April 21, 2010 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

C.R. Snapp was one of those solid individuals who seemed to have his priorities rightly aligned. He was a good family man, father and grandfather, friend, faithful member of the United Methodist Church and a co-owner of Snapp Motor Co., the longtime Ford dealership in Walnut Ridge.

My first memory of Mr. Snapp was of him as an usher at the Methodist Church. As a child, I had gone down to the basement restroom during the Sunday service and had decided to stay. He came and retrieved me from the stairway.

C.R. and Jewel Snapp are one of the few families I know who have maintained a family night every Monday night, when at least three generations of the family get together for supper, visiting and games. Mr. Snapp, who enjoyed sports, hunting and games, was at the center of that, I'm sure.

Walnut Ridge lost another solid citizen in the passing of O'Neal Kellim. See the related story in this issue on this former mayor and county official.

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The TD's focus is local news, and coverage of state and regional candidates becomes news for us when they visit Lawrence County. Many, if not most of these candidates, are stopping briefly in the county as they try to cover the district or state.

You cannot help but admire these candidates, who are putting themselves and their families, on the line at the discretion of voters. In the race for Congress in the First Congressional District, there are eight candidates. I know or have met at least four of them, and as one of the candidates said, they are each fine people and capable of doing an excellent job.

While only one will be elected, we are fortunate that we have good choices and quality people who are willing to make our government work. Most of us get frustrated with politics from time to time but believe that our system of government is the best in existence.

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Shane Broadway, who is a former speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, was in Lawrence County on Tuesday of last week campaigning for lieutenant governor. He was also looking forward to seeing his nephew, Chad Broadway, play baseball for the Williams Baptist College Eagles. Chad is a senior physical education major from Little Rock.

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