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Re: “Fonda Mexican Cuisine

First experience with La Fonda tonight and was not disappointed. The tableside prepared guacamole was excellent, the fish tacos were fresh, sweet and warm with spice. Service was respectful and well covered even though we hit the restaurant at peak on a Friday night. No Tex-Mex here, just good MEXICAN cuisine.

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Posted by AJ Zolten on 01/24/2014 at 8:46 PM

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Re: “Protesters demonstrate outside Sen. Tom Cotton's Springdale office

So, AR Times, has any of the staff there FOI'd Cotton's office to get any idea of what these "threats" were? If the threats were valid, Cotton's office would have surely made some kind of complaint, requested some kind of investigation from law enforcement, or otherwise logged the complaint with some governmental agency. If he did not, that is NEWS and shows him to be both a coward and a liar.

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Posted by AJ Zolten on 02/03/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Foster family disputes key statements from Justin Harris

The details of the Harris "re-homing" scandal appear to be taking shape. It is now fairly clear that Justin Harris used his governmental position to push DHS into providing him with the documentary support necessary to have the adoption approved by the court reviewing the case, despite the acknowledged concerns of the professionals involved. The change(s) in recommendations down the chain of command at DHS appear to have been changed from negative to positive (with qualifications) by the time the court hearing occurred, and the only dissent appears to have come from the children's Guardian Ad Litem (please see the most recent Arkansas Times report.) Given these recently uncovered pieces of information, it is reasonable speculation to consider the following: The communication between Harris and Cecile Blucker, head of DCFS included both Harris's push to have DHS approve the adoption as well as some heated, contentious back and forth between the two after the Harris's decided to bail on the children. It is not unreasonable to anticipate that Blucker did indeed threaten Harris with abandonment charges when he attempted to dump the children back on DHS, as she had gone out on a limb to twist arms to get her inferiors to change their recommendations. The initial manipulation put Blucker and her staff at risk (and was a step way over any professional boundaries for Blucker), and it would be fair to speculate that she retaliated with the threat in order to keep Harris and his wife to their commitment. If this is the case, Blucker should also resign.
This story is just starting. Given the level of access to those close to this story that the Arkansas Times has managed already, there will likely be many more revelations coming.

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Posted by AJ Zolten on 03/07/2015 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Without the Center for Artistic Revolution's DYSC program, Rain Calabotta wouldn't be alive

Having seen first hand the work of DYSC and the folk at CAR, I have to say that Arkansas is fortunate to have such a resource. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students and the third leading cause of death for teens to younger adults, age 15-24 years. The statistic for LGBTQ youth are worse, with up to 3-5 more suicide attempts for these folk when compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Social marginalization, harassment, lack of family support and overt aggression directed to these young people all contribute to their vulnerability. Thank goodness for CAR, DYSC, and the First Presbyterian Church for their welcoming arms, support and outreach. If we could only convince more social leaders in the AR community of the need for this type of institutions, we could protect the lives and enrich the development of our most precious resource, our youth!

A.J. Zolten, Ph.D.
Board Member,
AR Chapter, American Foundation For Suicide Prevention

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Posted by AJ Zolten on 12/13/2013 at 5:07 AM

Re: “Inconvenient truth

Max, can you or ANYONE in the news media find out why the FAA has issued a "no fly zone" above the spill site. This stinks to high heaven in more ways than one. It has already been reported that Exxon has taken operational control over with regard to the spill cleanup and are not allowing any press to view or gain any access to the spill site areas. InsideClimate News is reporting that they have asked for access and been denied, have asked for contact information for the federal agencies (from Exxon personnel who will not acknowledge which Fed agencies are providing oversight or information) and have posted pictures (Aerial views) of the oil encroaching on the lake (see the first link.) This stinks of a cover-up at the federal level and the light of good investigative journalism is needed to uncover who is keeping the facts from being shared with the public. The oil is "Dilbit" (diluted Bitumen) a very heavy oil that sinks in water, so the booms set out are mostly for show. The apparent breach of Lake Conway will mean that a soup of toxic chemicals and heavy metals will leach into the lake, ruining it!

AJ Zolten, Ph.D.



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Posted by AJ Zolten on 04/03/2013 at 4:41 PM


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