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December 20, 2014

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Tax suggestions

In the near future, the new county jail will be open and, after all the outstanding invoices for construction are paid, the five-eighths cent jail construction tax will no longer be collected.

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Dear editor: A valuable service

Dear editor: Congratulations to Diane Bank's retirement after nine years as president of Hot Springs Pet Therapy. Pet Therapy is a valuable volunteer service. The Hot Springs Pet Therapy Program originated in the animal shelter in 1998. The program was started by an employee. After a time, it came under the leadership of Ted Ericson. Under Ted's guidance, it slowly started to increase in membership and importance. I eventually became its volunteer coordinator and it flourished. Director Dan Bugg provided continued assistance to the program. Dan provided the puppies and, on occasion, a kitten, for the volunteers. He temperament-tested the dogs to see if they had the temperament for this task. The shelter also provided a meeting place several times a year. Without all this assistance, continuous growth was impossible. Katie, our mascot, was a stray from the shelter. Scar II was our first certified Pet Therapy dog. Scar II was a pit bull of good lineage with special needed training by his owner, Lynn James. He was noted for carrying a basket of flowers to be distributed by Lynn to patients. Our second certified Pet Therapy dog was owned by Bette Volland.

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As Ukraine truce holds, Russia vows economic pain

KIEV, Ukraine -- Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces has ground almost to halt. That should be good news for Ukraine, but Russia looks intent to pile on the economic misery.

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Thumbs column

In this jolly holiday season, here's a big "Thumbs-up" to Oaklawn Rotary Club for again presenting the city's Christmas parade that cheered young and old alike as floats, marching units and other participating groups made their way along Central Avenue.

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Dear editor: Trash budget suggestions

Dear editor: You recently had an article in the paper about the county judge not allowing deficits to carry over to the next year. Specifically, the article cited the Garland County environmental (garbage) budget.

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Dear editor: Vicious attacks

Dear editor: I was surprised and appalled by the vicious attacks on the Koch brothers just because they supported Tom Cotton in the Senate race. Billionaire George Soros has for years supported politicians he liked with millions of dollars. In addition to that, he has also given money to those trying to legalize marijuana.

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Dear editor: History lesson

Dear editor: I find it curious that Esquire Rhodes believes that criticizing our government for an injustice is inappropriate. After all, our country rebelled against England in the 1770s because of injustices and our great daring forefathers won the victory for freedom from many of those injustices, including the freedom to criticize constructively.

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Dear editor: Thankful for care

Dear editor: I recently spent one night in St. Vincent Hot Springs hospital, experiencing a very pleasant stay. The food was even good! But the care by all was outstanding. I don't recall all the names, but not to offend anyone, I was in Room 210, next to a nurse station and all the nurses and aids. Just everyone was at their best.

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Dear editor: Hope for a better world

Dear editor: As the Christmas season approaches, I am reminded of that great Christmas fantasy -- Santa Claus. "Is There a Santa Claus?" was the title of an editorial appearing in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of The New York Sun. The editorial, which included the famous reply, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," has become an indelible part of popular Christmas lore in the United States and Canada

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Dear editor: Great 'Christmas' time

Dear editor: Hot Springs High School presented a wonderful production, "A World of Christmas," this past weekend, combining the efforts of the school choir, dance and drama departments. The production was held Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday afternoon, affording all parents and family members a chance to see the wonderful show! Judy Beard directed the drama section, Shannon Nash the choir and Amy Bramlett the dance, with Principal Lloyd D. Jackson serving as emcee.

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Politics of repair

WASHINGTON -- The just-ending 113th Congress was not, by most measures, productive. But its endgame was at least instructive.

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The price of being hacked

WASHINGTON -- It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy "The Interview." At this point, I'm guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who greenlighted the film.

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Open your eyes

I ask, who has never had it better in the world today? Hint: corporate profits are at an all-time high and banks have more money than they know what to do with.

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Defining the 'elite'

I've noticed that right-wing columnists and pundits love to use the terms "liberal elite" and "academic elite" in their writings, always in a negative sense.

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