Dear Mahatma: A scene in a TV program has me wondering. Is it illegal to record an interaction with a law enforcement officer? In the scene, a teen found himself under arrest for recording the audio when he was stopped for a traffic violation. If I hit record on my iPhone when stopped, am I breaking the law? -- Audiophile
Dear Mahatma: I was fascinated by the fatality analysis of last week. Can you briefly tell us the highest and lowest state rates? I find it interesting that California, one of the most urbanized and congested states, has significantly lower fatality rates than the rural expanses of Arkansas. -- Walter
Sir: I read your column of June 13 on the 1950s version of Little Rock's traffic and safety manual, and note your observation on the old photos of wrecked cars in which many did not survive. Then I turn to page 3B and note "8 reported killed on Arkansas roads." I wonder what the weekly slaughter amounted to back in the day? I'm from California, population 38.8 million, and am shocked by the traffic death a day in the Natural State, population 2.9 million. How compares the "then" and "now?" -- Mike
Arkansas has a rich and complicated history. And the richly complicated people who made that history left behind artifacts that describe their lives. Some of those artifacts are lost forever. Others survive and are accessible to the public.
Dear Mahatma: Will Scott Street in downtown Little Rock be extended two-way south to Sixth Street now that construction has started on the Broadway Bridge? Doing so would facilitate traffic flow when taking the Main Street Bridge. -- Weary Traveler