Favorite
Caution With the discovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker in eastern Arkansas, I could not help but remember the dedicated conservationists who worked so hard during the 1970s to be sure that at least some of the great bottomland forest remained intact. Names like Rex Hancock, Jane Stern, Harold Alexander, Trusten Holder, and many more come to mind. They were dedicated to saving habitat. I have heard that in one’s journey through life, it is important to make a commitment and have faith that things unforeseen will happen. I can think of no better example of making that commitment than the people who fought so hard to stop the channelization of the Cache River in an attempt to save a portion of the bottomland hardwoods of eastern Arkansas. And the unforeseen did happen. What a wonderful tribute to this group of people. But with success comes a need for caution. Given its celebrity status, it may be understandable that people will rush to see the ivory-billed woodpecker. But surely simple logic would tell us that this may not be in the best interest of the recovery of the species. Which is more important, getting to see the bird or helping to ensure its survival? Answering such questions may involve a deeper look at how we view conservation. It may well involve developing a special relationship with our environment along with an appreciation that the real beauty of the world is the interrelationship of living organisms functioning together to produce the environment in which we live. This relationship might be compared to love. If you really love something, you care for it. We must not forget that love is not selfish. Joe Nix Arkadelphia Pro-fetus Almost from the beginning anti-abortionists have been able to frame their argument as “pro-life” vs. “pro-choice.” I submit that by supporting the Bush administration and its many anti-life policies (declaring war and invading another nation under false pretenses, dismantling or rolling back environmental protections on toxic wastes, withholding or delaying the delivery of life-saving drugs to Africa, etc.) that the “pro-lifers” have limited themselves to “pro-fetus” status. Pro-fetus should have been the term from the beginning, for the term more accurately describes that cause. We all need to work much harder in preventing unwanted pregnancies in the first place. Abstinence is certainly the surest solution but with the age of puberty for girls in the U.S. at 11 years 4 months (and going down) and the average age of marriage for women at somewhere around 27 years, abstinence cannot be presented as the only solution. John Engelhorn Hot Springs Village Vouchers The purpose of vouchers is to offer families school choice. Vouchers may initially be given to students already in private school but eventually they will spread to all income groups. The South will benefit from vouchers as much as other parts of the country. We’ve plenty of private Protestant schools whose students would benefit. Families choosing to put their children in private schools cannot afford two school systems. Thomas Pope Little Rock Anniversary The first anniversary of gay marriage in Massachusetts has passed with little fanfare. Since last May, more than 6,000 couples now have the legal recognition and protection that heterosexuals take for granted. Scorpions have not rained down upon the earth, locusts have not filled the skies, values have not eroded and the family has not fallen apart. What’s most remarkable is the lack of interest in my home state that this anniversary is causing. Gay couples got married, many of them friends of mine, and went on with their lives, their marriages affecting no one else’s life. I realize voters remain divided across the country and gay marriage loses at the voting booth. However, all these elections have occurred in places where gay marriage has not taken place, yet. Once it does, the notion of chaos will be replaced by everyday reality. Civil rights has never been a popularity contest and rights are often seen to be catastrophic when they are granted. Women now vote, interracial couples now marry, gay and lesbians can get married in Massachusetts. Gay marriage nationwide is inevitable, as history has shown us that justice always prevails no matter what obstacles are placed in front of it. Until granted full marriage rights, we will always be second-class citizens, no matter how it is sugar-coated. Joe Goudsward Jacksonville
Favorite

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Where's the outrage?

    Am I the only person, apart from federal prosecutors, outraged about the criminal enterprise that inveigled itself into a privileged position as an Arkansas taxpayer-financed human services provider to the tune, today, of $43 million a year?
    • Jun 21, 2018
  • Where's the outrage?

    • Jun 21, 2018
  • Rutledge opponent hits her socializing with corporate interests

    Mike Lee, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, has criticized Attorney General Leslie Rutledge over recent reports of her participation at private meetings where corporate interests make big contributions to a political group she heads for access to state legal officers.
    • Jun 21, 2018
  • More »

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Readers also liked…

  • Radical Zinn

    Re: the bill to remove Howard Zinn books from school libraries: When "alternative" books are removed from school libraries and class curriculums, it is the beginning of broader suppression of education and civilian participation in politics, not the end of it.
    • Mar 9, 2017
  • On Walmart and state money

    No they don't need state help. Any conservative legislator who is true to their tea party principles will crow on about crony capitalism. I look forward to deafening silence.
    • Sep 21, 2017
  • On shitholes

    The Observer is at home today in our kitty cat socks, weathering a combination sick day and snow day. Way down in Stifft Station, we live at the top of a hill that slopes away in all directions. That's good in a flood, but piss poor other than for sledding during snow and ice, especially when you only have access to a two-wheel drive car.
    • Jan 18, 2018

Latest in Letters

  • Bill and Monica

    I don't think Clinton's actions rose to the level of an impeachable offense. I do think he is a prime beneficiary of white male privilege and his sense of entitlement is disturbing.
    • Jun 7, 2018
  • The enemy within

    We defeated the Redcoats. Outsmarted the Wehrmacht. Stared down the Red Army and humiliated the Imperial Japanese Army.
    • May 31, 2018
  • Re: bad law

    Leave it to a lawyer to twist Scripture to benefit criminals.
    • May 24, 2018
  • More »

Most Viewed

  • Judge restores right to medication abortion

    For more than two weeks, all women in Arkansas, and Arkansas alone, were denied access to a two-pill regimen to end an early pregnancy in the privacy of their homes. But Monday, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a temporary restraining order against enforcement of the law, Act 577 of 2015, and Arkansas women once again had access to a method of abortion available nationwide.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation