Moral equivalence 

Moral equivalence is an imperfect science at best so comparing the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission's current $22,000 accounting error to, say, the city of Little Rock's firing of lowly zoo attendants, code inspectors, etc., while paying $200,000 to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce “contractors,” or to North Little Rock's council members selling guns and rigging city construction bids to help a New York crime family, may seem like apples and oranges. However it still leaves one the feeling that there is something terribly wrong. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette bravely listed the names of the Martin Luther King Commission volunteers who shamelessly accepted hotel accommodations after working tirelessly to serve the underserved and give back to their community. I'm sure these same intrepid seekers of the truth will show the same vigilance in investigating which North Little Rock city contracts were given to mob associates and in finding out exactly who the Regional Chamber of Commerce contractors are and why they are so indispensable.

Anthony Goldsby
North Little Rock

Let's play bocce

Just read the wonderful 2010 Natives Guide to Pulaski County. Don't know if Graham Gordy was serious or not, but one of Birmingham's finest restaurants (The Highland) has a bocce bar in the back — very popular with UAB med students and such. Great fun — glass of wine and bocce ball.

Randy Wright
Little Rock


Is there nothing simple anymore? 10,000 menus after one supposedly simple phone call. Drives me insane.

Then, I know I don't have to watch but I am a sports fan and I do watch hunting shows on ESPN. It amazes me that as a child I used to go fishing with an old cane pole and go duck hunting without all the happenings of today — all those pounds of gear, body spray, etc. God, would it not be wonderful if all the animals had this protection from human beings? Maybe then it would be a fair fight.

Supposedly, we are one of the most civilized nations. Sorry, but I have grave doubts. If I ask a 17-year-old in a store when the computer is down to go ahead and figure up my bill, they look at me like I'm crazy.

It's OK my wonderful young generation. Build upon this great nation and country you were given. I am a dying generation and I am sure you shall make a fine, wonderful United States of America. But guess what? I shall be watching.

Beverly A. Clary
Little Rock

Not enough bad news

Every day I hear people declare they just don't want to hear any more “bad” news.

As Wall Street takes our retirement funds through billions of tax dollars, we are “tired” of the “bad” news. Amid billions being paid as bonuses to the same guys that drove our ship of state off the cliff, we are sick of hearing “bad” news.

Our corporate-run “liberal press” is aware of how much “bad” news we will take; they give us just enough to make us believe we're living in a “free” society. When it falls apart, we get scrutinized, not the guys on the “watch” list.

We are, as Kevin Drum of Mother Jones said on the Bill Moyers Show, suffering from the “Stockholm Syndrome.” We are the captives of Wall Street.



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