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September 20, 2014

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Stand up and prove it

I don't know if Steven Bank actually has "no clue" as Ms. Stringer says, but he certainly is adept at misconstruing what others say with his own misstatements. I never said you or others like you had never given to the Red Cross or some other charitable organization.

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Don't reinvent the wheel

You no doubt have heard the saying, "Don't reinvent the wheel." This is really a cliche that simply means to not waste your time doing something or working on something that has already been perfected, more or less.

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Clapper: We underestimated the Islamic State

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State that it did in Vietnam -- by underestimating the enemy's will, according to James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.

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Fairness exists

A quote from "Common Sense": "Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived." Such are the vitriolic words of Thomas Paine, who, although born in England, argued against monarchy and royalty. Paine exposed the truth of royalty.

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Dear editor: Simple principles

Dear editor: Response to Steven Bank: "I just read Larry Bauer's letter, Sept. 10, 2014, about only Christians helping victims of Katrina or the Ebola outbreak. I would like to let him know that I am not, nor will I ever be, a Christian." Spoken like Saul of Tarshish.

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Dear editor: Look in the mirror

Dear editor: Mr. Walker, I wonder why anyone would waste time worrying about the ridiculous claims made by certain "name-it-and-claim-it" preachers. So what? There are charlatans in every profession. Sometimes a used car salesman. I got hoodwinked by one when I had four children to support. What a mess! The car stopped on me on top of Petit Jean Mountain when I had taken the kids on an outing! Sometimes a doctor: I had a friend who had unnecessary surgery which made a rich doctor richer. And real estate sales people: Ever heard of those guys who sell lots in the desert where there is no water within miles? Pretenders and fakes are everywhere. We are supposed to be wise enough to discern them.

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Dear editor: The value of yoga

Dear editor: In my seven years as a Wal-Mart greeter, I made the most amazing discovery: I am living in a world over-populated with emotional 3-year-olds -- of all ages. I have been studying the human brain and am astounded with the many recent discoveries in the causes and effects of brain function. The recent discussions on yoga (correction: yoga is the practice, yogi the practitioner) reminded me of the functions of the prefrontal cortex (PFC, the part of the brain just behind the forehead) which has been in the news the last few years because it is the last part of the brain to fully mature and whether delayed maturity can be used as an excuse or mitigating factor in those under 25 years of age.

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Dear editor: Thanks to Obama

Dear editor: In his article printed in The Sentinel-Record on Sept. 14, 2014, columnist David Ignatius of the Washington Post referred to our president as the "Reluctant Warrior" and stated that his "innate cautiousness is now actually a reassurance that he'll fight this war sensibly, partnering will allies in the region, and in a way that doesn't needlessly exacerbate American problems with the Muslim World."

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Dear editor: Officers are role models

Dear editor: I'm responding to the Sept. 9, 2014, letter by Mr. Steven Bank entitled "Police should be role models." Mr. Bank, I'm the wife of one of those officers who are apparently living in the lap of luxury on Rock Creek Road. I find it quite presumptuous of you to judge us by doing a drive-by and "peeping through our windows." Do you know what I do for a living? No. I'm perplexed on how you became an expert on any of our lifestyles when you've never met us.

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Dear editor: More positive stories, please

Dear editor: It was a pleasure to see the positive articles on the front page of the Sept. 14, 2014, edition of The Sentinel-Record, especially the story about Dr. Robert Bevin and the single parent scholarship program.

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Thumbs column

Leading off this column on the upbeat side are two items recognizing academic achievement and the importance of education in preparing individuals for a better future. First off, here is a definite "Thumbs-up" to all of the recipients of the fall semester's single parent scholarships and to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Garland County, the Garland County Single Parent Scholarship Committee and the National Park Community College Foundation for hosting last Friday's reception to honor them.

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Have we learned nothing?

Have you been hearing a hollow clanging in the middle of the night? Faint, but growing louder in that gathering twilight before the fitful dreams of midnight's slumber?

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Not very Christian

I just read Larry Bauer's letter, Sept. 10, 2014, about only Christians helping victims of Katrina or the Ebola outbreak.

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