Home run 

Home run

What a great issue you gave your readers just before Christmas!  I don't know which essay to put first, but everything printed on pages 16 & 17 (the opinion pages) was wise, insightful, and instructive — a home run with all the bases loaded.

Bill Shepherd

Little Rock

Coffee stop overlooked

My favorite place in Hillcrest is the original Coffee House, River City Tea, Coffee and Cream. Recently in the Arkansas Times "What's Cooking" section the writer stated that Rosalia's Family Bakery "...will fill a coffee shop void in Hillcrest and may give Starbucks some competition."  This statement is in error.

River City has been the hub of Hillcrest for decades and I believe was one of the first places in Little Rock to sell fine coffee in the bean, freshly ground, or in the cup. During the Christmas holiday while I sat at the cafe drinking my cappucino made from beans roasted in Little Rock I overheard customers from Little Rock and other parts of the state sharing memories of coming to River City over the years. I shared in the warm thoughts, remembering visits with my daughter, since grown and moved to Colorado, on beautiful fall days, coming into peruse and eventually select our truffles to share.

Today Lisa Coleman runs the friendly, truly neighborhood coffee shop. Customers find a great selection of coffees and teas — by the pound or by the cup. Lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, or plain. To go, sitting in the comfy couches, or sitting at one of the cozy tables checking your email on Wi-Fi — all available. Next door is the Freckled Frog, a great place to wander in, selling jewelry, candles, T-shirts, etc. made by over 50 Arkansas artisans.

My final words go out to all Hillcrest residents. Let's support the local small business owners in Hillcrest!  Our coffee house, a bakery, local crafts, our post office, our remodeled grocery, etc. Let's keep this a great neighborhood where we know the shop owners and love their wares.

Becky Williams

Little Rock

Hate in Arkansas

Beverly Clary (Arkansas Times, Dec. 16) asks why there is so much hate in the world.  I would like to know why there is so much hate in Arkansas. Day after day I read letters to the editor (Democrat Gazette) that exhibit so much hate, racism and prejudice.  If it isn't one thing, it's another. It truly makes me wonder exactly what is being preached in the churches around here, certainly not love thy neighbor.  A person's skin color, religious, or non-religious belief, and sexual orientation should be no one else's business. This country was born so people could be free to live the life they choose. I have to shake my head in disgust when someone remarks that he is a true Christian, but yet he is the one to make the most hateful statements.  President Obama has a very difficult job. Whether you voted for him or not, agree with his policies or not, he is the president of this great nation, and he needs everyone's support.  So quit the Obama bashing! As for gays in the military, so what? How many of you have grown sons who have not served in the military because they simply don't want to? At least there are gay folks who will step up to the plate to defend their country.   They have been treated unfairly. If they want to marry and adopt kids, good for them! There is probably more love in a homosexual household than  a "normal" household.   So let's all take Beverly Clary's advice and step outside the box. Arkansans must  quit being so hateful! There is a very powerful protest song, Eve of Destruction, written by Barry McGuire, in the '60s. I would encourage you to read the lyrics to that song.  A line in the last verse that can very well apply to Arkansas, "hate your next door neighbor, but don't forget to say grace."  This song is just as relevant today as it was back then.



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