Kroger update needed 

Kroger update needed

Kroger stores in the black and minority communities of Little Rock look like they are in Soweto, South Africa, in the '60s, particularly the one on East Roosevelt, compared to the designer stores on the fairer side of town, the more affluent side, with folks running up to customers with samples to eat. I protest with clinched fists and fierce words. I have been telling the store that it should improve size, services and appearance of the Kroger on East Roosevelt Road and possibly change its location, but obviously this customer and my fellow shoppers are not worthy of an upgrade of the kind I see in neighborhoods where we do not live in any measurable number. The store is ugly and looks like it did 52 years ago. Why? Because we are not Kroger shareholders and we cannot usually afford shares, but we buy groceries and that should matter. I will march with signs and sing songs against you Jim Crow and neo-apartheid types profiling against us while broadcasting your false accusations of community. And this isn't all you are doing wrong that insults this community, but who's asking or who within Kroger cares that this looks bad and is demeaning? This is the dirty south. It is segregated and so is its business community, but we all eat. Well anyway my father wouldn't let it go and I do not intend to either. I will see Kroger officials soon and it won't be in the funny papers.

Gloria Springer

Little Rock

Sue Scott was right

Her Majesty Queen Michelle Obama's mission is to stop kids and adults from eating fatty and sugary foods. Rep. Sue Scott is bold enough to speak up for Queen Michelle's program yet you have the nerve to make fun of her ("Little Debbie in every stocking," Dec. 26). How dare you!

The federal government has responded to Queen Michelle's entreaties by mandating more broccoli, cauliflower, etc., in school kids' menus. But you and the Democrats belittle Rep. Scott because she suggests that people using food stamps shouldn't be buying food equal to the Rockefeller fare.

If putting the words "these" and "people" together gives one icy chills perhaps some Alka Seltzer Plus would do them good, or something available "free" under Obamacare Medicaid. And the state will make money if we give it away "free."

The next time a DHS functionary threatens to put 15,000 grannies on the street if spending isn't increased they should be told, "We'll put 15,000 of you bureaucrats on the street for lying to the legislature and trying to blackmail us."

Gerald Holland

Bella Vista

From the web

In response to Beau Wilcox's cover story naming University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long Arkansan of the year:

There is not a single position in this article, humanitarian, charitable, educational, or otherwise that explains why Jeff Long should be Arkansan of the Year. He's an athletic director. Read that again ... athletic ... director. Time to take a step back and get your priorities straight, Arkansas.


Let me get this straight: If you fire two embarrassing head coaches (that you hired) and replace them with a third coach that hasn't earned a single win for the program, you will be named "Arkansan of the Year" by the Arkansas Times? Breathtaking.


Gee, Western Kentucky can hire him, but we have to fire him? Long was short sighted. Censuring Petrino, cutting his pay, heaping shame and opprobrium on him was OK, but firing him was stupid. Long made a big mistake with this decision and does not deserve an accolade for it.


In response to Max Brantley's column, "Big week for school choice" (Jan. 16):

Once again tyrants in black robes and left wing journalists are the greatest hindrance to maximizing the education students can achieve in this state and nation. They are also the reason the U.S. ranks at the bottom in educational attainment of the world's developed nations.

Social democrats and liberals who favor the use of state and federal funds only in public schools are depriving students of the wide variety of options available in today's three-tiered system of school choice: Home schooling, private schools, public schools. It's important there be a wide variety of choice because there is a wide variety of learning ability and level of discipline in students.

There is advanced placement in public schools for the highest achievers but there is no mid-level placement. Intermediate learners are placed in the same classes as slow learners resulting in decreased educational challenge for these students. Slower learners are not being served by these policies either because of the alienation and discouragement they feel when they fall behind, resulting in a lack of interest in learning and a high drop-out rate.

The greatest problem with many public school systems and the reason so many are irreparable is because they are being organized primarily for integration and only secondarily for education. Judges inclined to invalidate school choice systems should step back, take a look at the history of federal court intervention and they would see it has been a colossal failure and that they are not anymore able to improve the educational achievement of students than their predecessors. As I said, this preoccupation with integration instead of education is the reason so many students enter the job market lacking the education, social skills and unprepared to be a productive worker!

It's the Department of Education, not the Department of Integration!

Thomas Pope

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