Letters to the Editor, Nov. 29 

About ‘Orval'

Tommy Durham, the creator of the cartoon Orval (Nov. 8), should realize that the young men who killed Matthew Sheppard are spending the rest of their lives in prison. They both received two consecutive life sentences each. This is true for many young people who have thought it OK to injure and even kill gay people.

Perhaps Mr. Durham has kids or knows young people that he loves and cares about. Maybe they will take a cue from his comic strip. They will go out and kill some gay man because they think it's funny and cool. Then Mr. Durham will watch as they go to prison. He might wonder what on earth made them do it.

All one need do is look at his cartoon to find one more example of the cause. It's still OK to laugh at gay people being harassed, injured and killed. In fact, it's OK to teach your children to shoot gay people.

However, Mr. Durham should also know that it is still illegal to injure and kill gay people, and that your kids will spend their lives in prison should they do such a thing. Gay people are not helpless deer. We have legal rights and we do intend to enforce them.

Perhaps you should spend less time with your guns hunting and more time looking at the damage your macho attitudes cause society. Go to the hospitals and visit people maimed by gay bashers. Visit the families of gay people who have been killed by kids with guns. Tell them how funny it is, and that you were just teaching your kids how to be “real men.”

Jim Ru

Hot Springs

Oklahoma's OK

On Memorial Day, our vehicle was rear-ended by a Jeep at Canyon Lake, Texas. The driver and his wife were from Greenbrier, Ark. He admitted it was his fault and their insurance would repair our vehicle. He asked us not to call the police because he clearly would have gotten a citation. They were a long way from home and I felt sorry for them so I agreed. After some prodding by my insurance company, our vehicle was repaired and I felt good about showing compassion to strangers.

On Oct. 5 while driving through Fullerton, Ark., on our way to Branson we were almost run off the road by a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer while passing us in the inside lane. All of this was witnessed by a policeman parked by the road. The cop stopped me and issued a speeding ticket while Bubba No Teeth with the horse trailer sailed down the road. Then it dawned on me. It was Friday afternoon and local law was desperate to fill his weekly quota of tickets. Not wanting to offend local citizens, he preys on vehicles with out-of-state plates.

The cop explained that I should call the number on the ticket and they would tell me how much to pay. I called several times over several days and spoke to a person named Pam. Pam said the person I needed to speak to was not there and I should call again. Then she abruptly hung up. Pam is a rude person. Perhaps she's married to a small-town cop with an inflated ego who runs a speed trap.

I am a disabled veteran on a fixed income. Each year my wife and I save up to take a vacation trip to Branson. We've done this for 12 years and that's about as good as we can afford. Our oldest daughter and her husband are kind enough to allow us to use their timeshare for free, otherwise we couldn't go.



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