Move to Pakistan, Nugent 

Move to Pakistan, Nugent

I have been in the music business since 1967. During this time I've represented artists including Black Oak Arkansas and Krokus.

As a concert promoter I also had Ted Nugent perform at Riverfest Amphitheatre when I was active in that business.

Ted Nugent's latest rant, in which he called the president of the United States a subhuman mongrel, has no place in the political debate raging in this country.

I have watched Ted Nugent descend into a sick twisted hatred of African Americans and think it's time people like him to go back into the pit from which they came.

Ted Nugent hasn't had a hit record in decades. He is a non-entity in the music business and should be treated as such in the political world as well.

There is no place in America for bigotry, racism and hate.

The Constitution of the United States is under attack by religious fanatics to whom facts based on science and true religion seems to mean nothing. We are seeing states attempt to pass laws legalizing discrimination against gay people. These so-called religious people are quick to quote the Old Testament, while completely ignoring the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament.

Judge not unless you be judged. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you do it unto the least of my brother you do it unto me.

These are the teachings of the son of God. Jesus never condemned anyone, not even the men who drove the nails into his hands and feet.

The Constitution of the United States says that all men are created equal with certain inalienable rights, which include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The separation of Church and State is essential to the freedom of the people of any country. Just look at the other countries on this planet that are controlled by a single religion such as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Do we really want America to become like these countries, where civil rights, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, do not exist?

I am a Christian and I believe that Jesus is the son of God and that he came to this Earth to teach us how we should live our lives. Jesus would never have discriminated against any child of God because of his sexual preference, color of his skin, or political beliefs.

If America continues to go down a road that sanctions discrimination, bigotry and hatred, this country will not stand. Even my religion, Christianity, consists of churches that have many different beliefs.

Which churches' beliefs are to be accepted as the basis for laws in this country? How do you decide that issue?

The Founding Fathers came to this country to escape religious bigotry and hatred.

They had a great idea when they insisted on the separation of church and state.

Perhaps it is time for Nugent and the other people who think like him move to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan, where their beliefs are accepted as law.

Butch Stone


Ozark review mean-spirited

Was surprised and somewhat chagrined to read your recent review on our own Ozark Mountain restaurant. Where did you find the hateful person that penned that food-rage diatribe? Think he must have awakened on that day totally impacted, so much so that he had to uncontrollably spew that mean-spirited, supercilious, venomous little exercise (of about Creative Writing 101 quality). Out the wrong end. He was unreasonably unkind. And somewhat inaccurate. For a short minute, could have sworn I was reading a treatise of one of our esteemed editors named Paul or something like that ... think he hangs out at the Democrat or somewhere.

I have been to OM many times for a late breakfast, and for the most part have departed reasonably satiated and satisfied. They do drop the ball now and then, but not consistently. As that writer indicated, he was in a greasy spoon establishment. However, methinks your amateurish critic is not too well versed in the art of "greasy spooning." For starters, greasy spooners invariably have enough gustatory acumen to never order a croissant-type item in such a joint, much less pumpkin pancakes. Pumpkin pancakes! Really, I'm overwhelmed.

Just wanted to punch on this guy's balloon a bit, and to recommend you guys do a more sharper-edged editing of your articles. Or, make sure he stays on his medication as ordered. Whatever shuts him up ... or better yet, out.

I respect honest reviews. And frankly, most local restaurants, even pricey ones, dish out frequent disasters.

Just be kind.

Joseph Brogdon

Little Rock

From the web

In response to last week's cover story, "A new day at the Little Rock School District"

If history is any guide, those six administrators won't really be fired — they will slide into other administrative jobs.

Concerning Reading Recovery: As a retired LRSD teacher I have seen first hand the amazing changes RR has made in the academic performance of students who go through the program. Not to mention the budding and blossoming of confidence born of achievement in children who entered the program in a pitiful academic shape. The program works, and yes, it's expensive. So are prisons. Many (not all, as shown by your example of Cooper) of these children had little to no exposure to books in their first five years of life and little of the essential vocabulary-building real conversations with adults. It takes one-on-one work and lots of it to make up for the ravages of poverty and unstable home lives.

This has been an ongoing problem in LRSD — repeatedly taking on unproven or poorly vetted instructional programs, and in this case discarding one that works for children in greatest need. The administration did this a few years ago with math instruction — tossed out math notions like learning the multiplication tables. Teachers were expressly forbidden to use textbooks, and were told to use manipulatives (little objects) for just about everything. The problem was that the district had implemented only part of a "packaged" math program. Surprise, surprise, it was pretty much a disaster.

Each new superintendent comes barreling into town and acts as if no one has even tried to teach before he got here. Plus, they come armed with "solutions" that are to be implemented whether appropriate or proven effective or not. Now it's back to reading and math specialists teaching "small" groups, a practice that goes back many years. Just as your doctor doesn't see patients in groups but one by one, children who are so very far behind need individual attention. This has been proven to work. Why reinvent the wheel?

Whew! Being retired has made me bold to speak.


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