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February 06, 2016

Viewpoints

A lie vs. a miscalculation

Dear editor: A Viewpoint contributor recently wrote that liberals have two candidates for president, one a habitual liar and one a socialist and a communist. This ill-informed individual needs to learn the difference between a lie and a miscalculation, a socialist and a communist. The writer continues the letter demeaning President Obama, quoting timeworn lies.

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Opposed to inspections

Dear editor: In regard to Sharon Grant's letter on the topic of requiring inspections and fees of vacant rental properties in order to curb crime and reduce slumlords. First of all, thanks to Sharon Grant for throwing the entire community of good landlords under the bus because she's angry with her bad neighbors. She states, "I have been asked by multiple landlords to lead the fight against this. Please don't ask me again!" Mrs. Grant should probably not worry too much about landlords asking her for anything again or aligning themselves with her at any level from this point on.

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Why black history?

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. history.

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BETA a 'fine example'

Dear editor: While helping check folk in at the Jazz Society Mardi Gras party Saturday at the Convention Center, I noticed many school buses next door and students walking through the entrance to Horner Hall on their way to the other buildings. I discovered after asking that the Arkansas BETA clubs were ending their three-day convention.

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Don't tip off thieves

Dear editor: Re: stolen treasures from Jan. 31. Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common. There are thieves who will browse the obituaries looking for listings that mention an address where the decedent's family will receive visitors. Then, all they need to know is what time the funeral is, as the home will likely be vacant during that time. While I don't know if this was the case here, it's the most likely scenario.

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Ball complex site not safe

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is third in a series of letters being submitted to the newspaper by the Concerned Citizens Coalition regarding issues that arose in 2015, with proposed solutions. Dear editor: The problem Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission announced plans to purchase the 500-acre UMETCO landfill. The purchase entails public tax revenues and a bond issue which would make it impossible for taxpayers to retire the 3-cent "hamburger tax," a tax originally designed as temporary.

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A pivotal point

Dear editor: This new year will be a pivotal point in our country to test our ability, in lieu of the "change" we have seen by our president, of whether we want to continue down the path of lies, deception and secret one-party meetings, or a return to the greatness for which we had been the envy of the world. It will take years for our country to regain the trust and respect of other nations.

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No end in sight to debt

Dear editor: The United States of America is doomed. We have a national debt approaching $20 trillion, with no end in sight.

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Thumbs column

Although the abundant sunshine and unseasonably mild temperatures of the past several days belied the recent dates on the 2016 calendar, it is still wintertime and also the beginning of hearts and flowers month.

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Message of unity

Dear editor: I agree with Sen. Alan Clark's letter in The Sentinel-Record of Jan. 28 regarding the MLK Prayer Breakfast. Dr. King did, indeed, advocate bringing people together regardless of the color of their skin or their political ideology or age, thank God.

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King celebration 'thanks'

Dear editor: The 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration was a huge success this year because of people who are dedicated to keeping his dream alive. The proceeds from the program are used to give a deserving youth member of the NAACP a scholarship to use toward their first year of college.

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Merit selection of Arkansas justices gets new look

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The March judicial elections featuring two contested Supreme Court races won't just be a referendum on the direction voters want for a court that's been in the middle of an unusually public dispute. It could also offer a signal on whether voters even want a say anymore in picking members of the state's highest court.

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Rare Disease Day

Dear editor: Rare Disease Day is always the last day in February each year. It is to raise awareness of the public, policymakers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and any other decision makers for their impact on patients' lives. Even though the campaign started as a European event in 2008, it has progressively become a world phenomenon, with the USA joining in 2009, the year our Skyelah, was born with Muckle Wells Syndrome in February.

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Finally, agreement

Dear editor: Finally, I get agreement from James Wilson. He states (Jan. 24): "Guessing and surmising are what inventors of religions do." And that is my point. Thank you James.

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