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Thanks again to Michael Thomas for the great article. We parents of the guys on the football team appreciate when someone appreciates how hard they work. I enjoy reading your newspaper online from Georgia. Keep up the good work.

Debra Boatner

* Read Michael Thomas's article "Weevils Lose Close Game to Arkansas Tech" at http://thevoice.uamont.edu/6-4/sports/tech.
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Actually, I have to most of the way agree with this commentary. Not all of them will vote this way, just the majority. It would be nice if they focused on the politicians' values and actually looked in depth at their proposed policies. Most people already know that won't happen, they will only look at the color of their skin and what they can get for free instead of working for it. Let's take from the middle and upper class and give to the lower class that (mostly) doesn't get off their a** to attempt to work. The lower class (usually, not always) wants to depend on "crazy checks" and welfare that the working class has to provide for them, because they don't want to contribute anything to society besides complaints.

-DeAnna Moore

Read "Blacks and Latinos Use Power to Vote" by Chad Newton at http://thevoice.uamont.edu/6-3/op-ed/blacks.
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Thanks so much to Brooke Burger for the article about the Education Fair. It was great. You said exactly what I hoped you would say. You have so much talent! I know you are going to do great things.

Thanks,
Paula Reaves
Assistant Librarian
Fred J. Taylor Library and Technology Center

* To read the Education Fair article, visit http://thevoice.uamont.edu/6-3/news/edfair.
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To The Editor of The Voice:

I just read the commentary on the Republican National Convention written by Chad Newton in the current edition of The Voice.

While the commentary is marked as such, I believe that publishing a commentary full of ad hominem attacks does a disservice to not only the author but also to the outlet publishing the attacks.

Commentary such as “I know you liberals like for me to speak more about your savior” and “The convention made the Democratic National Convention look like a bunch of pansies with lipstick and pink thongs” are precisely what’s wrong with the political process now.

Unfortunately, that’s what we saw on television during the Republican National Convention. None of the “red meat” that Mr. Newton alluded to came through, unless his definition of “red meat” is a slanderous attack.

Sarah Palin probably scored points with the neoconservatives in her party when she talked about her experience as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska as “sort of like a community organizer, except you have actual responsibilities.” Shame on Sarah Palin. Does she not realize that Jesus Christ was a community organizer, and Pontius Pilate was a governor?

The hypocrisy from the talking heads on the right-wing right now is staggering. Bill O’Reilly said that Bristol Palin’s pregnancy was a personal matter. With that I agree. However, Bill didn’t say the same thing when Jamie Lynn Spears got pregnant.

Are some of the attacks on Palin sexist? Sure they are. But unfortunately, she hasn’t taken a stand on any issues and is continuing to hide from the media rather than let us know where she stands on issues.

Ah, issues! Isn’t that what elections are about? Not a black guy, or a woman, or a pregnant teenage daughter, but issues? And not just those wedge issues – God, gays, and guns, but issues that really affect the American people in their everyday lives?

We saw a week of discussion of the issues at the Democratic National Convention. We saw a scathing rebuke to the failed policies of the George W. Bush administration and a compelling case laid forward that while John McCain was a maverick eight years ago, he has spent the last eight years kowtowing to the Republican Party leadership and is no more a maverick than Kobe Bryant is a hockey player.

As a libertarian, I waited anxiously to see how the Republicans would respond to a damning issue-oriented attack. Instead, the Republicans decided to play “shoot the messenger” rather than go after the Democrats’ message, and spend their time on television practicing the same old political tricks.

Why can’t they campaign on the issues? The problem right now is that the Republicans haven't got a leg to stand on when it comes to the issues, so they use jingoistic appeals to patriotism and nationalism kind of like some other guy did back in Europe in the '30s.

The people who cheer the path this nation has taken over the past several years probably think that it's not fascism when their party does it.

Frankly, FDR's inaugural address from 1933 resonates just as much today as it ever has:

"This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days."

As Americans it's time to reject the politics of fear. It's time to tell both political parties that enough is enough. Every day that goes by I become more certain that not only does John McCain need to be defeated, but Barack Obama needs to be elected - if only because he's the only one talking about the issues right now.

