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I can only wish I was half the man Mike Huckabee is (but then again, with his health kick mania the past two years, he’s half the man he once was).

A recent article chronicled Huckabee’s big game excursion in Wyoming, where he felled an antelope from 250 yards.

First, let me congratulate Huckabee — not on his marksmanship, but for being one of the few privileged Arkansans in this day and and age able to take a vacation to Wyoming. Wonder who footed the bill?

The article went on to say that that “Huckabee said that organizers had said the antelope would be between 50 and 75 yards away.”

So make no mistake, this wasn’t really hunting; rather, it was a staged and orchestrated event in which antelopes were turned loose simply to let a few wealthy and powerful men take target practice.

I’m not a PETA person, make no mistake. But when the governor wants to act like a good ol’ boy, let’s not forget who he really is. You, I and the average Arkansan can go the bowling alley, plug 50 cents into that deer hunting game, and take shots at animals we know are going to come across the screen. Part of that 50 cents, and everything else we make and spend, gets to apparently go to Huckabee enjoying the perverse pleasure of doing it to the real thing.

What a real man.

Mathew Turner
Hot Springs

Time for grief
This is a time for grief. At the urging of this administration our Senate contemplates surrender. The only defense against barbarism argues this administration is to revert to our own barbarism. So this is how the American ideal, the rule of law, ends. Not crushed by some mighty adversary, but meekly surrendered by mere politicians who would sell our very souls to save their political “careers.”

Our American ideal, the rule of law, was born in an Age of Reason. Reason and faith combined to create a new paradigm: that there is a higher authority than kings or emperors. For more than 200 years our ancestors built on that ideal. Oh, sure there were aberrations from time to time; but the fundamental deal thrived and flourished. Our continuing commitment to that ideal took real courage and real faith.

Neither Hitler’s panzers nor Tojo’s kamikazes could force our ancestors to give up our ideal. In fact, after that devastating war our ancestors took common cause with the rest of the civilized world to create (among others) Article 3 of the Geneva Convention. Imagine! Millions slaughtered, and cities laid waste; yet those statesmen and great leaders responded with the rule of law, by providing for humane treatment of defeated enemies.

Today these mere politicians congratulate each other. For what! For casting aside our American ideal to better fight the war on terror! So we surrender our great American ideal to “better” fight a few, pathetic losers. They hide in caves and murder unarmed civilians. Is our American ideal too weak to stand up to those pathetic losers? Where are the courage and the faith we need to defend our American ideal? Where are the statesmen and great leaders?

Creigh Shank
Little Rock

War planning
Ernest Dumas’ assertion that Bush planned the Iraq war prior to his election is most unlikely. Bush gave every indication in the campaign that the nations of the Middle East should solve their own problems. It was only after violence began to escalate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Bush was asked by several Arab leaders to intervene that he proposed the Road Map to Peace.

The Project for a New American Century is primarily a group of journalists and academics offering their views on foreign policy issues. It’s hardly a shadow government controlling the president and Congress as some conspiracy theorists believe. Bush’s primary foreign policy advisers at that time were Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Al-Qaeda is only part of the terrorist threat. A threat also exists from nations that sponsor terrorism and are seeking a war against Israel. A war that would involve the U.S. and possibly nuclear weapons. There may be extensive infighting among the terrorists but they are united in a common cause to bring down America and destroy Israel.

Sept. 11, 2001, was the event that convinced Bush to embrace the “preemptive strike” policy. Saddam was funding suicide bombers against Israeli citizens and hoped to station troops on their border. Bush may have cited NBC weapons as his primary reason for invading Iraq but preserving peace in the region is a valid reason also. Iraq is no longer a threat to Israel and Iran and Syria must be convinced to seek a negotiated settlement. The question is do we act now to challenge this movement before a coalition is formed or wait until a regional war is underway with tragic consequences for the entire world.

Thomas Pope
Little Rock

18 Wheels of Hope
There’s an old gospel song called “The Old Country Church.” Tucked in extreme Northeast Arkansas, Harvest Time Ministries exemplifies every verse. Thirty people are a packed house.

But it’s not about numbers. The Blytheville church, which holds services in what once was a warehouse, ministers to nine states, including Oklahoma, through 18 Wheels of Hope. No slogan could describe the program better.

18 Wheels of Hope indeed brings hope to those without it. With the help of partners, the 18-wheeler delivers food and needed items to those struck by disaster and in impoverished areas.

Every year at Christmas since 1988, 18 Wheels of Hope has hauled toys and food to the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, where one in four children goes to bed hungry several times a week.

It supplements other ministries and charities trying to do similar work.

18 Wheels of Hope is currently gearing up for the Christmas trip to the Appalachian Mountains, seeking toys and other donated items to take.

If any of your readers feel led to become a partner, they can shoot an e-mail to or call Dale Ruddick at 870-762-9999.

Mark Brasfield

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