What a very special tribute the Arkansas Times paid to the late Roshundalyn Jenae Scribner, in your recent Academic All Stars issue. Entitled “Fallen Star,” the article lifted up the life of this remarkable 17-year-old, who as the late Bobby Kennedy once said about his brother the late President John F. Kennedy, he “had every gift but the gift of time.” The Hall High valedictorian and Student Council president had been accepted to four prestigious colleges. She was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church and role model for all, but her life was cut short after an automobile accident Feb. 6. This young woman was just extraordinary — a poet, a scientist, and a leader with a great future. The Arkansas Community Foundation is honored that her father, Kevin Scribner, established a memorial fund in her name. This fund will support charitable purposes including scholarships, poetry awards and other such charitable endeavors. The fund’s goal is to reach at least $10,000 so that the endowment can honor her memory forever. Contributions have poured in from students, teachers, friends, family, and strangers, and continue to be welcomed.

Pat Lile

President and CEO, Arkansas Community Foundation

Elephant memories

I read with great interest the article about elephants at the Little Rock Zoo. I would like to offer some additional information and perhaps a correction on the article, when it said, “Ellen, 56 lived at the zoo since 1954, the same year her companion Ruth came.”

The year is certainly in question since Ruth was at the Zoo in the late ’30’s. She was already at the Zoo when the WPA was building the current structures in what at the time was called Fair Park. A former circus elephant, she was beloved by all that spent a Sunday afternoon visiting her. The park even held a birthday party for her complete with a huge cake. I have a picture of the cake as well as a picture of myself wrapped in Ruth’s trunk and held aloft for my father to snap a truly treasured memory.

I would love to see the Riddle Elephant Sanctuary in Greenbrier become a leader in saving this wonderful part of the animal world.

Florence Pauly


Two surges

A respected cable channel military analyst said that the difference in President Bush’s surge and President Johnson’s was that LBJ didn’t believe his surge would work and W does.

A perennial cable channel pundit says repeatedly that we should respect President Bush for sticking to his guns now and President Johnson back then, even though both were wrong.

That LBJ and W were both resolute did and does not justify their using the rank and file of our military as toy soldiers on a battlefield of their choosing, for what real reasons may never be known.

MSgt. Chris L. Gray, USAF (Ret. ‘89)


Low standards

I am a subscriber to Arkansas Times. The Orval cartoon that depicted Coach Houston Nutt in the Little Bo Peep costume and Frank Broyles looking for his Viagra pills … Come on, don’t you have more taste than that? That is something that I would not expect to see in a publication of your high standards.



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