Viewpoints

Coping with the state of the world

Late last week, a college friend and I enjoyed one of our frequent telephone conversations about the state of the world, or more accurately put, the state of things from our particular points of view.

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Carry out the sentences

Dear editor: Yet again Mr. Scott Ruff has blessed us with another asinine attack on Gov. Hutchinson and other Republicans. He appears to blame Republicans in general and the governor in particular for the scheduled executions of the confessed, convicted and often-appealed murderers on Arkansas' death row.

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Vote out the dictators

Dear editor: How ridiculous can it get? In a recent letter to the editor, Mr. Grogan said "some of the resistance to annexation was genuine, but mostly it was politics inspired by the usual suspects (tea party, GGGG and others in the county that hate the city)." The only politics involved in the annexation I am aware of is our local politicians who made a law which allowed our local dictators the so-called right to "annexation without representation."

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The wrong choice

Dear editor: I watched a 1942 movie Tuesday night titled "Keeper of the Flame" with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn that I heard about a while back. It's about a reporter (Tracy) trying to get a story about an American hero who dies, only to find out from his widow (Hepburn) at the end of the movie, while she's burning a bunch of his records, that he was a fascist. She said, "all the little things that stir up the people and to get them sore at each other and then before they know it they too are in chains." She then pointed at propaganda he had that was anti-labor, anti-Jew (now it's Muslim or Mexican), anti-Catholic, anti-African-American, anti-trade union and appeals to the KKK.

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Taking the low road

Dear editor: I miss seeing letters from Mary Robinson. Oh, that's me! So, here I go. I am repetitious, but when it soaks in, I'll change subject.

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Serve 'as elected'

Dear editor: I feel that we need a mayor and board that won't quit whenever they don't get their way. Ref: April 4, 2017 -- "Ramick told The Sentinel-Record ... he ... will resign if the courts invalidate the annexation." So much for "serve ... as elected."

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A just punishment

Dear editor: Ref: Scott Ruff's letter of April 22, 2017, my Bible states is Exodus 20:13 and again in Deuteronomy 5:17, "You shall not murder." A very different statement from thou shall not kill as you stated. Genesis 9:6, "Whoever sheds man's blood by man his blood shall be shed." Leviticus 24:17, "Whoever kills any man shall surely be put to death." Numbers 35:31, "Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murder who is guilty of death, but he shall be surely be put to death."

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Death penalty push opens new fight for court

LITTLE ROCK -- The legal chaos surrounding Arkansas' first execution in nearly a dozen years and its compromised effort to put eight men to death before the month's end is unlikely to cause any political fallout for the state's Republican governor, attorney general or any other officials backing the lethal injection plan. That's not the case for Arkansas Supreme Court, which is facing a rift within its ranks as well as with the Legislature over a series of decisions preventing the first three executions.

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A dirty business

Dear editor: Remember this? "Politics is a dirty business!" A front-page story siding with the leaders of Syria and Russia against the American leader is perfect proof.

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Written with prejudice

The English critic and essayist, William Hazlitt (1778-1830), once said, "Prejudice is the child of ignorance." Without question, prejudice has no place in a civilized society, because it leads to attitudes and actions based on conclusions that are preconceived, rather than information that is factual. Prejudice is usually associated with bigotry and hatred, but prejudice in itself is not necessarily bad. It can be good, if we are prejudiced toward the right things and in the right way. The real danger is that we often let our emotions get in the way.

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