John McCain and the Republicans are offering none of that, and the change in direction that party has made over the last several years in campaign strategy makes my head spin. Four years ago, the Democrats ran a war hero (albeit a terrible candidate) and the neoconservative spin machine told us that military experience didn't matter, John Kerry really might not have deserved his purple heart, and swift boated him clear out of the race.

It was then that the overwhelming stupidity of a large section of the American populace came to light. For the "Swift Boat" style of political attack to work, you have to prey on fear and panic, and boy did it work.

(Note: I honor John Kerry's service to our nation. It is because of brave and honorable men like him that we have the ability to do everything we do - from the major to the minor - like disagree on political candidates)

NOW - you have a genuine war hero running for President. Someone who served his nation with dignity and honor. And all of a sudden, it's important to the GOP that the President have military experience.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that dog won’t hunt. However, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist either to qualify to be a voter either – and we’ve seen the results first-hand of playing politics to the lowest common denominator over the last eight years.

(Note: I honor John McCain's service to our nation. It is because of brave and honorable men like him that we have the ability to do everything we do - from the major to the minor - like disagree on political candidates)

Politicians in both parties will undoubtedly say anything to get elected. But right now the Republicans are espousing the worst of it. And quite frankly, over the past several years (from the time they took control of the congress to the present day) they have proven themselves to be negligent, incompetent, and criminally corrupt. And now, with nothing left to say, they're campaigning using fear.

Like a schoolyard bully who dominates all the other kids on the playground, the Republican Party is trying to intimidate the American people to vote for them. Not because of where they stand on issues that matter, but because a segment of the party wants to impose its social agenda on the rest of the country.

I identify myself as a libertarian and will be voting Democratic this fall. Why would a libertarian break from the ranks of fiscal conservatives? Simply put - there isn’t such a thing in the Republican Party anymore. And even I know we're going to have to take our medicine in the form of higher taxes if we're going to pay down our national debt. Spending cuts aren't going to make a dent in the thing.

I think it's reprehensible that we would continue to deficit spend and leave our children and grandchildren holding the bag - where they will be born into a nation that has lost its footing in the world because we as a nation (just like many individuals) have maxed out our virtual credit cards and we are just ignoring the bills.

I think it's disgusting that we as Americans refuse to take responsibility when we do something wrong and we demonize those among us who think we need to right the ship as people who "hate America." Putting country first means having enough pride in the United States to be accountable when things aren't going the right way, and work hard to make sure the ship is righted.

It's not "My country, right or wrong" or "My country, always wrong."

It's more along the lines of "My country, for better or for worse, and if it's for worse, we're going to make it better."

We can not attack people's patriotism when they challenge the way we're doing things. If there's a better way, let's find it and let's do it. I believe we as Americans are at our most patriotic when we're working to make our nation a better place.

And I honestly believe that whether you identify yourself as a Republican or Democrat, that's what you want. You want this to be a better nation. You want this to be a safe place for our children.

Ronald Reagan once said "Don't be afraid to see what you see." And we can't be afraid to see and identify flaws in our nation and our government if we hope to improve both.

Reagan also said "I've never felt more strongly that America's best days and democracy's best days lie ahead. We're a powerful force for good. With faith and courage, we can perform great deeds and take freedom's next step. And we will. We will carry on the tradition of a good and worthy people who have brought light where there was darkness, warmth where there was cold, medicine where there was disease, food where there was hunger, and peace where there was only bloodshed."

And he was right. Our best days are ahead but they won't just fall in our lap. We have to take the tough steps to ensure that those better days come and not fall into the neo-fascist trappings of a party that a man like Reagan would no longer recognize.

A quote widely attributed to Sinclair Lewis says “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."

The scary reality is that’s what is happening. You can go back to the witch hunt surrounding the impeachment of Bill Clinton and fast forward to the 2000 election to see that the seeds of division were being sown by the far right. Then 9/11 came along – a tragic event that surely galvanized the American people and gave George W. Bush the chance to live up to his 2000 campaign promise to be “a uniter, not a divider.”

