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Others’ point of view

I’ve seen quite a few letters from electric car owners protesting state fees for owners. I suppose this fee is meant to be a fee for using public roads. Gasoline car owners pay their share through the gas tax. I wonder if these electric car owners have considered the tax credit the feds give them for buying electric cars. Government subsidies usually go to groups that have the most votes or an effective lobby.

I don’t think fairness gets much attention when discussing these things. It’s hard to see things from other people’s perspective.

Maurice Ur

Texarkana

Bias is still here

Nobody is born with prejudice. It is gained through imitation, teachings, reactions, reflection and who knows what else. Incidents from the 1940s through the 1960s affected my feelings of being so focused on fairness.

A ride along country roads between Virginia and North Carolina offers vistas of quiet fields and simple cottages. Lively kids like me play in groups around old wooden huts while adults sit on the balconies. Every country store we passed had a large sign on an outside door that read “Uncolored”.

“What does it mean?” I asked Mama, and she explained to me that people of color can’t go to the bathroom there. “Where are they going?” I asked. “Oh, they’ll find a place just fine, don’t worry about that!” Her friend said and they laughed.

Every Friday I take a bus in the late afternoon downtown to meet Mama in her office. The only people on the bus are people of color in the back. I sat with them, and felt a bit like family Friday travelers. One Friday the bus driver walked back and told me I didn’t have to sit there. He signaled me to move forward. I did, but I was angry. The following Friday I went through it as usual, and went to the back. He didn’t say another word to me.

In college, I arrived in Atlanta for church one morning to find a crowd blocking the front steps of a large downtown church. I learned that church officers were forbidding Negroes from picketing. Across the street was the Episcopal Church. I entered the church and saw a little old black lady wearing a hat. Everything was calm. I have never left this doctrine since then.

I began work on Capitol Hill in the summer of 1963, the same day that Martin Luther King Jr.’s career in Washington began. It took the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson’s determination to pass the Civil Rights Act in 1964. The Atlanta congressman voted in favor of the bill. He admitted that he was overwhelmed by the huge history of the moment. Hate messages poured in. I opened an envelope that had toilet paper in it.

Sixty years have not brought an equal change in attitudes or practices.

Judith Boom

North Little Rock

Does not make sense

I’m really confused.

What is given to people who refuse vaccination because of their right to self-determination and freedom from government tyranny; Those who refuse to trust science, doctors, hospitals and pharmacy. Who would make up illusions about a pervasive evil conspiracy over vaccines?

Despite all these admissions, these same people are running as fast as they can to the medical community who have been accusing them of when they contract the virus and become ill, with all the frightening potential consequences. These bioterrorists suddenly need and want the doctors, hospitals, and drugs created by the big pharmaceutical companies.

If they really believe in all their rants and raves, why not stay home and take deworming medicine for the farm animals?

I’m just saying.

Sharon Marcum

little rock

Withdrawal is selfish

You have accepted a scholarship from your school, so your education is paid for. What gives you the right to opt out of the pot game?

Is your college still paying for it? If you choose to opt out, your free ride must expire. You are not worthy to continue to receive a scholarship.

A real team member will not abandon his team for selfish reasons.

Karen Herbert

little rock

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