Viewpoints

Initiative process complex, difficult to use

JACKSON, Miss. -- A conservative group announced last week that it will try to put a term-limits amendment on the Mississippi ballot, but history shows there's a good chance the proposal will never even come up for a vote.

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Lawmakers hear about gaps in LSU hospital deals

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Two years after Gov. Bobby Jindal began privatizing the state-run charity hospital system, problems and financial questions continue to appear as lawmakers and communities sift through the spill-out effect.

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A reverse Robin Hood

Dear editor: In 2014, as well as prior years, many large and very profitable corporations paid no federal income tax, yet received multimillion dollar refunds. For example, all of the following paid no federal income taxes in 2014, yet received rebates: Time-Warner profits $4.3B with $28 million rebate; CBS $1.8B profit and rebate if $235 million; Xerox profit of $629 million with a rebate of $16 million; and that is just three out of many profitable corporations that are the real welfare queens, not the poor.

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Too many slumlords

Disgust to all the landlords who don't screen potential renters or keep rental property in good condition, you have helped earn Arkansas the title "Worst Place to Retire."

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Put academics first

Dear editor: I just read Mr. Kilmer's rebuff to my letter about the academic achievements of the Lake Hamilton School District and I must say it seems to be a bit shortsighted. In this day of tight budgets, it seems off kilter to put athletic facilities above academic achievement.

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Prophesies and information

Dear editor: A book I highly recommend for all curious people (especially the prolific but single-minded writer Lloyd Hoffman: so as to enlighten and engage him with serious ideas which demand his pulling his head out of the Bible or wherever it is he currently has his head stuck) leads us to an overall perusal of the mystery of our existence.

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Tired of double taxation

Dear editor: Ms. Kauffman, you say you are appalled at my LTE regarding the millage increase for HSSD. How did I "mis-generalize" the students? All data came from ADE. I'm sorry if the information is upsetting to you as a parent.

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A reporter's life for me

I sometimes get asked what made me decide to be a journalist, or reporter as I prefer to be called. Journalist always sounded kind of uppity to me. Like I should start smoking a pipe and mumble a lot. I majored in "journalism" and I put "journalist" on my tax form every year, but I've always thought of myself as a reporter. Even after my promotion to managing editor, I still refer to myself as a reporter. I really can't imagine doing anything else. Well, maybe international super spy but that would involve wearing a tuxedo and playing Baccarat when I'm more of a bluejeans and "Go Fish" kind of guy. Plus if I'm driving an Aston Martin I would probably be expected to know how to parallel park.

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Tough Iran talk -- but chances for nuke deal

VIENNA -- As Iran nuclear talks go into the home stretch, top officials in Tehran are digging in on positions that appear set to doom the negotiations to failure. But Iran seems ready to blink when it serves its negotiating strategy, which may bode well for a deal.

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Style show successful

Dear editor: On behalf of the Single Parent Scholarship Foundation of Garland County, we wish to thank all involved in the success of our annual style show luncheon hosted at the beautiful Forest Lakes Clubhouse on April 16.

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Perplexed at labels

Dear editor: Responding to liberal letter writers, John "Doc" Crawford, George Lindholm and David Voss (Sunday, April 19), I am perplexed about how I am accused of being "hateful" or "fighting" when I disagree with you, but you see yourselves as always being loving and kind when you attack and criticize.

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