In defense of Joan Adcock
In regards to Max Brantley's editorial on the issue of after-hours clubs ("LR's nannies target clubbing," July 31), I would like to defend Mrs. Joan Adcock as one of the hardest working public servants I have ever met.
I have personally worked with her on several occasions. Every year she is an active representative at our neighborhood associations' annual meeting. She informed me of a grant that is available to improve neighborhoods in the city and encouraged our association to apply. She is a constant supporter of the Animal Village and personally volunteers there. She is a vibrant member of Neighborhoods USA. She always returns citizens' emails. These are just a few examples of her commitment to our city.
My point being that she does not deserve the scorn of Mr. Brantley. I don't agree with her on the issue of forcing after-hours clubs to close early. That does not diminish my regard for her as a representative of this city. I am glad she is available for all wards. Although I take a keen interest in local politics, I personally couldn't pick my specific ward representative out of a lineup. I feel Mrs. Adcock is one of the good guys who may not always be on our side of the argument, but she does not deserve to have her reputation maligned simply because she disagrees.
In praise of teachers
I really enjoyed the interviews in your "LR Confidential" issue. I learned a good bit. The transgender woman was especially enlightening, but the teacher really hit home with me. I taught for many years and even then it was a struggle to teach and keep peace with the administration. I dearly loved the kids and most of them became fine citizens — many are state and local leaders. As she said in the end, sometimes you just have to say to hell with it and do your job. I would be hard-pressed to teach today. I don't know how the young ones are keeping their sanity. Unless the public can can see the light and then put their experience to the boards to put the burden of learning back on the student and not on the teacher, our system is going to keep going downhill. God love them all, the teachers in the trenches and all the kids.
From the web
In response to David Ramsey's story "Is Tom Cotton too extreme?" in the July 24 issue:
Cotton subscribes to the extreme right-wing agenda. Anyone who advocates a federal balanced budget amendment wants to see the country implode. It's a nice thought and an admirable goal, but such immediate and drastic cuts would decimate poor and lower middle class Arkansans, while simultaneously shredding safety-net programs and essential services for the entire country. Why? Because I KNOW where Republicans would make the cuts. I have relatives who worked every day of their lives and still ended up on Medicaid and food stamps in their old age just to survive. Contrary to "wealth mgmt." commercials, everyone does not have a million-dollar retirement fund and a Wall St. broker on speed dial.
Not a fan of either Cotton or Pryor. Cotton is way too conservative and out of touch. Plus his affiliation with "extreme" conservative groups is very troubling. It also seems like there is no genuine personality there. Has the persona of an automaton who regurgitates the conservative doctrine.
Pryor I feel has sold out based on fear of political survival. He has embraced conservative views including the installation of the Keystone pipeline and pro-NRA agendas. To me this is a dangerous sign of personal weakness.
For me it will come down to voting for the lesser of two evils, Pryor in this case.
Only in Arkansas
We worked out at the same gym in Russellville during his campaign. He came in, exercised and left in maybe 30 minutes. Rushed through his sets like someone was chasing him. Didn't speak, didn't even make eye contact. It was so odd, I asked if anyone had looked him in the eye or exchanged a word with him. Not a one.
In response to David Koon's story "Don's Weaponry, small gun shop since 1986" in the July 31 issue:
Good story. Sometimes we forget there are reasonable people who like guns, and there is nothing wrong with that.
In response to the Arkansas Blog item about the Razorback football team excluding all but the SEC Network from covering practice:
If the newspapers and the Arkansas Press Association refuse to run any of their press releases and just didn't cover them at all, they might get the message. They need to be reminded that we pay for that bunch of buildings next to the glorified sports complex and that without that part, they would just be a bunch of neighborhood kids playing on the street.
And cover the ASU, UAPB and the other colleges and fill the paper up. The smaller schools would love to see more fans and certainly the Foundation won't miss all of that parking, seat bribes and other corrupt cash they hide from the public.
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