Lived purposeful life
If you missed Congressman John Lewis' Celebration of Life, you missed a lot.
You missed hearing the voices of real humanity, so desperately needed in our nation today.
You missed listening to the legacy of a great man that lived a purposeful life, holding onto and acting upon convictions based on his unwavering belief in what was right.
You missed witnessing a living president encourage the soul of a nation to carry on the actions so long ago begun by Congressman Lewis.
You missed learning about a man that any of us would have been so very fortunate to have called "boss."
You missed the essence of what should make this country great--kindness, empathy, conviction of purpose that makes us all better--should we all choose to embrace these virtues.
If you missed this service, do yourself a favor by taking a break from the incessant daily barrage of "he said, she said," and watch this uplifting tribute to a man that history should reveal to be one of our greatest contributors to making the American dream a reality for everyone.
Should heed science
Great to know that Arkansawyers can count on our governor to acknowledge science concerning the covid-19 pandemic. Masks for everyone: logical and correct.
Then he turns around and, throwing caution away, decides to force the opening of schools. Shame!
On the American way
Pardon me, but what has happened to "majority rule?" If the majority of the people living in town "A" want a statue or a memorial to Martin Luther King in their town square, then when did the minority get veto power? Likewise, if the majority in town "B" wants a statue or memorial to Robert E. Lee, isn't that up to them? I thought that was the American way.
There are too many so-called liberals who seem to have forgotten that free speech means that everybody has the right to their opinion and to express that opinion. Some of these people give me the impression that they would be a lot more comfortable in Stalin's Russia or Hitler's Germany where it was the party line or no line.
North Little Rock
Challenge for schools
Education leadership faces what is probably the biggest challenge of their career. The issue of reopening schools brings some huge questions to the table. It seems that three items need addressing: 1. Masks, 2. Hygiene, 3. Social distancing.
Helping students in these areas may be easier at the elementary levels since younger students are generally more cooperative. Older students, who often believe they have all the answers and are quite capable of solving the planet's problems if only people would shut up and listen to them, are going to be more difficult to get on board.
Lacking inspiration and motivation on the national level, local leaders need to provide these essentials. Students need role models and reasons. They need to feel that it's cool to wear a mask. They need to see that clean hands are in style, and that saying "Stay away from me!" isn't rude but kind, considerate, and caring.
Parents are desperate to get their kids back in school, students want and need to return, but nobody wants to get sick and die. It's up to Mr. Poore, Mr. Key, education administrators, and all of us to meet this challenge. It's literally a matter of life and death.
North Little Rock
No human decency
In literature the old adage is that form follows content. Watching the congressional hearing where the Democrats interrogated Attorney General William Barr, I saw content that produced a form I thought I would never see in America. The form was that of the Inquisition or a court in any totalitarian country where the witness or accused was repeatedly asked questions but not given time to answer. Then when he tried to answer, the congressman or woman would claim his time as theirs.
It was truly disgusting, not in the worthy Democratic traditions of FDR, Harry Truman, JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton, or modern Arkansans like Sens. Dale Bumpers and David Pryor, Gov. Mike Beebe and Congressman Mike Ross. The hallmark of all of these is common human decency, but that was not display with today's Democrats in that hearing.
Not telling the truth
Do congessional committee members take an oath to tell the truth? Tuesday, I watched about a half-hour of AG Barr's testimony before a U.S. House committee. I know witnesses have to take an oath to tell the truth. But the committee members on both sides of the aisle made sweeping generalizations and exaggerations that would never have stood up in court. I guess they don't have to tell the truth when they are on that side of the podium.
The eyebrow-raising tweets of the president don't hold a candle to the vile spewing of these so-called lawmakers. Sad!