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Future of the Buffalo

My wife and I have a place at Centerville south of Dardanelle. The Petit Jean River is less than a couple of miles away, and it runs dirty. I have asked some of the people that were raised in the area of Petit Jean River, and they tell me that the river ran clear when they were children about 60 years ago.

A person can drive across the pontoon bridge or anywhere from there to the other side of Blue Mountain Lake and see the river runs brown from the runoff of farms with chicken litter being placed on pastures and cropland. When litter is placed on the land, vultures will land in fields, thinking something is dead in the fields. The other day the stench was so bad on the Petit Jean River that vultures were lined up on the bank of the river at Slaty Crossing.

To make a long story short, I believe this is the future of the Buffalo River, with all the hog-waste runoff into the river, and most of the fish will go missing. As in the Petit Jean River, the Buffalo River will run brown.

JOSEPH L. BERRY

Redfield

Trump final solution

I believe Donald Trump's prejudiced hatred of President Obama has resulted in his petty destructive actions on everything President Obama has achieved. Trump promoted the ridiculous nonsense that President Obama was not born in America. And now Trump's deportation crusade against the DACA dreamers is blatantly discriminating against young people from Latin America.

These young "Dreamers" trusted the American government, and now they are being stabbed in the back by Trump's petty actions. Trump has no qualms about splitting up Christian families from Latin America as part of his "Herr Gropenfuhrer Volksgerichtshof" (Master groper kangaroo court) agenda.

It seems some so-called Christians have sold their souls to the Trump ideology thinking and are now supporting the persecution of fellow Christians from Latin America. So now we have hypocritical Christians helping Trump persecute other Christians with his Trump crusade. These Trump Christians are "CINOs" (Christians in name only).

PORFIRIO GUTIERREZ

Hot Springs

They're already here

The liberal media have again revealed their bias by reporting that those attending a rally in support of the Insane Clown Posse on the National Mall last weekend outnumbered pro-Trump "America First" demonstrators two to one.

A truly objective press would have combined, rather than contrasted, the turnout. After all, looks like both rallies were in support of insane clowns.

ALEX MIRONOFF

Fayetteville

Question credibility

I read with interest the Perspective-section commentary by Dr. Brian Joondeph denouncing climate change as unproven despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. This begs the question: Why is the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishing opinions regarding climate change from an eye doctor from Denver as if he is some type of an expert on climate change?

I suspect he, as a physician, is well-versed in the scientific method, as he claims to be. But how does this translate into an expert on all things scientific? I certainly wouldn't take seriously a climate scientist spouting off opinions regarding the practice of medicine.

Everybody has a right to an opinion. The question is about credibility. If you push every loudmouth with an opinion to the forefront regardless of qualifications, then you might as well give equal time to flat-earthers and Holocaust deniers. There are still plenty of people out there who deny that man ever landed on the moon or that the HIV virus causes AIDS.

The chance that 97 percent of climate scientists around the world are somehow conspiring to fabricate the idea of climate change is farcical. If your newspaper desires to publish dissenting opinions regarding climate change, then please have one presented by a credible climate scientist. And good luck finding one.

JAMES ABRAHAM

Little Rock

A century of Tarzan

Readers should take note of an interesting hundredth anniversary coming in 2018. In 1918, the first Tarzan film was made, starring Elmo Lincoln, a former Arkansas peace officer, in the title role. While the original print version of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs was published in 1912, the first celluloid Tarzan appeared six years later.

Born Otto Elmo Linkenhelt in 1889 in Rochester, Ind., the barrel-chested actor was noticed by Burroughs when his shirt was torn open in a fight scene. Burroughs is said to have commented, "That's some chest you have there." Lincoln appeared in Birth of a Nation, 1915, and later as the ape-man in Tarzan of the Apes.

In 2012 celebrations marking 100 years of Tarzan were held, and perhaps there will be similar events noting 100 years of Tarzan films. The jungle icon has become so popular--copied so often--it's difficult, perhaps impossible, to count the total number of Tarzan films made worldwide, but at least 43 films were made featuring 24 different actors playing the Lord of the Jungle.

In addition to the films, Tarzan appeared on television for 57 episodes from 1966 to 1968 as well as other TV versions later. Bill and Sue-On Hillman have created an extremely detailed website with a wealth of Tarzan information (see ERBzine).

Though elements of the storyline have varied over the century, the basic plot has endured--boy raised in the jungle by apes. As an adult he protects humankind from greedy, unscrupulous villains.

JOHN C. JARBOE

North Little Rock

Editorial on 09/22/2017

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  • Mike1970
    September 22, 2017 at 1:33 p.m.