Mr. Bush failed miserably at this.

After squandering not only the goodwill of the American people, but the world, Mr. Bush failed miserably at this. And as such, failure has become inexorably linked to the Bush legacy.

Barack Obama is not going to be the savior, and Mr. Newton, “liberal” is not a bad word. Despite what you might hear from Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, liberals are not going to take over your home in the middle of the night, take your guns away and force you to renounce Christianity while forcing your daughter to have an abortion.

Liberals, conservatives, libertarians, and other; and there are a lot of people who would identify themselves as “other,” all need to realize that ideology is not evil. Liberal ideology is not evil. Conservative ideology is not evil.

No, it is the pursuit of power that ends up corrupting. Far too many well-meaning public servants get sent to Washington to do good for the people and instead do very well for themselves.

Whether you identify as a Democrat, Republican, or other, you certainly can see that corruption has become a way of life in Washington. And through the last eight years of the Bush administration, it has gotten worse. The Bush Administration’s efforts to gut habeas corpus, restrict personal freedoms, and grant immunity to corporations that assist in the government’s efforts to spy on Americans bring to mind a quote from Benjamin Franklin – “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Those politicans who promise more of the same do not deserve to be sent back to Washington. John McCain and Sarah Palin are painted with that broad brush. The man who voted with President Bush “ninety percent of the time” is an honorable man who did a great service to our country, but is unfit to lead it.

And rather than address whether or not he is fit to lead this country, McCain and his surrogates will lash out and attack the “liberal media” who would dare to point out that McCain was a member of the Keating Five or that Palin is currently under investigation for corruption, not to mention the hypocrisy of the entire Republican talking heads now that they’re running a war hero for President instead of someone that failed to fulfill his duties to the Texas Air National Guard.

It makes me angry that that’s what politics has come to.

Mr. Newton, in between attacks and fawning, you said “I believe the media needs to stick to the issues.” I hope that in your next commentary you follow your own advice.

Sincerely,

Paul Smith
UAM Class of 2003

*Read Chad Newton's Republican National Convention commentary, at http://thevoice.uamont.edu/6-2/op-ed/repulican
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Congratulations:

Chad Newton's article on the Republican National Convention was very well written and right on the target.

It is a shame the article has to be limited to so few (at UAM), and no doubt, will probably receive quiet a bit of negative feedback on the local level.

No one from the liberal media has talked up the point that John McCain's experience is greater than Joe Biden's, in addition to the proof Sarah Palin's experience far exceeds Barak Obama's experience.

- John Ragsdale

Read Chad Newton's Republican National Convention commentary at http://thevoice.uamont.edu/6-2/op-ed/repulican.
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I really think you need to identify Chad Newton's political stories as editorial or opinion pieces. They are not news writing. Since he isn't an Editor, I guess opinion is the journalistic term.

-Dr. Gary Marshall

*Please note our new logos on each page that help identify which section the story is in. http://thevoice.uamont.edu.
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Sir,

Thank you for writing this book.

I sit and listen to you speak on the Bill Moyer show and I said to myself he gets it! and I also feel as though Bill gets it as well. So long blacks have wanted to be able to sit down and speak with a white person and have them get what has happen and the author of this book does.

Too long nobody wanted to speak of this history that has been clearly pushed under the table of forget about it. Go on with your life. It's over and done with and refused to show the compassion to even suggest that had black America been given an equal chance or at least been paid a decent salary for the many years of work performed that we just might have had a chance to produce many Barack Obama's, Martin Luther Kings, Malcolm X's, Jesse Jackson’s, Oprah Winfrey's, AL Sharpton's, and many, many others whom I have not mention.

You know I enlisted in the Military back in the 60's and after we completed Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. We were allowed to leave the base to celebrate what was then referred to as "Open Post". A group of us decided to go out and have a nice dinner at a local restaurant. We entered the restaurant and were able to be seated prior to being approached by the waiter but when we were approached it was to tell us that we the black Airmen and Airwomen were not allowed to be served there because they did not serve Negroes.

