Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for the week of Sept. 13

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dear Editor:

The front page photo in The News of the colt inside a dog cage was gut wrenching. It goes against good common sense to keep a large farm animal in town under those conditions. Perhaps common sense is not as common as it used to be.

Over a year ago, Chief Roork resolved the issue we had with a neighbor who had horses on Oak Street -- getting the owner to voluntarily move them. I naively believed that the issue of farm animals on a city lot wouldn't happen again. Evidently I was wrong.

It is high time an ordinance was passed to get horses and other livestock out of our residential areas in the city. Pastureland is available for rent in our area, or in the case of a single animal there are existing farmers who would allow it to share fields with their own animals for a nominal fee.

Until an ordinance is in place spelling out specific rules for keeping large farm animals inside the city limits, Salem's police officers' hands are tied. The topic of an ordinance will be brought up again at the next City Council meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m.. The meeting is open to the public. If you can't attend, I would encourage you to express your opinion on the topic. Talk to the Mayor and Council members, or write a Letter to the Editor. Together we can help create a community that we can be proud to call "home."

Lisa McCullough Denny

Salem, Ark.

Dear Editor,

Recently, Old Ironsides, also known as the USS Constitution, sailed under her own power for the second time in 131 years. Our hearts felt a tug of pride in the performance of this old battleship, named in honor of our most famous document, the U. S. Constitution.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) started the tradition of celebrating the Constitution many years ago. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted and signed into Public Law in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Strawberry River Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution seek to remind you of the American colonists who fought, sacrificed and died to establish and preserve the freedoms guaranteed us in this historic document that has performed well for over 225 years.

We are deeply grateful to all who cherish, honor and seek to protect the liberties guaranteed to us in this precious document. Please join us in this celebration.

Tyma Sellers

Constitution Week Chair

Strawberry River Chapter,

Daughters of the American Revolution

Dear Editor,

With the advent of the political season and the posting of candidate and party signs, we sometimes experience actions by those who would stifle free speech. The stealing of signs is against the law, in addition to sending the message that opponents to certain candidates are not desired. Evidently sign-stealers seek to curtail all free speech by those with whom they disagree.

In particular, signs for Republican Sharp County Judge candidate Phillip Hood have been targeted by thieves. This is a disturbing situation tending to discredit the present Judge, Larry Brown, who, although he undoubtedly disapproves of such actions, appears unable to stop his supporters, whoever they are, from breaking the law. The majority of the signs stolen were near Judge Brown's residence, in Cave City and Evening Shade, and the thieves also stole a surveillance camera recording their theft.

Accordingly, I am offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone stealing Republican signs during the current political campaign in Sharp County.

Please email me at Dave@SurviveUSA.org, or call 870-297-3222 and ask for me. I also ask for all candidates who disapprove of sign-stealing and attacks on free speech to publically condemn such actions and take steps to reign in their more unruly adherents.

Freedom of speech is one of our most cherished rights, and along with the right to keep and bear arms, is under attack from those seeking to destroy our country. Stand up for your rights and be counted.

Dave Dougherty

Pineville, Ark.