Viewpoints

Mr. President, the disgrace is all yours

WASHINGTON -- President Trump called himself "instinctual" this week, but the word he must have been groping for was "untruthful." He lies incessantly, shamelessly, perhaps even pathologically, and his lying corrodes and dishonors our democracy.

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An oasis of liberty in the Arizona sun

PHOENIX -- As a boy, Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the former senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee, would step out of his father's house and shoot at tin cans 50 yards away. Now 78, he says he could fire in any direction and not endanger "anything but a cactus." His father, born in 1909 in Arizona territory, three years before statehood, built the house on a bluff where, as an adolescent, he rode his horse there and slept under the stars. There were about 30,000 people in Phoenix.

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Good choice for mayor

Dear editor: I was thrilled to see that Pat McCabe applied to be mayor. In the nearly 40 years that I've lived in Hot Springs, he's the most qualified and sensible person to ever run for the office. I was amazed that he didn't win in the last election -- he lost by 40 votes.

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Avoid a death spiral

Dear editor: Chris Hedges: "The .001 percent crave the unimpeded power to cannibalize the country and pollute and degrade the ecosystem to feed an insatiable lust for wealth, power and hedonism. Intelligence, empathy and the common good are banished. Culture is degraded to patriotic kitsch. Education designed only to instill technical proficiency to serve the poisonous regime of corporate capitalism."

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'World Class' cringeworthy

Dear editor: As a graduate of Hot Springs High School, I literally cringe every time I see my old high school referred to as "World Class." I feel that the administration of the Hot Springs School District should give definitive documentation as to the reasoning behind applying this highly elitist title. If they cannot do so, then they should by all means cease using it.

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The secret mayor

Dear editor: Virginia Staton states that people who do not have the same opinion as she does "must be misguided." (Ref. The Sentinel-Record, Saturday, March 18, 2017, letters to the editor.)

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Increase NEA funding

Dear editor: According to Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit arts industry (museums, theater and dance companies, performing arts centers, orchestras, arts councils and others) generates $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues annually -- a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations.

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Support for Graham

Dear editor: In his last letter (Friday, March 17), "Doc" Crawford thinks that I would have to have "a twisted mind" to believe that God was responsible for electing Donald Trump as our president. Well, he also should say the exact same thing about the Rev. Franklin, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest Christian leaders of our time!

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London attack: Three threats of jihadism in the West

Details about the man who attacked the British Parliament on March 22, identified by London police as British national Khalid Masood, are still emerging. With three victims confirmed dead, the attack is the worst in London since the July 7, 2005, bombings on the London transport system.

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