Viewpoints

A mentor and friend

I'm usually not one to sit around and feel sorry for myself, but to say the past year has been tough would prove an understatement. Losing my mother to cancer last May was devastating. Little did I know it was just the beginning. Only 10 months later, I would be telling my father goodbye. As I recently watched dad's health dwindle to a point of no return, my mind was flooded with wonderful memories. As my mind raced, I recalled playing catch, shooting hoops, and tossing a football, not to mention the countless hours we watched the Hogs.

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Thumbs column

Is it April, already? Yes, indeed. As the familiar adage says, "Tempus fugit," or as the English translation reads, "Time flies." So let's begin this month's digit doings digest with a "Thumbs-up" to the patience of the hardworking individuals in the state revenue office next to the Wal-Mart on Albert Pike Road.

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Dear editor: Day of Prayer nears

Dear editor: In Hot Springs on Thursday, May 7, we will come together as a whole to celebrate the annual National Day of Prayer. We are blessed and privileged to be able to come together in these United States of America and rejoice in our rights, privileges, freedoms and opportunities that we have been given, and to be a part of a nationwide day in which we join with millions, crying out to God on behalf of our city, our state, our nation and our world. Our theme last year was "One Voice United in Prayer," which prepared the way for our theme this year, "Lord Hear Our Cry." As we know, He not only hears our prayers, but He answers our prayers.

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Dear editor: Resign, not recall

Dear editor: In a recent Facebook posting, our mayor asked "please recall me." If she is really concerned about the citizenry of Hot Springs and is "for the people," as her huge campaign billboard still on Albert Pike Road proclaims, why doesn't she just save the people of Hot Springs a lot of time and money for a recall election and just resign?

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Dear editor: Mayor 'strikes' again

Dear editor: Will the harassment of our parade never stop? Given our mayor's unrelenting attack on the parade, I doubt if her very public "concern for children" was primarily for the sake of our children. No one doubts the validity of the issue, just the method she chose to correct the problem. A simple call to the group or individuals who made the error would certainly have eradicated the problem. But no! That would not have made negative news, once again, for the parade.

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Dear editor: Put PSC chief to vote

Dear editor: If Mr. Humphrey is so upset about the increase in TV cable rates, how does he feel about the charges on his electric and gas bills? Especially the customer charges. Until a short time ago, I had an electric bill on the Mississippi gulf coast, where they have time of use rates. There my bill only had 3 percent Mississippi sales tax and 25 cents a month environmental tax. Is it because we don't elect the public commissioner as most states do?

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Don't make a bad situation worse

WASHINGTON -- As gung-ho "experts" press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won't work -- and surely will have unintended consequences.

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The virtues of the smoke-filled room

WASHINGTON -- The John Boehner/Nancy Pelosi agreement on Medicare doctors' payments -- permanently easing up on scheduled cuts, funded (partially) by means testing -- has been praised as an incremental gain and criticized as a small backward step. In either case, it is a rare bird: the result of a March 4 meeting between leaders in a metaphorical smoke-filled room (and, given Boehner's smoking habit, perhaps an actual one).

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Dear editor: Tea party's 'org chart'

Dear editor: Hark, hark, all ye that hear these words, lay praise at the feet of the Queen of the Royal Duchy of Tea (formerly known as Garland County). The tendrils of the tea party continue to creep (kinda like kudzu) along to choke the city of Hot Springs. It will soon unfold a plan to secede from the state of Arkansas to form a Royal Kingdom. It will be a ceremonial monarchy with a queen as its titular head, with an appointed prime minister who will wield the real power. There will be a royal court, royal advisers, a state church, all-in-all a first-class operation, replete with court jesters.

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Dear editor: Closed door attack

Dear editor: Be careful of closed door budget negotiations when it comes to our SS, which has been under attack since its inception in 1935 and has been highly efficient for 80 years operating on just 1 cent of every dollar collected. Private corporations need 10-30 percent. We have been hearing the same lies since I was 30, that it won't be there when you get ready to retire, yet now I've been collecting it for over eight years. In the past they've tried pitting greedy grandparents against their grandchildren and that didn't work, so now it's the poor retirees against the people collecting SS disability. What's next?

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Dear editor: Blinded by Obama

Dear editor: I have a question for some of the writers in this section. Do you remember when Saddam Hussein was killing tens of thousands of his own people, with chemical weapons? He was a mad man with WMDs. Right? Everyone knew it, yet because he either hid them or they left the country when he knew the inspectors were coming, everyone caved and said he did not have WMDs.

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Dear editor: Artwork appreciated

Dear editor: I'll bet Hot Springs has the most attractive city parking lot in the state! The one next door to Gallery Central. A dedicated group of proud lovers of the arts in Hot Springs completed this feat last August. These wonderful people are Lori Arnold, Dale Blackwelder, Nan Cameron, Mario Caruso, Judy Ladd, Gary Simmons (designer), Joann Mangione, Roscoe, Richard Stephens, Ann Caruso, Ralph Lee, Denny McPhate, Stevie Spargo and Lonnie Womack.

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Dear editor: One cleanup plan

To whom it may concern: Regarding the clean up of the Majestic -- I bet many citizens would be willing to donate time and energy to this project, and in return I'm sure a lot of things can be recycled for free. I would love to pick up any good bricks for my garden. Would be a win-win. Citizens keep a part of Hot Springs history and the city can resolve this issue once and for all!

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