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Clinton's email problems got much worse

WASHINGTON -- One of the two big dominoes in the Hillary Clinton email controversy toppled Wednesday: The State Department's inspector general released its report on the email practices of Clinton and a number of other past secretaries of state. (The other major domino is, of course, the FBI investigation into Clinton's decision to exclusively use a private email server while serving as the nation's top diplomat.)

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What should we do?

Dear editor: Mr. Wiedmann made God responsible for assigning humans power: "Evidence shows that this mysterious 'creator' has allowed for the relatively recent species (humankind) to acquire commanding power." Humans turned that power over to war implements, according to Mr. Wiedmann: "It is the implements of war that the dominant species allows to continue to pervade and dictate." Yet, he states, "The implements of war have not worked." (They seem to me to work too well.)

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Victim No. 2

Dear editor: At first, it seemed that truth was the victim of the 2016 presidential campaign. So many bloated and erroneous statements have been made about Clinton, Trump, et. al., that it is difficult to separate what's real from what's fantasy. Clinton's emails -- none she received were classified, none she sent were classified. The Benghazi story -- no discoveries of purposeful deception. Ted Cruz's father was involved with Oswald in the JFK assassination. And now Dennis Hastert -- the longest-running liar in modern American politics. It's crazy the degree to which certain nominees counted on our skepticism and inability to judge for ourselves that now anything is possible.

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Tired of health ads

Dear editor: Can you believe TV advertising? At least three times per hour, every hour, they advertise health pills. For about 15 seconds they tell you how good they are. Then for about 45 seconds, all the things that are bad for you.

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Bathroom debate could roil 2017 Arkansas session

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Legislature avoided a fight during its special session on highways over which restrooms transgender people could use, but lawmakers on both side of the issue say it'll certainly be on the agenda when they return to the Capitol next year.

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Goodwill, Jackson House kudos

Dear editor: Kudos for the Goodwill on Grand Avenue and Jackson House Thrift Store No. 1 on Jeffers Street. The folks at Goodwill work very hard and do a great job helping their customers. Also there's Mrs. Pat Richard, David, Christina also doing their job making sure different stuff is put out each day. Mrs. Rhonda and Mrs. Kristy, manager and key holder, are there to make things run smooth.

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Disagrees on Trump

Dear editor: I wish to commend John W. "Doc" Crawford for his excellent letter to the editor printed May 21, 2016. No slander, libel nor curses, just a straightforward discussion of political viewpoints. His discussion of how I feel about Donald Trump is accurate, although he obviously doesn't agree with me.

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Trade deals killed jobs

Dear editor: In 1993, when NAFTA was being negotiated with Canada and Mexico, we enjoyed a trade benefit of $2.6 billion. We were told by the U.S. International Trade Commission that this "free trade" deal would grow our trade benefit to $10 billion. In just 2015 alone, we had a trade deficit of $15 billion. I wonder if they actually thought so many corporations would move their manufacturing out of the U.S. when they originally made that statement.

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Arena choice questioned

Dear editor: I am compelled to ask why Lake Hamilton High School is holding its graduation ceremonies at Bank of the Ozarks Arena instead of using their brand-new multimillion dollar Lake Hamilton Wolves Arena? It would be nice to see our tax dollars used responsibly, rather than wasted on rent for a duplicate facility that is miles away from the school.

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The real enemy

Dear editor: News accounts say that Donald Trump's main constituency is white working men. It is likely that Trump would, if given a chance, betray his constituency as did Ronald Reagan. President Reagan began the destruction of unions and initiated the massive lowering of wages for working people.

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Small price to pay

Dear editor: A recent letter beat up Sen. Sample for daring to support a small increase in our gas tax to improve our roadways. This movement of no new taxes, more tax breaks for the wealthy, and cutting back environmental laws will lead us to a society that looks like the Majestic Hotel remains.

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Trump makes choice easy

Dear editor: Sometimes it is challenging to make a choice of which presidential nominee to vote for. However, this year, the 2016 election is a no-brainer for me. Donald Trump, by making promises that would be impossible to keep and offensive insults that he has unloaded upon the president, diplomats, legislators, generals and admirals and many others, makes my choice easy. His world and my world are so different it seems he is on another planet.

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Try working together

Dear editor: Many of us contend that the "creator" of all that is, has always been and always will be. And it is through evidence, that we believe this "creator" is not an anthropomorphic person in the sky watching down, punishing and bringing about destruction through wars, disease and global catastrophes.

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Drone blowback in Pakistan is a myth

Since 2001, the United States has used armed drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs) against Islamist militants in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan. Obama administration officials and other proponents believe drones work because they deny terrorists sanctuaries and degrade their ability to plan attacks.

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Pave it Forward for county's future

There's lots of talk in the news about America's crumbling infrastructure. It seems that our roads, bridges and water systems are falling into disrepair and the states and counties around America are struggling to maintain them. I'm pleased to say that here in Garland County our leaders are trying to do something about this challenge -- and I'm proud to stand with them.

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