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I am utterly amazed at your completely negative review of Brandon Campbell's Little Rock Fashion Week couture show. I found so many positive things about it that you somehow missed.

1.) The show started within minutes of the scheduled time. If you had read the information on the website, it said that the doors opened at 6:00, not that the show started at 6:00.

2.) The show had amazing talent and sponsors.

3.) He created business opportunities for a multitude of Arkansas companies that are proud to have played a part in this first venture.

4.) The event inspired young models to aspire to great things, gave them a sense of self confidence and an opportunity to be a part of a very positive event.

It is clear from your review that you were looking for things to complain about as evidenced by your “snarky remarks” to someone you didn't even know. You were obviously expecting food, which is not what the show was about nor was it ever advertised that there would be refreshments available. I was also surprised by your unkind remarks about Beth Hunt and Sway who are both well respected, professional people.

Little Rock should be proud of Brandon Campbell and his efforts. I know I am, and I look forward to supporting Little Rock Fashion Week next year and for years to come.

Catherine Smith

Little Rock

Folding shirts

In an article in your Best of Arkansas issue you lamented the lost art of folding shirts at local dry cleaners. At Schickels Cleaners most employees are well trained in this practice; and we fold, bag and box dozens of shirts daily. I would suggest your editor visit us at either of our West Little Rock locations (11609 Cantrell or 201 N. Bowman), or our store at 102 Commerce in Maumelle. We'd be happy to accommodate your needs.

R. E. Zimmerman

General Manager

Schickels Cleaners

 

We were reading your article in the Arkansas Times about Comet Cleaners. We are Hangers Dry Cleaners and I wanted to let you know of our services. We offer free pick-up and delivery services right to your home or office. We pride ourselves on producing the best folded shirt in the State. We have several experienced people who can operate our shirt folding system (including our General Manager).

We have six convenient locations in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Maumelle. We would love for you to try our services (especially our folded shirts!).

Margaret Hailey

Customer service representative

Hangers Dry Cleaners

Reviewing the reviewer

Man, am I tired of reading the movie reviews in the Times. The reviewers NEVER seem to fully understand the films they are reviewing. Case in point: the review of “The Hurt Locker” written by Matthew Reed. “The Hurt Locker” is a fantastic war film, one that successfully resuscitates a dead concept in the modern-day war movie: war is truly hell. Mr. Reed tried to touch on this theme, and seemed to know it was there, but he went about it all wrong, not seeming to understand the film at all. In the review, Mr. Reed praises “Hurt Locker” as “the best war movie made since Full Metal Jacket,” and then proceeds to explain in broad, clumsy brush strokes as to why, completely brushing past the whole point of the movie.

I could go through the entire review, line by line, and show the reader the error of Mr. Reed's ways, but I will save everyone's time and simply encapsulate the whole thing into one debate point: the ending of the film. Now, I won't spoil anything for you, but what I can say is that Matthew Reed did NOT understand the ending scene of “The Hurt Locker,” and instead stated ignorantly “my biggest criticism would be the film's end ... it seemed rushed and tacked on.” Well, it may have “seemed” that way, Mr. Reed, but it was not. The ending of the film was the WHOLE POINT! Without giving it away, “The Hurt Locker” is a war film that shows the viewer ANOTHER angle on the “war is hell” argument, namely its potentially devastatingly addictive nature. The whole film begins not with a title or a list of actors, but with a quote that lingers for an extra moment: “war is a drug.” We are then treated to two hours of watching who we think is a renegade, doesn't-play-by-the-rules protagonist as he repeatedly, miraculously avoids certain catastrophe, proving to everyone what a hero he is. And yet that last scene, the very scene panned by the Times' reviewer, we witness a heart-breaking image that tells us we were all wrong: the protagonist is not a hero. He is an addict, no better than the meth-head down the block, and in fact, altogether much more reckless and dangerous to everyone. Maybe you should read other people's reviews first, Mr. Reed. Doing so might help point you in the right direction next time.

A. Sarlo

Little Rock

Smoking

Way to go, John Vinson and well said (Letters, Aug. 20)! I just don't understand why people continue to beat up the smoking issue. First, I do not smoke, so I am not one of those banner wavers. Second, if a person doesn't like Ford, they buy a Chevy, that's cool. Isn't that what choice is all about?

If a non-smoker chooses to go into a smoking establishment, they have done that by choice. So I agree, Don't go into the place if you're against smoking. And don't blame the cigarette manufacturers because someone you know got cancer from smoking. They chose to smoke.

Stan Jaros

Cammack Village,

Lincoln and guns

I am a proud Democrat, but this Yellow Dog was shocked and frightened by U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln's support of legislation that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to use those permits in taking weapons to other states. Her policy position is a threat to states rights, constitutional federalism, and human life.

My father, a native Arkansan, is an active, long-time hunter, and I support his right to own rifles and shotguns and hunt in the woods of Arkansas. However, I do not support Senator Lincoln's efforts to allow the federal government to force the states to adopt the lowest gun safety standards selected by only one state. Why this race to the bottom?

As a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Lincoln should be actively engaged in the negotiations and efforts to improve health care and health insurance for all of us. Instead, she wastes valuable and limited resources on this.

C.H. Henderson III, Esq.

Little Rock

Who's to blame?

Hey, maybe we are at fault. Did we elect the officials that are thinking with their pocketbooks instead of their purpose in serving the public? Just because they are in office is no sign we should vote for them. We, the public, need to take a long hard look at our priorities. If we don't stop, study, and act it will be our own fault in what happens to American health care.

Our national health care is way, way down the world's list of quality health services. We have a president willing to take the plunge and do something. We must let him know what we think. Do we want the insurance companies to continue to make life and death decisions for us so they can show a profit for their shareholders? Do we want to continue to pay ten times more than foreign countries for the same drugs just because our elected officials have been bought off by the pharmaceutical companies? Look at the Blue Dogs who wanted to stall the voting until after their fall break so the crazies could get out and disrupt any intelligent debate.

Remember we have more votes than the corporations. Let your representatives and senators know how you feel.

Sylvia Chudy

Hot Springs Village

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