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Shame of Hot Springs: Part II

EDITOR'S NOTE: Columnist Rex Nelson, whose work appears regularly in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, sent shockwaves through the community last year when he posted "The shame of Hot Springs" on his blog, rexnelsonsouthernfried.com. The post was republished on this page two days before the Majestic fire. The following are excerpts from a followup post Nelson, the president of Arkansas' Independent Colleges and Universities in Little Rock, made on the one-year anniversary of the fire.

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Dear editor: 'Seize the dough?'

Dear editor: What a gig. The state newspaper recently published an accounting of per diem expenses collected by every member of our state Legislature. For those taxpayers who might have been concerned, worry not -- they're eating and living good, certainly better than the average Arkansan.

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Dear editor: Botched foreign policy

Dear editor: In the March 2 edition of The Sentinel-Record, we were blessed yet again with a pearl of wisdom from Mr. Ray Warner. He is cautioning that we, as a nation, should not declare war on the Islamic State. On this I agree totally with Mr. Warner. I have never heard anyone from either side of the political spectrum suggest we declare war on Islam.

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Dear editor: End the neglect

Dear editor: Last night (Friday, Feb. 27), my son and I watched the shining luminary surrounding the massive pile of burned-up rubble at the Majestic Hotel. Several fire trucks were there from the Hot Springs Fire Department, too. And that's the piece of this messy situation that upsets and worries me most.

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Dear editor: Kudos to museum

Dear editor: Congratulations to all involved in the successful renovation of the Mid-America Science Museum. Thanks to our friends at the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, MASM was awarded at $7,800,000 capital grant to fund a comprehensive renovation and outdoor expansion. The project is completed and you will be thrilled when you see the final results. As a condition of the grant, our community had to raise $1,600,000 for future programming. A big thank you to all who contributed. Groups like the Oaklawn Foundation and the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission made large gifts that made a significant difference. But we also raised funds from many local companies, foundations and individuals. Everyone's gift helped us reach the goal and reach it quickly. Thanks for your contributions to support science education in our area.

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Dear editor: End the sideshow

Dear editor: In repose, Majestic she is not. Friday, Feb. 27, marked one year since the Majestic Hotel burned and the ruins still sit untended and rotting on the downtown landscape. Someone has crossed the barriers and posted signs on the rubble attempting to embarrass the city into action: "Where is the leadership?", "Shame on Hot Springs" and "We're better than this." Apparently, we're not. The story has been well documented in these pages: the history, the importance to the downtown area, the ownership and murky cleanup plan, the tourism angle, the competing interests, and the possibilities for the future. But the pile is still there.

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Dear editor: Cure road rage

Dear editor: Have you ever been involved in road rage? If you have driven very long or been a passenger in a car, then you've probably been the instigator or the recipient of road rage. It starts out innocently enough, someone cuts in front of you or a jacked up pickup is behind you at night with halogen headlights on so bright you can't see. The first thing that goes through you mind is "that person is a jerk," (or something worse) ... and besides, how would he like it if that happen to him?

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Thumbs column

Leading off this initially blustery month of March is an upturned digit from an appreciative Red Oak family.

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Getting Africa's health systems to be self-reliant

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- After a storied history of revolutionary defiance toward America -- in which Tanzania played host to Angela Davis, Huey Newton and Malcolm X -- this country can hardly get enough of the U.S. of A. Rumors still float among cabbies and tour guides that George W. Bush bought land here during his 2008 visit and plans on returning. When President Obama came in 2013, a main road, running scenically along the Indian Ocean, was renamed in his honor: Barack Obama Drive.

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Patience with IS

As Islamic State commits one atrocity after another, and in one country after another, they are beginning to accomplish what President Obama has been attempting to do for months.

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Correction on Jesus

Dear editor: Mr. Bank made a grave error in his statement saying Christ was, in fact, a Jew. Jesus Christ is God. We are not saved by Jew blood, we are saved by the shedding of the blood of God. The blood cell and the egg were created in Mary by the Spoken Word, and she was the carrier of the child, not the mother, per se. She was still a virgin after His birth.

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The Gilded Age

Dear editor: The Gay '90s, also referred to as the Gilded Age, concerned the late 1890s and the fact that the wealthy industrialists controlled much of everything, similar to today. The Libertarians now say this was the greatest time in our history and they seek to return America back to it. This is the Ayn Rand philosophy, and what Rep. Paul Ryan bases his austerity budgets on, none of which have passed into law so far, thank God.

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