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Thumbs: Mandela's impact, Christmas greetings, surviving early ice

Posted: December 12, 2013 - 4:07pm

Lasting impact. Nelson Mandela’s death brought forth some thinking on our part. In lasting effect on all the world, he ranks up there with Mohandas Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Mother Theresa. You may choose to add to this short list — Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill. Thomas Edison, perhaps others.

Getting it said. Our choice of a seasonal greeting is to simply say “Merry Christmas.” If you choose to use “Happy Holidays,” that’s fine. So, naturally, we do not expect any sass or badmouth out of you when we tell you “Merry Christmas.” Just as no one should get upset when they are greeted with “Happy Holidays.” We’re all trying to be friendlier this time of year.

Ahead of time. Just think, folks. We have made it through the cold assault – and it is not yet winter, officially. Most of us were prepared for the worst, and it did not occur. Some of us learned some lessons and found some gaps in our readiness. Despite the inconvenient moments or even days, it was not all that bad.

Noticeably better. We are getting there on the major road projects of Prince Street and Interstate 40. Golly, it has taken ages. Traffic is moving more efficiently in the completed sections of Prince, and in a few months we can expect the same on the interstate. It will be a good while, though, before three lanes each way are open and running.

Arkansas product. Many football fans in this area cheered long and loud for Auburn, first in the epic game with Alabama then in the epic championship game with Missouri. We are much more Gus Malzahn fans than Auburn fans. He’s originally from Fort Smith, and he can win football games.

No black or white. Much football argument is taking place over the Razorbacks playing just one game at Little Rock for a few years then, maybe, no games at Little Rock. Regrettable but understandable. Times and circumstances change. The almighty dollar is the trump card in this issue, not loyalty or past history.

 

“To the people of South Africa — people of every race and every walk of life — the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.”

— President Barack Obama.

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