Every now and then I watch the Fox News Network. I think it's wise to know what the lunatics are saying. Even a blind man can see that Fox is anything but fair and balanced. "The No Spin Zone"? Are you kidding me?
Fox News is Republican TV. Bovine excrement from beginning to end.
Benghazi is the latest example. Fox and its robots are all over President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice because four Americans were murdered in Libya. They just cannot believe that something like this could happen unless these three public servants were responsible.
I would like to remind Fox News and the people who watch this garbage that almost 3,000 Americans died on 9/11, under the watch of President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. This happened on American soil, not Libya.
Where was the Fox News' indignation then? Fox made George Bush and Condoleezza Rice out to be some kind of heroes.
What does this tell you about Fox News?
From the web
On the Big Ideas cover story that ran Dec. 19:
Any one of these superlative ideas from Natural Staters carries more long-term merit than that white-elephant-to-be Tech Park or that too-hurried ill-conceived Broadway Bridge.
Taken together, they're not only doable but lay terrific foundations for The Rock and the Natural State that will carry ever-growing rewards — economically, socially, educationally— far into the foreseeable future.
Kudos to all!
How about adding one more to the list: Ban self-service fueling in Arkansas. This would create thousands of badly needed jobs for the youth of Arkansas all across the state. It would make basic auto services accessible to disabled or handicapped motorists as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The jobs created are service jobs, the type that could not be exported, and the youths who held them would learn basic skills like showing up on time for work regularly. This policy is the law of the land in two states already, and I think it would be great for Arkansas as well.
In response to "Bicyclists call for safer streets in Little Rock," Dec. 19:
Forgive me if I fail to lock step with my fellow libs. I see no reason to cave to the bicycle riders' demands to give them the right of way. Streets were (and are) for motorized traffic.
If you want to putter around on a bike build your own tracks, trails, etc.
Taxes on plates and gas for the vehicles that travel streets pay for them.
When I encounter a single rider or a group they often are in the middle of the road and refuse to move over. They have the snobbish attitude they own the streets and you simply must drive 5 mph until they decide to let you go around.
They complain if someone dares to honk at them to move over.
As I do not suffer from road rage, they remain safe when I am stuck behind them. However, I can certainly understand when others might toss an unfriendly word or two their way.
As someone who rides to work every day, it would be great if cyclists in this city had trails that could get them where they needed to go without dealing with automobile traffic, but an extensive network of "off-road" trails that can take you anywhere in the city isn't feasible on any level.
You're also incorrect on the road funding issue. State and local taxes (such as property taxes) also fund roads, so anyone paying those should have stake in the game. Besides, most people who ride their bicycles on roadways also own cars.
I can understand how you would get frustrated when stuck behind a bicyclist, horse carriage, slow-moving construction equipment, etc., but they're just staying visible and doing what's safest for everyone. Pass if it's safe to do so, otherwise just take a few deep breaths and try to come to terms with the fact that you'll be a few minutes late to Walmart.
The article hits the nail on the head in noting that we must cultivate mutual respect and understanding on both sides. When I bike, I follow the rules of the road — stopping at red lights and letting motorists pass at the earliest safe opportunity.
I have a suggestion — nay, a challenge — for the curmudgeons. I firmly believe the best way to achieve harmony between motorists and cyclists is for as many as possible to become bicyclists as well as drivers. Bicycles are simply amazing in their ability to convey humans at the perfect speed for covering distances while enjoying sights, sounds, smells and scenery. They are a key to our environmental problems, because, like it or not, driving as much as we do is simply unsustainable. In addition to offering a simple, readily available answer to the glut of automobiles, bicycles connect us with our surroundings and with each other.
The challenge: Get outside and ride a bike! Take your kid for a bike ride. Ride your bike to work. Learn first-hand why so many of us love bicycling and why it is crucial to our community to not only tolerate bicyclists, but to embrace them.
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