I enjoyed reading your article in Smart Talk on Goose Tatum, and the mention of Marques Haynes. My dad took me to see the Globetrotters at Barton Coliseum in the early '50's. Just a couple of years ago, I had the totally unexpected thrill of meeting Marques Haynes sitting in the next box at a Razorback-Texas Tech basketball game in Dallas. He was very humble, friendly and shared Globetrotter stories with me and friends and signed an autographed picture for me on the spot. Mr. Haynes was slim and trim and looked as if he could star in a seniors' pickup game today. No one handled the ball like Marques Haynes.
I am a long-time reader and follower of the Times. My son, Jacob Morgan, is one of the Times' Academic All Stars.
I just wanted to thank the Times for for highlighting these outstanding young people (I read their bios last night). You provide a great service in picking a diverse bunch of talented and passionate high school seniors, encouraging them with funds and recognition, and reminding this state that we have some outstanding minds.
I am so proud and humbled by Jacob's inclusion in this select group, especially in light of reading of these other young people. Thank you all so much for doing this.
Thank you for the tremendous support you gave our efforts on the severance tax issue. I'm convinced that the constant barrage of positive articles helped persuade them to capitulate. This spared all of us a tough, very divisive campaign. Again, thank you.
P.S. — I'm convinced that Max Brantley single-handedly forced the attorney general to approve our proposed initiated act.
One of my favorite columns is usually Words by Doug Smith, but I found a recent column to be rude and offensive because of one sentence: “They throw like girls.”
Lately, this kind of phrase has been thrown around very casually, and when a generally respectable newspaper uses such an “insult,” one can understand better where other boys and men are exposed to terms derogatory to females. When my male friends use these terms, it usually does not occur to them that, in order to insult the intended recipient, they also have to insult another group or individual. In “This Modern World,” Tom Tomorrow at least included a provision saying that the penguin did not intend an insult to “any actual four-year-olds in the audience.”
The Arkansas Times tries to be a progressive newspaper. If you are going to follow through, please do so being respectful to women and women of all ages.
I did not like your article on Wal-Mart donations to education in Arkansas. The article had an undercurrent of negative energy, making me wonder whether you would prefer that Wal-Mart keep its hundreds of millions of dollars in its pocket rather than donate it to education in Arkansas. I do not think this is the type of impression we should give the business community. I feel we should be grateful they have interest in our kids' education. I have never understood your extreme negativity concerning the experimental programs to supplement teachers' salaries for doing a better job of educating our kids — merit pay they call it — which Wal-Mart has supported, and this is reflective in this article. Somebody has to do something for education in Arkansas. I cannot see that the public sector is handling things well. Have you watched the Little Rock School Board on TV lately? The board members backbite and make smug remarks about each other and have their minds made up before they even meet. Meanwhile test scores drop and kids suffer.
Share the wealth
Second Presbyterian Church members are donating a percentage of our government stimulus rebates to non-profit organizations that help low-income individuals and families. With food and gasoline prices increasing, many have more expenses than income. Food pantries have seen rises in food-aid recipients and are having difficulty keeping up with the demand. Our donations would help both the poor and the American economy. We are hoping that all who are able will join us in sharing our rebates and publicizing this project in any way you can.
Ernest Dumas' Feb. 7 article [“Rebate an empty gesture”] in the Times was the spark that started my thinking about sharing the rebate.