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Oct. 18, Letters to the Editor 

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Bene Vita fan

I want to say I'm unhappy with how your paper titled your review of Bene Vita. You complimented the establishment through the entire article but gave it a headline of “Spark Needed” and said it needs “imagination.”

First, let me say I think Bene Vita is one of the best restaurants in the Little Rock area. I eat there as often as I can and have taken several friends there to introduce them to the location. All of my friends have left there complimenting the staff and talking about how much they enjoyed their meal.

Second, you mention the short list of wines. Well, the wine selection may not be long but it is good. I prefer to have a few decent select wines as opposed to a large selection of wines collecting dust for the occasional diners who will splurge once or twice a year. For the regulars I prefer the good food and good prices option that comes with the present choices. Regardless, this is not a cookie-cutter establishment and places like Bene Vita are rare.

It is unfortunate the eggplant wasn't to your liking because I've been there with people who absolutely love it the way it is. Hopefully Bene Vita customers-to-be will ignore your bad titling of your article. Maybe something more in the line of “Excellent Food and Service” for a title and then put a subtitle like “Could use a little more zest” if you must say something negative about this fine place.

How would you like it if someone reviewed the Arkansas Times and loved the paper but didn't like one column so titled the whole review “Paper Flat and Lacking”?

Somehow I think that might make you a bit unhappy.

Cindy Chambers

Little Rock

The Huckster

After listening to Bro. Huckabee's declaration that he is not running for vice president because he always runs “for the gold, and not the silver” I am reminded of his race for lieutenant governor (Silver? Bronze? )

As an opportunist he prevailed, barely. And the rest is history.

If the Republicans are goofy enough to try an unnatural coupling of the Bro. with Giuliani (a New York-Arkansas axis) they ought to look at what happened in 1928 when the Democrats tried that with Al Smith (New York) and Joe T. Robinson (Arkansas.)

The Bro. should slip quietly into retirement, oiling his arsenal of guns — a Weatherby rifle, a Browning shotgun, a Barelli duck gun and his most beloved, a rusty 20-gauge shotgun (guess which one he paid for).

Tom Forgey

Magnolia

Laywers

From a recent editorial about collecting parking fines that mentioned lawyers “... who explain that they're too busy twisting the law to their financial advantage ...” If you identify an attorney who said that, I would be surprised, but if you can, he obviously speaks for his/herself. Isn't that a little heavy handed, especially when coupled with the allegation the funds are being stolen. A real simple solution would be legislation to allow cities to report unpaid fines to the motor vehicle registration division to be paid just as personal property taxes must be paid. I'll bet a good lawyer could draft that legislation.

Allen W. Bird II

Little Rock

The Purple Nose Club

Some readers may remember accounts of our Halloween 2006 antics when members of the Little Rock chapter of the famed Purple Nose Club (PNC) in goblin garb beguiled friends and neighbors to treat them with expensive red wine or suffer witchery tricks. I am pleased to announce that the PNC plans a more dignified approach this year by honoring one of our city's most respected restaurants.

On All Saints Eve, two PNC members will — in proper attire — visit five pre-selected Little Rock restaurants to challenge each with the traditional trick or treat offer for the prize dessert of that establishment. After taste testing by our degustation panel, the winner of the Jacques and Suzanne award will be announced in the PNC house organ, The Arkansas Demi-fat Gourmette. For further details watch this space.

Joel Taylor

Little Rock

Wild horses

We, that is myself, my family, our board of directors, and all the wild horses, want to thank for the coverage of Wing Spur Wild Horses. It means a lot to us, and for those of your readers who may want to contact us, our web site at www.wingspur.org, should be functional very soon.

Excy Johnston

Bigelow

Authenticity

In his column “The Authenticity Primary” Oct. 4, John C. Williams writes “spending millions on a campaign doesn't square with helping the poor.” This is utter nonsense. One could just as well write that spending millions on a campaign doesn't square with stopping abortion or fighting pollution or outlawing gay marriage or building roads or whatever else issues forth from candidates' mouths. I mean, if they really support their issue, shouldn't they give their monies straight to Eric Rudolf, or to Earth First, or to Fred Phelps, or just build the dang road themselves? Thanks to Mr. Williams, we are now made to understand that the only issue a candidate can support without danger of hypocrisy is, well, politics itself.

Mr. Williams is part and parcel of this very system of which he complains. The hypocrite here is not Edwards but Williams. If he truly thinks that it is wrong that the “election process is loaded against” anti-poverty crusaders, then he should not contribute to the problem. If he is truly concerned about hypocrisy in politics, I suggest that he spend more column inches on the Republican side of the aisle. As far as hypocrisy is concerned, the GOP is a much more “target rich” environment, offering issues like homosexuality, family values, abortion rights, fiscal responsibility, public integrity and terrorism prevention where candidates actions' do not agree with their words.

Charlie Redditt

Conway

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