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The Arkansas Times is upset about a discriminatory letter written to a black couple in Maumelle. That's funny, the Times is highly in favor of the system of legal discrimination against white people known as affirmative action. In employment and education and cultural appreciation European Americans are being systematically discriminated against, mainly at the behest of the Democratic Party and corporate executives and the networks and academia. But none of these elites or their families ever lose a job or a school admission. It's always some unknown, powerless worker or student losing their rights.

They argue that there isn't a level playing field in employment and education and that it's the only way to ensure fair treatment. But we don't even suspend the rights of criminals to solve the crime problem so how can they justify denying anyone equal protection of the civil rights laws? If a person has taken advantage of the educational opportunities offered and prepared themselves they will find employment. There is just currently too much demand for workers of all races.

The most puzzling discrimination though is the notion that only the European race has any historical sins. Never mind that Africans practiced slavery for centuries before Europeans arrived or that native Americans committed genocide against other tribes. Only the Europeans have something to atone for in their view. I characterize them as anti-white white people. They are so desperate for power they support discrimination against their own race just to win elections.

Thomas Pope

Little Rock

Huck in Iowa

Bro. Huckabee's second-place finish in the Iowa straw vote would be a laugher were it not for the paucity of solid political news. Pundits prattle about how this stunning showing may vault Huck into the top tier of candidates. Never one for modesty or understatement, Huckabee harrumphed that his performance was like the miracle of the fishes and loaves.Some perspective: Huck's 2,500 votes wouldn't get him elected sheriff in a lot of Arkansas counties.

Tom Forgey

Magnolia

Court news

I had hoped to see a news release in your paper about a civil case at the federal courthouse in Little Rock on Monday, Aug. 6. This was a jury trial in Judge Jim Moody's court to hear allegations of abuse similar to the recently disclosed abuse of inmates by prison guards at Brickeys. The suit was brought by James Fudge, an inmate who alleges abuse, including the use of pepper spray, in 2002 while Mr. Fudge was incarcerated at Varner Supermax.Judge Moody declared a mistrial when one of Mr. Fudge's witnesses, an inmate who was testifying via closed circuit TV, refused to testify saying that he was “in the hole.” The inmate-witness stated that he had been threatened with retaliation if he testified. He claimed his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Judge Moody ruled that since he was not a defendant he could not claim that right, thus the ruling of a mistrial. I do not write as a person “soft on crime,” but as a person who is interested in human rights abuses of any person. In the latter part of 2005, I approached Larry Norris, head of the Arkansas Department of Correction, to ask questions about the prison telephone issue. Dina Tyler, spokesperson for the ADC, upon seeing me engaged in conversation with Norris quickly came to his side. I have observed this pattern on at least two other occasions where she seems to act as something of a watchdog over any person attempting to engage Norris in conversation. Norris concluded the “conversation” with this comment: “Ms. Little Rock, the fact is that 95 percent of the people in Arkansas just don't care” and, finally, “we are just trying to get your loved one home safely.” I do not have a loved one in prison. Prior to 2004 when I took an interest in the issue of human rights of inmates, I had never met an inmate. Norris and Tyler, in what I have come to expect as arrogant and condescending behavior toward anyone who dares to question them, made two mistakes. My name is not Ms. Little Rock. I introduced myself to him. It is not surprising that he could not remember my name. Interestingly, he had asked for my hometown and he did remember that. Secondly, he assumed that only a person with a loved one in prison would have an interest in welfare of inmates. He is wrong. I hope that the assertion that 95 percent of the people just don't care is not the reason that Arkansas Times chose not to report Fudge's case. I believe that 95 percent of the people in Arkansas simply never hear about the abuses in our prisons, not that they are indifferent. But I could be wrong.

Nancy Warren

Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants

Little Rock

Our water

Now is a good time to remind everyone how blessed we are to have such a wonderful water supply. Let us not allow any more encroachment on the land around Lake Maumelle.

Frank Lambright

Little Rock

I am deeply concerned about the recent decision to allow development around Lake Maumelle. Safe drinking water is a vital concern and a necessity for all of us. I am troubled by the decision of Central Arkansas Water to endanger this precious resource. I urge support of the citizens' legal intervention in this matter.

Margaret E. Wyatt

Little Rock

Our city officials deserve praise and encouragement for their renewal of support of the Lake Maumelle Watershed Management Plan at the July 31 City Board meeting.

A rare and virtually unanimous consensus was reached on the plan as is — as approved by the Central Arkansas Water Board, not any watered-down, weakened version. Even the largest property owners/developers realize the benefits from land-use regulation. New county and perhaps state ordinances for oversight and administration/enforcement will be needed. The good news is that Pulaski, Saline and Perry counties should not be hit with significant costs.

The one leadership voice we need to hear now seems to be County Judge Buddy Villines. How ‘bout it Judge? Can the citizens count on you?

Bill Saunders

Little Rock

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