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Wednesday
August 27, 2014

Viewpoints

Dear editor: Mistakes at Jessieville

Dear editor: Something about this entire situation at Jessieville wreaks wrong, Ms. President. I really am not knowledgeable about legal matters. However, it seems to me that you have made major blunders in the handling of Jessieville School affairs. First of all, I would like to know why you did not challenge the former superintendent, Andy Curry, to try and deny him the excessive benefit package which he received. How can you be sure that, if this had become a legal battle with Mr. Curry having to hire an attorney, that he would have won this lottery? Even if he did beat the contract issue, would he have been given a new truck and a computer? Really now!

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Dear editor: Protect community from criminals

Dear editor: I've never written a letter before, but I've been thinking of some ideas to share and hopefully won't come across as being on a rant. I don't know a lot of the laws, and certainly don't understand many of them. I've been reading in The Sentinel-Record and a couple of online posts I follow about the increasing amount of crime/violence occurring in our area. So my first idea/rant?/comment is directed toward the Hot Springs police, the Garland County sheriff and our state police.

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Our View: A matter of opinion

The Jessieville School Board's decision to accept the resignation of Superintendent Andy Curry in the wake of a DWI arrest in Texas was a positive step forward not only for the district, but for its most important constituents -- the children.

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Dear editor: Who to believe?

Dear editor: You are free to agree with Richard Ames if you so wish. But there are millions of scientists and you need to check out who the 700 scientists are that say our planet is not heating up. And go on the Internet and see what the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) says about global climate change. They say evidence for rapid climate change is compelling.

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Dear editor: Racism still an issue

Dear editor: Racism in this country is alive and well, as witnessed by the events in Ferguson, Mo. A community 75 percent black with a police force 99 percent white, guarantees a brew up of prejudice. A young black man was killed in a confrontation that had no reason to begin.

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Dear editor: A response on the ACA

Dear editor: Dr. Jack Sternberg has the right to defend his radical "tea party" position, though most of it I find distasteful, especially the idea of privatizing Social Security and Medicare. (Those of us who worked for years and paid into the program as an investment deserve to inherit from the many deposits we made.) Dr. Jack should not, however, make misleading and false statements in his defense.

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Dear editor: No joking matter

Dear editor: Yes, Mr. Bauer, it is time that all of us think about the situation in Ferguson, Mo., for a while and try to come up with solutions for the racial divide in this country.

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When mistakes become deadly

WASHINGTON -- To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal.

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Dear editor: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’

Dear editor: I am a retired public school teacher who taught kindergarten at Jessieville for 38 years, retiring in 2012. My family and friends know that I am not a person who would ever feel comfortable addressing the press. I tend, instead, to be a listener rather than a talker. However, I have remained silent for too long about the perplexing issues that exist at Jessieville School. Needless to say, I feel sure that the readers of this paper are tired of the constant drama being played out on local news stations and in the printed word. I guess, though, that I am now a participant with the writing of this letter to the editor. If you have had enough, please indulge me this one time.

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Dear editor: Obama’s priorities wrong

Dear editor: What is more important? Playing golf or taking action about a journalist being beheaded by this ISIS radical Islamist group? Evidently our commander in chief thinks golf takes priority. He comes on television and makes a five-minute speech, then returns to his golf game and vacation. How much longer are we going to leave this bunch in office in D.C.?

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Dear editor: Seek the peace

Dear editor: To Charlie Coburn: “I’m amazed at folks who lack one ounce of common sense!” I am amazed at folks who have 50 grams of common sense! “We had a fellow say these illegal refugees will not hurt our economy!” Putting “illegal” with “refugees” is immoral. Images of God are not illegal; refugees are sojourners, and standing against them is standing against biblical morality.

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Dear editor: Enough is enough

Dear editor: Finally, the truth is told, so now let’s move on to what is important. On Aug. 2, the House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans seeking the truth, released their official report. It should have been front-page news and the lead story on the networks. They have concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, said Rep. Mike Thompson, the second-ranking Democrat on the committee. Mike Thompson also stated that the report “confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. forces) was given.”

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Dear editor: Debt fact of life

Dear editor: If you’re like me, you have most likely seen or heard that government should operate like a business and should not spend money it does not have. Well, having worked in the financial end of corporations, both large and small, I can personally attest to the fact that none of them live within their means. After the crash of 2008, we heard all the time that small business was hurting because it could not borrow money. Well, large corporations do that as well, like Apple, for instance, borrowed billions recently, as do other large corporations.

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