Trim this budget
The city of Little Rock budget is tight. They are looking at cuts. Perhaps the city should look carefully at cutting or eliminating the $200,000 for the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber is in much better fiscal shape than the city. The Chamber takes positions on major public policies contrary to the interests of the city and its residents — health care, climate change, consumer protection, worker protection.
Subsidizing a rich business organization that lobbies for narrow interests is not an appropriate use of city tax dollars at any time, much less as you are proposing to close Alert Centers, etc.
Forget the country club
Congratulations on your willingness to cover the flap at a Little Rock fine dining spot, where wave after wave of advanced middle-aged women swooped down on Rep. Vic Snyder and his wife to assail his vote on health care. How pathetic. Your columnist must not aspire to membership in the country club or Junior League to have been so bold.
Just goes to show ya what too many nips and tucks, too many sips of vodka and a whole bunch of hanger-on-husband-produced wealth can yield among the pretentious and terribly smug.
Well here we go again, our elected Democrats riding the fence on health care. Who would've thunk? It really boggles my mind that a supposed Democrat could or would be against health care, or anything that makes life more humane for all.
Various polls show that an overwhelming amount of Arkansans favor health care coverage for all at affordable prices, and a public option with no exclusions for pre-existing conditions. I find it unconscionable that these Democrats of convenience get elected, and have the nerve to ask to be re-elected without delivering for the people.
Why is it that these wolves in sheep clothing chose business and business interests, at the expense of the people who create the wealth and profit for these folks?
It's high time that Democrats act like Democrats, and do what's right and just for all Arkansans not just the chosen few.
Lindsay C. Brown
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a Blue Dog Democrat, fears that a public option health insurance plan will cost too much, yet she voted to spend $2.5 billion for cargo planes the Pentagon doesn't want.
The Republicans have written a health bill that costs less and does less. If they gave a hang for our health, why didn't they pass it when they controlled Congress and the White House?
A senator who will vote against a public option while voting billions for unneeded airplanes is not my favorite, but do you want to defeat Senator Lincoln and guarantee the Republicans' power to filibuster to death anything that might help someone who isn't rich?
I hear that Sen. Landrieu negotiated her vote to proceed on healthcare debate for $300 million. Did Sen. Blanche Lincoln get anything for Arkansas in exchange for what will probably end her Senate career? Being the last to make up your mind on a major issue is not politically expedient in this case.
If Blanche didn't sell out this time, I guess there's always the vote for cloture and then the actual up or down vote.
Brandon C. Cogburn
It would be easy to criticize Sen. Blanche Lincoln for recently voting to spend $2.5 billion on 10 C-17 transports both the Pentagon and the Department of Defense said they didn't need, all so she and other politicians can be whisked around the country free of charge.
It would be easy to criticize Lincoln for auto and bank bailouts, and a stimulus plan that isn't working. It would be easy to criticize Lincoln for considering voting on any sort of health care legislation of over 1,500 pages without reading it, while she and her cronies keep their Cadillac insurance plans, which are exempted.
So, too, would it be easy to critique her continued voting for wasteful spending on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
That's not why I'm writing, however; today I took my 76-year-old grandmother to lunch, and she sadly told me that she was just informed that again next year she won't be receiving a cost of living increase in her monthly Social Security check.
She's a lifelong Democrat, and probably just goes down the ballot voting that way. Not next year. I informed her that the senator has voted for her own pay raises each and every time they've come to the floor in Washington.
Sorry, Blanche, there's two more votes you've lost. I do want you to get at least one ride on one of those C-17s: back home to Arkansas in 2012.