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Thumbs up for your alerting readers in your recent edition to the health risks of trans-fats. Thumbs down for the reverse as far as the risk of too much salt in the diet. Where, you ask? In your otherwise excellent review of Arthur’s Prime Steak House, as follows: “Our sauteed spinach was good and garlicky, but badly needed salt.” And later, “The thin fries were perfectly cooked. Crisp and hot and salty.”

It is generally agreed among health professionals that we Americans take in much too much salt in our food. And that it is a major cause of high blood pressure, often unrecognized. One has only to look at the salt content of foods on grocery store shelves — if one will. At least there one has the ability to reject the oversalted item.

Restaurants should not be encouraged to add salt. Rather, they should be advised that “salt cannot be removed by the guest, but it can be added.”

Howard J. Barnhard

Roland

Disappointing

From an editorial July 5: “...More black officers are needed at West Memphis, even if a lowering of the normal standards is required. In cases like these, lower standards are the lesser evil....”

I am curious as to how these statements are to be taken. I have tried to give the benefit of the doubt and assume that you are referring to the dismal education system that is apparently part and parcel of the Arkansas experience, but then, it would mean that the standards are already low, with the choice of officers currently employed. But I am forced to realize that you are in fact inferring that the employment of black officers would only be possible if the standards were lowered, so it would seem that you are equating inferiority and mediocrity to just black candidates. I find this a curious statement, given the apparent thrust of the newspaper. “Disappointing” is just one word that comes to mind.

Pamela Hart

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The only civil response I can muster about the “Dog Laws” article July 5 is to repeat the truism “Bad dogs are not born, they are made.” Yes, dog laws do need to be strengthened — laws to protect these animals from bad owners and non-owners alike.

Sara Drew

Little Rock

Public art

I am writing in response to a recent post on your blog entitled “Latest LR Sculpture,” regarding the newly installed sculpture made by a Loveland, Colo. artist. As someone who works in the River Market District, it’s nice to see such a commitment to public art downtown, and certainly all of the sculptures are beautiful and enhance the city’s cultural landscape.

However, as the owner of an art gallery that represents primarily Arkansas artists, I am dismayed that not one of these sculptures was made by a local artist. Scattered all over our state are many artists whose works would make a fine addition to this growing beautification of our city. It seems that at one point, the prevailing attitude in our state was that to find great art, one had to look elsewhere. But today, I believe people are noticing that isn’t the case, and many are looking within the state to support the fine talent that exists here. Galleries are popping up all over, art walks are numerous, and collectors of “Arkansas art” are certainly on the rise. Why not take that to the next level and make a commitment to bring more local art into our public art displays?

Debra S. Wood,

Owner River Market ArtSpace

War Memorial Park

First, to find a spot to throw a Frisbee or to hike or to sunbathe is not as difficult as Rex Nelson (Guest writer July 5 on the subject of redeveloping War Memorial Park) thinks. Rebsamen Park comes to mind. MacArthur Park is another. Riverfront Park, the Big Dam Bridge, Pinnacle Mountain State Park. This city has parks ad nauseam. Is this guy blind or does he just sit in his ivory tower and dream this stuff up?

You know, history and tradition is not all bad. The War Memorial Golf Course has been in existence since the ’30s. There have been thousands of rounds enjoyed by all ages, races and by both sexes.

I have been playing this course since my early 30s. I’m a senior now but I enjoyed it just as much when I was younger. This course is a real jewel given its location and history. Add to that, it is almost self-supporting financially. Name me a soccer field, bike trail, hiking trail or Frisbee field that is, or any park in this city that you could say that about.

As for the city hiring the National Golf Foundation to conduct a study, which Nelson criticized, who else to better conduct such a study? They have no dog in this fight. They know golf courses and whether or not they are a viable source of recreation for all who play the game.

For the life of me I cannot comprehend why you visionaries are hell-bent on destroying this golf course. Could it be because you know the redevelopment concept will eventually fail, leaving the city with only one option — to sell it off for commercial development?

This golf course has plenty of life left in it. When it starts to die then it may be time to do something else with it. Who knows, by then old Rex may turn his thinking around and start to appreciate the finer things in life. Visionary that he is.

Terry Green

Little Rock

Farmer Leveritt

Another wonderfully written garden piece by publisher Alan Leveritt. I do hope his wife doesn’t get jealous of these glowing fan letters. It is very intriguing to read about Silver Queen and Yukon Gold, names being dropped that I’m sure 99 percent of today’s non-gardeners would not even know what they are.

Editor Brantley should know you have to pick your plants if you plan to garden in the buff. He should take a crash course on thorny plants, ticks and, oh yes, don’t forget the chiggers. They are evil little creatures that creep on you and you don’t find them after your eyes get to be 50. After older age sets in, you find them when the itch starts. That is how you are paid by Mother Nature for leaving your clothes indoors.

Actually, since I’ve never gardened in the nude, I really don’t know what I’m talking about. But, as usual, Mr. Leveritt has given me my laugh for the day thanks to my wonderful son who saves an Arkansas Times for me.

Peggy Wolfe

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