Favorite

Slack for Lu Hardin? 

Slack for Lu Hardin?

After enumerating some of Lu Hardin's apparent accomplishments and contributions to UCA, letter writer Mary Olivia Cornwell characterized him as “thinking outside the box,” and as a “creative problem solver.” She also noted that he admitted to a mistake. She asked, “What more can we ask as a state or as a region?”

For starters, making good decisions.

Fabricating a memo and attaching others' names as the originators is not a “mistake”; that is a bad decision — perhaps a result of thinking outside the box.

When asked about an action, saying you didn't do it when you did is not a mistake; that is a bad decision — probably should be inside the box.

When rendering a legal opinion contrary to law, that is not a mistake; that is a bad decision — perhaps the result of creative problem solving.

A mistake is punching the + key instead of the - key when you're balancing your checkbook or grabbing a loaf of whole wheat instead of whole grain bread from the grocery shelf. In short, a mistake is when you slip up while you're intending to do right.

What more can we ask? That when an administrator is asked to defend his decisions he be able to say, “I made the best decision I could, using my best judgment, in light of the circumstances as I understood them.”

If Lu Hardin can truthfully defend his decisions with that statement, I'd say that pretty well reveals that he doesn't have the wisdom and judgment we ask of a university administrator. If he cannot, I'd say we have a right to ask more of him than that.

Dr. Bob Hartsell

Hot Springs

Disservice to women

I was just reading the article regarding the church in the July 24 edition of the Arkansas Times. I have recently moved into a neighborhood that is close to the church and became energized just reading about the many things that the church offers as well as the dynamic community involvement.
Just about the time I was thinking “I may visit this church,” I came to the part that referred to women's involvement in the church.

I was so disappointed that it is felt that women have no place as elders or preachers in what seems to otherwise be a wonderful, progressive environment.
I would hate to take my children and grandchildren to a place that, if they are girls, they are destined to a “certain” place, but that place is not a position that is seen as a place of leadership. But they sure were pretty serving the bagels in the cafe!
Fellowship Bible is doing a disservice to not only the women of this community but to themselves and their congregation.

Lisa Jackson

Little Rock

What Bush did

I have read where several writers have castigated President Clinton for the events of 9/11, and the war in Iraq. All the research that I have done indicates that they ignore the fact that his administration offered initiatives in the amount of $1.097 billion in an effort to thwart international terrorism, which included 22 different items in his anti-terrorist bill.

In trying to pass legislation that would attack the terrorist organization, Clinton was blocked by the reactionary conservative majority in congress. All efforts by the Clinton administration were cast aside when the Bush people took office, because they wanted nothing to do with the outgoing government. Condi Rice, by her own admission, ignored the massive data provided by Sandy Burger, until the 9/11 attack. Although Bush said that, “no one could have anticipated anyone using airplanes as bombs,” the facts tell a different story.

A four-page, forty-paragraph report indicates that had Bush paid attention to the reported information, 9/11 might have been prevented. Clinton's dire public warnings about the threat, and his actions to prevent it, went completely unreported by the media. The action was dismissed within the media and in congress as scandalous “Wag-The-Dog” tactics, all because they were more concerned with a stained dress than the threat of terrorism.

Consequently, the data and the efforts of the Clinton administration to combat international terrorism were never followed up on, and the Bush administration hijacked the 9/11 attack as the pretext to invade Iraq.

So when you look at the whole picture, Bush has done to the whole country what Clinton did to one intern.

G. M. Kesselring

Van Buren

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Readers also liked…

  • Outsourcing state government

    As a citizen, I don't get to choose not to pay taxes because I don't like what the Arkansas state government is spending state and federal money on, such as paying a Chinese company, Sun Paper, approximately $1 billion to build a paper mill in Clark County.
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Radical Zinn

    Re: the bill to remove Howard Zinn books from school libraries: When "alternative" books are removed from school libraries and class curriculums, it is the beginning of broader suppression of education and civilian participation in politics, not the end of it.
    • Mar 9, 2017

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.

Latest in Letters

  • On Walmart and state money

    No they don't need state help. Any conservative legislator who is true to their tea party principles will crow on about crony capitalism. I look forward to deafening silence.
    • Sep 21, 2017
  • On bullshit

    I am quoted in Leslie Peacock's article about doctors and medical marijuana. I do not disown any of the things I am quoted as saying, and I commend Peacock on her excellent research and writing. I've enjoyed reading her for at least two decades. But the slant of the article creates a misperception that I am (and many other doctors like me are) cruelly depriving suffering human beings of beneficial treatment. This is not correct.
    • Sep 14, 2017
  • Open letter to Rep. Bruce Cozart

    I read your response to the Arkansas Times' request for comments about what happened in Charlottesville, Va. It is obvious that you are not well educated on the facts of history surrounding the Civil War.
    • Sep 7, 2017
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

September

S M T W T F S
  1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation