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Re: “Activists say Tom Cotton has issued do-not-call-or-write notice to some constituents. UPDATE. Such letters sent in 'extreme circumstances' says Cotton's office.

It's high time the voters of Arkansas issued Cottonmouth Tom a permanent cease and desist order.

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Posted by Charlie Crow on 01/18/2018 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Remembering Dale Bumpers: What a wonderful world it was

I was present, and was glad to be there. Max did a fine job reporting. It was an event of a lifetime, befitting this great statesman of our lifetime. All the speakers were great storytellers, but Ernie's were best. I was privileged to serve his administration in his cabinet and it was the most satisfying job I ever had. He served our State and country well, and we won't see his like any time soon.

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Posted by Charlie Crow on 01/10/2016 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Fred Poe dies traveling at 81

Fred Poe will be missed. Fred was a delight to know and a font of encyclopedic world knowledge. In the pre-Google, pre-computer days, Fred could be depended on for reliable, useful and fun-filled tips for the adventurous traveler never found in a guide book. He always prepared a hand-typed personal commentary to accompany any trip he arranged, loaded with personal notes, local tips for getting long wherever you were, with useful local names of friends or proven contacts to call. Fred made travel fun.

He made my job much easier with one challenging client tour he arranged for me in the mid-1980’s. One of my investment banking clients at Stephens Inc. was a county government near Salt Lake City, Utah, that wanted to build a $50 million municipal resource recovery facility to burn its county’s garbage and convert it to steam and electricity. Although it was proven technology in Europe, there was nothing of that magnitude operating in the US for the county leaders to see before making such a huge commitment. As I was familiar with the various European technologies, they asked me to organize a tour of operating sites in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, where garbage-generated steam heated and cooled entire downtown districts.

I turned to Fred with the news that not only the entire county commission wanted to make the journey, but they wanted their engineering consultants, lawyers, their wives, and their bankers along. Fred took a deep breath and dug in. Fred quickly arranged—all by snail mail, phone and fax--a multi-country, ten-day tour, with a comfortable tour bus for our motley group of thirty-five, and a charming English-speaking Dutch guide, who knew all the languages, culture, history, unique sights and off-the-beaten path attractions, as well as haunts for sampling European wines and beers that interested the non-Mormons on the tour. Fred’s notes were especially helpful in uncertain situations, and he always had options ready in case of emergency.

All the arrangements were seamless, the accommodations were perfect, and the meals were superb. Even the waste-to-energy site visits were fascinating for the visitors, although the ladies seemed more interested in shopping in Bern or Brussels than in watching garbage burn. Fred helped us find suitable places my boss, Ernie Butler and wife Bobbie, could entertain the non-drinking group members, and Anne and I escorted the rest.

It was exhausting work, herding a busload of American innocents around Europe on a business/pleasure junket, but Fred got us through it. Our clients were satisfied they had seen what they had come for. As we bid them farewell from our hotel in Bern, Switzerland, Anne and I took off by Swissrail for Adelboden, the location of the Girl Scouts international chalet, a place Anne had always wanted to see.

As an extra kindness, Fred had arranged for us to spend a few days in a tiny upstairs apartment above a very special five-star restaurant in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, run by Fred’s old friend who was a Cordon Bleu-trained chef. We ate the same phenomenal meals served to the wealthy patrons from the nearby Gstaad tennis resort, at house guest prices. After five days hiking in mountain meadows, traversing the Alps by narrow gauge rail and bus, sampling Swiss farmers fare at a Volksfest, and drinking elderberry blossom fermented lemonade on the hotel veranda overlooking the valley before our evening meals, we were refreshed.

Fred Poe was a great guy, and he shared his love of travel unselfishly. We shall cherish his memory.

Charles T. (Charlie) Crow

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Posted by Charlie Crow on 11/30/2015 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Tom Cotton gets challenged on war views

Here's a song that will be on my next CD:

No Getting Back

Ever wonder why nobody mentions
The questions no one will ask
And shouldn’t we pay more attention
To the wisdom of lessons long past
And where do we go
When nobody knows
Where we have come from and where we have been
We’re lost in the wood
Between maybe and should
But there’s no getting back there again

Tell me the reason we follow
A leader with steel in his gaze
Clinging to mantras so hollow
In lockstep we march in the haze
How far will we fall
‘Til someone recalls
The laddies and lassies who died for the dream
Just lost in the wood
Between evil and good
But there’s no getting back there again

An eye for an eye
Bloody and red
Waving the flag until everyone’s dead
Oh, to be right
And never in doubt
Blithely ignoring how history turned out

I’ve heard there is nobody blinder
Than someone who just will not see
God knows I want to be kinder
But something has happened to me
I’d like to forgive
Live and let live
Have the story turn out for the best in the end
But I’m lost in the wood
Between maybe and should
And there’s no getting back there again

Yes, I’m lost in the wood
Between evil and good
And there’s no getting back there again

© 2015 Charles T. Crow
Fading Sunset Music, Little Rock, AR

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Posted by Charlie Crow on 06/05/2015 at 6:56 PM


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