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September 27, 2016

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Arkansas ballot cases test of new canvasser rules

LITTLE ROCK -- A 2013 law requiring initiative campaigns to register their paid canvassers with the state and conduct criminal background checks on them was intended to help Arkansas crack down on questionable signatures being submitted for ballot measures. Three challenges before the state's highest court will be the first major test of those restrictions, and may open the door for new ways to challenge future proposals.

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Name calling vs. actualities

Dear editor: Referring to an accusation by a letter writer in Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, The Sentinel-Record, a friend suggested that I convey the definition of "name calling," which I have done for the benefit of the misinformed writer. Name calling: the use of offensive names, especially to win an argument or to induce rejection or condemnation (as of a person or project) without objective consideration of the facts (definition from Merriam-Webster -- dictionary since 1828).

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Overtime rule fails American workers

Susan North wanted to be her own boss, so she built a successful business that now employs nearly 500 Arkansans. While she has opportunities to make her own decisions, what has surprised her the most as a small-business owner is the extent to which her hands are tied when it come to regulations with which she must comply. Now a new Department of Labor (DOL) rule is threatening to take away more flexibility for her business and employees.

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Pay your taxes, or else

Dear editor: It amazes me that people like Al Sharpton, who reportedly owes millions of dollars in "back taxes" to the Internal Revenue Services, walks about freely without any concerns and even visits occasionally with the president in the Oval Office.

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Clinton's 'tainted' career

Dear editor: Yet again we have heard from Mr. Scott Ruff and yet again he is bombarding us with just how wonderful and giving Hillary Clinton has been throughout her soiled and tainted career.

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Hard to distinguish policy in crowded Senate race

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's latest U.S. Senate race has prostitution allegations and a white supremacist candidate, drawing national attention to yet another scandalous state election. But so far, it's lacking in real policy issues to show distinctions among candidates.

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Should we be concerned?

With the closing of the Fine Arts Center, our downtown art galleries have shrunk to a frightening low number. At one time we had 15; now the total is a third of that. The death of our professional art scene appears imminent.

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Say 'no' to Clinton

Dear editor: Barbara Thexton said in a recent letter, "Here's to the return of civility." I assume she was trying to say a vote for Trump may return us to civility. Elitist Hillary feels 50 percent of Trump supporters are "deplorable." Not only does she call Trump names and make reckless proclamations against him, she also attacks those who would vote for him.

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Student memorial planned

Dear editor: In honor of Kera Moreno, a student who last weekend lost her life in a tragic car accident, the Cutter Morning Star family will host a balloon release in recognition of her 10th birthday at 5:15 p.m. Monday, just prior to kickoff of the Eagles Pee Wee football game. As her favorite colors are turquoise, purple and pink, fourth-grade students will release balloons of those colors. The school will provide a white balloon for any donation to help with the expenses of the family. All are welcome.

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Tired of the mess

Dear editor: Some of us are tired. Tired of not being able to trust or respect the people running to become our country's leader, tired of the money being spent behind the scenes, tired of the constant negativity, of knowing that no statesman has come forward to run for this office.

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Expose voting records

Dear editor: Thank you for printing my tiny message, from a tiny town, in a tiny state, with a tiny six electoral votes to elect a U.S. president.

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