Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Re: Jan. 5 broadcast of “Arkansans Ask: Gov. Mike Huckabee.”
Dear Governor Huckabee:
You say you haven’t seen proof of our innocence [the West Memphis Three]. I say that is possible but only if you haven’t searched. I know you are an extremely busy man. You have to be because you have the needs of everyone in Arkansas resting upon your shoulders. I understand and do not blame you for taking the advice of your advisers on this case.
However, know this Governor: I was 16 years old when I was kidnapped — and from day one I have told the truth about my innocence every chance I was given — but no one with power or authority on earth has listened to me.
But He has. God has listened and if you don’t believe it all you have to do is look at all the hearts he has touched concerning this.
It wasn’t fair or right when you said the only concerned citizens were outsiders and that they had reached their conclusions after only viewing a movie. There are many Arkansans who know that I am innocent who have done more than just view a movie. No. 1 on that list is Mara Leveritt. Ask her about the facts of this case. Debate publicly with her. Just make sure you have your facts straight first because I guarantee you she has hers.
Better yet, drop to your knees and ask God about this in prayer. Be a hero, Governor Huckabee. Take the initiative and really look at this case. If you don’t, I understand and I’ve already forgiven you. Just know this: My faith will never waver and should it do so — God will pick up the slack.
P.S. Congratulations on your health. I’m a counselor here in prison and I use your example as a role model for the guys to emulate. Thank you.
C. Jason Baldwin
Jason Baldwin, who was convicted at age 16 in the slaying of three West Memphis children in 1993, is serving a life sentence at Tucker. Another co-defendant also received a life term and Damien Echols has been sentenced to die for the crime.
Dream on, Hillary
Feb. 23 you reported on a Survey USA automated poll by KTHV questioning only Arkansas voters. Predictably, anyone named Clinton was the winner.
Probably none of your readers saw the poll on Fox News from the same time period showing that 44 percent of the entire country would never, under any conditions, ever vote for Hillary.
Don’t tell Hillary, it would only cause her to worry. Besides it is probably only a fluke, maybe even a vast, right-wing conspiracy. Yeah, that’s it, a fluke and vast right-wing conspiracy.
Just go back to sleep, Hillary, keep on dreaming.
North Little Rock
Bring them home
I am 85 years old and served my country as a Navy volunteer in the Pacific in World War II. I witnessed the bloodshed and carnage, but I am not a hero. I came home. The heroes didn’t come home.
The duty of our military is to defend our country against invasion. Seems we have become the invader. In the Sept. 11 disaster, there were 19 terrorists and 15 of them were Saudi Arabians. There was not a single Iraqi in the bunch. Seems to me that if we had to retaliate we jumped on the wrong bunch. We need to get back to stopping the source of the Sept. 11 episode, Osama bin Laden. We have absolutely no justification for being in Iraq. It breaks my heart to think of the fine young men that we have over there being killed and mutilated for nothing. What if we decided to overhaul every country in the world that had a screwhead leader? There would never be a place to stop.
We need to bring our GIs home and send thousands of carpenters over there and rebuild every thing that we have demolished. I am embarrassed for what has taken in place in Iraq. I would like to apologize to God and to the rest of the world for the bumbling mess that our country has created.
Truman A. Gray
At last, agreement
Last week, President Bush was quoted as appealing to Americans to look beyond the bloodshed and see signs of progress in Iraq. I finally have a point on which I could agree with the president. If you disregard the death and injury that has been caused, the war does not look quite so bad.
Why all the crying and moaning over candidate Bill Halter’s fancy footwork and what George W. Bush might call “strategery”? Halter’s brilliant decision to switch his aim from governor to lieutenant governor smacks of the strategy one might expect from old Ron Oliver, the former chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party. Halter is obviously getting good advice from somewhere. A vote for Beebe was a vote against Halter. Now, a vote for Beebe could translate into a vote for Halter.
The result would solidify the Democratic Party and protect the interests of our citizens against the corrosive policies of corporate radicals. With Halter’s brains and Beebe’s ... uh … brains, Arkansans stand to benefit from an executive team that will definitely lead our state in a direction opposite the Republican way, which has been over a cliff and plunging into a fiery hell.
Bill Halter’s timely entry into Arkansas politics is good. Our challenge now is to unite and win.
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