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A good way of life?

Dear editor: For most of my life, I had been a devout Democrat. They were for the working class, the poor and the elderly. But things started to change, definitely not for the better, as far as I can tell. Political correctness became their war cry.

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Among our nation's best

Dear editor: On Dec. 8, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt, responding to the Japanese surprise attack on America (Pearl Harbor), speaking to Congress and to America, told us that Dec. 7 was a day "which will live in infamy." The Japanese had torpedoed American ships on the ocean between San Francisco and Honolulu, and they also attacked Malaya, our forces in Hong Kong, Guam, Philippine Islands, Wake Island and Midway. This resulted in World War II.

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Thumbs column

It is that time again -- time to acknowledge some good deeds or not and to award the appropriate up or down digits.

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Halted execution deepens conservative ire at court

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to halt another execution last week will only further the complaints lobbed by conservatives who say the court is denying closure to victims' families. But it's too soon to tell what the political fallout will be and whether it'll factor into any races next year.

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Disappointed in lawmakers

Dear editor: With the recent tax reform bill mired in Congress, I would like to express my disappointment in Rep. Bruce Westerman and Sen. Tom Cotton. Once again, they seem unable to fulfill campaign promises (deficit reduction, tax reform, immigration reform, etc.).

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'Scandalous' vote

Dear editor: On Nov. 3, the United States House of Representatives passed a measure to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program. The program is wonderful, as it helps children from lower-income families receive the medical care that they deserve.

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'Soldier's Prayer'

Every once in a while a light turns on in my mind. This takes place most often when I learn something important that I did not know before. This happened to me recently when, after reading the Bible all the way through 25 times, I learned that Psalm 91 is known as "God's Shield of Protection" and also "The Soldier's Prayer."

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System a patchwork that no one likes

Almost all parties agree that the health care system in the U.S., which is responsible for about 17 percent of our GDP, is badly broken. Soaring costs, low quality, insurance reimbursements and co-payments confusing even to experts, and an ever-growing gap between rich and poor are just some of the problems.

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