Arkansas Joins Aruba Boycott

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    A boycott isn't going to do any good.

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    Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday said he would join Alabama Gov. Bob Riley in requesting that Arkansans consider a travel boycott of Aruba to show respect for the family of missing teenager Natalee Holloway, a Mississippi native.

    Huckabee noted that Beth Holloway Twitty, Holloway's mother, is originally from Arkansas and that many of the missing teen's other relatives still live in the state.

    Holloway's father, Dave Holloway, is a graduate of Jonesboro Westside High School but now lives in Meridian. A grandmother lives in Pine Bluff and an aunt in El Dorado.

    Natalee Holloway, who attended junior high school in Clinton, was a graduate of Mountain Brook High School in suburban Birmingham.

    Riley, who called for a nationwide travel boycott to the island Nov. 8., sent letters to his fellow governors urging them to support his decision.

    Huckabee was the only governor that had responded to Riley's letter asking for the boycott, said Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for the governor's office.

    In the letters sent Nov. 18, Riley blames the Aruban government for what he called "missteps, miscommunication and inconsistencies" plaguing the investigation into the girl's disappearance.

    The letters also said Aruban authorities are no longer communicating with Holloway's family and are not providing information about the investigation.

    Holloway, 18, was last seen leaving a bar with three young men from Aruba during a high school graduation trip to the island May 30. Each of the three was later taken into custody but has since been released.

    In a news release, Huckabee said he agreed to the boycott "out of respect for the Holloway family ... and out of concern for the safety of our citizens."

    Aruban officials have appealed to the State Department and the Netherlands for help against the call for a tourist boycott, but tour operators on the island have said the effects of a boycott would be minimal in Aruba's traditional market of the northeastern United States but could make it harder to attract visitors to the island from other parts of the nation.

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    Maybe you should start a poll, to see who here would go to Aruba now. And if not, why not?
     
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    I'm going in May for almost a week.

    Maybe that is bad but...

    California prosecutors blew the O.J. trial - people still go there.
    Colorado hasn't solved the Joan Benet Ramsey case - people still go there.

    There are, unfortunately, countries where people have disappeared - but people still go there too.
     
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    Why would any red-blooded Arkansan want to go anywhere other than Texas when we are so close and all. Send em to Padre Island and they will think it is Aruba anyway. :laugh:
     
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    seen inthe news the other day where her own "task force" may have hindered arubas investigation. aruba may have found her, or may not have. guess we will never know now. personally, i feel she was fish food
     

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