Lack of regulation is to blame 

Some members of Congress say to fix the economy we must remove government regulations and keep taxes for the wealthy at a lower rate than the middle class. If people hear this long and loud enough, they begin to think of it as factual. It's not. Recent history proves both wrong. Lack of regulation brought us the economic crises. Unregulated financial institutions contributed to the housing crises and lead to the 2008 economic collapse costing thousands of jobs and homes. Lack of regulation contributed to the BP disaster resulting in loss of life, jobs, and devastating environmental degradation. Tax cuts for the wealthiest during the Bush years brought zero job growth and exploded the deficit. Large corporations receiving tax breaks have record profits while high rate of unemployment continues. Since 1979, median household income for the wealthiest 1 percent has increased 240 percent while average income has stagnated.    It makes no sense to go backwards to the policies that created the worst recession in recent memory. President Obama's bill can move us forward. It is jobs for first responders and teachers and construction jobs to repair unsafe roads and bridges. Most economists support this plan. Congress needs to help. It's time for them to say no to Senator McConnell's stated goal of an Obama administration failure. Say no to corporate influence. It's time to work with, not against the president. Contact your senators and representatives and ask them to stop with the politics and support working Americans. Tell them you expect them to support the president's job bill.

Teri Patrick
Little Rock

'Appalled' by Arkansas Baptist article

Students, faculty and administrators of Arkansas Baptist College are appalled by your article "With growth comes problems" (Arkansas Reporter, Oct. 12). This entire article placed accusations on our students without proof or validity. Many of the complaints are super overrated. With all due respect (and that is very little), the complainers in the articles are merely citizens of the community with absolutely nothing more to do than complain on our youth.

Many of the complaints in the article are problems of the school as well. Our security department spends numerous hours chasing away outsiders from loitering and littering on and around our campus. Because we are in the middle of a residential community (and one with such a horrific past) we have to fight off the marijuana smokers, the gang-bangers, the alcoholics, the homeless, and many other types of people that try to persuade our students to join in such activities. We put up signs on our campus and our cameras catch street youth (not our students) pulling them up or vandalizing them. If our students were to blame for these events they would no longer be our students — period!

I lived in a major city a few blocks from its downtown. In areas like these parking is hectic. That is something you adjust to when you choose to live in such an area. The woman quoted in the article should get over it and stop pointing the finger or more. For her to blame our students for littering or smoking in her yard is flat out profiling. We have proof that many of these events comes from area youth (and not just because they are wearing purple and white). Also, I have worked with the band since I have been at the college and never have I been on campus with them at 11 p.m. When she reported that accusation to another news outlet, she said it was 9 p.m. I guess she will just push the times back until someone gives her a hug. As soon as she complained, we stopped playing while marching to the field. However, when the band director and other administrators talked to her about the complaint, and she said "everything was OK!"

I'm sorry to say but the complainers in this article are looking for attention and should be ashamed to bring such bad publicity to a school that only has one mission, "to help the under-served and better the community by producing better citizens." If they have a problem with that they should look in the mirror!

JoAnn Jones
Little Rock

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Voting for Cliff Lee

The Times makes a good point as to why they have chosen Kevin Williams, but I still think it's Cliff Lee, especially because the cover [Oct. 12, 2011] says "Best Athlete from Arkansas in Pro Sports 'Today.'" Lee is thought by many to be the NL's Cy Young this year, which is certainly better "right now" than anything Williams is doing. The thing that I objected to the most, however, was that the other athletes in the photo included John Daly who is currently a nobody in the world of golf (which is alluded to in the story), but no photo or mention of [NASCAR's] Mark Martin.


On gays in the military

It's almost a certainty that a future administration with any insight will reinstate the ban on homosexuals serving in the military. Most military leaders understand that the relationship in the unit is based on camaraderie and that relationships based on sexual or romantic attractions are detrimental to unit morale, cohesiveness and combat operations. It was only the threat of having their careers ruined by President Obama that they didn't object to the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell. The writers at the Arkansas Times are notorious for an appalling lack of wisdom. Not only do they still embrace economic recovery policies from the 1930s, they are incapable of recognizing a neurotic sexual condition. Immobilized by ideology and unfazed by the Human Genome Project Report that homosexuals couldn't be distinguished by their genes, they continue to maintain a fixation that a gay interest has a genetic or physiological cause and is normal. One can only speculate their motivation is primarily for campaign contributions, activist support and votes for the Democratic Party, regardless of what it does to America or gay people.

Thomas Pope


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