Everyone from social liberals to conservatives should be upset about what happened in the Little Rock area last week. It was ugly to the core.

A memorial for fallen police officers outside the Little Rock Police Department was vandalized last week. In North Little Rock, a police vehicle was set on fire during the crime spree. And let’s be clear, it was criminal behavior.

I’m all for peaceful protests and other efforts to change things that are wrong in society. I always encourage people to address their city or county elected officials, take your problems to those in charge to fight for changes. Gather support among those who agree with you, protest in public, whatever it takes. But, when that crosses into criminal behavior, that’s a different story.

“Defund the police” was spray-painted on the memorial. “Breonna Taylor” was painted on the ground below the memorial. Taylor was the EMS worker who was fatally shot by Louisville police officers who were executing a suspect warrant at her home. When Taylor’s boyfriend fired a shot from inside, the police opened fire with dozens of shots, one of which killed Taylor. The Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police released a statement saying, “the despicable act is disrespectful to their families and their memory.”

Indeed. The memorial reminds us of good and decent humans who worked very difficult jobs. Some law enforcement personnel are rotten humans. As the saying goes, “there are rotten apples” around. But the vast majority of police officers are good people who truly serve the public.

And I thank each and everyone of the good ones.

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The Berryville Bobcats last week canceled their next two nonconference football games after a Covid-19 issue with the team. The team and coaches had to quarantine for 14 days.

They were scheduled to play West Fork and Greenland in nonconference games. Berryville opened the 2020 season last week with a 44-6 loss to Cedarville.

Coach Doug Shott told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “It’s crazy because we were taking all the precautions. We were following the social-distancing guidelines. We would let seniors get dressed in the locker room, then juniors, then sophomores. We were providing bottled water for the players.”

Shott added, “It’s just the times we live in. I can’t see how we could have done anything differently. Now we are going to be even farther behind because we can’t practice for two weeks.”

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My wife and I had to cheer a bit while watching the CBS program “Tough As Nails” last week. The winner turned out to be one of the oldest contestants on the show.

“Tough As Nails” pitted a group of blue-collar workers from around the country. They were brought together and competed in weekly efforts that tested their mental and physical abilities.

Contestants ranged from a young woman who works on a commercial fishing boat to a farmer to a roofer to a 5-foot, 6-inch drywaller. A 62-year-old grandmother who works as an airline baggage handler was an audience favorite.

The winner last week was Kelly “Murph” Murphy, a 48-year-old who spent 22 years in the U.S. Marines. I cheered because Murph works at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, where I went to graduate school.