Letters to editor

Appreciate our town of Fairfield

By From page A8 | April 12, 2014

I just got home from a visit with an old classmate who “migrated” to Arkansas after retirement. I am so glad to say that after seeing the deterioration of the small town of Warren in Bradley County, Ark., our town of Fairfield, with all its empty buildings and trash on the side of the streets, is not so bad.

The Southern hospitality in the small mom and pop restaurants I ate at were beyond comparison, however. I jokingly say, “I ate my way through Arkansas” during my visit. The food offerings were out of this world.

Bradley County is located in the southeastern part of Arkansas. Warren is the county seat of Bradley with a very well-groomed, historic brick courthouse in the middle of town; a typical Southern courthouse.

The downtown area, not so groomed. There are old two-story brick buildings that have been sadly neglected by the owners, causing a hazard to pedestrians who walk by them. The sidewalks are buckled and torn apart. It is sad to see what will never be again: historical architecture.

I am so delighted to walk down our downtown area of our county seat and see restoration and appreciation of the historic buildings being maintained. I recommend anyone to visit these old, small Southern towns and come home to appreciate what our city is doing.

Oh, I also would like to put in a word of appreciation for the work of our city and county law enforcement. One would have to laugh at the “old boy” attitude of Bradley County in getting things done. Ok, I feel better now. I praised our city. Now, back to the norm.

Pat Okerson


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  • S KApril 12, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Pat, While you're appreciating it, don't forget to duck to dodge the bullets.

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  • CD BrooksApril 12, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Appreciate what? We live in a Dodge City atmosphere. We don’t have the same freedoms as the bad guys. They do whatever they want and walk away freely. This isn’t news it has simply become the way to do the business of law enforcement in Fairfield. Sorry, there isn’t any enforcement it is just business as usual. They commit a crime upon us, we react and we get put through the ringer trying to justify our self defense! THAT IS WRONG! It might cost us everything we have worked so hard for and earned legitimately then we are victimized by the very same laws enacted to protect us! When did that happen and how? The right to carry law has arrived and I hope you good citizens that choose to do so can shoot straight.

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  • Mr. SmithApril 12, 2014 - 9:56 am

    CD: You are correct. Folks who use deadly force without knowledge of the laws are at risk of losing it all in the aftermath, sometimes due to overzealous police or district attorneys--followed by years of civil suits in some cases. This is a sad, but unfortunate fact. Once again, I urge everyone to read the book, "After You Shoot," by Alan Korwin. It may be necessary to take action to protect oneself or family someday, but at least you should know what you might encounter afterwards and how to conduct yourself during the moments and hours afterwards--as well as how to prepare yourself beforehand.

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  • MarkApril 12, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    This is an odd letter.

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  • JagApril 12, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    Hey Pat if that is really your real name Harry, if you want to make the city better we need to put Harry, Pam and all the rest of them out on their butt

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