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Orval too much

The normal cartoon themes are usually funny/silly and can be enjoyed whether one agrees or not. The Orval cartoon Feb. 25 was neither funny nor to be enjoyed. The best description is crude. You can and have done better. Please!

Jerry Kincade
Maumelle

Park in a park

What is it about the city of Little Rock government that can't leave a good thing alone ? As I write this they are cutting trees at historic War Memorial golf course. Their plan (Truman Tolefree and Stacy Hurst and Mark Stodola ) is to place a park within a park. Apparently some idiot (or someone off their meds) thought a playground would be a good thing to place in the middle of the golf course. All of this has come to pass since early February. No public forum, nada. Worse yet, last Monday a sign was placed in the clubhouse stating work would begin March 1. They knew from the objections raised by the golfing community that we were going to talk to the City Board meeting on March 2. It appears they wanted to sneak in and do it without proper consideration being allowed the citizens.

The whole way this thing has been handled smacks of collusion, deceit and dishonesty. Perhaps it is time for the big three to leave their positions. A good time would be at the city (mis)directors' meeting.

Steve Gibson
Little Rock


No bear baiting

According to a recent press release from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas hunters “harvested” a record number of bears during the 2009-2010 season. More than 530 bears were killed. That's 130 more than the previous record. Bear program coordinator Myron Means was quoted as saying that the record harvest was due to bear baiting and low availability of food.

“Baiting for bears is very effective where there's not a lot of available food in their natural habitat,” Means said.

Shame on you Arkansas and all the hunters who allure bears by baiting them with food, then hiding behind a blind or in a tree at close range and then shooting. This is not a harvest. This is a slaughter. Arkansas is one of only 10 states that still allow bear baiting to give hunters an un-fair advantage. Not only is baiting unsporting and inhumane, but what kind of lesson are hunters teaching their children? Hunters are teaching their children the very basics of cheating. Not only does the youngster get to kill the animal, he is rewarded with the newspaper running a pic-ture of him in the paper holding his gun and usually the head of a dead animal.

I encourage those of us who believe in sportsmanship and fairness to contact your state wildlife agency, write a letter to the editor, attend a state wildlife agency meeting and demand that steps are taken to prohibit bear baiting. Or contact your state legislator and ask them to introduce legislation to ban this practice in Arkansas.

Shannon Cavanaugh
Calico Rock


Financial reform

As families across the country continue to struggle with unemployment rates around 10 percent, mortgages that cost more than the homes they pay for are worth, and the anxiety of lost retirement and college savings, the biggest banks and Wall Street firms are about to give out bo-nus and compensation pools rivaling record breaking 2007 levels.

This reveals more than simply hubris. It shows that Wall Street believes that nothing has changed. The terrible
truth is that so far, thanks to their own continued success in lobbying for their narrow interests, even as they have benefited from trillions in public support, they are right.

There is a way to change this. The administration is calling for financial reform and recently the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that took steps in the right direction. Now it's the U.S. Senate's turn to act, and the industry is redoubling its efforts to prevent the change we need. Senators must not let them get away with it. There is too much at stake.

We need financial reform to rein in the big banks on Wall Street that cost millions of jobs, and to crack down on abuses committed by credit card companies and the mortgage lending industry. These reforms will strengthen our financial system and will help to prevent another financial crisis.

Stephen Copley
North Little Rock

Obama a blessing

President Barack Obama makes this country and the world understand our universal needs. His life is a blessing that strengthens this world just as much or better than any event, activity or program that has ever been awarded the Nobel Prize.

President Obama was born of dual race parents. He achieved as a youth in a less than traditional family life. He achieved in his educational efforts. His life is a lesson that will make this country better.

He is married to a partner that he loves, respects and is not intimidated by.

He achieved at Yale. He sought to teach. In order to do wider service, he became a politician. He became the president — not of Chicago or Illinois, not of blacks, Hispanics or immigrants, but of the United States of America.

He is making a difference in all our lives.

LaVerne W. Feaster
Little Rock

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