• Bethel Heights:
    The real truth


    Dear editor: 


    I was born in Huntsville and a lot of my relatives have spent their whole life in Madison County. It really bothers me to see Huntsville get mixed up with Bethel Heights bad behavior, that is not helping your neighbor.

    Bethel Heights has been dumping sewage over on the Bowen’s and the Steel’s property for 10+ years. Mr. Bowen has gone to Bethel Heights city council meetings many, many, many times and asked in a ever-so polite way to stop the dumping on his property. The only answer he would get is we are working on it. Nothing has ever been done and it is still not done to this day, in fact it has gotten worse.

    Then Mr. Bowen got to checking and found a black pipe buried in the ground Bethel Heights was pumping sewage water straight into his pond. The Steel’s had two cows die wasn’t very long the found a pipe buried going into their pond where their cows where (sic) drinking from. That just is NOT right!

    Joe Brooks has been helping the Bowen’s with taking samples of their land to the lab of the ground where Bethel Heights runs the sewage and at times the Ecoli levels are so high it won’t even register on the machine the other times they are really, really high.

    When Bethel Heights thinks it is going to rain at night they turn the sewer loose on the Bowen’s property. There was one time it didn’t rain the Bowen’s got up the next morning and guess what they found in their yard: sewage and toilet paper. WOULD YOU WANT THAT!

    This sewage runs into Puppy Creek, Osage Creek and Illinois water shed!

    The City weaponized their sewer last summer by building a ditch on the side of the wastewater site and aiming the ditch at the Bowen families. They created a point source discharge that they use to retaliate against the Bowen’s and to break the U.S. Clean Water Act. You may not care about the Bowen’s which also came from Madison County too but you should care about the Clean Water Act.

    You would not want sewage to be dumped into White River, War Eagle and the Buffalo Rivers!

    You would not want sewage dumped into your yard afraid to let your grandchildren or great-grandchildren play in the yard because if they got into the Ecoli and had a small scratch or cut it could cause a serious infection. WOULD THAT BE SOMETHING YOU WOULD WANT FOR YOUR FAMILY?

    What I want to say to Huntsville Sewer you need to check your loads you take on weekends very carefully Bethel Heights has been known to have loads refused because they did not pass the test you are suppose to be running on every load that comes in. I could fill up your whole newspaper but I won’t. I will stop on these few notes.



     -E.C. Bowen



    Americans should be producing goods


    Dear editor: 


    In light of the current situation taking place within our economy I would like to elaborate my own opinions and views on the matter.

    With the economic activity coming to a near grinding halt due to the imposed “shut-in lifestyle” and the restrictions on social gatherings in towns and cities, such effects of this radical disruption could set the stage for an economical freeze.

    With panic-buying of certain items continuing at a steady pace at the stores shelves the shortages could affect supply chains and expose the hidden logistical problem, thus causing an increase in prices as a result. Then there’s the unemployment surge incited by the pandemic scare where businesses (medium and small) are either struggling to stay afloat or dissolving altogether and it seems to me like a secretly climate controlled freeze on the moving gears of the economy.

    Much like my last opinion piece printed in this newspaper during the 2008 financial crisis it appears that the old ghostly effects of that era has come back to haunt us with a new approach. My only concern about this one is what has changed from behind the scenes in the name of COVID-19 and what is in place in regards to the “new norm” once we weathered this economic storm.

    I‘ve noticed that the mental hysteria about the pandemic is also causing an information war between what works and what doesn’t, between what’s common sense and what’s complicated. While we all are practicing the preventive measures to stay safe healthwise, I can’t but help feeling that those ordering the surplus of face masks, gloves, etc., on the open marketplace that are made anywhere other than here in America is one big oversight.

    In my opinion, it simply underestimates the country’s economic potential to provide for its own. We need to support economic production and distribution here in this country in order to instill consumer confidence and peace of mind while improving the health of the economy in these trying times.




     -Nathan Smith



    Clarification needed on recent column


    Dear editor: 


    Hi, Mr. Harrington. I wanted to write to thank you for a nice article and also to correct my quote in case you get some puzzled looks from your readers. When KARK interviewed me on the subject of the recent vandalism at Rock House Cave in Petit Jean State Park, I said, “Once those scratches go across the sandstone, it’s pretty much done. The damage is there and there’s no getting rid of it, and it’s a beautiful piece of art that could be hundreds or thousands of years old that could be damaged for all time.” 

    It was a poor audio connection and the reporter transcribed it as “... hundreds OF thousands. ...” As you know, no humans lived in what is now Arkansas “hundreds of thousands” of years ago. I wrote her immediately and asked her to correct it, but she did not, and that mistake made it into your article.

    We think some of the relatively recent rock art on Petit Jean Mountain may be 400 years old, while we really have no idea how old the oldest is, but it is most likely thousands of years old. Hence “hundreds or thousands of years old,” depending on the specific paintings you’re talking about. Many thanks.




    - Don Higgins

    Petit Jean State Park


    Living tobacco and
    nicotine free


    Dear editor: 


    Making the decision to not use tobacco and nicotine is one of the most important ones a person could make. First off, cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are addictive. Nicotine addiction is so powerful that every day in the U.S. more than 700 youth under the age of 18 become daily smokers. Teens mostly think that smoking for a little while is okay but do not know how powerful it really is. In fact, 3 out of 4 teen smokers become adult smokers, even if they intended to quit after a few years or so.

    Smoking contributes to a number of serious and often disabling diseases including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and chronic lung disease. Smoking can stain teeth and lead to periodontitis, which is a gum infection that can cause tooth loss. It can also cause wrinkles and other signs of premature skin aging. Smoking can not only hurt the smoker but also the people they are around. Second-hand smoke is just about as harmful as smoking itself. Second-hand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, and breathing it in can lead to asthma or even cancer. There are numerous infants and children around the world who have health problems from being exposed to cigarette smoke. 

    Living tobacco-free could help keep your wallet, health, and family on point. When a person doesn’t smoke, they will be setting a positive example for their children, grandchildren, etc. Living a tobacco and nicotine-free life will decrease stress and worries as well. There wouldn’t be stress about increasing their risk of lung cancer and other illnesses as they grow older. Choosing to not do tobacco has far greater advantages than choosing to do it. If you have made the decision to use tobacco, make the best decision today and quit! 


     -Kayla Harp

    St. Paul High School