Letter to the Editor

An open letter to the community

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dear Editor:

On Sunday June 26, I closed our restaurant, on one of our busiest days of the week, to take our entire 17 member crew on a float trip to the White River. We all enjoyed a well earned day of camaraderie and relaxation. The day was filled with laughter, sunburns, stories of difficult days at the Café that suddenly seemed hilarious. Our boat escort, Captain Don, was ever ready to rescue us from obstacles in the river-also hilarious! In summary: a safe, happy and truly satisfying day.

Unfortunately, some members of our team finished their day with an argument. One of our crew made enough poor decisions to wind up in the care of the Izard County Sheriff's office. While the day ended with difficulties, I want the Café team to remember the joy we all shared on that river. I want the communities we serve to know that the entire crew was not intoxicated and brawling. We went home to our families as we began our day -- sober and happy. This is especially important to me as we have minors on our team, who rely on the adults in their lives to provide examples of appropriate behavior.

The White River Café and its crew work hard, seven days a week, to provide a comfortable, family dining experience. The company provides thousands of dollars every year to Izard County in sales taxes. Taxes which help improve the quality of life for all Izard county residents. Every one of our employees resides within Izard County. This ensures that the tens of thousands of their payroll dollars are spent within Izard County for housing, food, fuel and property (school) taxes.

I implore our customers and our employees to hold fast to what we truly are--a company, and a super majority of employees, who are productive, professional and contributing citizens of the Izard County community. Innuendo, rumor, isolated incidents and political wrangling aside, the White River Café and its employees are committed to our mission and proud of the work we do. We look forward to serving our fellow Izard County citizens.


Rebecca E. Greenwood


White River Café,

(870) 297-3999