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July 23, 2014

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Dear editor: Letters are repetitive

Dear editor: Every time I watch TV, read the paper or go on the computer, it reflects the chaos the world is in. Then, some countries expect us to fight their battles, provide food, people to guide them, monetary support and raise their children. In Washington, D.C., we have our own problems with a government of "frozen parties" with elections or re-election on their minds and more important than legislation. Meanwhile, we are going broke and have a host of challenges. I feel we should put our glorious country first, in good order, taking care of our infrastructures, elderly people, our children, and our educational system among other situations. Then, we could take care of others outside of our country.

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Dear editor: The village in crisis

Dear editor: If you own a one- to four-family home or condo unit in Hot Springs Village ("Village") you will be asked to vote on an increase in your assessment. Discussion is on $65 per month. If our Board of Directors and the management of the Village really understood the nature of the problem, they would realize the situation is direr than presented. Because they don't know and have no plan other than to raise revenue, you should reject this Band-Aid and demand appropriate measures be adopted ASAP!

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Dear editor: Who to blame

Dear editor: If nothing else, my original letter did spark a lively debate on global warming. We've heard from liberals who were appalled and aghast. They thought this was all settled and that by now, everyone was, of course, on the global warming bandwagon, so they were shocked when they found out otherwise. I mentioned Joe Bastardi and the fact that he was touted as the only long-range forecaster to get it right about this past colder than normal winter. I said he was a second generation meteorologist, for brevity's sake, I didn't explain the significance of that which was pointed out by Gary when he thought it meaningless.

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Dear editor: Thanks to fire department

Dear editor: An article of July 10, 2014, The Sentinel-Record front-page picture and write-up on Page 2, of a lightning strike at 305 Vineyard. Two bolts of lightning hit the house and a 200-year-old oak tree. Two fire trucks and a police car responded at 5 a.m. to my 911 call that there was smoke inside that had a metallic odor. They came in three minutes time, and looked throughout the house, went into the attic, out back checked on deck there, gave a complete and thorough inspection for fire.

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Dear editor: No one answer

Dear editor: As all of us watch the crisis unfold at our Southern border, we have to ask ourselves who we are and how do we want to be defined as a nation. As a person who nearly always leans toward the liberal view on must social issues, it is hard for me to watch and listen to those who want to make this issue at our border about potential rapists, gang members, disease carriers, drug dealers and murderers. There is certainly reason for concern about those issues, but I expect the lawyers and judges will be checking the background on individuals they allow to stay in the United States. With that said, it is hard for me to believe that as Americans who believe in freedom and the protections for all people, and especially children, could ever advocate turning these individuals away at the border or returning them to their country with no concern about their welfare. Is that really who we are or how we want to be defined as a country? The anti-immigrant demonstrations and the rhetoric coming from some segments of our population are of great concern to me and hopefully define only a small minority of our population.

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Dear editor: Religious win

Dear editor: Regarding the AP headline "Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss," may I suggest the following change -- "Reps seek gains with the devout in religious victory"?

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Neshoba Fair could shape Senate race

JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi's 2014 U.S. Senate race has been dominated by a bitter Republican primary that never seems to end. One of the state's largest political gatherings, the Neshoba County Fair, could help shift the focus to a Democrat-versus-Republican narrative heading toward the Nov 4 general election.

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The downside of giving weapons

WASHINGTON -- The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention.

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Focus on good

With the Fourth of July just over, I was thinking, what a great country we live in. Our Constitution was written over 200 years ago, and with a few amendments to it, it is still up to date today.

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New leader needed

This is an open letter to the members and supporters of Hot Springs Pet Therapy. After re-organizing this group, and leading it as president, for the last nine years, I will not be seeking another term as president of Hot Springs Pet Therapy at the end of this year.

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Find truth about God

In his last letter entitled "Someone is wrong" (Thursday, July 17), Bill Wiedmann stated there is a problem with the Christian path to salvation because the other religions share the same belief.

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Shelter is overcrowded

Guardian Angels Cat Rescue & Adoption Shelter received a surprise gift a few weeks ago, nine small kittens in a cage left at our front door. One additional small kitten found a few hours later wandering the parking lot in front of our shelter.

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A glorious celebration

Friday night, July 11, was a glorious celebration of God's love which crossed denominational, racial and ethnic barriers. Over 800 people from our city and county gathered at the Convention Center to pray for all of the pastors in Garland County, and their families, as well as our civic leaders and people who had special needs.

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Issue has come full circle

Recently, there was a letter to the editor, "Climate change a hoax," stating that the NCDC was falsifying temperature data to make the past 80 years appear cooler than it actually was. The writer argued that if the past was colder, then the current warming trend appears more dramatic, and scientists secure lucrative government contracts.

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