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July 26, 2014

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Necessary to identify race?

Re article on front page of the Wednesday, July 23, The Sentinel-Record, "Two juveniles charged." Why was it necessary to say one was black and one white? I understand that sometimes you must indicate "male and female," but even that isn't always necessary. But to distinguish the race of each sounds very racist to me.

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The vacant presidency

WASHINGTON -- The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it's for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

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Shelter box: A truly great idea

To say that we live in perilous times would be the understatement of the century. Of course this century is not very old. I thought of this when I decided to write a column about a fantastic concept that more of us, not just in these United States but all across the world, need to consider. The concept involves being prepared for a natural or man-made disaster.

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In troubled world, some optimism

WASHINGTON -- The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers -- involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran -- that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures.

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Losing the moral high ground

WASHINGTON -- The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel's latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints.

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Power to bring change

Whether knowingly or unknowingly, good people are sending obstructionists to Washington to represent us. Watching the actions by tea party candidates seems to indicate the tea party isn't a political movement.

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History of global warming

Your July 3, 6, and 8 issues have had several letters by Larry Bauer, Allan Walker, Robert Freeman Jr. and Gary Vogt (and possibly others since those dates) of different opinions about "global warming or climate change" being fact or fiction and blaming CO2 emissions as being the cause. However, all seem to totally ignore "world history" about the not so well-known fact that the world has experienced two "global warming and-or climate change" cycles in the past 2,000 years due to solar activity.

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Dear editor: Successful experience

Dear editor: Thanks to: Dr. Sally Carder; American Bus Sales; Lane, Muse, Arman & Pullen -- Attorneys at Law; Gene Parker; Ruth Wood; Larry Bailey; Don Benton -- Schools Without Walls; Triumph Fabrications; Dr. Gordon Watts; Dr. Adam Hall -- Hot Springs Orthodontics; Sue Burris; Judy Throgmartin; Blake Ellison; Susan Millerd; Jill Johnson; Nathan Looper; Melinda Thornton; Mary Van Dusen; Susan Gaither; NPCC Health/Science Division; NPCC Social Science Division; NPCC Math/Science Division; NPCC Adult Education; NPCC Bookstore; NPCC Student Services; Robert Schee; Mountain Vending; Special Touch Catering; Chiffonade Chef Services; Hot Springs Village Wal-Mart; Berry Plastics.

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Dear editor: Dangerous policies

Dear editor: Not only is the world a more dangerous place then it was six years ago, but the nation is a more dangerous place then it was 40 years ago because of the policies of Democrats. Most cities across this nation celebrated the Fourth by shooting off fireworks. In Obama's hometown, they shot each other. Over 60 people in Obama's hometown were shot with 17 of them being killed over the three-day weekend. This, of course, is nothing unusual, on what's considered a normal weekend in Obama's neighborhood, it's not unusual for a few dozen to be shot with sometimes those killed in the double digits.

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Dear editor: Letters are repetitive

Dear editor: Every time I watch TV, read the paper or go on the computer, it reflects the chaos the world is in. Then, some countries expect us to fight their battles, provide food, people to guide them, monetary support and raise their children. In Washington, D.C., we have our own problems with a government of "frozen parties" with elections or re-election on their minds and more important than legislation. Meanwhile, we are going broke and have a host of challenges. I feel we should put our glorious country first, in good order, taking care of our infrastructures, elderly people, our children, and our educational system among other situations. Then, we could take care of others outside of our country.

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Dear editor: The village in crisis

Dear editor: If you own a one- to four-family home or condo unit in Hot Springs Village ("Village") you will be asked to vote on an increase in your assessment. Discussion is on $65 per month. If our Board of Directors and the management of the Village really understood the nature of the problem, they would realize the situation is direr than presented. Because they don't know and have no plan other than to raise revenue, you should reject this Band-Aid and demand appropriate measures be adopted ASAP!

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Dear editor: Who to blame

Dear editor: If nothing else, my original letter did spark a lively debate on global warming. We've heard from liberals who were appalled and aghast. They thought this was all settled and that by now, everyone was, of course, on the global warming bandwagon, so they were shocked when they found out otherwise. I mentioned Joe Bastardi and the fact that he was touted as the only long-range forecaster to get it right about this past colder than normal winter. I said he was a second generation meteorologist, for brevity's sake, I didn't explain the significance of that which was pointed out by Gary when he thought it meaningless.

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Dear editor: Thanks to fire department

Dear editor: An article of July 10, 2014, The Sentinel-Record front-page picture and write-up on Page 2, of a lightning strike at 305 Vineyard. Two bolts of lightning hit the house and a 200-year-old oak tree. Two fire trucks and a police car responded at 5 a.m. to my 911 call that there was smoke inside that had a metallic odor. They came in three minutes time, and looked throughout the house, went into the attic, out back checked on deck there, gave a complete and thorough inspection for fire.

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Dear editor: No one answer

Dear editor: As all of us watch the crisis unfold at our Southern border, we have to ask ourselves who we are and how do we want to be defined as a nation. As a person who nearly always leans toward the liberal view on must social issues, it is hard for me to watch and listen to those who want to make this issue at our border about potential rapists, gang members, disease carriers, drug dealers and murderers. There is certainly reason for concern about those issues, but I expect the lawyers and judges will be checking the background on individuals they allow to stay in the United States. With that said, it is hard for me to believe that as Americans who believe in freedom and the protections for all people, and especially children, could ever advocate turning these individuals away at the border or returning them to their country with no concern about their welfare. Is that really who we are or how we want to be defined as a country? The anti-immigrant demonstrations and the rhetoric coming from some segments of our population are of great concern to me and hopefully define only a small minority of our population.

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