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Just read your review of the Goo Goo Dolls/Augustana concert and think you may have gotten the order wrong. The Dolls were good, no doubt, but at least two dads accompanying our 14-year-old daughters were far more impressed with Augustana’s performance — and work ethic. These guys (barely older than our own teenagers) broke down their own equipment after the Goo Goo Dolls came out and even hung around the lobby talking with fans after the show. Jared Palomar, the bassist, thanked us profusely and earnestly for coming out on such a cold night to see them play their songs. Nice kids. Talented, too.

Bill Fitzgerald

Little Rock

Supreme court

Loved the pizza evaluation story in your restaurant issue but I wanted to let you know if you had ordered the Damgoode pie with the pink sauce rather then the red, you’d never go to another pizzeria — ever! Try it next time.

Britt Runion

Little Rock

A winner

Black History Month has a significant sports theme this year — prominently featuring coaches Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts and Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears, the first two black head coaches in the history of the NFL. I applaud their efforts and all Americans celebrate their achievement.

However, for me, and I’m willing to bet for a lot of Arkansans, our biggest celebration is for the Arkansas Razorbacks’ Darren McFadden, who was voted unanimous SEC Offensive Player of the Year by the AP and the SEC coaches poll, winner of the Doak Walker Award given to the nation’s top running back and the first player in Arkansas history to be named a finalist for college football’s most prestigious honor, the Heisman Trophy. McFadden’s perseverance, determination, poise and class will give us all something to cheer about for years to come.

Anthony Goldsby

North Little Rock

Art Across Arkansas

Congratulations to the Clinton Foundation and the Thea Foundation for the initial collection of 150 pieces of fine art for installation in our public schools via Art Across Arkansas. [However] The comments made by Sandy Besser in your publication regarding this program’s chance of success without his direction were laughable.

The Art Across Arkansas program is thriving because of the contagious enthusiasm of the Thea Foundation’s executive director, Paul Leopoulos, in his drive to positively impact every single child in our state. Were I fishing for Moby Dick, I would bring along Paul — and the tartar sauce.

Arkansas is home to both of these sponsoring foundations. It is only natural that their agenda is Arkansas first, the country next. Numerous components of the Thea Foundation’s family enrichment and arts education curriculum are duplicated nationwide so we can rightfully anticipate national expansion of Art Across Arkansas.

Your readers are invited to help this program succeed. Continuous donations of fine art arrive daily from generous artists around our state and country. Log onto the Thea Foundation’s website (theafoundation.org) to make a contribution to help cover shipping and insurance costs. Your small gift will go a long way to brighten a hallway and a young mind in our public schools.

Mary Cornwell

Little Rock

Brummett, too

Having completely given up on Max Brantley and the editorial page for anything approaching objective, serious commentary, I continued to hold out some hope for John Brummett, but he, too, has fallen prey to the same old habit. Unable to refute, or even accurately discuss, competing views, he resorts to simple name calling. Brummett outdid himself today in his column on Jay Greene of the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform. I do not claim to be an expert on all of Greene’s writings, but I understand his central thesis to be that there is no evidence that continuing to increase spending on education is the panacea that Brummett and the Arkansas Supreme Court believe it to be. The facts prove just the opposite. Funding for education has increased exponentially over the last 20-30 years (as classroom size has decreased), yet overall student achievement and test scores continue to plummet. Brummett does not lay a glove on, or scarcely mention that inconvenient truth (to borrow a phrase). Instead, he calls Greene a right-winger and says he makes too much money. You should expect more from your writers. The University of Arkansas is fortunate to have a nationally recognized educational scholar on its faculty. If only the Arkansas Times could be so lucky.

Mike Emerson

Little Rock

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