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Re: “Report: Racial taunts greet visiting basketball team in Harrison

As a former basketball referee, my initial reaction, What the hell, refs? Where were your frickin backbones?

Suspend play until order is restored. Remove people from the stands, if need be. YOU spineless jackasses have the power to be judge and jury in that gymnasium. Congrats officiating crew, you absolutely BLEW IT!!!

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Posted by Mark Hooper on 01/19/2018 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Add another contender for Little Rock City Board

This ass wipe just put a campaign sign in my yard, without my consent or permission. Screw this douche bag.

Posted by Mark Hooper on 10/30/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Leslie Rutledge, the absent attorney general

This entire article is written with a flawed and assumed premise. That is, this article presumes that if Leslie Rutledge were home, where she is suppose to be, she would not be "absent." This is not the case...she would (and is) forever "absent."

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Posted by Mark Hooper on 10/27/2016 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Tamales today at HT&T

I am an admitted Yellow Rocket groupie and cash paying supporter, so my articulate and impecible opinion is slightly biased...but "spot on," nonetheless. My opinion? HT&T has a great dance beat and I dig the grooves. I think this is going to be a big hit and I give it a score of 98!

From the cheese dip and the three salsa sampler, chicken tacos, spinach and zucchini enchiladas to the Sierra Madre and frozen mojito cocktails, everything I sampled curled my toes! The cavalcade of Ark-Mex originals were mucho mucho tasty! It is like the old, orignal Brownings and legendary Taco Kid had a love child...and here it is!

I guess it is time for me to let my pants out a few inches, and head on back to HT&T. Chomp!!!

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Posted by Mark Hooper on 05/07/2015 at 10:06 PM

Re: “The Cinco de Mayo margarita guide

...and kudos to my friend, Joel DiPippa!!!

Posted by Mark Hooper on 05/05/2015 at 5:20 PM

Re: “The Cinco de Mayo margarita guide

I would put Fonda high on the list of recommendations and faaaar before Cantina Loredo, where every margarita option is simply sweet and not a balance of the flavors as Joel described.

I would also give a nod to The Fold, who also offers a margarita with dimensions, unlike (again) Cantina Loredo, and their typiucally corporate offerings of this cocktail.

Local before corporate, that is what I always say!

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Posted by Mark Hooper on 05/05/2015 at 5:19 PM

Re: “State Board of Education takes over Little Rock School District


You, and members of the Arkansas State Board of Education, have decided to effectively mute the voice of the citizenry of Little Rock, elected school board members of the Little Rock School District, school administrators and most importantly, the teachers of the Little Rock School District. My wife is one of those teachers.

In fact, my wife is one of those LRSD teachers who can explain to YOU, why the schools exist. Being at one of the distressed schools, she can also explain to you, and many others, how first the magnet program, and now the charter program has killed "fair and equitable," within the district. It can be argued that certain schools are distressed because "fair and equitable" has been removed from the system to try and please a few small groups. Now, you are working to try and please another "small group." How will THIS make these distressed schools less distressed? How will this bring them more resources? How will this level the playing field across ALL schools?

My wife cares as much (and in my option, arguably MORE) than many of these teaches cozily situated in those schools that receive more attention, more funds, more resources. She is the teacher who teaches the low income, at-risk and "marginal" kids of Little Rock. She is a teacher who is dedicated to this mission, too!

Do you REALLY think those Janet Jones real estate agents who wrote their letters to the DOE even give a passing concern about my wife's mission or the kids she is educating? Well, my wife does!!! My wife has driven them home from school programs, because no one was there to pick them up. My wife has fed kids because she has worried about whether they are getting fed. We shop in local stores and grown adults walk up and hug my wife, because SHE was a teacher who made a difference in their lives. Yeah, I know, not good marketing tools toward selling houses, right?

My wife is a music teacher. Let me put this into a working vocabulary that explains her perceived value to the rest of a school staff: my wife is a lowly activity director (like the art teacher) for other teachers to drop off their problems while they go enjoy a break. Not ALL of her fellow teachers will say as much, but this is my wife's reality. She takes her job...and the education of the kids, very seriously. She has done so (passionately) for over 30-years, despite never feeling fully appreciated by you at the top, or anyone else. She deals with the typical discipline problems of kids, lack of support from administration and the discipline problems of some other teachers, who see her as a teacher's aide, not their peer.

Nonetheless, my wife remains dedicated to her job, toward helping kids learn music, helping improve their math and reasoning skills through music education, and instilling into them a passion for culture and the arts. Her effectiveness is more far reaching than many realize. In fact, when the district almost dropped music on the elementary level, it was then deemed this to do so is unconstitutional, since music is an integral part of developmental education. She works to make music influential in her students' lives. Now, this could all be challenged.

Do I really think the Arkansas Department of Education is going to value what Henderson Middle School, and its staff, is doing right? Absolutely not! Do I worry that you, and your colleagues, run the risk of absolutely glazing over accessing the value of a music education to a bunch of low income, inner city kids? I absolutely do! This isn't a concern to the special interests you are actively

This is all a travesty to the kids of the LRSD, the parents who STILL put their kids in LR schools (unlike these real estate agents), a travesty to the unyielding and dedicated teachers, like my wife and many others who have cared for these kids and the quality of their education -- far more than the special interests have. It is a travesty to Little Rock citizenry and our right to steer our own course.

It pained me last night to see a teacher of the merit and value of my wife, cry and ache. Sure, she is worried about her own welfare. but, when I walked into the bedroom, she asked, "Do you think these kids I teach really matter to the people who have made this happen?"

Do they, Mr Ledbetter?

While you work to redraw school zones, to appease your special interests, I hope you work for the interest of these distressed schools, students and passionately dedicated teachers -- first and foremost!

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Posted by Mark Hooper on 01/29/2015 at 12:18 PM

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