Viewpoints

Don't vote for a label

Dear editor: The 4th Congressional District is noted for being a conservative district, but I find it unfortunate that voters often support a label rather than actually look at a candidate's platform. Have Bruce Westerman's past supporters read any of Hayden Shamel's platforms or listened as she travels the district to talk about health care for Arkansans, strong public education and workforce training for a new job market, preserving Medicare and Social Security, strengthening working-class families, attracting new industries to Arkansas and protecting Arkansas' most vulnerable citizens?

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No straight answers

Dear editor: It's easy to understand the frustration displayed in letters with our local government. I called the Solid Waste Department Tuesday to ask a question and was subsequently bounced to three different departments, none of whom seemed to want to help, all saying it was not their purview and giving me another number to call.

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'Thanks' to caring 'angels'

Dear editor: This is a letter to tell you about two special, wonderful nurses in CHI outpatient. Sandra and Jackie. They are great nurses and special friends, they are compassionate, very giving of themselves, going and giving above and beyond their duties.

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Disappointed in CVB

Dear editor: I am very disappointed with Steve Arrison and our local convention and visitors bureau. We drove all the way down from Mount Ida Saturday night with our grandchildren to see "WrestleRaise V" at the arena. The event was headlined as featuring Ric "Nature Boy" Flair, 16-time NWA champion. Truthfully, there wasn't much of any other reason to go. After buying $100 worth of tickets, the first announcement made was that Flair wasn't going to be there. We turned and left, but not before searching in vain for someone who could give us a straight answer on a full or partial refund on our tickets. I'm going to continue to look for a legal recourse on this.

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Please help Greenwood

Dear editor: My husband lived and worked his whole life in south Hot Springs. Our business is still on Albert Pike and he attended Greenwood school.

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Protect the internet

Dear editor: The Senate voted last week 52-47 (all Democrats and only three Republicans) to restore the Title II protections that FCC Chair Anjit Pai reversed alleging that the "market" could sort it out.

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Arkansas court race sparks free speech battle

LITTLE ROCK -- The race for a seat on Arkansas' Supreme Court was widely expected to be another battleground for out-of-state conservative groups that are waging increasingly expensive and bitter campaigns to reshape the nation's courts. What wasn't expected that it would also prompt a fight over just how far the courts can go in restricting political speech.

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The great contrarian

Sometimes you have a column all finished up and ready to go, and then you set it aside at the last minute and start over. Because there's suddenly something else you have to write about.

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