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Since our house burned in November, we have been so blessed. We have a nice cottage for seniors in Otter Creek. People have been so good to us. We have all new furniture. God has met our needs. Our grandson Jarrod gave us a new bedroom suit. A niece, Melanie, gave us a round oak table and chairs. Ron Routh gave us a TV. So many gave gifts and money. Psalms 91:11 says that He will give his angels charge over us. His angels were busy that day.

Flo Cato
Little Rock

No to Fogleman

Re Mara Leveritt's article on Judge John Fogleman's candidacy for state Supreme Court:

Nor do I want to see Fogleman on our high court. Disgraceful.

I've sent the article to my statewide email base along with my comment that Mr. Fogleman will not be receiving my vote.

The West Memphis Three case has always bothered me, and I recall the mother of one of the slain boys stating that she'd recognized a shoelace or something in the crime scene pictures that belonged to someone in her family and that she'd thought THAT man had committed the murders and had told law enforcement that at the time. Those poor young men, I have never thought they did this. I think they were easy targets because they were easy pickings for perhaps political reasons.

Thanks for putting out the truth.

Lisa Burks
Conway

Rabble

I was reading some of the signs the rabble rousers were carrying at the state Capitol recently during a Tea Party demonstration. One really stood out. It said, “God hates taxes.” That person really knows a lot. If he would read Matthew 22: 17-21, he'd see that Jesus explains it very simply. People who tried to trip him up asked if it was lawful to pay tribute (taxes) to Caesar. Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God what is God's.”

It would make me very uncomfortable to carry a sign in public proclaiming what God hates.

Peggy Wolfe
Heber Springs


Tea parties


I remember I once ran away from home as a young child. I never got any further than the neighbor kid's yard and didn't stay away from home any longer than the time it took to get good and hungry. My mother never realized this rebellion even took place. Something else I remember from childhood was being taught in public school that the Boston Tea Party was about taxation without representation. The colonists were being taxed heavily without tangible benefits or services to show for it. Their American Revolution was all about claiming the right to establish and run their own government in order to provide for its people. Our present-day tea baggers say they don't want their government to be so big or so involved in their lives. I feel that if they don't want to pay federal, state, and local taxes that support “socialist” institutions like libraries, public schools, universities, fire departments, public utilities, police forces, armed forces, Social Security, Employment Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran's Administrations, and government medical health care then let's figure out a way to accommodate them. Let's allow them to give up all the tangible benefits and services these taxes provide and allow them to live tax-free and benefit-free for as long as they desire. Then they may appreciate what that first tea party was all about, and I'll bet it won't be long before they too will get hungry and want to head back home just like I did.

John Matlock
Little Rock

Ire is up

My ire is up and I cannot hold back the words. At a hearing concerning my teaching abilities, my writings were presented as evidence of district disrespect. For that reason and because shared thoughts did not seem to generate change, I put my writing efforts into a novel. But the other paper, the one that begrudgingly makes positive comments about public schools, provoked these comments.

I pray each day that the earth does not shake because my school would crumble like an eggshell. There is no steel (except that added later to hold together cracked beams) in the building and tons of cracked concrete sit above on single brick columns and walls. My school continues to be used almost 60 years after it was built. Why? It is not replaced because the district does not have enough money. The district must parcel out money somewhat like fighting a blazing fire with an eye dropper and a cup of water.

Most of the school money goes to teacher pay. The other paper regularly mocks supposedly overpaid teachers. I challenge you to write down a dollar figure for someone who spends around 180 days educating a child. Better yet, put down a dollar figure for the value of a parent because much of that time is spent parenting. In every profession there are some weak workers and teaching is no exception. However, most teachers are worth every cent they earn. This community should tax itself enough to keep good schools and good teachers.

Richard Emmel
Little Rock

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