Viewpoints

Obama hopes Clinton can fix what he could not

PHILADELPHIA -- Eight years ago, Barack Obama cast himself as the rare candidate who could transcend the polarizing "politics of the past" and bridge divides that had left Washington barely functioning for years. Ultimately, the gulf was too wide -- if anything, the political climate in the United States worsened.

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Michelle's message

Dear editor: Michelle's address to the Democratic convention was electrifying, as some pundits said, and I agree. America is the greatest country in the world. She made me proud to be an American and a black woman, as well.

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'Wake up, America'

Dear editor: Turkey's President Erdogan has apparently rounded up the culprits for the failed coup d'tat. The media has publicized that he said, "They will pay dearly for this." Oh, how I wish John F. Kennedy could have had the opportunity to say the same. None of his killers were brought to justice. If any of you out there still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone shooter, you are quite naive. Wake up, America!

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Be wary of mailboxes

Dear editor: To the residents of Garland County: Don't mail bills in the mailbox at your house. I don't want what happened to me, to happened to someone else. My credit card bill was stolen out of my mailbox.

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Class of '91 reunites

Dear editor: The Lake Hamilton Class of 1991 is planning a 25-year reunion on Labor Day weekend. Festivities will include a tour of the new Wolf athletic facility and a celebration downtown at one of the craft breweries. All members and families of the Class of '91 (one of the historic graduating classes from Lake Hamilton) are welcome.

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Flag not 'racist symbol'

Dear editor: Letter writer David Welch makes the false assumption that the Confederate battle flag is a racist symbol without basing his allegation on historical or constitutional fact. If his accusation is rooted in the premise that the unconstitutional "Civil War" was fought over the institution of slavery, then he should explain to the readers why it was necessary to fight a war over a right that was federally protected by the U.S. Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.

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Fighting same fight

Dear editor: Watching the RNC convention and listening to the speeches made by the leaders of the GOP reminded me of how wonderful and special the time was when the youth of the world stood up to the powers that be and said "Enough!" No to the war in Vietnam, no to racial inequity, no to equal but separate.

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Lies, lies, and more lies

Dear editor: I feel sorry for you zealots and Christians who are struggling to compromise your morals, ethics and favorite Bible teachings in voting for Trump. I am sure it has been an impressive effort to turn the other cheek -- to ridicule truths, ignore facts and chose the greater horror, who is a racist, who supports torture and who seems to have little time for human rights.

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More on Alinsky

Dear editor: I, also, must respond to Linda Woodbury's letter of July 18, 2016. One of the statements in Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" is "When a lie is repeated often enough, it will be accepted as fact." Apparently, Linda Woodbury is repeating things she has accepted as fact.

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In defense of Democrats

Dear editor: Once more, an attempt has been written to degrade the honor, the reputation and the principles of Democrats and the Democratic Party. In no way do "Democrats mirror the Communist Party," as alleged by Lloyd Hoffman in his letter to the editor published on July 23. As for the legal immigrant actor, who peddles his support for Trump, he is not alone in being a legal immigrant. Believe it or not, Democrats are also legal immigrants, perhaps from many generations ago; otherwise, we would not be able to vote, would we?

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No basis in fact

Dear editor: In a recent letter regarding the Benghazi attack, Bettye Hoffman writes: "she had the power at her fingertips to save their lives and she wouldn't because she (and Obama) were more concerned with their images than with saving those men." This is her partisan opinion with absolutely no basis in fact.

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Storm response 'ridiculous'

Dear editor: I'm writing about Entergy's response timing to Silver Street here in Hot Springs after Thursday's storm (July 14). During Thursday's storm, a transformer went out on Silver Street, knocking out power from Mellersh to Nazarene Baptist Church. We called Entergy, no response. Second time, no response. What kind of response timing is this while we're sitting in our houses waiting with no power and no air, sweating and nearly suffering?

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