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February 20, 2021 at 3:03 a.m.

About that 'fraction'

Your editorial on Thursday about the power outage in Texas was enlightening. It seems the Texas problem in generating energy for itself was "not all environmental wacko stuff." This position is bolstered by The Texas Tribune reports that wind power "makes up only a fraction" of power-generating capacity in Texas.

But what does "only a fraction" mean? When I see a statement like this, I think of a pittance, like a speck of sand on the beach. One percent is a fraction, as is 75%. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reports that wind turbines provide 24.8% of the generated power to Texas.

That's one quarter of the energy produced, and fairly significant. "Only a fraction" is not a term I would use in this case.



It's not cancel culture

A recent editorial lamented the fact that the Little Rock School Board is considering changing the name of Fulbright Elementary School. In typical right-wing fashion, the editorial described this as another example of "cancel culture."

I would suggest the writer consider this: 60% of the students in the Little Rock School District are Black. Why should the parents of these students send them to a school named after a U.S. senator notorious for signing the Southern Manifesto in 1956, as well as voting against the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1960, and 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965? Because of his other accomplishments, William Fulbright is rarely described as a segregationist, certainly not by this newspaper, but one could certainly make the case for that description based on his civil rights record while he was a senator.

Perhaps the school should be renamed for the man who defeated Fulbright in 1974, Dale Bumpers. Twenty years prior to that election, Bumpers, a young attorney in Charleston, advised that town's school board to integrate its schools in 1954 in response to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. By doing so, Charleston became the first town in the South to integrate all 12 grades in its public schools, thereby ending the ridiculous practice of busing its Black high school students to Fort Smith, 24 miles away.

So go ahead and call this another example of "cancel culture." I prefer to think of it as another example of fixing something that shouldn't have happened in the first place. One man's "cancel culture" is another man's "damage repair."


North Little Rock

On common ground

I agree with Russell Lemond's letter. (LOL, loved the picture in my head of both.) I hope we have better candidates step up to run for governor. We need someone who will govern using all those words.

I'm so tired of the separation of "us." America is a great country. We've gone through so much and stood back up. And we're still head and shoulders above the rest of the world. But we're not acting like it.

What do you think we could accomplish if we actually did do things with common ground, unity, compassion, common sense (that's a good one), and followed the golden rule? No red or blue, just people. Hmmmmm ...



Can utilize digital ID

We use personal identification cards for life's most important rights and privileges. We use them to vote, drive, purchase firearms, prescriptions, along with needing one for employment purposes. Proving one's identity is important to the daily processes of life. Therefore, we should increase access and affordability to an identification card.

Recently, my wallet was either stolen or misplaced on a Friday night. I had to wait until the next Monday to pay $40 for a renewable at the DMV; $40 for an identification card is not affordable. Waiting an entire weekend is not accessible. Ironically, Saturday a tourist from Louisiana came into my job and asked, "Do you take LA Wallet?" Unfamiliar with it, I replied, "No, what is that?" She showed me an app created by the state of Louisiana that is a digital ID with scanning capabilities.

I'm convinced that we can do tough things in Arkansas. I'm convinced that we can pass public policy that betters people's lives. I'm convinced that creating a state digital ID app would give citizens more freedom and less hassle.



Missing out on mail

Third day in a row with no mail delivery. We have gotten out each day to the store and to help friends. What happened to "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"?


Little Rock

Changing the clock

Great comments from Karen Woods. I have always wondered why we change what a clock "says." It is the same time everywhere on Earth!

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) makes this obvious. With UTC, local time zones are UTC plus or minus a number of hours. Time everywhere stays synchronized with UTC. Every day "starts" at 00:00:00 regardless of where you are in the world. Businesses can set hours of operation and no one changes a clock again.




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