Editor, The Commercial:
Mayor Debe Hollingsworth, you have chosen the hard road, the road least traveled, by standing up for what is right and good for our city. You are in a minority, unfortunately, but I want to thank you for your efforts.
I grew up in Pine Bluff and remember a time when Pine Bluff was a vibrant city second only to Little Rock. As a kid, I rode the city bus to downtown on some Saturdays and walked up and down Main Street, which was paved with bricks, taking in the sights and sounds. Parking spaces on both sides of Main Street and the side streets were full, the sidewalks were crowded (especially the one in front of Kress’), and the stores were busy with people.
I walked in and out of the stores looking around at all the neat things for sale, and even went into the Hotel Pines to marvel at its grandeur. Other times, I went to one of the movie theaters (one of four) and took in a matinee for the price of two Coke bottles. Usually, I went to the Saenger Theater, and even as a kid, I marveled at its beauty. I saw Elvis Presley in Pine Bluff. I would live to see this kind of life brought back to downtown.
So, Mayor Hollingsworth, I applaud you and want you to take heart when you are met with unfounded opposition and prejudice. You are working for what is right and good and will be opposed by wrong and evil every step of the way. Their strong opposition tells you that you are doing a good job.