"..an example where
socialism works. How about Bismark, Ark.? The Central Arkansas Telephone
Wow! Betcha the Coop is proud of that pronouncement
2011 "Crackpot" is Ron Swanson, Jr. whose letter to the Sentinel Record
included the recommendation:
"Tax corporations until they bring the jobs home"
Apparently no one told Ron that tax is the primary reason jobs are leaving our
2011 Runners-up were Mike Nunn
and Harry Cloud
“Crackpot Cup” Award will be awarded to the author of the "Dumbest
Letter" to the Editor every month and
Cash Prize will be awarded to the Contest Participant who picks the most
“Dumbest Letter of the Month” awards during the year
SPRINGS TALK is pleased to announce a new and exciting contest for its
readers and contributors. The contest will be to pick the dumbest “Letter
to the Editor” in the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record during every month,
starting immediately. There will be a $100 cash prize at year-end for
the person who picks the most “dumbest letter of the month” awards. Here
are the contest rules.
NOMINATE A LETTER* to be the dumbest letter of the month, you must send us
your name, e-mail address, and phone number, and tell us (1) the date the
letter was published in the Sentinel-Record, (2) the name of the
author of the letter, (3) the title or topic of the letter, and (4) your
opinion in 50 words or less what makes it the dumbest “Letter to the Editor”
for the month. Your NOMINATION must be received by us within two (2) days
of its publication in the newspaper. For example, your nomination of a
letter published in the newspaper dated the 5th of the month must
be received by us no later than 11:59:59 PM local time on the 7th
of the month. You may make more than one nomination per month. All
nominations will be published on this website, excepting only those which
the Editor, in his sole discretion, elects to not publish. (*Note: A
“Letter to the Editor” is defined to include an editorial column as well as
an “in my opinion” column.)
DETERMINATION of the dumbest letter of the month will be made by the contest
committee from the nominations timely submitted, and announced on our
website the following month. In case more than one person nominates the
letter determined to be the dumbest letter for the month, the person best
stating why the letter is so dumb, as determined in the sole discretion of
the contest committee, will be deemed the winning picker for that month.
CRACKPOT CUP will be awarded to the author of the dumbest letter for the
month and recognized on our web site as the winner of the “Crackpot Cup”
award for that month. The Crackpot Cup, of course, is an imaginary award
carrying no prize or value whatsoever, and indicates only that the winner of
the “Crackpot Cup” is recognized by us as the author of the month’s dumbest
“Letter to the Editor” in the Sentinel-Record. Any author is
eligible to win and we will be completely impartial.
PRIZE of $100 will be awarded at year end to the contest participant having
picked the greatest number of dumbest letter of the month awards for the
calendar year. The cash prize winner will be announced on or about January
15. In the case of a tie, the $100 cash prize will be divided equally among
CONTEST MAY BE TERMINATED at any time and upon any terms in the sole
discretion of the Editor.
Form items below are not yet working -
For now, just send your nominees by e-mail to the address above.
In which media did your nominee appear?
"Letter to the Editor" Sentinel
Record Editorial Sentinel
Record "In My Opinion"
Date of publication:
What Qualifies your nominee for the Crackpot award?
(50 words or less)