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Dem loss in Georgia underscores party challenges

WASHINGTON -- Republicans just got a big argument for sticking with President Donald Trump and pushing forward with dismantling former President Barack Obama's health law. And Democrats are struggling to translate the energy of their core supporters into actual election victories.

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American slavery: Separating fact from myth

People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don't. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn't. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn't. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn't. Some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn't.

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CNA 'thanks'

Dear editor: June 15-22 was National Nursing Assistants Week. Now, as never before, attention is being directed to care of our elder and disabled citizens and greater attention is also directed to the workers who provide hands-on care. We want to thank all CNAs for their sincere caring, loving hearts and helping hands. They play a very strong fundamental roll in creating quality care in our long-term care facilities. The following businesses partnered with us, Quapaw Care, and presented many of our caregivers with gifts and recognition this week.

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Women's Build 'thanks'

Dear editor: Garland County Habitat for Humanity recently held its third annual Women's Build during May 16-20. From swinging a hammer, to landscaping a yard, to painting a room, this event encourages women of all skill levels to participate in building a Habitat for Humanity home. With over 200 volunteers on hand, we were able to construct two houses in the dry during the weeklong event.

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An indefensible position

Dear editor: If I am so shockingly ignorant of the Constitution as Carl Ford claims, then by all means he should have refuted the recorded facts that I illustrated to him with relative ease. Instead, he responds with the usual liberal mantra of "we may have to agree to disagree," meaning he cannot defend an indefensible position. No, Mr. Ford, I will not agree to disagree what is codified in the U.S. Constitution and which was written in plain and intelligible language.

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Wallowing in the mud

Dear editor: In response to Friday's (June 16) letter. Yes. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. And this is exactly what the writer, the Dems and liberal media are hoping for, for our president to fall. I don't know whether Humpty was being unashamedly pushed, shoved, yanked and kicked like President Trump, but thank the good Lord and the prayers of thousands, Trumpy still has his seat! Thank you, Lord!

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Thumbs column

In light of the all too frequent news about violent acts and "hate-speak" incidents here at home and around the world, let's begin this week's column on a more encouraging note.

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Religious objections law factor in judge's case

LITTLE ROCK -- Wendell Griffen spoke out against a religious objections measure critics called discriminatory when it was debated by the Arkansas Legislature two years ago. Facing an investigation and impeachment threats over his involvement in an anti-death penalty demonstration, the Pulaski County circuit judge is now relying on that same law as he fights for his job and an opportunity to again hear capital punishment cases.

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Tower raises concerns

Dear editor: Tonight, the Hot Springs Board of Directors will consider whether to build a 160-foot tall water tower in the heart of a residential neighborhood along Pakis Street. City staff cite the technical merits of locating the tower on that particular residentially zoned lot -- high ground elevation, proximity to large water mains, being outside the airport flight path, etc. But city staff ignore the human cost of the project.

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Journalism class teaches how to fight fake news

Research last year out of Stanford University revealed that students -- from middle-schoolers to undergraduates -- are easily duped by false information they find online. The study goes on to describe this as "dismaying," "bleak" and a "threat to democracy."

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'Liberal' meaning

Dear editor: Today's (June 11) writer called Jesus "liberal." With today's meaning of the word, that is hurtful and wrong.

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Not a mandate

Dear editor: Perhaps if Mary Robinson (her prose unsubstantiated tirade of June 14) would learn to read better, she would be able to distinguish between accusations of "generalities" and lack of fact and name calling.

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How the government gained the upper hand against leakers

In October 1969, a national security official named Daniel Ellsberg began secretly photocopying 7,000 classified Vietnam War documents. He had become increasingly frustrated with the systematic deception of top U.S. leaders who sought to publicly escalate a war that, privately, they knew was unwinnable.

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Major goals of every business

It has been said that a human being is the only animal you can't skin. This is because when you start to skin one of us, we holler and scare off everyone else. Believe it or not this is what happens to any business in America when they try to skin their customers. When I say "skin" I mean they are way out of line in terms of their prices, they have very poor service, or inferior shoddy merchandise. Real, honest value is what most customers look for and when they don't get it, they take their business somewhere else.

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Coming together starts with each of us

EDITOR'S NOTE: In light of this week's shooting targeting GOP lawmakers, U.S. Sen. John Boozman penned the following column discussing the importance of listening to co-workers, neighbors, friends and family, even if when there is a disagreement on important issues.

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