Viewpoints

Good and faithful servant

Albert Schweitzer, who was a Nobel Peace Prize winner, missionary and doctor, once said, "The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." Well, Doctor, you have been gone a long time and I certainly agree with you, but if you were still around you would see a much-changed world. From my perspective, I believe the single most destructive element in our society today is something we call "greed" on the part of far too many people who have the desire to win at all costs and wanting much more than their fair share.

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Trump's questionable claims of success

BRUSSELS -- Declaring victory over freeloading partners, President Donald Trump claimed he had secured significant new concessions from NATO member nations on military spending after days of public haranguing. But even before Air Force One completed its 50-minute flight across the English Channel to the next stop on his European tour, Trump's claims of accomplishment were challenged by the same allies he claimed had caved.

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No deferment for Ali

Dear editor: With freedom of speech comes the responsibility to be factual less we lean too closely toward propaganda. In a letter to this paper, dated July 11, 2018, Mr. Ted Burhenn seemed to imply that "Cassius Clay" was a draft dodger. One of Mr. Burhenn's points seemed to be correcting the record that African-Americans were not afforded deferments. Responding to a recent contributor, Mr. Burhenn states, "Perhaps he forgot about Cassius Clay, who got a deferment on the basis of being a conscientious objector in order to continue his career beating the brains out of people in the ring."

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'Thanks' to police

Dear editor: I would like to thank and praise God for the help and service from the Hot Springs Police Department because of an attempted robbery on May 10, 2017. I received my property from Detective Cantrell today, July 9.

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Letter was 'insensitive'

Dear editor: I can't believe how insensitive Carol Scholp is. Ilse Strizke is the most kind and caring person that I have met in a long time. You, Carol, need to get your facts straight before you speak.

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Seeking mother's flag

Dear editor: I recently moved back to my hometown of Hot Springs to become a permanent resident. I am searching for anyone in Hot Springs who has knowledge of the whereabouts of a full-size, crocheted American flag. This flag was donated to Lakeside School in the '50s by Mary C. Williams. It had the appropriate number of stars for that time (less than 50).

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Trump is the swamp

Dear editor: It's true. America is deeply divided and we certainly should be. But, of course, I would never say anything derogatory about our president ... Just listen. Donald Trump is a - - - - - - . You fill in blanks. He's a bad, bad man. He could not care less about anyone or anything except himself and he proves it every time he opens his mouth. His highness doesn't give a flip about abortion, women, you or anything else.

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'Thanks' to Deary

Dear editor: I want to extend a big "Thank you" to Corbet Deary for his June 13 article on the Little Grand Canyon of Arkansas, down near White Oak Lake. My daughter was in town for a wedding from out of state and we were looking for a unique area to hike while she was here. Thanks to Mr. Deary's specific and accurate directions in the article, we were able to find the canyon. We hiked for several hours and were able to get some great photos. The area would have been tricky to find without such detailed directions regarding smaller roads, trails, etc.

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Abortion and the courts

Dear editor: Many right-wing political folk are rejoicing that Justice Kennedy is retiring this month, thinking that a new justice appointed by the POTUS with a very conservative slant and approved by Congress will be the key to overturning "Roe vs. Wade" from the '60s, thus making abortion illegal nationwide. Those folk may need to remember that no appointment makes for a biased position on issues.

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Dems meet Supreme Court pick with mixed message

WASHINGTON -- Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, says it's all about health care. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., worries about the impact on the special counsel investigation. And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., sees an assault that could set women's rights back decades.

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How is it different?

Dear editor: Here's a hypothetical story from which I wish to make a point. Jane Doe, is a 28-year-old white American who has been living in let's say Fresno, Calif., all her life. She has a husband who physically abuses her and her children. So, she decides to leave him and emigrate to Hot Springs, Ark. She grabs her 8- and 6-year-old son and daughter and suddenly leaves her husband. Having no money or anyone to help her, she decides to walk the 1,800 miles. She drags her children through Death Valley at 110 degrees and other southern states with temperatures above 100 degrees. Each day, she doesn't know where or how she will find food or water for the three of them. During the trip, having no safe place to sleep, she is assaulted and abused. Fortunately, her children are not harmed.

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Define 'draft dodger'

Dear editor: Re: the July 6 letter to the editor written by Steve Rittenmeyer. Made a few omissions; he implied that deferments to military service were not offered to the black society, thus be racially motivated. Perhaps he forgot about Cassius Clay, who got a deferment on the basis of being a conscientious objector in order to continue his career beating the brains out of people in the ring. He also forgot to include Bill Clinton in those "draft dodgers." Remember him? He wrote a letter to the director of the ROTC program thanking him for "saving me from the draft." He also "studied" in Russia during that time.

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'Shocked' by article

Dear editor: I have been a fan and supporter of HER since its inception, so to say I was shocked and horrified by this month's featured article would not overstate my reaction. What in heaven's name would possess you to celebrate a woman whose family fought for the Nazis -- her brother was killing our men? who was living the high life while her country was persecuting and annihilating Jews, gays, religious and the mentally challenged; who speaks of the horrors of the Russians (and yes, they perpetrated horrific atrocities).

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