Viewpoints

School news appreciated

Dear editor: I would like to thank The Sentinel-Record for its continuing coverage of school news. It has been great to be updated on the accomplishments of our students in Garland County. I would like to suggest that it be an ongoing section of the newspaper throughout the year and not just at the end of the school year.

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TV ads grab attention

Dear editor: I was just wondering how many TV watchers pay attention to all the commercials they have to listen to for a favorite program. Some of them can drive you crazy and you hope you never have to hear or see them again. Then there are others that just melt your heart. For instance, the one with the young mother holding her new born with Pampers on, assuring her baby of her love and she will always take care of her.

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Sage advice from Lee

Dear editor: In the discussion about the Confederate flag, I would suggest that a prime source should be the advice of Gen. Robert E. Lee. He made two pertinent comments.

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Stay out of others' business

Dear editor: With the recent gay marriage ruling and the people wanting to take down flags, the word "beliefs" is being thrown around a lot and how people are having their beliefs trampled on.

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'No' to flag on public lands

Dear editor: Rightly or wrongly, the battle flag of the Confederate States of America has been adopted by many hate groups in this country as their symbol. Some even have adopted the Nazi swastika. Bottom line is this: the CSA does not exist, except in historical terms, anymore. Therefore, this flag should not be flown over any federal or state building or monument.

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Flag cartoon 'distasteful'

Dear editor: I found the flag cartoon in The Sentinel-Record on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, to be very disturbing and particularly distasteful. It was truly about the Confederate Battle Flag, not so much about the caricatured "people" as the flag, although the intimation is very apparent!

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NPs: Simple solution for diabetes epidemic

Although Arkansas has led the charge for health reform in the southeast, we find ourselves in the midst of a deadly diabetes epidemic influenced greatly by a shortage of health care providers, and with millions of Americans enrolling in coverage for the first time under the Affordable Care Act, many Arkansans with diabetes will find primary care to be even further from reach. If the demand for health care is ever to be met, expanding the role of nurse practitioners is likely to be a necessary contribution.

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Dear editor: Tired of diatribes

Dear editor: Regarding the letter in Monday's HSSR from Mike Gorham about the back and forth diatribes over science and religion by a handful of letter writers: My sentiments exactly. Thank you Mike.

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Dear editor: Flags to honor the dead

Dear editor: Now that an editor with The Sentinel-Record has taken to the bully pulpit to join the denouncement of a historic flag and shunned proud generations as hick "good ol' boys" from the "Dukes of Hazard," we must not cower away from his attempt at political correctness!

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Dear editor: Important to discuss issues

Dear editor: I read with interest the comments made by Mr. Gorham. I agree that the items he mentioned are important. However, the items he mentioned, such as the Majestic Hotel, the energy costs, the trade bill, somewhat excessive expense reimbursements and the criminal justice system have also been the subject of many letters. The paper has, in my opinion, done a good job of presenting many views on many subjects. We do not all agree on what is important and what is somewhat mundane.

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Dear editor: Flag has no place today

Dear editor: There is no place for the Confederate Battle Flag in American public life in the 21st century. The use of symbols give them definition and power. It is not the symbol, it is how the symbol was and is used that is at the heart of our current debate. Those who would like to retain the flag use words like valor, history, Southern heritage and honoring ancestors. Those who would like to see the flag come down also use the terms of history, heritage and ancestral identity. They, however, experienced this history and heritage very differently. They add words like lynching, beatings, bombings and, of course, the buying and selling of their ancestors.

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Dear editor: Flag should come down

Dear editor: Charles Wagner Smith, your guest column was absolutely right -- take down that flag! I well remember the first time I saw the so-called Confederate flag on a highway to Kansas City from the small town where we lived. With a heavy heart, I recognized immediately that it represented a backlash to the Civil Rights movement that had revealed the hard truths of our segregated past.

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Thumbs column

This month's column begins with a "Thumbs-down" for reasons put forth by a Hot Springs woman, who submitted her comments via email to the hometown newspaper. She wrote, "This is a definite 'Thumbs-down' to the person or persons removing decorations from Greenwood Cemetery. We put out those decorations to honor our loved ones. To remove them is about as low as one can get. Our gravesite is not the only one from which these items have been stolen.

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