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I'd like to respond to the recent review your writers completed of my restaurant ("The good, the bad, the rubbery," Nov. 20). Fantastic China has a long, successful history (nearly 20 years) in The Heights area, and we have always been dedicated to providing the best quality food to the residents of Central Arkansas.

As in all businesses and personal interactions, there can be a bad day. The experience of the reviewer is not indicative of the quality of my restaurant and the food that comes out of the kitchen on a daily basis. Everything that comes from our kitchen is fresh and homemade, including all the appetizers like the dumplings and eggrolls. My chef has been with me since we opened and continues to make the food your readers and my customers love and keep coming back for.

I understand that people have different tastes and what may be too spicy for some may be just right for others. I appreciate the review of my business; however, I take issue with the fact that the reviewer did not bring his or her dissatisfaction with his meal to my attention or to the server's attention. I make every attempt to make sure that every one of my customers receives a quality experience when dining with me. If something is not right, it is fixed immediately. I was not given the opportunity to do so this time.

In the future, your reviewers should take all of this into consideration not just for my restaurant, but for all restaurants in the area.

Kavion Wang

Owner, Fantastic China

Little Rock

Fluoridation, Mandrake!

In March 2011, Gov. Mike Beebe signed into law Act 197, which mandates fluoridation for most water systems in Arkansas. Whether you were for or against the issue, you cannot deny that much research and discussion has taken place in the almost three-year period since the signing of it into law. It is important for you to read about it for yourself.

In my opinion, the fluoridation of our water is nothing less than the poisoning of our water. For those who perceive the need for it to prevent cavities in children, there are studies indicating, "It just ain't so!" But if you insist, then simply buy it in the form of toothpaste. And for all other water issues, such as bathing, the fluoridation of our water is going to be a waste of money. Consider the warning labels required on products containing fluoride, and ask yourself, if you really want to ingest this no-less-than-questionable substance into your body on a daily basis. Some may argue that they are not concerned about it, because they use water purifiers. However, not everyone can afford such equipment, and it is not fair for those who cannot afford a purifier to have to be forced to drink it. And personally, I do not want to rely on filtering it as being adequate.

This is a major issue for the health of each and every one of us. I suggest a letter campaign to our legislators, as well as to State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, head of the Senate Public Health Committee, to bring to light the current research on fluoridation and the need for the overturning of that law.

Remember, Hot Springs voted against the fluoridation of our water many years ago, when the trend was big to accept it. So did Eureka Springs. My father, Dr. Cecil Parkerson, was a medical doctor in Hot Springs for over 50 years, and I know that he voted against the fluoridation of our water and felt strongly about it, and he was always ahead of his time in thinking.

The House has yet to designate the head for their Public Health Committee; however, you can call 501-682-7771 around January 12, 2015, to find out, and contact that representative about the updated research on fluoridation, and stress the need to work to overturn that law.

It is my opinion that the money spent for the equipment and maintenance to fluoridate our water supply will not only be a waste, it will prove to be a detriment to our very health.

Gail Parkerson

Hot Springs

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In response to "Arguments today in lawsuits challenging Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage," a post on the Arkansas Blog by Max Brantley and David Koon:

Interesting that there was feeling on the state's side that the state had the right to deprive a class of its own citizens of some of their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

I hope we get the positive state ruling before the feds, or the state will come out looking even more backward than usual. And this certainly affects that Tech Park concept unless it is planned to be another white only, heterosexual only, right-church only private club and which means it won't be "high tech" and probably not "tech" but rather just assembly or a call center.

Creative people stay away from haters — they have no reason to put up with idiots as they can work anywhere, so why pick a hater's paradise. And Fayetteville, that's also for your consideration.

couldn't be better

If the state feels that they have the right to not recognize marriages from other states, then they should immediately stop recognizing first-cousin marriages and all the other marriages whose circumstances would prohibit an Arkansas license being issued.

If they had done that, then their argument might be valid. But they recognize all of those marriages, just not same-sex couples with valid marriage licenses.

That suggests animus.

Bob Donahue

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