Thankfully, I can proudly say that the White Airmen and Airwomen who were in our group told them that if we could not eat there then they did not want to eat there either. It has always been somewhat of a mystery to me why some people can get it and others cannot, but as time goes by more people as willing to say that had this been them that were treated like this they would not have taken it sitting down either.

Mable Woods-Dukes
Vietnam Veteran

To read more about Blackmon's book, please visit this link:
http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5-19/news/blackmon
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Thank you for your recent attention to on campus housing at UAM. I’ve enjoyed reading the articles posted at http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5-22/housing/main

I highly recommend the on-campus living experience to any incoming freshman or current UAM student. I lived in Maxwell Hall for 4 years and absolutely loved it. While I understand that on-campus living may not be for all students research shows that that students who choose to live on campus have higher grade point averages & are more active on campus. I invite anyone who may be interested in on-campus housing to visit with me for a tour of the halls & to discuss housing options.

Some noted improvements to our residence halls for this upcoming fall include: New laundry equipment will be installed in every residence hall & an increased emphasis on hall programming by the RA’s will be accomplished. Although still in the planning phase, we hope to also offer family housing residents wireless internet access. If you wish to do a story on any of the improvements or anything concerning Residence Life feel free to drop by my office or give me a call.

Thanks,

Mitch Meredith
Director of Residence Life
Univ. of Arkansas at Monticello
www.uamont.edu/studentaffairs/residencelife/
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Congratulations on receiving four awards at the Arkansas College Media Association!

Sandra Dupree Campbell
Director of Library
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Thanks so much for Linna Jones’ fine article on the 7th annual UAM/Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. This 2-day event, free of charge, offers to UAM students some of the finest documentaries in the country and is unique among American colleges and universities; it is one more thing which makes UAM one of America’s quality universities.

Jones’ article offered a wide-range of outlooks on the festival, good summaries of films, and the highlighting of certain important films. I am grateful to The Voice for its in-depth coverage of this important event on our campus. It is something which real students should flock to and bring their friends and family to as well.

I hope that next year The Voice will print a copy of the film schedule a week or so before the festival so that students can know what films will be shown, and at what times, on what days. This would be one more way that The Voice could best serve our campus.

Thanks for the fine service which you offer UAM. I appreciate your efforts.

Dr. Robert Moore, Arts & Humanities


http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5-20/a-e/film
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I feel the strong need to correct a horrible error in your article of this week's Voice. You reference the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and provide a link. The FLDS church has no ties whatsoever to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon church, other than the name. They are not recognized by the Mormon church and their beliefs and practices are not accepted by the LDS church. It is completely separate. Especially in an area of the United States where there are not many members of the Mormon church, misrepresentations like these can do serious harm to those who choose to practice these beliefs. Please make sure that you have all your facts straight before you print an article like this. Thank you.

The point that I was trying to make in my other email is that a distinction between the FLDS sect and the Mormon faith probably should be a little more clearly drawn. It seems like there has been a major fault in that. Even the major national outlets from CNN to Fox are saying that these jokers are the Mormons and they're not.


David Vaughn

View the article here: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5-20/op-ed/polygamist
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That rodeo story was great! Many people don't know how hard it is to play this sport and all the scarafices we make. Our school don't even cover us, tell that reporter to come over here.

Marcus Sholes

Read the article: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5-19/sports/rodeo.
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Very interesting questions from Mr. Newton, I would say. What kind of a nation are we really? What kind of a nation do we want to become and are we willing to work at achieving justice for all?



Imperialism cares nothing about justice but only cares about the exercise of power. Mr. Newton has noticed these characteristics in many of the recent actions of our nation and has shown the courage required in order to bring them to our attention. We should consider carefully what we deem to be worthy of pride. Is it merely the flag flying proudly as an imperial banner that we must respect? Or is it rather our consistent and unwavering struggle to act justly as a nation in the world that should make us proud?



