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Pryor was right 

Pryor was right

Lord knows I have my differences with Sen. Mark Pryor, but your editorial about his vote against the Buffett Rule was extremely shallow and a did a disservice to serious journalism. The same goes for a recent diatribe by my favorite curmudgeon and ex-Times columnist, John Brummett, in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, but that is par for the course for him.

Sen. Pryor was right to vote against this bill because it was an election year gimmick that will do absolutely nothing to lower the deficit. In fact, it was a back-door attempt to raise capital gains taxes at a time when the economy needs more capital to drive a recovery. Never mind that it got its moniker from a guy who is fighting the IRS over a billion-dollar back-taxes bill. Sen. Pryor will be fighting for his political life in 2014. Arkansans are fed up with senators talking moderately-to-conservatively every six years, but voting as-instructed by the national Democratic Party and Sen. Harry Reid, unless given a pass, as here. Since you will surely support his re-election, however, I thought it would occur to you to provide a balanced treatment of this issue, rather than react in your customary knee-jerk fashion. On this issue, give him some credit. He was right.

Michael Emerson

Little Rock

Outside support needed

This is in response to Jay Barth's column on bullying laws ("Bullying bullies is bad law," March 28). He stated that the punishment dealt out to Dharun Ravi seemed severe for his actions. It does, but we must not forget his actions resulted in Tyler Clementi's death. A precious life was lost that cannot be returned. How do you find justice for that? Barth says that we do not want to instill victimhood in groups like LGBTQ people. But if a youth like Clementi is facing, as Barth writes, "mental health issues often tied to society's continued negative attitudes towards those who happen to be gay and lesbian" then wouldn't it be right to say he is suffering due to society's opinion of him? And that suffering is far more compounded among other queer people who don't have the resources a college student does?  

A friend of mine on the Internet lives and works on a family farm in North Dakota. He will not be going to college, and he lives in a world where even admitting to being gay to himself has extremely dire implications. 

When societal suppression exists like that, then these people are victims already. It would be wrong to put the entire weight of social change on these individuals' shoulders. They need truly supportive people to help them bear the burden. For Barth to say that these people must "stand up for themselves" for "real social change to be cemented" is absolving society of responsibility for their oppressions. I myself do not intend to give in to persecution for being gay, but some positive support from outsiders would do wonders.

Ryan Williams

Little Rock

Bye Bye Bobby

Reaction from the Arkansas Times Facebook page and arktimes.com to last week's cover:

Absolutely no class. Apparently the Arkansas Times is aiming for a "National Enquirer" type feel. Way to aim high!

Lindsey Woods 

If the point of the cover was to get attention, then many kudos to you and a job well done.  However, I'm guessing most of the Arkansas Times employees aspire to emulate the New York Times rather than the New York Post. This cover is New York Post material.

Brian Sieczkowski 

If it wasn't so true it would be sad, but it's not. Keep up the good work. Hope I can snag a multi-million dollar gig someday and make the cover too when I'm caught actin' an ass.

Ol' Puddin'head

I never thought the Arkansas Times would stoop to this level!! Evil and taken way too far!!

Mary Kremers Spence 

Hilarious! I Love It!!!!!!

Kathy Chelle Underwood Overstreet 

Tacky is a under statement! I never have ever liked anyone to kick a man when he's down. Say what you will, he was an awesome football coach. These are sad times for Razorback fans. Let's move on.

Mike Parks 

Petrino was caught with his pants down. The Times just underscored that fact. It is what it is!

Ardee Eichelmann

I in no way support Petrino's decisions in the last few weeks and find Long's firing of him justified and full of integrity. Unfortunately the cover of this week's Arkansas Times makes another statement of integrity. This photo of Petrino with his "pants down" — clearly falsely generated — I feel was a very poor decision by the editing department. I have been an avid reader of the Arkansas Times since my early undergraduate years and daily read the headline blogs. Being very much a liberal and a supporter of everyone's opinions I have come to respect this weekly "newspaper" but I am deeply disappointed in the poor taste of this week's cover photo.

bufftrek

Arkansas Times and integrity are like oil and water. The Times has taken a sharp turn left since Lindsey Millar took over as editor.

arkansas panic fan

Best. Cover. Ever.

Norma Bates

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