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Bob Lancaster predicted that in 2009 “irrefutable evidence” will surface establishing my kinship to the new president.

I have always been hesitant to look up my family tree for fear of finding more than I want to know, but to my present knowledge I am not aware of any Negroes in my family “woodpile.”

Judge Sam Robinson had a saying: “When you have got your head in a lion's mouth — pet that SOB.” So …

For the next four years “Cousin Barack” could have a certain ring to it. And while I become accustomed to the thought, let me wish him, our country, Bob Lancaster, you and each of your readers the greatest year of your lives.

Jim Johnson

Conway

Poem for children

My response to the new law banning groups of people from fostering children is a poem.

Fragile

Are you related by blood?

No, we're related by love.

Why not let this relationship fade?

I won't because a promise was made.

Why not give up, others have done the same?

She is my child and Fragile is her name.

If I don't protect her, will you?

We formed a bond, you can too.

One look in her eyes, was it the law of this land?

It is the law in childhood heavenly sands.

She placed her trust in what I said.

A commitment not challenged unless I'm dead.

It doesn't matter your law doesn't say the same.

She is my child and Fragile is her name.

Rhonda Stewart

Little Rock

Fundamental Folly

Three of the world's great religions have within them “fundamentalist” groups that seem to be advocating world war and suicide to their believers, and for the first time, there is a danger that these misguided souls might just drag the rest of us into their nightmare.

The fundamentalist Jews have rejected Jesus, the prince of peace, and the Messiah of the Christian faith. The fundamentalist Muslims believe that they are God's chosen people and that any non-Muslim's is an infidel. The fundamentalist Christians are being taught that Armageddon is not only inevitable, but that their Messiah will not come back to earth to claim his “chosen people,” until there is a world wide blood bath, and that Jesus actually taught this. Secular Jews, Muslims and Christians, who vastly outnumber these dangerous fundamentalists, are being victimized by these false teachings.

The fundamentalists fear God, yet Jesus taught us that God is love. To my fellow Christians, I believe that the blood price for salvation has been paid in full. I urge you to reject those preachers that teach fear and death. We are all God's children, Christian, Muslim, and Jew, and heaven is full of members of all faiths who love God, the Father.

There are even fundamentalists there, and they are easy to spot because they all have this real surprised look on their faces.

Butch Stone

Maumelle

Throw them in jail

Those vile, televangelical confidence-tricksters are truly the lowest form of human life. Entirely amoral and rotten to the core, they prey on the fears and gullibility of the mindless masses and, in the unlikely event that there really is a just and merciful God, they are surely going straight to hell.

The sole aim of these blood-sucking parasites is to extract every last hard-earned penny from those foolish enough to believe their lies and, should intended victims fail to respond to their demands, they are threatened with the wrath of God.

Just how and why it is that these phony Christians are not regarded as criminal defies belief, although a larger and more frightening mystery is just how easily people are seduced by them. It is high time that all the pseudo-religious scamsters were brought to justice and thrown into jail.

William Galbraith Carlyle

North Little Rock

Cocaine's double standard

Twenty-two years ago, Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose. In the months following his death, Congress passed harsh new mandatory minimum drug laws that set a 100:1 disparity between the amount of crack cocaine and powder cocaine that trigger the same five-year mandatory prison sentence. The result: One-size-fits-all sentencing. We punish low-level drug users and dealers the same or worse than the drug kingpins.

Crack-cocaine offenders serve sentences up to eight times longer than those sentenced for powder cocaine. African-Americans account for 80 percent of those serving time for crack offenses even though they make up less than a third of crack cocaine users.

By continuing to lock away first time and nonviolent crack cocaine offenders for extraordinarily long sentences instead of treating the problem, we are repeating the mistake, not the lesson, of Len Bias' story. We are repeating a tale of lost promise.

Mary Wiggins-Anderson

Little Rock

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