Keep up the good work,

Guy Nelson
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Editor-in-chief Brooke Burger's article on the 2008 Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture delivered by Julian Bond was a fine piece of writing, intelligent, thoughtful, thorough. Many thanks for this fine effort. It is what print journalism ought to do at its best: fair, balanced, and thorough. Dr. Robert Moore

Read the article here: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5-18/news/bond
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Colt's first op/ed piece and his response made to Dr. Hunt's rebuttal are disrespectful and lack the basic research necessary from someone who a school publication calls a staff writer. If it wasn't an op/ed piece this garbage writing would end up on an editor's floor. He makes false assertions which Dr. Hunt, a Ph.D. professor well versed in evolution and biology, refutes with his considerable knowledge of evolutionary theory and Colt calls him a liar while invoking evidence which supposedly refutes evolutionary theory. I would challenge Colt to produce a peer reviewed journal article which supports his stand. The website that Colt purports to hold evidence of the fallacy of evolution is simply a collection of articles written by believers in creationism, not scientifically researched data. The truth behind Colt's article is that it is written out of fear and ignorance. To those of you reading these articles who are unsure of your stance or what the research says, I urge you to take Dr. Hunt's evolution class, speak to him or another biologist about it, or simply research the theory of evolution on the internet or the library.

Martin Maxwell


http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5-16/op-ed/evolution
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I absolutely loved this article. It expressed things that I can't say and things I'm afraid to say. You've expressed mine and other people's thoughts while doing so. Thank you for writing this and expressing your opinion.

Isabella Jade

Read the article here: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5-15/op-ed/history
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I'm one of those "few people" who use pool and will be saddened to see it close. When I was interviewing for this job, I walked over to the pool. Obviously, I couldn't see the pool since it was closed and the windows have long been transformed to brick, but I felt somewhat relieved just knowing there was a pool.

Over the years, I have watched the number of swimmers decline as the condition of the pool declined. I would love to see the pool restored and the local public schools using it to teach swimming lessons to their students as part of their PE curriculum. I hope there are community meetings about restoring the pool because the pool deserves restoration. It's unfortunate when anyone graduates from high school not knowing how to swim. We would be doing our community a great service by encouraging the public schools to use the pool.

It's unfortunate the pool has deteriorated to such a moldy structure. In the past, I have encouraged colleagues to use the pool, but they tend to be horrified by the mold covering the
"changing room" and bathroom. There are days when I've wondered if breathing that moldy air is the equivalent of jogging while smoking.

If this pool was restored, UAM could be providing a great resource for the community. We could encourage people to exercise their minds and bodies. Now there's a great gift for the community.

~Diane Payne

Please read more about the pool closing: http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5-14/news/pool
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Great work! As an alumnus of UAM, I am proud to see how the campus continues to improve and expand itself. However, if they really want to “incorporate all into one” then they should promote the ideal of “peoplehood” and not just brotherhood.

New Choir Fraternity Approved
by Danielle Kloap
http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5_12/choir.htm


Thanks,

John Elrod Class of ‘04
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Hello,

I want to thank Amber Rowe for writing the article entitled "New Program Comes to Colleges of Technology" (http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5_12/tech.htm) which descibes our Career Pathways program at UAM College of Technology - Crossett. She did a great job of sharing the mission of our program as well as the details of how it all works. Thanks for taking the time to spread the word about Pathways and we look forward to reading more articles by Ms. Rowe in the near future.

Thanks,
Caleb Walsh, Program Director
Career Pathways Initiative
UAM College of Technology – Crossett
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Everything in here sounds like Morris all right. I can relate to his last statement about he wants to be known as “Abigail’s dad.”. Both my kids, Sally and Samad, attended UAM. They graduated in 1999 and 2005 respectively. While going school, I taught students knew them more than they heard about me. In fact, often students ask me “aren’t you Sally or Samad’s father!” and I really liked that. At certain age when you asked Samad “who are you?” He would say “Batman”. When he asked who you are, I used to say,” I am Batman’s father”!

Farrokh Abedi
School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

http://thevoice.uamont.edu/5_11/bramlett.htm
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