HAM’s log cabin

Your story (“The state’s $500,000 log cabin,” Oct. 30) about the Historic Arkansas Museum’s development of a program to educate better both young and older visitors about an earlier time in Arkansas’s history and evolution (our state motto, The Natural State, being so inadequate and incomplete in describing ourselves) was woefully immature and naive and totally unworthy of a publication I generally salute.

If your In fact, the very nature of historic preservation is preserving or restoring with original materials or like and similar materials if the original is beyond use. Wire nails and modern milled lumber simply defy the precepts of good historic preservation, thus not providing a learning experience that truly informs and educates a person.

Arkansas’s heritage is unique and unless we appreciate and seek to retain evidence of it, we are lost as well-informed and truly educated Arkansans.
Parker Westbrook
Chairman emeritus
Historic Arkansas Commission

Who’s to blame?

Headline Oct. 18: “GM plans cut to health care as losses grow”

That should read: “GM plans cuts to executives’ and managers’ pay as losses grow.” After all, wasn’t it their decisions and practices that put GM in this condition?

And another note ... Why is it that a company, such as Delta, is not required to fund their retirement programs BEFORE creditors are paid when they enter bankruptcy? Our legislators should be handling these problems.
Roger Smith
Little Rock

Dirty books

I just read of Laurie Taylor’s vendetta against all the pornography in the Fayetteville school library. I can promise you, Mrs. Taylor, that were the material half as dirty as you make it out to be it would not be among the least-read books in the system by teen-agers. Us old coots can remember searching the huge dictionary to get a thrill from reading the dirty words.
Larry Golden
Mountain Home

Parable of the Huckster

Once upon a time in a small Southern state there lived a supreme ruler who governed his land. This governor had a young daughter who was curious to see the world, so they traveled abroad.

The first stop was in the Holy Land, where they read a plaque commemorating the slaughter of Jews at the hands of Germans. The daughter asked, “Why didn’t somebody do something?” Her father replied, “Oh, the Christians of Germany did apologize in 1945 as part of the Stuttgart Declaration.”

The next day the pair flew to Iraq where two vanloads of women and children were shot to death by U.S. troops at different checkpoints. The daughter asked the same question. The governor answered: “Sometimes we must kill women and children to reach the enemy.”

The two had lunch at Abu Ghraib, where the same question was asked. The governor quipped, “Oh, just the sorry handiwork of a few bad apples.”

At Guantanamo Bay the answer was, “We will imprison or kill anybody who does not love us. You’re either with us or against us.”

Then the governor and his daughter flew home, just in time for Sunday school, where the lesson was Romans, 13th chapter. The daughter asked her father, “Are you a supreme ruler, Daddy?” The governor replied with all the pride and confidence religious faith can generate, “Why, yes, I certainly am, sweetie. And nobody can do anything about it.”
Gene Mason

How to succeed

Bob McCord’s discourse on John Edwards’ war on poverty was interesting but described a would-be candidate for president as saving people who have been in poverty for many years. They will remain there until they make up their minds to get out.

They must start with their children. Keep them in school. Get their high school diplomas. Learn a trade. Go to any of the two-year colleges in Arkansas. Prepare for and apply for a good-paying job.

Edwards lists a bunch of his ideas to help eliminate poverty. Most of them are already available. Utilize them!

Without an education, your options evaporate. Hiking the minimum wage will not get anyone out of poverty.

The poverty exposed by the New Orleans hurricane has been there forever. Nothing was ever done by the mayor, governor or legislature to correct the situation. Unfortunately, the quote from the Bible is true. “The poor you shall always have with you.”
Santo Formica



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