His real name may have been Andy or Anda Goad. I could not find out for sure, but everyone called him Mutt. He and his wife ran a small hamburger joint on the east side of Highway 67 in Bradford, Ark. He was known for two things: his 10-cent hamburgers and for being a Republican when Republicans in White County in the mid-1900s were as rare as albino rattlesnakes and about as popular.
He always trimmed his hamburger buns, using the bread crumbs to stretch his hamburger meat, but they were still delicious. He also sold chili burgers (a ladle of chili between two shaved buns) for 5 cents. I hated it when I had to buy the cheaper chili burger due to a lack of funds.
Hanging on the wall of his cafe was a framed copy of a page from the Kansas City Star showing Mutt pulling a man in a little red wagon. Mutt had bet John Calhoun that Republican Alf Landon would defeat Franklin Roosevelt in the 1936 presidential election. It was agreed that the loser would pull the winner in a little red wagon from Bradford to Newport (about 18 miles distance) on Highway 67, which was then all gravel. I'll warrant that the winner (the rider) got the worst of that deal.
The structure that housed Mutt's little joint is long gone, as is Mutt himself. If I had a time-travel machine, I do believe the first place I would go would be back to the 1950s to get one of Mutt Goad's 10-cent hamburgers.
Feeling a bit peckish
Having a lifelong interest in the outdoors, I am delighted to find that there are still many things to learn about wildlife from reading the Democrat-Gazette. For instance, in a story regarding dead beavers and coyotes being dumped on private land, I learned: "Since a coyote is considered a game animal, it is illegal to discard, or allow to go to waste, any edible portion. Edible portions include the front quarters, hindquarters, loins and tenderloins."
All this time, I've heard the North Koreans disparaged for eating dogs, only to find that here in the Natural State eating wild dogs is apparently required by law.
I have searched in vain for recipes for coyote. Perhaps you could provide some in your food section. The possibilities are nearly endless: coyote kebabs, coyote cacciatore or maybe even lobo lasagna. Maybe the coyote could be roasted whole like a suckling pig, and instead of an apple in its mouth, a chicken or a cat could be substituted.
Ah, if only Julia Child was still around. The thought of her raising her hands above a whole roasted coyote with her signature "Bon appetit" positively makes my mouth water.
CONNIE M. MESKIMEN
Wood pellets not risky
I believe Luis Contreras' guest column leaves the erroneous impression that our private forests in Arkansas are in danger from the European hunger for biomass energy in the form of wood pellets, leading to the loss of trees, wildlife, recreation opportunities and jobs across Arkansas.
Nothing could be further from the truth. As a manager of some 150,000 acres of privately owned timberland, most of which is in Arkansas, I've represented clients who have managed their forestlands for sustainability and long-term growth. The more markets for timber, the better they can manage their land for their families and the next generation.
In recent years, however, my clients have been hampered by a lack of markets for Arkansas wood. As a result, these forests grow too thick, crowding out wildlife and becoming less welcoming for recreation. Not only that, this overcrowding greatly increases the chances of forest fires, along with massive outbreaks of pests, pathogens, bugs and fungus. Private landowners are at the forefront of forest management and healthy markets, including biomass, and sustain our ability to own and manage land.
Lack of markets--not the demand for too much product--would force forest landowners to convert land to other uses. The European demand for biomass energy in the form of harvested wood pellets is an important part of the market. Without strong market opportunities, our private forests in Arkansas will be at the highest risk.
The wood-pellet market is a welcome development for the state of Arkansas. Contrary to Dr. Contreras' suggestions, demand for pellets increases jobs, improves recreational opportunities, and helps sustain our wonderful forest assets in Arkansas for generations to come.
Disrespect was shown
I believe for President Barack Obama to not attend Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral is deplorable. It shows his arrogance and petty partisan politics. He not only disrespected the Scalia family but also the entire Supreme Court. For Obama to even mention others being partisan is so hypocritical.
Would he have attended the funeral of one of the liberal justices if they had died? You bet!
Certification an asset
The recent decision to continue annual bonuses to National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) was made with the interest of Arkansas students at heart. Research continuously shows that the No. 1 factor in student achievement is the teacher.
One piece of current Arkansas research is my dissertation that examined the perception of 550 NBCTs in high- and low-income districts. The conclusions from the study showed that regardless of certification level or years of experience, Arkansas NBCTs credit the certification process with enhancing their professional growth, increasing student achievement, enhancing skills necessary to better differentiate instruction, increasing the ability to analyze and utilize assessment data to make instructional decisions, developing the skills necessary to better know their students, and increasing parental involvement. Furthermore, participants agreed that the certification process increased teacher reflection and overall content knowledge--skills necessary for effective teaching.
Although some research exists that refutes that certification makes a difference, one must look at the preponderance of research regarding the effects of NBCTs within public schools before making decisions that ultimately impact the education of all Arkansas students. My study and many others are overwhelmingly conclusive that NBCTs make the difference.
Those who have the best interest of Arkansas students in mind want the most effective teachers in all classrooms. Considering current research, I believe increasing the number of board-certified teachers in every school would be a step in the right direction.
Fighting over the kill
It seems Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's recent death brought out the greed, ignorance and lack of compassion of our U.S. senators and our so-called representatives in the House. I don't know if he made it to the funeral parlor before they started fighting over who had the right to pick a replacement.
In my mind, I was picturing a bunch of jackals hovering over an animal carcass.
Editorial on 02/26/2016
Print Headline: Letters