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One of Sen. Sue Madison’s “textbook” bills has been enacted as Act 105 of 2007. It states that “no employee of [a state-supported institution of higher education] shall demand or receive any present or promised gift, payment, loan, subscription, advance, deposit of money, services or any other thing of value as an inducement for requiring students to purchase a specific textbook for coursework or instruction.”

If we replace “employee of a state-supported institution of higher education” with “member of the Arkansas legislature” and replace “requiring students to purchase a specific textbook” with “introducing, supporting or opposing any legislation or seeking or supporting any special treatment for any person,” we’d have a nice piece of ethics legislation.

How about it senators, representatives? ’Preciate a good vote on that.

Mike Watts

Little Rock

Different lies

Interesting that the neo-cons loved it when Clinton was caught lying under oath about sex yet think Scooter Libby did not commit a crime even if nine people testified that they talked to him about the Valerie Plame situation and he couldn’t remember even one conversation with anyone.

Interesting also is the incompetence of the Bushies after they’ve called Democrats cowards and big-spending lovers of big government.

The story I’ve heard twice about qualifications for civilian workers in Iraq sticks to the Bushies. One writer has said prospective employees were asked if they were pro-life, not if they knew Iraq history or Arabic.

People may deny this happened, but can’t deny that it fits the mindset of the right-wing ideologues.

Steve Wheeler

North Little Rock

King George

I see King George is going to do it his way or no way, as usual. It’s so broken he can’t fix it, so he’s going to keep on grandstanding.

Then I saw a news story that just broke my heart. Walter Reed Hospital is full of broken bodies from this useless war and a rat-trap building in the area houses the overflow. I wouldn’t put a dog of mine in such a place, much less these kids who have been through the meat grinder in Iraq.

It’s not good for an old lady like me to get so upset. I never had until King George came on the scene. I work with my senators and representatives in Washington, but I heard Dick Cheney say it wouldn’t stop them regardless of what they voted.

When is this country going to wake up and impeach Bush and Cheney?

I have a grandson who has joined the National Guard to get an education paid for and I fear for him.

Peggy Wolfe

Heber Springs

From the web

Readers are allowed to comment, by name or anonymously, to stories posted on our website. A sampling of comments on articles in recent issues:

Our cover story on a new college scholarship program in El Dorado:

• “It’s great that El Do is doing so well, but what about the controversy that has erupted on Henderson’s
campus over the pledge to match these funds? HSU is currently in a budget crisis and is currently more than $500,000 in the hole. Every year qualified students do not receive the scholarships that they qualify for. The total number of hours that individual scholarships pay for has been cut. There are
students here right now that are only receiving 75 percent of the aid promised to them. Shouldn’t we try to help them first?”

• “I have a child in El Do school district. I was proud for her to be in it before the promise, and I’m glad for her to be in it now. I’ve really been surprised at all the bad press that has come from such a wonderful gift.
This was not something that Murphy Oil was forced to do, but something they graciously did. To Mr. Deming and the whole Murphy family I speak for a lot of people when I say thank you for believing in El Dorado and its youth.”

• “The Arkansas Times’ ongoing suckup to the Arkansas rich continues. Where is the long history of El Dorado pollution for which the Murphy Co bears mucho blame? Where is Deltic Timber’s attack on LR water supply? This is blood money — a tiny bit given back to cover a multitude of sins that the Times just ignores.”

Our cover story on lingering questions about a man shot to death by still unidentified police:

• “This is a perfect example of the POWER that the police and the judicial system have over us. Nobody is above the law but the law. How dare the police protect a RAT.”

• “If the incident actually occurred as the reports say it did, then the situation is justified. Investigation of the police department should be left to an outside agency.”

• “I think this family should be compensated for what they have had to go through. The things that were said by the police don't make sense and they don't add up.”

Katherine Whitworth’s column on a night of female mud wrestling at Gusano’s:

• “Well, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. May Gusano’s sell a thousand Buds on Friday.”

• “Just thought you should know, you are a feminist. About a week ago I heard a guy, 26, in the office say ‘Hey, I heard y’all have mud-wrestling.’ The reply was, ‘Yeah and it is getting popular since some feminist came in and wrote an article about it.’ ”

Prophesy

Some years ago Tony Curtis appeared in a movie that offered this great line: “Where there is confusion, there is profit.”

The Bush administration has fulfilled this prophecy.

Frank Lambright

Little Rock

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