    Mr. Gutierrez shows his leftist allegiance in his slanted comments. Mr. Trump was elected to undo the illegal actions taken by Mr. Obama and to rid us of the failing ACA.
    If young aliens came here trusting the government to ignore their illegal status forever someone sold them a lie. DACA is a presidential order, not law. Both parties have failed to address the problem of illegal aliens. Most likely because their candidates are beholden to corporate contributors. Mr. Obama did not force the issue for good intentions, he did it for political reasons out of frustration with congress.
    Anyone coming to America must follow the law for citizenship and assimilate into American society. They are encouraged to avoid these common sense and necessary steps purely for political reasons. Those who promote this risk our national identity selfishly for power not for any other reason.

  • Mike1970
    September 22, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.

    Mr. Abraham your reference to the 97% statistic is in error. Truth is 97% of published scientific papers were written by "believers". Not 97% of all "climate" scientists.
    These scientists make their conclusions based on computer modeling. They dump a bunch of data in a computer and massage it to reach a conclusion. Does this sound like the traditional scientific method? As always with computers, garbage in is garbage out. Since data is not available for long periods of time historically how do they run their model reliably? And data points are changed simply because the observer believes the instrument providing the data point is wrong and if wrong it must be in error to the warmer side. Scientific? Sounds more like fraud to me.
    As for ignorant people making statements regarding issues they know nothing about, I refer you to Al Gore. Who has made himself very, very, rich while violating his own recommendations for being responsible in carbon emission.
    You really don't wonder about the validity of all this? I guess you really can fool some of the people all the time.

  • wildblueyonder
    September 22, 2017 at 8:38 p.m.

    Very well said, Mike.

  • JakeTidmore
    September 22, 2017 at 9:19 p.m.

    Only one comment about M70: GIGO. You can see his propaganda slant coming from miles away. Keep lying to yourself Mike. But, don't try to BS others into believing your pathetic hooey. You're nothing but a joke.
    **
    For an honest look at climate information go to realclimate(dot)org. Don't let the wingnut bozos like M70 spread their manure over you and tell you that it's caviar.

  • JakeTidmore
    September 22, 2017 at 9:50 p.m.

    Interesting that M70 unwittingly has shown that climate change is a fact, both in statements (one which requires climate change to be true in order to make his point) and in method of argument (lack of, really, for one and other flaws).
    ***
    Skepticism does not hide behind convenient lies when facing unpleasant truths. It is why I recommend realclimate and the thorough manner in which issues and research are handled.

  • ARMNAR
    September 22, 2017 at 10:43 p.m.

    Thank you, Jake.

    Pearls before swine, but thank you nevertheless.

  • Larry_Anderson
    September 23, 2017 at 3:55 p.m.

    Mr. Abraham, once more I must state that science is not done by consensus. Several sources explain just how this "survey" was conducted, and the questionable methods which were used. My sources, (which of course, you may question), include Forbes, National Review, Skeptical Science, Wall Street Journal, Salon, etc.

    I certainly believe in climate change. It's natural, has always been with us, and always will be. Otherwise, how to explain age of dinosaurs, ice ages, hot and cold in cycles without any man-made interference. The Triassic Period was over 200 million years ago, lasting over 50 million years, mostly hot and dry. What I disagree with is the doomsday scenarios that if we don't drastically reduce our emission of CO2 within 2-3 years it will be too late to save the planet; many are generated by computer models that are off by quite a bit, and vary widely in their predictions...

  • TimberTopper
    September 23, 2017 at 6:51 p.m.

    Larry, Mike and hoggy, since the practice of medicine deals with science, may I suggest the next time you or a family member gets sick, stay away from a doctor, as they use that science stuff to try to cure people with. And should you decide to use a doctor, then you've just blown your comments on here all to hell. Are your real names Larry, Curly, and Mo?

  • Larry_Anderson
    September 23, 2017 at 7:54 p.m.

    Timber Topper, did you actually read my comments? I made no claims about medicine. In fact, science by consensus is not science at all! What I don't believe are the so-called surveys that resulted in the misleading 97% figure. These papers that were reviewed are analyzed in the sources that I listed. If indeed you read my statement in full, I certainly believe in climate change. But scientifically, climate has been changing in response to the earth's orbit and axial tilt, the sun's variable output, the influx of cosmic rays affecting cloud cover, and other things. I could almost find it humorous that people get so uptight about the many computer models which have pretty well managed to be way off. After all, we still have polar ice and polar bears...bears which were all supposed to be dead by now because all the Polar ice was going to be melted by 2014, according to AlGore in 2007. So do I recommend returning to smoke belching wood-fired or coal-fired locomotives or yanking the emission controls off our cars and trucks? Of course not, that's something that medical science has effectively studied and has demonstrable results. Not computer models that disagree.

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