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What a review (“Wrong Iron Grill”) of the Wrought Iron Grill! I'm glad you waited 10 days — and not the first day. You could have done a full page. New menu, new kitchen, new people and maybe that is the reason you do a soft opening before your grand opening.

I need to correct some facts you got wrong! These are facts, not my opinion or yours:

Your words: “Forget any idea of a sunny lunch.” You walked through a large outside patio.

Your words: “Discard notions of a late night drink at the bar. Or a bar for that matter.” We have a bar but we are not a “bar,” we are a non-smoking restaurant with a small bar so you can have a relaxing drink and be with your family, children and anyone under 21 till 10 p.m.

Jenn's Egg Rolls: I do not like egg rolls, but these are great and I have never got them “laden” in oil — sorry, your word is grease, which you used many times.

Your words: Mashed potatoes weren't thick. But your photo shows they are. Just facts!

You wrote “You'll (reader) be forced to read the review and apply your own stars.” You are so vain to think people respect anyone who will not sign their name to the article and can not get facts right.

I suggest the reader try the food (fried or non-fried) in our non-smoking family friendly restaurant and, as our menu reads, if you do not like it let Scott know and he will correct it.

Dennis Long

Little Rock

Spank or beat?

I found Jordan Riak's editorial [“Shame on Arkansas,” April 3] to be disturbing on several fronts. First, the corruption of our language is something that makes rational and reasoned discussion almost impossible. When a normal and deserved swat on the bottom of a child is called “assault and battery,” “beatings,” “abusive behavior” and the child is described as having to attend school in a “toxic, punitive environment,” the discussion is cast in the mode of “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” I suggest that very few students are “beaten” by teachers in our public schools.

As to running laps and doing push-ups, they worked pretty well when I was in school. I don't think that any of us kids thought of them as creating a “toxic” environment.

Mr. Riak also states that, “Children should not come to school feeling afraid of teachers.” My response is that more importantly, teachers should not come to school having to be afraid of the students. We need to return control of the classroom to the teachers, and get the lawyers and bleeding hearts out of the way. Only when the teacher is acknowledged by the students to be in charge will there be an atmosphere conducive to learning for all of the students in the class.

Today in our culture, we have children having babies and then sending them to school without the child ever having had a day of good parental discipline or guidance. Many get their ideas of how to act from the streets where “positive behavioral support and cooperative ... management” are not known to be effective. A therapeutic swat on the backside may be the best and kindest lesson that the child will ever get.

I believe that today, with the atmosphere that Mr. Riak is trying force into our schools, that the prison population is growing faster than the school population.

Herb Hawn

Little Rock

Gun rights

Re Ernest Dumas' column “A loaded issue”:

The “free exercise thereof” of religion (mainly Christianity) is relentlessly being chipped away at by the American Civil Liberties Union. Now, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” is under assault, also by the ACLU, in its “embrace” of the states' rights model, so-called. All of this ignores the fact that the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, comprising our Bill of Rights, guarantee the rights of the individual over the state.

It is the case that, in the Second Amendment, the militia was dependent on “the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” and not the other way around. The inherent right of people for self-defense, defense of their families and others in imminent danger, the right to hunt for food (and enjoy sports that evolved from that activity), involving the use of firearms or other weapons is a given, one I think the founders recognized as being so self-evident as not to require exposition.

Your conclusion that the sky will fall in the case that the U.S. Supreme Court rules for the individual in the matter of gun ownership is alarmist, to say the least. All the court will be doing, in effect, is affirming what is and has always been the case: that the right to bear arms is an individual right. Rights always carry responsibilities. Society is not going to allow deadly weapons to the criminal, the insane and to children, nor abandon its right to regulate them. Schools, especially, must get their collective heads out of the sand and provide secure campuses.

Catherine Wilson

Center Ridge

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