Not close enough to Romney 

Not close enough to Romney

Mitt Romney visited Little Rock on Wednesday to seek $50,000 donations from contributors in exchange for a meal and some face time with the Republican nominee. Ignoring for the moment Romney's willingness to charge such large sums of money for a meet-and-greet paired with his steadfast opposition to raising taxes even slightly on the rich to pay for social services, the event was marred by some improper and unconstitutional actions on the part of the Little Rock Police Department.

Although initially fairly observant of First Amendment free speech and assembly rights, as the evening progressed and the candidate was en route from the airport, police began cordoning off large sections of the area and restricting both protestors and supporters to designated zones. Frustratingly, these zones were out of eyesight and earshot of where Romney might appear should he have chosen to walk the public streets and sidewalks.

After a few protestors politely questioned the police action and requested to know why the forced removal was being implemented, an officer threateningly implied an arrest was imminent if the six citizens present did not relocate. His only explanation was that he was "following orders."

It is a shame that the Little Rock Police Department apparently holds the First Amendment in such short regard. This democracy of ours is better served by law enforcement that understands and appreciates the need of citizens to assemble peacefully near candidates and elected officials to voice both their disagreements and agreements. The need for security is understandable, but such overreactions undermine this country's foundational principles of free speech and assembly. No candidate for office should have the ability to use Little Rock's police to close public streets and sidewalks from peaceful protest, nor should the Little Rock Police Department agree to take such unconstitutional measures.

Samuel Kauffman

Little Rock

A simple request

I realize that we are living in a new era.

That it's no longer considered dorky to wear a ball cap with a flat brim. That the entire U.S. will soon have just one post office (though no one will know where it is).  That "dead" is the new retirement age, gay is the new straight and "legitimate tax evasion" is different from the illegitimate kind.

I welcome these great advances in our civilization.

But is it too much to ask to go back to the time when people at the public library tried to be mostly quiet?

Richard DeLaurell

Little Rock

A new day

With apologies to the late, great ad man Hal Riney: It's morning again in America. Today more men and women will go to work than ever before in our country's history (because of a greater population). With federal interest rates a small fraction of the highs of 2007 and 2008, more than 2,000 families will buy new homes, more than at any time over the past four years. This afternoon, at least 6,500 men will be married, and with inflation at half of what it was four years ago, they can look forward with confidence to the future. It's morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Obama, our country is prouder and stronger and better. Why would we ever want to return to where we were just four short years ago?

Gene Mason


From the web

Romney-Ryan has 0% of the African American vote. Romney-Ryan has 28% of the Hispanic vote and dropping. Romney-Ryan has 42% of the female vote & this was before Akin.

McCain-Palin lost with much better numbers than these. Of course the Bible-beating Arkansas racists will go for Romney-Ryan like no tomorrow, but in this election our vote won't mean much. 

This upcoming convention that God, Allah, and Buddha are trying to destroy with a hurricane will only push those numbers further down because the Romney-Ryan message is horrible for most people NOT in the 1 percent and bad things will happen at this convention, you can bet on it. 

So the question is will Citizens United money combined with voter disenfranchisement plus Diebold dirty tricks steal this election? We can already see the GOP doesn't have the votes to win and by election time will have even less votes. No one knows what this much money can do in an election. The Wisconsin results suggest Obama can be drowned in a sea of money. 

The next question is what do we do if the Stupid Party steals the election? Sit on our hands through eight years of Romney-Ryan like we did with Bush-Cheney? I don't think we can afford to take that chance. We're already so close to the breaking point, there may be an America we won't recognize by the year 2020. 

After all we already know that Romney-Ryan will make all abortions illegal. We know that they'll dismantle Medicare and Medicaid. They'll cut or eliminate aid to the poor, the sick, the elderly. Obamacare will be gone along with your chances of seeing a doctor unless you're filthy rich. Grandma will come home to live from the nursing home. Your kids will not stay in college and they'll come home to live with you too. Hospitals will become things you drive past if you're lucky enough to have gas money. When you can no longer work you better be prepared to do a lot of dumpster diving in order to eat. 

If you want your children to be wiping your ass in the back bedroom 10 years from now, vote for Romney-Ryan. If you'd rather skip that horror, vote for Obama-Biden. It's just that simple.


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