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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 13

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Huck and death penalty

During the Nov. 28 Republican presidential debate, emceed by CNN's Anderson Cooper, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was asked if Jesus would support the death penalty. Mr. Huckabee, a Baptist minister, did what most skilled politicians do — say a lot of words, but not answer the question. When pressed for a specific answer to the question, he said flippantly, “Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office, Anderson. That's what Jesus would do.”

I do not believe Jesus would support the death penalty. Mr. Huckabee dodged the question because he knows, down deep in his heart, Jesus would not support it. I would have more respect for Mr. Huckabee's pro-life stance if he were speaking out to abolish the death penalty.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.

Louisville, Ky.

Carter v. Huck

Re: UALR Professor Art English equating former President Jimmy Carter with former Gov. Mike Huckabee:

While I often agree with Art English, it is almost preposterous to see similarities between Carter and Huckabee. They are both Baptists, both former governors. And then, education: Carter an Annapolis graduate and a Naval officer. The Huckster attended a Baptist university and seminary — no military experience. Carter painfully struggling, with limited success, to get a handle on some really major problems. Huckabee sliding by with his shopworn and well-practiced pulpit one-line preacher humor.

And the biggest difference: Carter, as a Baptist, was one of the flock. Huckster, as a Baptist minister, was wielding the shears. The infamous, and ill-advised, effort of Carter to be a regular guy by toting his own luggage and wearing sweaters did not play well.

I don't want a president defined by such nonsense as who would you like to drink with? Or pray with or hunt and fish with. I want an exceptional person and not an ordinary, regular person. Sort of like a Washington or a Jefferson — or even a self-disguised remarkable Bill Clinton.

Tom Forgey


Huck and Bush

Holy Velveeta loaf, Batman! The Alamo article Nov. 29 makes me wonder if Tony Alamo could be the next edgy celebrity to come out in support of Huckabee for president, secretary of whatever or fill in the blank. Alamo would join an imposing menagerie of martial arts masters, wrasslers, talk show extremists, faith healers, Internet junkies and assorted other Fouke Monster-like caricatures supporting the Republican candidate. Like an ostrich in a herd of GOP turkeys, Huckabee has charged to the front of the primary race and Wayne Dumond must be laughing at us from his special corner of hell.

The current Bush administration seems preoccupied with throwing your young people into the wasteland of Iraqistan to be maimed or killed. I would suppose if they get around to it they would like to take the road show to Iran. Never mind that Iran apparently gave up their nuclear weapon ambitions in 2003. It seems that the Iranians can take a hint, but Saddam Hussein will tell you from his own special corner of hell (across the hall from Dumond?) that weapons of mass destruction don't actually have to exist to get your country turned into a rock quarry. Bottom line: protect those big corporate interests. Duh.

All that to say that if elected Huckabee could organize the remaining Bush-world carrion along with his own supporters, a good drummer and maybe a horn section and build his own legacy by going after the eternal soul of America.

Our only hope may be for the Arkansas Times to run one of those Huck family portraits every week from now until the next election. We could cut the pictures out with round-ended scissors and send the State Police airplane to primary states and drop the pictures like leaflets. Shock and awe. Maybe people would finally get the point and wake up screaming.

God help us all. Kool-aid anyone?

R.M. Taylor


What's worse?

I am glad that you are speaking out against the initiated act to prevent adoption and foster parents based on marital status (“Glad to hear it,” Nov. 29). However, you left me speechless with the statement that the “initiated act is more objectionable” than the “gay-baiting constitutional amendment.” According to your reasoning, since the “primary victims would be children,” the initiated act is worse than enshrining discrimination in the state Constitution. I'd like to know what moral scale you use to judge that one form of bigotry is more objectionable than the other. Do you judge it worse to say “faggot” or “nigger'? Is the rape of a white woman worse than the beating of a Mexican man? I hope you'll agree that actions motivated by hatred and bigotry are objectionable, period, without the need to qualify one as more and the other as less.

The recently passed constitutional amendment to the Arkansas Constitution denies a basic human right to American citizens based only on their sexual orientation. The framers of the U.S. Constitution added the Bill of Rights, but also infamously proclaimed that a slave was three-fifths of a man. Today, we recognize that section as reprehensible and it was repealed by the 14th amendment. One day, Arkansans will feel a similar unease when reflecting on the hate-motivated amendment passed, as you noted, “overwhelmingly in 2004.”

Rusty Wyrick

North Little Rock

Searching for answers

Questions for Diogenes:

Did your lamp burn out? If by chance you find some way to relight your lamp, would you put these questions on your list?

Why did we go into Iraq? Will the truth be ever known or forever lost? Is the honor of this nation lost forever? Can we fix something if we don't know how it was broken?

Was it a mistake for the president to use the term “crusade” in his speech or deliberate to keep his religious right?

Is the president ignorant of Bin Laden's hatred for Hussein and his promise that whoever killed Hussein would go to heaven? Did he know and still use this as an excuse?

Are there any investigative reporters left who are free to speak? Where will they go to inform the public? Will the public listen?

Will our schools ever teach what happened? Will education ever become more than a campaign slogan? If we don't know the history of this nation's errors with other nations and their history, do we have a chance in Afghanistan?

Will the cry that this is a Christian nation ever follow the words of Christ? I have not found any source where his love only included Christians. Will the time ever come when we will not use religion to beat up on each other?

Will we ever measure whether we love this nation or support our military by the numbers of those who actually vote?

I must stop as you have much to do in your search for truth. On behalf of the human race, I wish you luck.

Bev Quinlan


Slowly burning

Why is it that the person who commits murder thinks they are too special to be put to death for their crimes? I do a slow burn when I hear a Death Row inmate cry about lethal injection because it hurts! My goodness. Do they think about how their victims suffer? I doubt it seriously. It's always the poor inmate who must be coddled. When they rape and murder let them feel some pain, too. Punishment should hurt.

Peggy Wolfe

Heber Springs

The foreclosure crisis

Arkansas has jumped in the top 10 for foreclosures in our country. We have fewer than 3 million in our state and we have several multibillion-dollar corporations. Something just isn't right.

When a house is auctioned after the previous owners have left, homes tend to go for pennies on the dollar. The banks just want what is owed on it or after awhile they tend to take what they can get. Then they try to get the previous home owner to pay the difference and that doesn't work because they wouldn't work with the original home owner in the first place. So the banks just take a loss. Why not let the original homeowner work out a payment plan and get caught up when they get their tax money?

To have our state on the top 10 really doesn't look good. Our governor has cut back on sales tax, which is good, but so many other things have gone up.

We must not continue to raise prices. Inflation and greed are cousins to each other. Our whole country is headed towards a depression that makes 1929 look good. Then folks in Arkansas and Oklahoma and other states sold their property for what they could get and move to California. With all these foreclosures many won't have a home to sell.

Timothy Rye

Van Buren

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