Dorms at UALR
In reference to Leslie Newell Peacock's article about UALR's capital campaign: I believe Charles Hathaway was the incoming chancellor when the first UALR residence hall was built and opened in 1992. I know this because I was the first graduate assistant resident assistant for the housing program. I worked with a group of nine other RAs, one of whom is now my husband!
Am I missing some critical component of some political discussions I have heard lately? If those supposed “nail in the coffin of climate change” stolen emails bring into question the efficacy of all climate change research (according to “testimony” recently by a senator in a Senate hearing), don't the sexual indiscretions and alternative sexual orientation of Republican elected officals “call into question” the morality and sexual orientation of all Republican elected officials? If the illegal activity of ACORN employees means that the organization is rigging elections and undermining our Constitutional freedoms and therefore deserves a Congressional investigation, doesn't the status of Scooter Libby as a convicted felon justify an investigation of Project for the New American Century and all its signatories? Just asking.
Wm. Jay Sims
More on the Graffiti's incident
Much has been written and said about the vicious attack on U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder and Betsy Singleton by Janet Davis. I'm sure she hopes that it will just go away, but it was such an egregious act of verbal violence, that it should not be forgotten, especially since she bragged about it so much afterward.
Vic Snyder has been a very astute and effective representative for our district and our state for many years. Rev. Betsy Singleton took over a dying church a few years ago and built it into a vibrant, growing congregation in downtown Little Rock. They are truly a power couple in the finest sense of the term, and for someone to vilify them in this manner is truly reprehensible.
I would like to thank and congratulate Janet Davis for confronting U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder and his wife. If they were made to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, so be it; I'm quite sure the health care plan he is covered under (by us, the taxpayers) will cover any resulting treatment necessary.
Recent letters have criticized Davis for her lack of civility. At a trillion-dollar price tag, I say to hell with civility. Snyder, Sen. Mark Pryor and Sen. Blanche Lincoln have forfeited all right to civility. All one has to do is pick up any newspaper in Arkansas, read the letters to the editor, check out a few polls, and know that Arkansans, by an overwhelming margin, reject this health care plan being floated right now. By ignoring the will of the majority of their constituents, each has proven to be derelict in their duties.
Like most of us, I realize we need changes in health care, but I don't trust this Congress or administration to do it right or efficiently, not at nearly $1 trillion and 2,000 pages none of them have or will read in entirety.
So, yes, I support her right to confront the Snyder family in public. She should have just taken all the money out of her purse, thrown it on Snyder's table, and said, “Here, just take the rest while you're at it.”
Hot Springs Village
Here is who's fighting health care reform. Stephen Moore with Club for Growth. Sean Hannity. Bill O'Reilly. Rush Limbaugh the blowhard.
All of them are for less regulation, lower taxes for multimillionaires and they told us Iraq would be a piece of cake. We know that their records are suspect. Same for local blowhards.
North Little Rock
In 2006 the American people, in contradiction to the assurances of Karl Rove that they would win, threw the Republicans out of the leadership of the Congress expecting that this action would bring the troops out of Iraq, the dissolving of K Street and a Congress willing to stand up to the Bush regime. They received nothing but lip service from the House and whining from the Senate that “they needed 60 votes” to accomplish those expectations.
In 2008 the people gave them those 60 votes plus the presidency but still received no courage from the Congress and disappointment from President Obama.
I was a 54-year Democrat who left the party to become an independent when the leadership of the Congress would not impeach Bush and Cheney or stop funding the killing fields in Iraq, but I still supported Obama and the Democrats in 2008 as the alternative was unthinkable. I also had a degree of hope they might find a spine and would be true to their progressive base, but more importantly to their oath of office. My error.
It's time for a third party that would include the same coalition that brought about the changes in 2006 and 2008 who have had their fill of both failed political parties currently in power.