Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
Party 'til 5
I never write to the editor, but I had to respond to the article about 5 a.m. clubs. I had to laugh as I felt outrage reading Joan Adcock say clubs staying open 'til 5 a.m. cut into "family time." Lady, the people staying out until 5 a.m. are probably not getting up and around at 8 a.m. to have this "desperately" needed family time. And it's none of your damn business! Even though I am past my time of staying out 'til 5 a.m. I sincerely hope this ordinance does not pass! Party on if you're young enough to stay up that late!
Some gays anti-abortion
I was chagrined and disappointed to see that Central Arkansas Pride was a sponsor of the pro-abortion rally at the State Capitol on Jan. 18.
Not only is the issue of legal abortion utterly irrelevant to a gay pride organization (after all, unintended pregnancy isn't exactly epidemic among gay and lesbian folk), but this unholy alliance reads out of CAP's ranks those gay and lesbian Arkansans who are also pro-life, of which there are many.
More fundamentally, an organization that purports to fight for human rights squanders its legitimacy when it fails to stand for the most fundamental right of all — the right to life.
Perhaps the only thing more inexplicable than CAP's endorsement of the pro-abortion rally was a similarly bizarre endorsement from the Sierra Club. But that's a letter for a different day.
From the web
In response to a blog item on Congressman Tim Griffin's "exit interview" in Politico:
Griffin was a sleeper cell sent by Karl Rove to accomplish the goal of stopping government any way he could. Republicans love that the last Congress was the least productive of any we've had since George Washington spent his off time polishing his wooden teeth. Gridlock is the desired goal of Republicans. Doing nothing serves the 1 percent better than anything else.
... No use wasting our beautiful minds on a bad guy like Griffin. The important thing is to replace him with a better person ... a much better person! But I worry that Fox News will elect his replacement because really ... the majority of Arkansas voters spend more time cleaning gunk from under their toenails than they do thinking about politics and government. They know the names of the Duck brothers but have no idea who their reps to Congress are.
Roger Ailes knows this and Fox News has brilliantly captured the small minds, keeping them mad enough to actually get up and go vote on election day. Which gives us our current government filled with either miniChris Christies or total idiots with a few good old fashioned crooks thrown in the mix.
Far too often I think our government mirrors us perfectly. How many mean people do you personally know? How many crooks do you do business with every day? Not a lot of honest people around ... because money is our only god ... just ask Missy Irvin or Mark Darr or Martha Shoffner or Mike Huckabee.
I will comment again that I do not recall anytime in my adult life when the Arkansas congressional delegation was as pitiful as it is now.
In response to the Jan. 9 cover story on Cody Wilson, promoter of 3D-printed guns:
I don't really care for guns, so I'm not particularly impressed with Cody Wilson as a Second Amendment champion. But I am impressed with him as a First Amendment champion. Freedom of information and the right to distribute data are the underlying issues here.
In response to the Jan. 16 Arts and Entertainment cover story on the new Ron Robinson Theater in the River Market district:
Ah. The days of the Sun. nite films in the 1970s, at the Ark Arts Center. An intergenerational event — my peers and my mom and dad's friends, and older, and in-between. My first Truffaut, Bogart, Wertmuller, Goddard, Ken Russell, and so on. Great lively discussions among friends and strangers before and after.
A/C cranked down to 60, in the summer. For those w/ no A/C at home, an oasis.
Toasty warm in winter, when the rent house floor furnace could not keep up.
No concessions, just fun.
(And oddly, on occasion, a smell of burning rope in the parking lot.)
Cable TV killed it deader than a door-nail almost overnite.
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