Fighting poverty
It was revealing to read in the Arkansas Times Oct. 6 letters from two residents of the ‘burbs that seem to express not only fear of the poor but hatred of the poor as well. Perhaps such sentiments are widely held. If so, they could go a long way towards explaining housing patterns that are evident not only in Central Arkansas but throughout the country.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but mightn’t a winning political platform be devised to cater to such sympathies? Through carefully drafted legislation, we could create legally enforceable income requirements and asset requirements for residence in specified zones. Patterns from Europe as recently as the 1940s and from the Union of South Africa much more recently could guide us.

Better yet, we could make poverty a capital offense. Once the provisions of law had been carried out (children too, of course), the problem would be solved. Churches should support a movement like this enthusiastically, because it would make it so much easier to live up to the Dominical precept “Love thy neighbor” that, presumably, almost everyone would.

It’s a “kingdom come” scenario.

Any takers?
Bill Shepherd
Little Rock

Thanks for the article Oct. 6 on Little Rock rap. As a white kid from DeWitt, I grew up when gangsta rap music became big in the early 90’s. Hopefully, some of these guys from Little Rock will break out.

In the mid-90’s a rap group from Little Rock called “Loccs off Wolff” made a rap album. They were Southside and Wolfe Street Crips from Little Rock. I played their tape over and over until it finally broke. It was the jam and I have looked for another copy with no luck. It started off with “Let me tell you ‘bout Little Rock, Cuzz that’s my stompin’ ground…”
R.L. Condra

I was very disappointed when I read the article, “A State Hustlin’.” The Arkansas Times’ coverage of the Little Rock rap scene was a mere microcosm of what really exists here. There are local producers, Little Rock

I loved the article on the starving rap artists in Little Rock trying to make a name for themselves. However, it’s surprising that you didn’t mention Backyard Enterprises. They have been around much longer than any other local rappers. They have been around for about 15 years — Ron Mc and Lil Mack, who goes by the name Arkansas RazorMack. I expected to see them in your article. They would have given you a better gauge of the past, present, and future of the local hip hop music scene. At any rate, the article was a breath of fresh air for people who follow hip hop.
Billynda Booth
Little Rock

Rap crap, hip-hop, flip-flop and all the rest of the foul trash that masquerades as music is nothing more than a symptom of a social disease. That the Arkansas Times should see fit to devote five pages to the subject defies belief.
William G. Carlyle
North Little Rock

In Jim Harris’ column on Grand Funk Railroad he mentioned Bruce Kulick’s having played for KISS when “that band took off the makeup for awhile.” It just so happens that that “while” lasted for 12 years. It’s obvious from his review of the Crue concert that he is way too old to be reviewing or judging bands from the 80’s. By his own admission, he never cared for Motley’s music, so how about next time letting a fan have his free tickets to review a show. He should just stick to reviewing Dylan and Springsteen, you know, the geriatric acts to whom he can relate. By the way, did Harris know that you can get cheaper insurance using an AARP membership? He’s eligible right? Peace and groovy.
Scott Simpson
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No cronies
Harriet Miers is a crony. Bush just wants to pack the Supreme Court with his cronies. I do not want this woman on the Supreme Court. Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln have to vote against Harriet Miers. If they don’t, we should recall them or run somebody against them.
Phillip Kucia

Outlawed books
Laurie Taylor is plowing such a worn-out field that one feels compelled to develop some original responses. So I thought of a few. For those of us who believe that the First Amendment was our original Homeland Security, might I just point out that when books are outlawed, only the outlaws will have books. Also, I might add, books don’t get high school girls pregnant; football players get high school girls pregnant. If we are to get rid of something, let’s get rid of football. Finally, Ms. Taylor, you can have my book when you pry it from my cold, dead fing... wait, haven’t I heard that somewhere before?
Jim von Tungeln
Little Rock

No Tech tax
Robert McCord’s column Sept. 15 about a tax for Pulaski Tech really enraged me.

You people who are always advocating another hike in my property tax never seem to come up with a way that my income will go up to pay the extra tax. I am already paying more than $1,500 per year to live in the house I already own. That does not include insurance and other upkeep. I am also not one of those lolling in the lap of a rich inheritance left by rich parents.

The article stated that the average age of students there was 28. Don’t you think that at that age it’s long past time for a person to have grabbed one’s own bootstraps and started pulling?

He also said a large part of the students were female. He didn’t tell us how many of them had spent the last several years unmarried producing babies to live in the same poverty and hopelessness.

Until society drops this silly thing called PC, which only serves to mask the truth, the people who need help the most will continue to think of themselves as victims of society and therefore not responsible for their actions.

I definitely do believe in taxes for schools, police and fire protection, roads, etc. I also believe in and do contribute to those in need due to no fault of their own. But full-grown men and women of that age should not be loaded onto the backs of homeowners in the form of more millage on our homes. Enough is enough!
Dorothy Meyer

Judas Pryor
Early Thursday morning, the morning of the vote regarding the appointment of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, I called Sen. Mark Pryor’s office to register my opposition to the candidate. The aide at the office stated that Pryor was going to vote “yes.” He did not seem at all concerned about my opinion, nor indicated that this would be passed to the senator.

The fact that I put time, energy and money into the 2004 election efforts for Lincoln and Kerry did not matter. The fact that I did doors and calls and performed other get-out-the-vote efforts did not matter.

In fact, I was at the coordinated campaign headquarters on the Saturday that Pryor, Lincoln, and Snyder made a joint appearance to encourage field workers and volunteers to do our best to help the party. Apparently, once you get elected like Pryor did, you can turn your back on those who voted you into office. He has accepted his 30 pieces of silver and would not turn back.

Of course, Pryor has indicated on several occasions that he has more interest in the big money interests than he has in the working Arkansans he is alleged to represent. He voted for Alberto “The Torturer” Gonzales and I cannot find anyone who thinks that torture of another human being is an acceptable, Christian practice.

Pryor calls himself a Christian so he should have no problem locating the New Testament books that discuss betrayal of trust and promises. Pryor is a Judas to those whose votes he encouraged, whose money he has taken with a promise to represent their interests and then acted in opposition to those interests.
Rev. Joseph Cooper


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