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July 30, 2014

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Dear editor: Help shelter animals

Dear editor: After reading my friend, Nina Taylor's, letter to the editor regarding need for help at the Guardian Angels Cat Rescue and Adoption Shelter, I'd like to tell you about the new "teenager" (in cat years) orange tabby in my life! I adopted "Do" (my husband's initials) in June from the shelter. Being confined in a room with other cats, he wore himself out running from room to room when I brought him home. I've warned neighbors there's a peeping Tom close by. He spends hours going from window to window enjoying the view of the great outdoors. (I have an excuse now not to wash the windows. They're covered with his nose smudges.) I don't need TV sitcoms anymore. "Do's" comic antics have helped bring laughter back into my life!

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Dear editor: NRA is problem

Dear editor: I just read Larry Bauer's letter about gun violence being a Democratic problem. I was born and raised in Chicago and lived there for 52 years. Gun violence has no political favorite. The source of the problem is the NRA and not Democrats.

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Hot Springs benefited from water districts

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are excerpts from a "History of the Regional Water and Sewer System Serving the city of Hot Springs and its Environs in Garland County, Arkansas," written by local attorney Ray Owen Jr., a Garland County justice of the peace and a professional engineer, and other engineers and water system professionals. Prior to 1940, there was very little concentrated residential or commercial development outside the city limits of Hot Springs. Beginning in the 1950s, residential and some commercial development began along the shores and in the general area of Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine outside the city. Prior to the mid 1960s, there was little or no water or sewer service extended beyond the city. As a matter of fact, prior to the 1970s, less than two-thirds of the geographical area of the city was served by sewer. At that time, there were also large areas of the city that did not have water provided by the city.

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Dear editor: Speaker is wrong choice

Dear editor: The Ouachita Speaker Series recently announced the three speakers for the 2014 fall series. One of them is Villager Randy "Duke" Cunningham, Vietnam War veteran and former Navy pilot who later went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Dear editor: See good things in life

Dear editor: Though this world has evil in it, there is an amount of goodness, mercy, truth and love. Though there are people who refuse to face the truth, many of us do, then do what we can to help the circumstance.

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Dear editor: Extreme opinions are to blame

Dear editor: It seems as if Larry Bauer submits his outrageous opinions trying to elicit a response. He has figured out the Democrats are to blame for all that is wrong in society and if the Republicans were in charge, we would live in a better world. Since the Dems are to blame for the rise in violence in the world, are they also to blame for the Dow reaching record high levels after bottoming out during the previous administration?

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Dear editor: Change before it's too late

Dear editor: Many recent letters have been about climate change. Some sensibly accept its occurring, others reject findings and foolishly deny that climate change is taking place. Humans only are capable of grasping what the future might hold. If "polar bears" enjoyed our analytical ability, they would see a menacing future watching the melting ice destroy their habitat.

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Don't rush to judgment

Much negative criticism of the president appears in letters to this paper as well as other Arkansas papers I read. The recent barrage concerns: 1. the so-called overreach of his executive orders, and 2. his so-called lack of action concerning the illegal show of 52,000-plus (not 100,000 as some of friends have suggested) children without accompanying adults at the Texas border. Sometimes, the negative criticism of President Obama stems from ignorance of the critics.

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Absent on immigration reform

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's paralysis on immigration is so complete -- and so utterly irresponsible -- that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own.

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The GOP as the party of reform

WASHINGTON -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair, Labour had not won back-to-back victories in a hundred years. Blair secured three.

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Incomplete view of universe

To my new West Coast friend, Mike Nunn, who urged us all in a letter not long ago to turn on the resurrected old TV series, "Cosmos," with scientist Carl Sagan, I admit to also being fascinated years ago with this scientific presentation of the universe!

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The inequality crisis

Recently, I read "A Discourse on Inequality" by Jean Jaques Rousseau. His ideas permeated 18th century Europe and the Age of Reason, which further, no doubt, influenced new world ideas grappled by the Founding Fathers of America.

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Join meeting for answers

Mr. Jim Pumphrey, I would like to thank you for your interest in the Lake Hamilton Fire and Rescue Department's welfare. The LHF&R board has always solicited comments from its membership.

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Compromise necessary

I do think that it is about time we concentrate on the present and people should just quit trying to convince others that the Founding Fathers and other leaders were all Christians. Like politicians throughout history, their public speeches were replete with references to God, but their actions were also hypocritical with regard to slavery, and other freedoms.

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