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Lost Longhorn
I just moved to your beautiful (and I mean this sincerely) state last fall and really love it so far. Arkansas is magnificent … peaceful, pretty, friendly, cheap, I could go on and on. Compared to Dallas it is nirvana.

I am a native Texan and a graduate of The University of Texas. I have been a Longhorn since I was a zygote. I was 6 years old when the Great Shootout was played in 1969 and remember wearing my little orange sweatshirt and holding a little pennant in my hand the entire game while my poor father and uncle almost dropped dead of heart attacks in the fourth quarter. It was that legendary “right 53 veer pass” play on 4th down that secured my passion for my beloved Longhorns.

Hey, I totally get the hatred Arkansas has for Texas. We are a bigger, richer, snootier state with huge cities, huge universities, and huge egos to boot. However, Texas has completely dominated the football series throughout the last 100 years or so. DOMINATED. And don't get all panty-twisted by saying “well, what about the 2000 Cotton Bowl?” Yeah? What about it? You did whip our asses that day, but overall you really can't brag too much regarding the series. When I asked a co-worker recently why everyone hates the Longhorns so much he nailed it and said “because y'all are just so damned GOOD.”

OK, I live here, I love it, and I will most definitely like to see the Hogs do great this fall … looks like they are primed and ready. Also, I love the fact that when I tell people I am a Longhorn, I usually just get some good natured ribbing. But I really don't think I am going to hell for loving my team? Am I?

Rob Carpenter
Little Rock


Free choice
I support the Employee Free Choice Act and I want to share my perspective with others. I am a proud union member, CWA Local 6507. I work in a call center for AT&T and live in Jacksonville.

I've been on both sides, of a union and non-union. The company that I worked for previously did not care about their employees. As a mother I hated making the decision of whether to take my son to the doctor or keeping my job.

It's not so much about the wages; it's about being treated with respect. At this job, they threatened to fire workers, to blackball them, to put them in lower paying jobs if you said you wanted a union.

I've lived through that. I'm a member of a union now and working for a different company, and I would never want to go back. I want everyone to have a choice, a free choice, of whether to join a union. That's why I support the Employee Free Choice Act.

Regina Cain-Stewart
Jacksonville


Misses Bush
I have a few suggestions besides George Bush for the Arkansas Times' editorial comic strip to have a word with…Alone. Out back. Foremost the Democratic Party for insisting on maintaining the progressive income tax. When the Democrats took over Congress in 2006 that ended any chance Bush had of enacting tax simplification which would have helped America be more competitive with superior quality in Japan and Europe and lower wages in less developed nations.

Next they need to talk to Jimmy Carter about the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act and Bill Clinton for the 1995 CRA expansion. That's the legislation that pressured mortgage companies and banks to extend loans to people with poor credit and no down payment or proof of income. A weakening economy primarily due to foreign competition has now collapsed further because of sub-prime loans.

They need to talk to media executives who by employing primarily reporters with a liberal bias have deprived Americans of an accurate source of news to make decisions about candidates and issues.

And they need to have a talk with themselves for promoting policies that any sophomore economics student would consider outdated and ineffective. Trillion-dollar-plus deficits will only inflate the economy, crippling the recovery, and unemployment will remain high. Only a simplified tax code can balance the budget and generate the jobs necessary for a recovery. Obama and the Democrats are turning an otherwise mild recession into the most terrible depression in our history.

Thomas Pope
Little Rock

Cold cases
Anyone seeing John and Rev Walsh on TV recently saw that 27 years since the unsolved murder of their 6-year-old son Adam had not eased or diminished the pain and grief in their loss. The Hollywood, Fla., police have finally said that Ottis Toole was probably the murderer of Adam. The Walshes had been begging the police since 1992 to investigate Toole. The police have finally said they did not investigate, misplaced evidence and generally did not do their job.

In Arkansas, we have many unsolved murders and missing persons. Their families are waiting for justice.

Call the governor and attorney general to establish cold case squads to assist the local law enforcement, to look at these cases with fresh eyes and bring justice.

The Walshes have finally after 27 years closed a chapter in the murderer of Adam and the families of Arkansas deserve no less.

Elaine Colclasure
Bauxite

Grand Canyon addition
Brent Badders of Conway wrote to “protest the eyesore at the Grand Canyon” constructed by the Hualapais.

The week that his letter appeared I visited this new attraction, which promised a previously impossible viewpoint of the Grand Canyon through modern engineering and construction prowess. Inside the visitor center where tickets to the Sky Walk are purchased I happened to glance at the wall behind the ticket counter. There, conspicuous in its smallness, was a sign stating “No cameras or personal effects allowed on the Sky Walk” and, even more disconcerting, the further notice “NO REFUNDS.”

As the point of my visit was to photograph this new wonder for myself, I muttered a few choice words of condemnation and exited.

Nowhere in all the media coverage and hype regarding the tribe's venture into providing a great new tourist attraction has there appeared any warning about the prohibition against picture taking. Probably the visitor center had a good supply of over-priced pictures for sale but I prefer to take my own. My advice would be for all to avoid this “attraction.”

C. L. Butler
Gray, Tenn.

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