Thank you, Eureka
Once again the people of the Eureka
area have shown their generosity, and the
shelves of our local food bank, the Flint
Street Fellowship are filled.
Local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts hit
the streets, went door to door, house to
house, driveway to driveway, and brought
in the food bank bags and bags and bags
of food! More than just food was brought
in! The love and compassion of our town,
shown by their generosity, went through
the front door of the food bank. Something
else went through those front doors;
those scouts brought to the food bank their
excitement, energy and their willingness
to do something good for our town. All
that excitement and energy is contagious,
don’t you know!
This year we also had additional help
from the Rotary and let’s not forget the
volunteers that man our local food bank.
They are there day after day, serving the
needy of our community, usually without
much fanfare. Imagine the effect on
them, what a shot in the arm, to be invaded
by swarms of happy and excited little
scouts hauling in carloads of food from a
community that cares!
See what one bag from your front porch
can do? You have helped the needy of our
town, you have given the volunteers at
the food bank the help in their task, and
though your generosity, you have given
a large group of our young people that
precious lesson about community service.
Thank you for showing that you care. If
you did get missed or forgot to put out
your bag, it’s not too late! There are drop
off boxes at both Hart’s and SunFest!
See what one bag on the front porch
– BRUCE BIESCHKE
Fake news is an inaccurate, sometimes
sensationalistic report that is created to
gain attention, mislead, deceive, or damage
Julie Freeman responded to my recent
opinion letter stating “this is how fake
news comes about”. Apparently when I
said contributors write “hateful, factually
incorrect pieces” she thinks I’m creating
fake news because I simply didn’t cite examples.
So here we go:
1. There is a mountain of evidence that
the administration enlisted Russia in undermining
our elections and at every opportunity
they have lied about it.
2. (Trump Supporters) wanted revenge
on those who had the nerve to elect a
black president twice and if our democracy
burns down, so what. We certainly
have been reeling from the incredible incompetence,
lies and mental illness in the
3. We all know that our president will
not defend us against the enemies of our
4. There was no voter fraud by the
Democrats but plenty of evidence that the
Republicans and this dishonest “President”
bought and stole our election.
5. Our president was unlawfully elected.
6. Putin bought our election and the
Republicans sold it to him.
7. The Constitution is a document
scorned by Cheatolini. Cheatolini, his
family and administration have elevated
greed to a scam.
Need I go on?
I certainly don’t think these examples
rise to the level of fake news, but I do
think they are hateful and factually incorrect.
As to Ms. Freeman’s accusation
that I don’t research reputable sites and
rely solely on Fox News, that is quite a
leap. These examples came straight fromthe pages of both Eureka Springs publications.
Furthermore, I would never suggest
that she formed her opinions based on one
source. So why does she attempt to marginalize
me in that way?
Here’s the bottom line: In my letter, I
closed with “We could debate so many
issues but to what end? Until we all take
responsibility for our own words, how can
we hope to find any common ground?”
I stand by my words.
— SHARON DRASSEN
TO: The Editor, The Mayor, City Council,
The Main Street Network, fellow merchants
and all Eureka residents.
The most disturbing aspect of the proposed
plan to close Spring Street for a street
fair on Dec. 9, is the lack of respect shown
to many of us Spring Street merchants who
have a vested interest in what happens
here. It has been a clandestine affair.
On Sept. 1, Mayor Butch Berry signed a
permit allowing The Main Street Network
to close Spring Street for this outdoor event.
Most of us Spring Street merchants learned
about it well into November, a few weeks
before the scheduled event. Our store has
been open every day this year. We are easy
to contact. We received no information, nor
was our opinion solicited by anyone. One
of our neighbors was told the community
was surveyed and when he asked who was
surveyed he was told it was “none of his
business.” Really! And people wonder why
we would be upset. We have a bad attitude.
I think they do. Even our City Council was
not asked to respond to this proposal until
mid-November. They did not give their
approval. This is between the mayor and
the Main Street Network. It appears an
elite few made this decision. Something
is wrong with the communication system
in this community which should involve a
democratic process of inclusiveness; one
where we are all given written information
in a timely manner, and allowed to respond
in a written survey. That is the best way to
gather information, and show the results. It
is my hope there will be a re-evaluation of
the way a major event is presented to the
merchants and citizens of Eureka Springs
and that we are all given the opportunity
to be involved in the process early on, to
avoid this kind of situation in the future.
— SHARRON L. BECKER