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Invitation for Griffin 

Arkansas Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) has received much attention recently on the heels of Tim Griffin's Web page description of WAND's peace directed activities as "radical" and anti-military. In fact, WAND's mission is "the redirection of excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs." Mr. Griffin should support WAND's mission if he is to remain consistent with his promises to reduce our national debt and work for the benefit of our citizens.

We would like to invite Mr. Griffin and his wife to one of our WAND regular meetings, and/or our monthly pot-lucks to hear about our mission and to discuss our respective views. We would also welcome John Brummett and his wife to join us for discussion. We always have plenty of wonderful food and they will not have to bring a dish!

Over 300 women and men of all ages and backgrounds make up Arkansas WAND. We welcome new members who want to work toward our stated goals. WAND will provide information to anyone interested in learning more about our mission and activities.

WAND will continue to work on issues that threaten the welfare of all our citizens, and while we enjoy the Halloween Holiday, anyone who takes the time to know us will find that we are a long way from being "Scary Grannies."

Pat Youngdahl, President

Arkansas WAND

White Water:

Pro and con

I am glad that one person who helped narrate the history of the White Water Tavern for your Oct. 14 issue acknowledged The Pitcher, which formerly occupied the spot of ground at 7th and Thayer. For certain sentimental reasons, I had saved an article published by the Arkansas Times in November of 1975 (Vol. 2, No. 3) — "Things that Make Little Rock Unique." The Pitcher, being something of an institution at the time, was No. 7 on the list; it lost its lease the following year. Jim Lendall, who is running for governor this year, was No. 8 on the list. The 1975 article noted that Jim tried to run for governor in 1972, but that he was disqualified because he was too young. Of the eight "things," Jim Lendall and John W. Walker are still among us. The other five items on the list were Mayor Wimberly, Tom Baugh, The Jesus Center, Boyers' Store, and ACORN. While some things change, and others persist over time, I am pleased that the Arkansas Times has provided a measure of stability over the past 35 years as it continues its mission of publishing our local news of politics and culture.

Amy Hall

Cabot

For the past ten years or more I have read, valued and learned by reading the Arkansas Times as a supplement to the Arkansas Gazette. I enjoyed telling others what I had learned from the Times. However I am very disappointed by the language used in the Oct.14 article on "White Water Tales." It is vulgar, degrading, unnecessary and inappropriate for a statewide newspaper. It does not maintain the long, wonderful tradition held by newspapers of being the place to look if you want to learn and improve yourself. Of course, this is only my opinion, but I wonder if such articles attract the readership identified in your business objectives.

I vote "no, thanks" and do not plan to renew my subscription.

With hope for higher standards for the fourth estate,

Scott Moore

Conway

Back-stabbing Republicans

Gilbert Baker's letter of endorsement of Tim Griffin is what I call chutzpah (gall). This is one professional back-stabbing Republican endorsing another professional back-stabbing Republican. When Dave Bisbee was in line to be selected president pro tem of the Arkansas Senate, a first for an Arkansas Republican, Gilbert joined the Democrats to select a Democrat. Gilbert can spin that any way he wants to but he can't get the blood off his hands.

Years later, when Tim wanted to become the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, he went to his boss, Karl Rove, and Karl removed the most outstanding Republican United States Attorney in the United States, the Honorable Bud Cummins, in order to appoint Tim. Tim can spin it any way he wants to but he, too, has Republican blood on his hands. Both Gilbert and Tim should "man up" and admit what they did was not in the best interest of the Republican Party, the state of Arkansas or any Arkansawyer other than Gilbert and Tim. As a member of the administration of the Honorable Winthrop Rockefeller, legal aide/advisor on prison affairs/commissioner of revenue, I am a liberal Republican, much like Governor Rockefeller, but I have never stabbed a fellow Republican in the back. The stabbing was bad enough but the hiding behind closed doors is even worse than the offense, a lesson they should have learned from former President Richard Milhous Nixon.

Bob Scott

Rogers

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