Letter to the Editor

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ron Rhodes is a great representative for the Cherokee Village area

I am requesting that if you have room in your issue I would like to take up a space to recognize a "well deserved" local businessman and community leader.

As reported in a previous issue, Mr. Ron Rhodes has had the honorable distinction of being hand-picked by our very own Governor Mike Beebe as a member of the Arkansas State University Board. I know this not only by reading your publication but also had the privilege of witnessing one of his first duties in that capacity. My son, Skyler W. Mays, graduated from ASU "cum laude" and standing beside him in his new official capacity was Mr. Ron Rhodes. Not only did my family get to see our son and grandson graduate with honors but got to see a member of our very own Village participate in the graduation ceremony.

But this is not the first time Mr. Rhodes has distinguished himself to my family. When the use of outdoor family heirloom Christmas decorations was no longer practical at our present address (a townhouse) Mr. Rhodes displayed them in the most prominent position at his business, King-Rhodes Real Estate, where the entire community could enjoy them. I know how proud and surprised my grandparents would be to know that their simple choices made years ago were being enjoyed by so many people all these years later.

I am sure that many families in the Village have stories of their own. The Mays family would just like to say "Thank You" to a man that has done so much, and continues to distinguish not just himself but our community by his many kind-hearted acts and selfless behavior.

Danny and Andrea Mays

Cherokee Village

Reader comments on story about young man who stole doctor's car

I read the article "Treated ER patient takes doctor's car from hospital" and feel the need to comment:

1. This young man should have been arrested (DUI), and detained until his parents could pick him up. The fact that he was released from the hospital -- intoxicated, far from home, and with no responsible adult to look after him -- was a travesty. The situation could have been much worse for all parties involved.

2. He should not have taken a car that belonged to someone else -- no matter what the circumstances were! He could have called his parents (obviously he had a cell phone).

3. It doesn't matter that he's a straight A student. No one is questioning his intellectual ability -- it's his value system that's deficient. This young man needs some lock-up time and hopefully his license will be revoked for a nice long time.

The only person who deserves sympathy in this situation is poor Dr. Arnold!

Janet Schales

Hanford, Calif.

Proud to be a resident of Ozark Acres, it's a wonderful community

I am writing in regards to the disappointing article (letter to editor) I read in today's Villager Journal paper. The one inquiring as to what has happened to Ozark Acres.

I am a resident of Ozark Acres and I have been for about four years now. My family and I love it here; it is peaceful and quiet and we do have a police officer that patrols the area and he does a fine job at it, I might add.

Yes, there is a little riff-raff here but there is not a place in the world that does not have that problem including Cherokee Village. I am not the argumentative type, but if you want to talk about a riff-raff place, Cherokee Village is another place you might check into.

As far as Ozark Acres, we have plenty of friendly people here. They keep the lake clean, they keep the ditches mowed -- for goodness sake, they just ran a new water system here. I love it here, my neighbors are great. They offer holiday dinners at the clubhouse.

This is not really a retirement community but it could be, I do know of elderly people that are retired and do live here and to my knowledge they like it or they would leave.

So, I am sorry to the lady that took a small look at the bigger picture here, but you need to get all the facts straight before you start barking out improvement orders.

This is a nice community we have here. My out of town family loves to come here and visit me and they never have any complaints.

I would like this to be published if possible because I would like a chance to stand up for the Wonderful Community that I live in. We do not need the prayers of people, we are doing just fine and dandy.

Alisha Smithson

Proud resident of Ozark Acres

Rental properties, renters need some garbage guidelines to follow

Keep our neighborhoods nice! If people are going to have rental houses by day, week, etc., they need to keep up on garbage pick-up. Find out the day garbage is picked up in that neighborhood and do NOT put garbage cans out until the day of pick-up. Let your renters know this also.

I live by rentals and sometimes garbage cans sit out by the road for a week; critters love garbage and strew it all over. Makes a big mess and doesn't do anything for the neighborhood. Calling City Hall doesn't seem to help, as I called twice and got no results, so a letter to publish, I am doing.

Sharon Stadt

Cherokee Village