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After reading Debra Wood’s letter last week about the problems already experienced in the River Market area, I can’t help but wonder if the best plan for attracting conventions, businesses and tourists to downtown Little Rock is to create a public drinking/open container area.

If city leaders want to effect positive change in our city, why not work to make it legal for folks to buy a bottle of wine on Sundays or enjoy a glass of champagne with their Sunday brunch before noon? Existing laws that forbid activities such as these are the kind of backward policies that people who visit Little Rock will remember when they travel back home — not the fact that our main entertainment/tourism area doesn’t allow public drinking.

David L. Humphrey
Little Rock


Defends newspaper
As a former news/copy editor at small Texas newspapers in Del Rio, Laredo, Temple and Tyler in the 1980s, I just wanted to put my two cents in the fuss ad man Gary Heathcott tried to stir up. [David Koon’s Media column reported that the Carroll County News decided not to use State Fair news releases because it received no State Fair advertising.]

First, I think he’s totally out of line to complain about publisher Bob Moore.

Unless they’ve done an in-depth interview with the youngsters raising animals to show at the State Fair, any press release beforehand is worth two or three paragraphs in the agriculture or youth news section. If the teen wins, then you have something newsworthy. Beforehand, the only thing newsworthy is the name of the teen, age, her parents and city, what she is showing, and when. It could be handled as a photo cutline!

Any press release with details on the fair hours and who is performing is just someone seeking free advertising for something out of the local area.

I doubt the Carroll County News would have much on the potential GM merger. Any local story to mention GM would probably be about a local dealer who advertises either in the classified section or retail section for oil changes, etc.

I think you blew this mole hill up into a mountain and owe the Carroll County News publisher an apology.

Keith Weber
Jacksonville


Prefers his own kind
Your derogatory remarks about Washington Times editor Wesley Pruden and me, quoting the story about us [and racial complaints at the Times] in The Nation, was followed by Pruden’s own column in the Times wherein he was so penitent he reminded me of poor ol’ Trent Lott, who was so apologetic for praising Strom Thurmond I expected him to endorse the movement to pay blacks a pension simply because they are blacks.

As for my past, let me say the fact that I prefer my own kind doesn’t mean I take that as a license to cast stones at others.

Your assumption to the contrary has always been the tool of the true bigots who would destroy any vestige of racial self-respect.

The politically correct prattle this canard of “hate” while they are living in segregated and gated neighborhoods, establishing and sending their children to private schools or the special school within a school at Central and the rest are engaging in the “white flight” which they can afford.

You blame everything on earth except race for the condition of inner cities and cry foul if notice is taken that the civic clubs are largely seas of white and God forbid an acknowledgment that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week.

Forced race-mixing is contrary to nature and affirmative action is swapping one discrimination for another.

The Pulaski County schools alone have already spent over a billion dollars in an attempt to prove the falsity of this statement and to reconcile the mischief of legislating courts and there is no end in sight.

The hypocrisy of you holier than thous like Bill Clinton, whose part-time office may be in Harlem but his home is in the whitest neighborhood in New York, is so insufferable I best hush now before I tell you all what I really think.

Jim Johnson
Conway


Halloween Revisited
After decades of sitting Edgar Allen Poe-like in my den awaiting the Trick or Treat Raven visitations on Oct. 31 evenings, I finally decided it was time to participate rather than remain a passive responder.

I talked my long-suffering wife into buying two horrible masks and long cloaks. I hand printed two large placards to be used as message boards so our adult voices would not give us away to the unsuspecting home owners who would be expecting kids.

Completely disguised and toting a large basket we sallied forth around 7:30 p.m. to the homes of several friends, where we rang doorbells and squeaked a falsetto “Trick or Treat.” The culturally conditioned inhabitants promptly came to the door with offerings of candy. Shaking our heads negatively we held up the first placard, which boldly proclaimed: WE PREFER EXPENSIVE RED WINE! The reactions were mixed and most interesting. Some giggled, some seemed confused, some appeared bewildered what to say or do. We then held up the second placard: “UNOPENED BOTTLES ONLY, PLEASE!” All of our victims read this aloud in increasing wonderment but sneaking suspicion that they were being had. Finally guffaws erupted, then accusations of chicanery were leveled, as well as invitations to come in and have a glass of expensive red wine.

We still got home early enough to pass on our candy to some true kids and really enjoyed this Halloween more than we had since we were they. Try it sometime.

Joel and Mary Dee Taylor
Little Rock






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