Viewpoints

'Positive liberty'

Dear editor: The American historian, Thomas Frank, author of "What's the Matter with Kansas?" (2004), began observing and writing about American politics as a Republican college student, but later changed his political affiliation to the Democratic Party. Frank says in his book, "The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule" (2008), that "bad government is the natural product of rule by those who believe that government is bad."

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How 'suite' it is

Dear editor: We were out for a drive a few days ago. On Airport Road west bound, almost at the bypass, and there on the left side of the road, just about where the lumber store used to be, was a large commercial for sale sign that read "For sale or will build to suite!" How sweet.

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A cult of ignorance

Dear editor: Recently, some comments were made regarding a letter I wrote advocating knowledge of science. The writer was contending that the Bible does not contradict science findings. The Bible has far more information that is anti-science, and their story of creation, as well as everything else, is simple "God did it" or "God controls it."

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Our View: Rising above the flood

Twenty-five years ago today, Garland County was recovering from some of the worst flash flooding in its history. We pay tribute today to the enduring spirits of the residents and business leaders who not only persevered through the flood a quarter of a century ago, but rebuilt our community into something great and enduring. It was not without pain, however. The wounds suffered by the residents along Lake Catherine, in particular, and the businesses along Central Avenue were deep and long-lasting.

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Dear editor: Maximal disruption

Dear editor: I appreciate the rebuttal by Barbara Butler titled "Good paying jobs needed." She clearly and succinctly states the current conventional wisdom. She also graciously grants me the opportunity to make a few more comments, on the 5oth anniversary of the release of what is generally referred to as The Moynihan Report (http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/history/moynchapter1.htm). We no longer have to rely on our gut instincts. We can look at what was planned, what the intended outcomes were and the current metrics as to how we did. It is also about 11 months shy of the 5oth anniversary of Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward's first article in The Nation, marking their first attempt to outline what is currently called the Cloward-Piven Strategy (http://www.thenation.com/article/weight-poor-strategy-end-poverty).

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Dear editor: A spiritual decline

Dear editor: "We are a nation in decline because, in the words of Scripture, we have 'forgotten ... God' (Isaiah 17:10)." Those words were spoken by the Rev. Franklin Graham in the article, "A National Wake-Up Call. (Decision magazine, November 2013, Page 20). Our nation has been in a steady decline spiritually for a long time, but has especially spiraled downward even more rapidly in the last six and a half years. America has also been going downward in a general decline in practically every other major area during this same time period. As a Christian, I truly don't believe that it is a coincidence that they are both declining at the same time.

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Dear editor: Thanks from Jackson House

Dear editor: The Eleanor Klugh Jackson House staff, volunteers and Board of Directors would like to thank our community for supporting our first formal effort to host a fundraiser for the Jackson House. Our first style show was extremely successful, which will fill our pantry for needy families during the tough summer months when children are out of school. As always with these types of events, they aren't possible without the assistance of many committed and caring organizations, businesses and individuals. We are blessed to have dedicated people who bought the tickets, made donations and offered services.

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Dear editor: The good old days

Dear editor: Grampa, tell me 'bout the good ol' days ... Those were the days my friend, I thought they'd never end ... Ya' mean there was good service for what ya' paid for? ... Ya' mean there was a simpler, more honest way of doing business? ....

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Dear editor: Pay attention to details

Dear editor: It is all in the details: What did the recently completed Arkansas General Assembly do, in public and privately? Some things they want known are widely publicized but many others do not come out until someone reads the buried fine print and tries (too late) to question it.

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Thumbs column

First and foremost, here's a double "Thumbs-up" to all of the May graduates from Hot Springs and Garland County.

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Latest self-driving Google car heading to public streets

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- The latest version of Google's self-driving car -- a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel -- will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

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Dear editor: Carrots need a stick

Dear editor: It would be nice to see our local state leaders (Reps. Bruce Cozart and John Vines, Sen. Bill Sample) enact some common-sense legislation that would save taxpayers millions of dollars by making local and state agencies interact.

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Remembering B.B.

When I was a kid growing up in Arkansas in the early '60s, the blues -- perhaps more than anything else -- was a plaintive salve for the open sores of racism that was our everyday life.

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Engineer appears at fault

Dear editor: Blaming Congress for the eight deaths in the Pennsylvania train derailment is absurd! The person in control of that train, the engineer, who was attempting to negotiate a 50 mph curve at a speed of over 100 mph, appears to be at fault. If equipment upgrades are sorely needed, as Ms. Ladd asserts, how come hundreds of other trains have safely negotiated that curve?

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