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February 24, 2018

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A national crisis

Dear editor: When the idea for choosing presidential candidates through the political primary method was begun, I was all for it. After this past year, when GOP primaries served up to us our current president, I am not so sure any more. The old "smoke-filled room" of yesteryear is looking better as every day passes. There is no way that the Republican Party's smoke filled-rooms of yesteryears would have put on their ticket such a presidential candidate as Donald Trump.

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Hands-on training

Dear editor: National Park College has a program sponsored the U.S. Labor Department that is two enrollment students short of being able to start a fast-track program for Computer Numeric Controller (CNC) Machining Technology. This is a hands-on training in Machining Fundamentals, CNC Milling: Setup and Operation, CNC Programing and CNC Lathe. The vast majority of the funding is paid for by the U.S. Labor Department with the classes costing a token $250 registration fee. The classes are conducted in eight sessions, 40 hours each in an off campus, well-equipped shop setting on west Albert Pike.

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North Korea's growing criminal cyberthreat

The countries posing the greatest cyberthreats to the United States are Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Like its counterparts, Kim Jong Un's regime engages in substantial cyber espionage. And like Russia and Iran, it launches damaging cyberattacks that wipe data from computer disks and shut down online services.

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Graduates sought

Dear editor: On behalf of the newly formed Hot Springs Public Schools Education Foundation benefiting the Hot Springs Public School District, we am compiling a list of Hot Springs High School and Langston High School graduates who are interested in helping promote the district's schools. This list will serve as our "go to group" to disseminate information to their class members, to furnish information about their class events to the foundation, to assist at foundation sponsored events, etc.

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Qualifications questioned

Dear editor: Would someone, anyone, tell me what education, if any, and what experience, if any, and what personal background, if any, Jan Morgan -- this shamelessly self-promoting, past-her-sell-by-date woman (who nevertheless flaunts sex via painted-on jeans, tight sweaters and come-hither looks) -- has to be governor?

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Protesting too much

Dear editor: The more our president (the self proclaimed "very special genius") denies collusion with Russia, the more obvious it becomes there was. "Thou dost protest too much."

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Law agencies not to blame

Dear editor: Today (Feb. 17) we fly out flags at half staff again. But this time it's the FBI to blame. Wrong. Every day hundreds, if not thousands, of sick individuals make threats to kill, usually online. We don't have enough doctors to treat everyone who is mentally ill. We don't have the resources. It's just not possible. You can't and shouldn't lock mental people up and throw away the key. We punish people for what they do, not what they want to do.

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Thumbs column

Reading is always a good way to while away the hours on those sometimes chilly, rainy, and dreary, days in the Spa City.

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Hutchinson's tax cut pitch a campaign preview

LITTLE ROCK -- It was billed as a State of the State address, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson's speech to lawmakers last week felt more like a kick-off for his re-election bid and a preview of the Republican's legislative agenda for a hoped-for second term.

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Tax, budget foolishness

Dear editor: The recent tax reduction law passed this year brought out the "Tax cuts for the rich" crowd, as well as the usual mental midgets who hate corporations. One of those who recently displayed continuing ignorance is columnist John Brummett, who has a column in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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Failing the children

Dear editor: The Concerned Citizens to Save the Boys & Girls Club came together at the Boys & Girls Club of Hot Springs on Saturday. We were 55 strong, or more, and there was a diversity of people in attendance: two justices of the peace, two lawyers, donors and the concerned citizens of Hot Springs.

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The party crack-up

American politics is being pushed to the brink by Donald Trump's persistently unpresidential behavior and the hysterical reaction to that behavior (and to his presidency in general) on the part of the "resistance."

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