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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.

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