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Don't forget Steve Little
I enjoy reading Pearls About Swine. I just had to drop you a note though concerning your recent statement that the current Razorbacks have "the best kicker in program history."
Obviously you must be too young to remember Steve Little who played for Frank Broyles and Lou Holtz. Not only was he first team All-American in 1977, but he still holds the record for longest field goal in NCAA history. Also, he was a first round NFL draft pick (15th overall.) On kick-offs (from the 40 yard line back then), he would routinely kick the ball through the uprights and out of the end zone. Sadly, his life tragically spiraled downward after leaving the university.
Zach Hocker is very good. But if you saw Steve Little play, I bet you would agree he is in a class by himself when it comes to Razorback kickers.
I know newspaper columns spark debate and you guys enjoy getting both positive and negative feedback, so here is mine. Keep up the good work.
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In response to Gene Lyons' column, "Government spending truths":
At which year did the U.S. economy grow the most in the past 65 years?
Answer: 1950, the year John Boozman was born. GDP growth was 7 percent. Top tax rate was 90 percent and President Eisenhower made no attempt to cut taxes. Not that it matters but the national debt was over 70 percent of GDP, very close to 105 percent. At the end of WWII the national debt was 120 percent of GDP.
Real Americans who built this great nation understood the need to pay for wars, pay for highways, pay for schools, pay for bridges, pay for large public impoundment lakes, pay for scientific advancement. Our government built large hospitals all over the nation to care for our nation's wounded. No one raised a stink, no senator engaged in useless filibusters to block them.
Today, the richest of Americans think it's foolish and beneath them to pay for this nation's wars, bridges, highways, schools, scientific advancement and take care of veterans. But those same greedy and selfish people are very willing to create masses of veterans while, like Mitt Romney with $21 million income per year, refuse to serve in the nation's military.
In 1950 the average CEO earned eight times more than the average worker. Today, the average CEO earns over 175 times more than the average worker and often pays a lower income tax rate.
El, you failed to mention how much the government spent during Ike's administration and the size of the deficit and debt. Was that deliberate? I remember because I lived during that era. There was no Medicare, Medicaid or Amtrak, nor was there an EPA. The Department of Education did not exist. Government was infinitely smaller.
In response to Max Brantley's column, "Gay equality now":
Exactly the same "religious exemptions" were used historically to justify continued slavery as are used today to justify controlling women's reproductive rights and the equal rights of LGBT Americans.
It took the bloodshed of the Civil War and finally abolition in 1865 to bring an end to "the peculiar institution" in Arkansas. Which STILL occupies the bottom rungs by virtually all measures — proudly, speaking of "peculiar."
Sadly, the old saying still holds true: Don't pray in my school and I won't think in your church.
How could a religion predicated on love be so misused to justify hate? Perhaps "Christians" should forget about the tribal Old Testament and, like the rest of the Christian world, concentrate on the New Testament. The world would be a better place.
In response to the Big Picture "Inconsequential News Quiz: Police Beat Edition":
When it comes to the lead about a man firing a handgun at other human beings it makes me wonder.
What definition of inconsequential does the story header refer to? Is it a) of little or no importance; insignificant; trivial b) not showing good judgment, not thinking about things in a reasonable or sensible way.
You must mean b) not showing good judgment; not thinking about things in a reasonable or sensible way, right? You certainly would not apply a) of little or no importance; insignificant; trivial. That application would be unconscionable.
Is this column presided over by a junior reporter who would trivialize issues due to lack of experience? That must be the case for otherwise it would mean that a more experienced reporter lacks sound judgment. OH! Look what I did! I applied b) to you. Ironic, right?
In response to the Arkansas Blog post from Nov. 4 "Beebe releases State Police report on parole system; no crimes, but systemic problems":
A realistic and manageable caseload per parole officer is 99 percent of the solution. Until then the rest is just arranging deck chairs.
The problem of housing state prisoners in county jails is becoming more and more acute. In Benton County, our jail is probably housing as many state prisoners as it is county prisoners and pre-trial detainees. A lot of misdemeanor offenders are escaping incarceration as a result.
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