Viewpoints

Define diversity

Dear editor: In the April 28, 2016, edition, a guest editorial dated April 23 from The Commercial Appeal discusses diversity on college campuses. Paraphrasing here "apparently legislators know more about promoting diversity on college campuses than professional educators." The author disagrees, but I would ask for a definition of diversity. Apparently, almost anyone knows more about promoting political diversity on campus than professional educators. When hiring for teaching positions at Ivy League colleges carries the strong implication that "Conservatives need not apply," does that promote political diversity?

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Louisiana construction budget getting scrutiny

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Lawmakers are doing something highly unusual in the Louisiana Capitol this legislative session. They're publicly discussing the individual projects included in -- or dumped from -- the state's construction budget.

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Majestic ideas

Dear editor: If we get rid of parking downtown, it not only hurts the shoppers, but also the people who work at the shops. When it gets dark by 5 p.m., they will have to walk in the dark to the parking deck. With some questionable characters in the parking deck, I wouldn't want to do this by myself, whether I was a woman or a man.

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Restroom safety

Dear editor: Maybe I am just a bit old-fashioned and have a bit of a suspicious streak running through me, but I find it hard to accept this kind of thinking.

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Theater invitation

Dear editor: Those who've been to Pocket Community Theatre should appreciate what the volunteers do, from actors to Pocket Theatre Cafe and in between. So much talent throughout the city of Hot Springs. Never been? I'm inviting you to attend, for you'll not regret coming.

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Graham's message

Dear editor: So the occasion of warmongering, Islam-hating evangelist Franklin Graham's state-hopping into Little Rock on his daddy's coattails, attracting far fewer of the statewide fundamentalist faithful than did our mayor's bane (our very own raucous St. Patrick's Day parade), warrants yet another holy harangue from our very own little brother? Sorry, but this brother begs to differ!

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Lobbying destroying U.S.

Dear editor: We should be pushing for a law barring any corporation currently operating under a federal government contract from lobbying for more business until, and unless, government asks for bids.

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Day of Prayer nears

Dear editor: The 65th National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday, May 5, at First Church of the Nazarene, 3804 Central Ave., with two opportunities: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Time for a chuckle

Miranda v. Arizona was a landmark decision in American legal jurisprudence, recognizing and solidifying the fundamental right of the people against self-incrimination and limiting the power of the government from abusive overreach. These are towering thoughts and concepts of the law, the bedrock principles of our freedom, the reason that people pour their hearts and souls into the profession.

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'Thanks' to festival judges

Dear editor: This letter is intended to show thanks and appreciation for all the judges for the Hot Springs Gumbo & Crawfish Festival. Judges Alex Hampo, Don Gooch, Rick Davis, Carla Mouton, Joe Mouton and Barbie Weatherford went above and beyond the call of duty. They did their jobs like dedicated professionals and were an integral part of a very successful festival.

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Library book sale nears

Dear editor: Spring has sprung in Hot Springs and wonderful things are happening. For instance, the Friends of the Library annual book sale is about to spring forth ... pardon the pun ... at the Garland County Library. Thursday, May 5, is opening day for members only, but you can become a member that day and come on in from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, they are open to the public at the same hours.

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Miranda: More than just words

Miranda: More than Words, is the lack of words ... "you have the right to remain silent" has resonated from generation to generation, but the full meaning of the directive seems to have lost its impact. All too often, individuals forget, or are perhaps ignorant about, the ramifications and importance which stems from those seven words.

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A step back in time

Dear editor: I came back to the United States in 1973. It was the country of my birth, but one that I did not really know. My family had moved back to Italy for family and business when I was very young, but as a fledgling adult, I wanted to know the country of my birth better.

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Grateful for kind act

Dear editor: It's easy in this day and age to find negativity, it's all around us. Every once in awhile, someone or something restores your faith in humanity, if only briefly. Last Friday afternoon, to my dismay, I discovered that I had lost a $100 bill during a day of hectic last-minute shopping. Backtracking with little hope, I stopped by what had been my first stop of the day, Dollar General on Albert Pike.

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