Letters to the Editor, Dec. 20 

No to Bass Pro

I have watched the plans for the Bass Pro Shops in North Little Rock for years. My husband and I have been conservationists for years. We cannot believe that a company like Bass Pro would even consider building in a wetland. There is no reason good enough to destroy another wetland in Arkansas. You can't put it back once it's gone. I ran across the following quote in a book by Charles A. Lindbergh about disappearing Arkansas wetlands:

“The cost of adequate conservation is small compared to what we spend on space exploration, aviation, super highways, electronic devices, etc., yet the natural resources we neglect offer far more to us and to our children than do all such enterprises combined.”

In our lifetime, we have watched our forests in Arkansas being destroyed for money. Timber companies and developers are destroying the habitat, the roads and our beautiful state. Builders cut down trees that are hundreds of years old, push the dirt around, move it, haul more in, pour concrete or asphalt and plant back trash trees. That is the tip of the iceberg.

Thank God some people are waking up to the destruction and doing what they call going green. Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County are not doing what they could. Why? MONEY. The Native Americans would make their major decisions after they studied the consequences for the next seven generations. I think our government should do the same.

Is Arkansas the Natural State? If it is, how long? How long until our drinking water is polluted because of the development above it? It doesn't take a scientist to figure that water runs downhill and the pollution with it. How long before all the hardwood forests are cut and planted with pine to sell overseas?

Shame on you, Mayor Hays, for not finding another area to let them build the Bass Pro Shops. The area they want to build in is too congested already. Why can't you find an area already destroyed? Push down an old deserted building where the land is already asphalted.

Bobbie Highfill

Little Rock

TV irritants

Flash-on TV letters that come on at the same time one is viewing a sports event are annoying to say the least and should be stopped. This is clearly an intrusion on the rights of one's thoughts. These letters come on quite unexpectedly as much as 10 to 15 seconds apart and then might cease for a few minutes. We can cut out TV commercials, but try to view a sporting event without superimposed text is unthinkable. It is a sneaky way of creeping into one's being.

We might look into Germany, which prohibits TV commercials except at specified times.

The well-being of our country depends on the good, clear thinking of its people. What we take into consciousness is imprinted in our being and if it's annoying and/or irritating the results become evident in our everyday lives and in our civilization as a whole.

Katherine Erwin

Little Rock

The 11th commandment

Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment, “thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” has really gotten out of hand lately. But we must forgive Reagan, for he knew not what he was doing. Most educated Americans know that Jesus issued the 11th commandment to his disciples, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Of course, Jesus was familiar with the hundreds of mitzvah (laws) and the Decalogue, a condensed version, but Jesus knew that people like Ronald Reagan would be capable of remembering only two commandments, so Jesus declared the first two commandments of the Decalogue sufficient.

Some of us actually remember when Ronald Reagan knew better, when Reagan was in his prime, when he was Hollywood's biggest Democrat. Unfortunately, Reagan could not win as a Democrat, so he crossed over to the dark side.

In light of the enormous atrocities Republicans have committed over the past 10 years or so, it shall be our civic duty to speak ill of Republicans and Republicanism. We must also learn not to equate Ronald Reagan with God.

Gene Mason



Before I read the Murray Waas story at Huffington Post on Mike Huckabee and the Dumond scandal, I just thought of him as a successful dieter, albeit one with an aura of religiosity. Now I've read your story at salon.com, and I realize what a dangerous critter he really is and how successfully he's conning us. And yes, the national media, including writers I admire and enjoy reading, seems to be giving him a pass.

So the purpose of this letter is to thank Max Brantley for his story. I don't know if you're aware of it, but a wing-nut blogger at freerepublic.com called him a “republican-hating liberal,” and I for one would consider it high praise indeed if that were said of me.

Rosemarie McMichael

San Francisco

More on Larry Craig

Ernest Dumas' column on Senator Craig was the best I have read in all the time I have been following this. Thank you so much for your insight as well as the history.

Mike Raines

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Concerned about energy

Is anyone else as concerned as I am about our energy situation? Everyone knows we face serious problems now and in the future, but nobody in Washington is doing anything. Well, they are doing one thing. Raising taxes. That's right. Congress' solution is to raise taxes on the oil industry.

We all know that the oil companies are making huge profits. The problem is raising their taxes will just cause prices to go up. It will not produce more oil, which is what dictates gas prices. If they want to penalize Big Oil for making profits, that's fine, just don't put the American public in the crossfire.

Maybe Congress just wants more money to throw away on their pet projects. Maybe they just don't realize how fickle our economy is when it comes to oil. I don't have the answer. What I do know is that higher taxes won't solve our problems.

Arlis Graham




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