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Look who's talking

Worthwhile legislation is hard to come by. When I saw someone introduce legislation pertaining to people talking on the phone while operating a moving vehicle I silently applauded this much needed law. For some unexplained reason the bill was altered to apply only to teenagers.

Since the change, I have paid very close attention to who is driving and talking on the phone. On average I would say that daily I see at least a dozen adults talking on the phone while trying to safely operate a vehicle. I have yet to see a teenager.

Too bad! A good idea gone by the wayside.

Allan Dishongh

Little Rock

Apology needed

As a resident of House District 39, a constituent of Rep. Richard Carroll and an African American, I fully support Richard Carroll's FULL admission to the Legislative Black Caucus. An apologetic invitation is in order.

I think that if a man (or woman) represents a majority BLANK district it's important that they have a seat at the table, that they have a full understanding of the particular issues that affect those people, whoever they are. “They” in this instance are black people and according to the issues that the ALBC will be covering in this session — health care, education, etc. — it's important that my representative have a full (or fuller) understanding of the issues. Whether he will be “replaced” by a “blacker” person is irrelevant for at least the next 20 or so months, especially insofar as the people who live in his district are concerned. And we are.

The ALBC is doing a great disservice to my community. And perhaps they should hear that from the community.

Dave Davis

North Little Rock

More buses

I was one of many people who started taking the bus when gas was really high. Now that gas is cheaper, it's much faster for me to drive my car. I'd love to see buses in Central Arkansas run more frequently, run later at night, and go more places. Of course we all know the reason Central Arkansas Transit isn't up to par is because of funding.

I wonder how much support there is for more funding for Central Arkansas Transit.

I would be more than happy to put in the grunt work to get some kind of dedicated tax in place for Central Arkansas Transit if I knew I had some kind of support in central Arkansas.

Courtney Cobbs

North Little Rock

Role models

I read with great interest the article about Dr. Joycelyn Elders by Ernest Dumas. I have deep admiration for Dr. Elders and enjoyed learning more about her and her amazing life. Imagine my astonishment when I read that she changed her birth name from Minnie Lee Jones, the same name as my late maternal grandmother! Both women grew up in difficult circumstances — poor and lacking good opportunities for education and advancement. Both women made the most of what they had. My grandmother only completed the eighth grade, but she had great intelligence and ingenuity. She learned with her six daughters as they went through school. Most important, she possessed profound goodness, forgiveness and love. No doubt, Dr. Elders shares these elements of character with my grandmother.

Ted Bailey

Conway

Fix the tire

Imagine getting a flat tire and instead of getting the tire changed, we would buy a new car!! Make sense? I would say it would be a waste of money buying a new car instead of changing a flat tire.

I have been in prison ministry for over 10 years and have interviewed many people while they were behind bars and after their release from prison. Some people who have been released actually have broken the law to go back into the jail/prison system to get 3 hots and a cot. It would be much cheaper to help them go to rehab and/or shelters and provide job training. Reentering the job force as tax-paying citizens will allow these same people to contribute to society.

Little Rock has an estimated 3,500 homeless and Arkansas 20,000. Fixing a flat tire is the equivalent of providing services that help people who are homeless. Buying a new car instead of making a small improvement just enables the same problems to continue while spending vast amounts of unnecessary money. This money could make a huge difference in the lives of many homeless people who are part of our communities. Let's work together to help these people who are homeless. They are ... veterans, mentally ill, battered women and children, working poor, people who have lost their homes, disabled, addicts, alcoholics, foster children who have turned 18.

Rey Lopez

Cabot

The tax man

Since I only had a high school education, I did not learn that I did not have to list all my earnings with the IRS. Nor did I have to pay all my taxes that were due.

Oh, the folly of not getting a higher education. By the way, I loved Brummett's letter to the tax man.

Jane Krutz

Little Rock

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