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Thanks, Arkansas

I hope the parents and future parents of students of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville realize that if the University chooses to buy the present Fayetteville High School site (for $59-61 million) most of that amount may well be paid for in the form of increased tuition and fees for all students.

All we can say up here in Fayetteville is thanks to the rest of the state for subsidizing the Fayetteville School District in its construction of a new high school!

 Steven M. Neuse

Fayetteville

Good eats

I missed an issue but from what I hear, a Times reviewer savaged the new Wrought Iron Grill in the River Market. The news is simply astounding to me. We entertained friends from Ohio last weekend and, after touring the Clinton Library, noticed the establishment in question and decided to give it a try. It was one of the highlights of the weekend. The food was delicious, the presentations charming, and the staff as gracious as one could hope for when showing off the city to guests. I'm no food expert, but I am an expert in enjoying the River Market and I can say your reviewer missed this one.

Jim vonTungeln

Little Rock

At the courthouse

The Times carried a brief account of Dan Harmon's job working for the circuit clerk in Saline County. What I would like to know is how a convicted felon, who at one time held the title of prosecuting attorney, has a job anywhere close to a courthouse?

I suppose if he was doing lawn care as part of his parole that might be the exception. This man abused his position, the system and many people who were expecting justice and found instead corruption.

You must wonder how many people are still in prison because they didn't have the money to bribe Harmon with or were sent there because somebody did have the money to bribe Harmon with.

When is Saline County going to wake up and realize the reason they have the reputation of corruption and “good old boy” syndrome is they keep making the same mistakes over and over.

R. Bennett

Former Saline County resident

All-stars

Thanks for the stories about the Arkansas Times' Academic All-Star Team. What a blessing to see photos and read about positive accomplishments of young people. They are a treasure to themselves, their families, their schools and all of us.

It is my hope that they will be inspirations to other young people who seem to have lost hope.

These kids came from all across Arkansas. They represented all types of schools. They were children of single parents, children of professionals and represented diverse cultures and races.

I hope our youth and their parents will recognize from this list that there are no excuses. Accomplishment is there for all. Not all can have the same test scores, but all can have a positive life.

LaVerne Feaster

Little Rock

Naming rights and BBQ

I agree with writer Gail Kelley that there should not be a Janet Huckabee name plate in the Governor's Mansion.

On another subject, I was reading in the Times about barbecue. It reminds me of story. We have the Polar Freeze and one of our young men, like a lot of us, thinks it is the best. He bragged about it so much to his fraternity brothers at the University of Arkansas that one night they said let's go see what the Polar Freeze looks like. A carload of them drove to Walnut Ridge, circled the Polar Freeze a couple of times and drove back to Fayetteville. They didn't get to eat any at that time of night, but they saw what it looks like.

Helen Bassett

Walnut Ridge

The war

Ret. Gen. Odom said that in the history of the world democracy has never flourished where warlords were paid off to keep the peace. Someone tell me how much gasoline will go up if we give Southern Iraq to Iran and bring our exhausted soldiers home for a rest. Future disability payments for U.S. Iraqi veterans are projected to be $340 billion, possibly a low number.

Steve Wheeler

North Little Rock

 

Clinton and Obama have both pledged to support the candidate of the party. Who is creating this phony war between the two? The people who will not support the Democrat who is selected are more into their own egos than the health of this nation.

We cannot support McCain, who has a known temper and who has flip-flopped on almost all the issues. Rumor has it that he needed airsick pills to adjust to his flip-flopping.

I think Obama is a good man with great potential but now is not the time for him to get tested as president. Hillary is known as a strong person and we know the fire she has been through to test her strength.

Beverly Quinlan

Camden

Recently, Thomas Pope wrote in to apologize for the current carnage in Iraq. I feel moved to respond as what I have to say seems to answer most questions people are asking about the war. The only thing Bush wants as his legacy is the unchecked passage of your tax money and whatever money he can get hold of into the huge bottomless pockets of his “base.” His base is the tiny elite of the super wealthy who profit from war and disaster. And wow do these people expect a good return on investment.

All this rambling about what was the president thinking, why wasn't there more discussion, how could he have ignored all common sense all become irrelevant when you remember their one simple rule: war = profit. Therefore he must start a war. If they can't instigate a war they'll suddenly decide we need an astronomically expensive missile defense system, as Reagan did with Star Wars. Oh, wait. Bush wants one, too.

This explains the smug, bemused look on his face whenever somebody tries to ask him a serious question about the war. In his mind the war couldn't be going better.

Andy Cains

Little Rock

Similarities

There was a candidate for president: a moderate in the party, someone with solid New England and Midwestern roots who belonged to an inoffensive mainstream Protestant denomination; a candidate supported by the party hierarchy, big donors and home-state interests; a candidate who had an extensive and weighty resume in high government and business circles; one who had been part of the highest levels of a previous administration that had been successful, eventful and popular; a candidate who supported the use of force against Iraq.

The candidate was opposed by a young, articulate, intensely intelligent challenger who had an ambiguous record in office and nearly no foreign policy experience. This candidate may sound like Hillary Clinton and the challenger like Barack Obama, but I'm referring to incumbent George H.W. Bush in 1992 and challenger Bill Clinton.

As the campaign progresses, Mrs. Clinton reminds me more and more of the experienced, deliberative elder statesman Mr. Bush, anointed by the party hierarchy to succeed a popular president, and who is destined, if elected, to be a disappointing substitute and a one-termer.

Andrew Gaudin

Little Rock

 

 

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