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September 02, 2015

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JLTV pursuit offers lesson for future deals

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas' failure to land a major military vehicle contract is a disappointment for officials who hoped to tout another "superproject" in the state. But it's not the setback that other missed economic deals have been, nor will it prompt the same level of soul-searching.

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Dear editor: Different view on wildfires

Dear editor: The Aug. 29 edition of The Sentinel-Record carried a front-page story under the headline "Westerman touts forestry bill at ORVA gathering." The article recounts Republican Congressman Bruce Westerman's speech to the meeting of the Ouachita River Valley Association. Among his remarks, Congressman Westerman decried certain spending priorities of the federal government and complained about Congress "kicking the can down the road." As an example, quoting the article, "Westerman said wildfires burning federal lands in the western U.S. are the result of litigious environmental groups enabled by the Equal Access to Justice Act." The act allows plaintiffs in lawsuits against the government to recover attorney fees if they prevail in court.

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Amendment issues

Dear editor: Charles Krauthammer wrote (Aug. 24, 2015), "If you are born in the United States, you are an American citizen. So says the 14th Amendment." Well, not exactly. The next phrase in that Amendment says "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof."

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Holes and worries emerge in Louisiana's budget

BATON ROUGE, La. -- As lawmakers patched their way through this year's budget, many of them talked as if they had drawn up a six-month plan, fully expecting Louisiana's next governor to come in with a broader blueprint for fixing the state's financial mess.

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Mississippi offers detailed state agency budgets online

JACKSON, Miss. -- For political junkies who can't get enough of the legislative budgeting process or for average folks just curious about how much money is being requested by Mississippi government agencies, the website http://www.lbo.ms.gov is just the ticket.

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Making up the rules

Dear editor: Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who has decided she does not have to follow the law because she personally does not believe in it, has an obvious choice. She can do her job or quit. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all make our own rules and tell our employer what we will and will not do?

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'Selective exposure'

Dear editor: On Aug. 27, 2015, Ed Henry Sr. wrote: "George, you need to start watching, listening to Fox news, not only to know what's going on, but it would help you write a more factual letter!" On occasion I have listened to Fox news and find what is reported is different from what I hear on other newscasts. I like the kind of news on PBS and when driving in my car, I listen to NPR. Ed, you're mistaken suggesting that Fox news would help me write a factual letter. A simple Google analysis of Fox news suggests that the Fox news network is the leader in twisting the facts to their viewers.

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Americans must be united

Dear editor: When John Lennon wrote, "Imagine if there were no religions," it wasn't because he was against religion, but it was to point out most wars were in the name of religion. Opportunists use religion to steal, rape and kill the infidel du jour.

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Abortion and atheism

Dear editor: Planned Parenthood's stated mission is to underserved communities, and they continue following the goal of their founder, Margaret Sanger: Ridding the world of "human beings who never should have been born." There is a long and well-documented history of racism beginning with Sanger. I'm surprised that you didn't know these facts, Mr. Lindholm. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent; more African-Americans have died from abortion than from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer and heart disease combined! In America today, a black child is three times more likely to be killed in the womb than a white child.

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Big business in the outdoors

Some folks say Arkansas is a football state, or a Razorback state. In Northeast Arkansas, they may say we're a Red Wolves state. During the winter, we may be a basketball state.

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Thankful for newspaper

Dear editor: In response to the announcement in The Sentinel-Record on Wednesday, Aug. 26, of Bill Elderton as the new general manager, I would like to thank Mr. Elderton for his statement, "I consider a community newspaper a living, breathing entity."

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