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True strength

I recently paid a visit to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. I was visiting some friends whose child had some surgery there. The youngster came through the surgery with flying colors and I'm happy to say is now home and well on the mend.

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Making silk purses

There is a very important word in the English language called "Insight." It means, "Perception into the inner nature or real character of a thing." For example, it is necessary to have insight into sayings such as, "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear."

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Proud of Hot Springs

Dear editor: Kudos to Tom Hedrick on the superb letter he wrote to the editor. In his letter, he described the past, (good ol') days as compared to the social situations of today. As one can see, it's like two different words.

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Misunderstanding the message

Dear editor: It's difficult for me communicate in both speech and the written word. I've never been an informed writer and I'm mostly deaf. And that's just my good qualities. Anyway, have you ever ask four people the time and maybe one will say 3:25? The rest will say 15 minutes until we arrive, it's been about an hour or it's almost break time. Amazing how hard it is to communicate something as simple as the time of day.

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Shredding event a success

Dear editor: The first-ever shredding event to benefit the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center was a great success! We would like to thank Arkansas Records Management for proudly sponsoring our First Annual Community Shred Day on Saturday, April 14.

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Court tests Native American treaties in 21st century

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the state of Washington against the United States and 21 Indian tribes. The main question in the case is narrow -- whether the state must quickly replace hundreds of culverts that allow the flow of water under roads but also block salmon migration. Yet the underlying issue is far broader.

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Right-wing tactics

Dear editor: The causes of and cures for poverty are well known. Sweden, Norway and Denmark do well in eliminating extremes in income. Once when these countries weren't fully democratic and employed Scroogian capitalism (aka laissez-faire), hundreds of Scandinavian people came to this country. Not many come today because of America's poorly rated "quality of life." Those countries that our president called (blank)hole countries have wealth concentrated in a few who don't pay many taxes or invest in their people. An example is Haiti, whose Papa Doc, Baby Doc and other Haitian millionaires were coddled by Wall Street and other USA gazillionaires and pay little taxes.

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Gaza flare-up driven by deep misery in strip

ALONG THE ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER -- The flareup of deadly violence in Gaza is of a new kind, even in the inventive annals of Mideast conflicts: Israeli soldiers shooting at Palestinian demonstrators burning tires and hurling firebombs across what looks like an international border, inflicting casualties while claiming concerns of a mass breach of the barrier.

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The great Westerns

Dear editor: What happened to the Western? I enjoyed the recent discussion by Harry Porter on the past Western movies. I agree with him that today's generation does not have the same love of Westerns that my generation has. However, I do have some differences in opinions on what were the great Western movies of the past.

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