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Park name should not ignore local history

Rogers, Ark., has never had a railyard, nor should that misnomer be allowed as the name of the revitalized Frisco Park.

Rogers was above the status of tank town, where trains only stopped to take on water for the steam locomotives, but only large enough for a main line with a few sidings.

Railyards were located in larger cities where a fan-shaped layout of tracks could make up the composition of a train more easily. Repair services would also be available. None of this was in Rogers.

Why the residents of Rogers would ignore our historic association with an enterprise that took us from backwater to the modern world escapes me.

Plant posies and apple trees if you must, but leave the name Frisco Park in the place it has held basically for a century.


LA Times writer wrong on sanctity of human life

Up is down and right is wrong; what seems acceptable to me must be accepted by you as being right. Right? Or so a Los Angeles Times article, “Unconstitutional laws,” reprinted in this paper Jan. 7, would have us believe.

The prevailing deception (among many) was that “abortion is a constitutional right — settled law.” But how many times has the Supreme Court reversed one of its own previous “settled laws?” Several times. It seems to only be “settled” to a person or group when they agree with its position; otherwise, send it to the 9th Circuit Court.

Here is what is settled by our Founders’ documents: human rights, including a baby’s right to life, are not created or determined by government’s changeable, fallible opinions. There’s a “little” document, the Declaration of Independence, that started this American experiment and clearly states from where these rights come. It says we “are endowed by (our) Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life ...” The Creator (capital “C”) is the Source of our rights, not government activists. It is Roe v. Wade that is, when properly understood, unconstitutional. This really falls under the states’ jurisprudence.

But the real issue the LA Times’ writers want to ignore is this: What is the unborn? They reject the biological conclusion that human life begins at conception. And they argue “it’s unconscionable that states continue to obstruct access to abortion.” No, what is unconscionable is to continue to take what is wrong and call it “right.” Taking an innocent baby’s life — 58 million in America since 1973 — is a moral and Biblical issue. Abortion on demand is an indefensible position taken by blinded and hardened hearts and minds.

Thankfully, there is hope and restoration. Jan. 20 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. And there is a great local organization, Loving Choices, as well as national groups, such as Pre-Born (providers of ultrasounds). But it’s intellectually and morally dishonest to deny that the unborn baby is a “distinct, living, and whole human being,” sanctified and made in God’s image. To proclaim up is down — or right is wrong — doesn’t make it so, no matter how many times, or how many years, many say it is.

DON ECKARD Bentonville

Blame distracted drivers, not protection for cyclists

In response to Ron Brewer, whose letter was published on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the “bike blocks” on Rolling Hills Drive are not the main problem. If a pickup truck is confronted by a distracted driver who crosses into his lane, the choice of whether to be hit or hit someone on a bicycle would be difficult. This scenario is accurate whether or not a bike lane were present, and the pickup might still have the choice to hit a bicyclist, or even a pedestrian by moving onto the sidewalk above the curb.

The real problem? Distracted drivers!

LISA MILLIGAN Fayetteville

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