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February 22, 2017

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Eight quotes to ponder

Dear editor: I was not actually there to hear these statements, but they are quoted by the "crooked press:" If you tell a lie big enough and often enough, it will be believed. Don't compare yourself to others. If you do, you are insulting yourself.

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Make media credible again

Dear editor: In the early 1900s, William Randolph Hearst created the largest newspaper business in the world. By the 1920s, one out of four Americans was reading a Hearst newspaper. If you ran for president, you better talk to Mr. Hearst, because he controlled the editorials and political news in his papers and had a huge influence on voters.

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Votes tell values

Dear editor: Our state newspaper prints a summary of congressional bills and items every Sunday with a list of how our Senate and congressional representatives chose to vote on each one. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to put forth an opinion or stay up to date on Washington. Outside of the fact that our two senators and four congressmen pretty much vote along party lines 95 percent of the time, it's worth looking at.

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'Bathroom Bill' problem

Dear editor: Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve Arrison got it half right when he said the "Bathroom Bill" addresses a problem that doesn't exist. Actually, this law will create a bigger problem -- and it has nothing to do with community economics. It could create chaos in all public restrooms.

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Suggested rewrite

Dear editor: I would like to submit an abbreviated rewrite of Larry Bauer's latest letter: Have you ever heard so much whining and crying in your life from a U.S. president? The elite Mr. Trump normally gets his way. A few times lately he has not. This has resulted in him having temper tantrums befitting a spoiled child.

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'Bathroom bill' could upend Arkansas session

LITTLE ROCK -- Two years ago, a bill blasted by critics as anti-LGBT upended the final days of a legislative session that Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson had hoped to focus on tax cuts and health care reform. A plan by GOP lawmakers to push for a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people means the Legislature is about to dive into a reprise of that battle.

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Death of health care?

Dear editor: Per The New York Times on Feb. 17, 2017, re: the Republican ACA (Obamacare) replacement proposal, "It would fundamentally remake Medicaid, a Great Society program that provides health care to 70 million Americans, not just the poor, but also middle-class people who have run out of money and need nursing home care. Under the plan, Medicaid, an open-ended entitlement program designed to cover all health care needs would be put on a budget." The ACA subsidies which expand when incomes decline will be replaced with "fixed" tax credits.

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Clarifying a few points

Dear editor: I would like to clarify a few points from my last letter. First, I am happy to say that I asked Jesus into my heart and to be my Lord and Savior over 40 years ago. Eight years ago, I was reborn, again! I am against taking life. We know when someone is dead because their heart stops, so we know when someone is alive. It seems pretty simple to me; no abortions should be allowed after heartbeats start. If that makes me a liberal or not a liberal, I don't care.

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A pledge to protect

Dear editor: During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump made a crystal-clear pledge to protect Medicare and Social Security. Now, as his term begins, older voters are counting on Congress to support President Trump's vow. This issue is looming because some in Congress are pushing for a drastic change in Medicare that threatens to increase costs and risks for those who depend on it.

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Raising up leaders

Dear editor: If the Bible is truth, every leader of every land has been placed into his/her rank by the deity described in the Bible:

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Trump's true plans

Dear editor: Donald Trump was installed as president one month ago. He campaigned as the champion of the working people and used the electronic media masterfully. What has he now shown to be his true plans and motives?

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Cartoon is accurate

Dear editor: In response to Michael Young's letter to the editor (The Sentinel-Record, Feb. 9, 2017), the DeVos cartoon (The Sentinel-Record, Feb. 5, 2017, originally from the Detroit News) needs no redrawing; it is quite accurate. Not only were the votes of at least 20 Democratic senators opposing DeVos influenced by teachers' unions, as stated by Mr. Young, according to Alaskan sources, Republican Lisa Murkowski's vote against DeVos was "bought and paid for" by the NEA. Republican Susan Collins' campaign has also been supported by the NEA.

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Human trafficking

Dear editor: More on human trafficking: Because I write from memory and don't fact check, I encourage any and all to tell me I'm wrong ... and believe me I would like to be wrong; but didn't I read that the foster care system in Arkansas is so crowded that some children are being shipped across state lines? And I think I read how food providers, linen providers, cleaning companies, guards, dog trainers, builders, road makers, etc., are all getting rich off our ready supply of (human) prisoners. These prisoners were once darling sweet babies who had the misfortune to be unplanned, uneducated and uncared for, but were destined to take care of the whole prison system -- all of the adults and all of their families going on for generations. The prison staff and builders are not at fault. A society controlled by cult religious fanatics are the culprits.

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