to smoke "we don't want your kind here." How I wish we were all as perfect as the anti-tobacco crowd. In The Week That Was you couldn't help yourself again with the remark about the Zoo rejecting Mayor Stodola's no-smoking policy. Maybe the Board feels, as I do, that the mayor's time would be better spent figuring out how the city will handle any of the multitude of real problems that exist within the city. And, in the editorial section, one final shot at the "malcontents" that keep dreaming up rights that don't exist (i.e., the right to smoke at the zoo). How about a word about the "malcontents" (I prefer "crybabies") that think they have the "right" to tell a businessperson whether or not they can allow a person to enjoy a legal substance (smoke a cigarette) within the place of business they OWN!

I, for one, am grateful the folks that run the Little Rock Zoo developed some balls and refused to kiss you anti-tobacco jihadists' asses. It's way past time someone stood up to ya'll!

John Vinson
North Little Rock

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