Viewpoints

Dear editor: Don't punish the flag

Dear editors: I have studied the Civil War my entire adult life and I guarantee that this war was no more fought over slavery than the American Revolution was fought over tea. I will be the first to admit that the South is far from racial utopia and we indeed have our share of racial problems. My heart grieves for the victims and their families due to the depraved act of a deeply deranged individual who should receive the maximum punishment of death without question. But why must the Battle Flag be punished for the actions of a madman? My Confederate ancestors would have strongly vilified this psychopath, as I do today. If flags are going to be condemned due to guilt by association, then by that absolute, the white flag of surrender will stand alone.

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Arkansas Republicans shift from marriage fight

LITTLE ROCK -- More than a decade after embracing a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, top Republicans in Arkansas blasted the nation's highest court for deciding such bans were unconstitutional. The GOP backlash included a governor who accused justices of disregarding Arkansans' beliefs and a conservative activist calling the decision "illegitimate."

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Sick of diatribes

Dear editor: Is anyone else sick and tired of the back and forth diatribes over science and religion between a handful of letter writers? Attention Lowell Price, Mike Nunn, George Lindholm, and others: None of you is going to ever change the other's mind. Quit taking up space that could be used for legitimate topics.

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Who is in control?

Dear editor: I saw a church sign in town Wednesday that said, "God is in control." I would have to believe that Jehovah's response would be, "If I'm in control, I'm sure making a mess of things."

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Think before choosing

Dear editor: Are you in favor of a women's right to chose, including abortion, if need be? Read what Rick Warren writes: "Your birth was no mistake and your life is no mistake of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, He expected it. Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you. He wants you to know that He allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for your generation."

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Cultivating Roof's hate

Dear editor: We now know that Dylann Roof, the young man who murdered nine people in Charleston last week, left behind a manifesto. And from it, we know that the killer's Damascus-road conversion happened once he believed in the righteousness of the Passion of George Zimmerman, the Miami vigilante who gunned down a black teenager for wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles.

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Town ignores citizens

Dear editor: This summer I've been looking for things to do with my daughter, and besides our local library, there isn't much in Hot Springs. I've had to leave Hot Springs and go to other towns.

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Real Social Security reform

Dear editor: Reforming Social Security and entitlements, while assuring seniors that they will receive the benefits of their hard work, is a tough issue. Here, in Garland County, we older Americans are watching closely what the U.S. Congress -- especially Congressman Westerman and Sens. Boozman and Cotton -- do to preserve Social Security this session. And, there is a fast-growing organization for seniors that has, what I believe, is the best plan.

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Response to 'cult' quote

Dear editor: I always try to rebut incorrect statements regarding our God and His marvelous works, but as I was preparing to answer Mr. Nunn's quote (a month ago) from his "favorite scientist," Neil deGrasse Tyson, I was ambushed by a very tiny tick who was loaded with Lyme disease. How such a small creature can cause such a large host to fight a life and death battle for weeks -- sometimes months -- I will never understand. Never forget to use your anti-insect spray every time you go out! Everything I've read, everyone I've talked to, said the very same thing that I told my doctor: "I think I'm dying." No exaggeration there! I'm still working on a full recovery.

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Good Ol' Boys

I'm usually reluctant to weigh in on controversial topics because you run the risk of alienating friends and next thing you know you're avoiding each other at parties and you've been blocked on Facebook -- the ultimate insult.

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Tourney thanks supporters

Dear editor: New Beginning Apostolic Church would like to thank the following businesses for their support and donations for our third annual golf tournament: Sexton Electric, Chick-fil-A of Hot Springs, Wal-Mart, Packaging Resource LLC, Timothy and Leigh Fowler, Consolidated Electrical Distributors Inc., Smart Pack, Polywoven Distributors, Jimmy Johns Restaurant, Welch Construction, Lynch Electric, ARH Construction Inc., Above and Beyond Construction, Richard Moses, Dorothy Berry, Edmondson Industries Inc., The Danner Co. of Northwest Arkansas, Just Add Gas Inc., Daily Dish, Chicken Express of Hot Springs, Dr. Steve Baldwin, Zoe's, Funtrackers, China World Buffet, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Buenos Pizza, Rocky's Corner, Hawg's Pizza, Marianne Kee, DeGray Golf Course and all of the golfers who played to make this tournament successful.

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Tears for unity

Dear editor: Seeing the citizens of Charleston, S.C., raise their hands in unity after that terrible act of terror made me so proud. I wept through my tears with them.

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The cause of the moment

Dear editor: Reference the Second Reconstruction of the South: So in the name of tolerance, our memorial to dead ancestors is deemed offensive, what about tolerance toward my heritage. Those who know me know I am not racist, past member of the NAACP, I quit over the flag issue which was pushed instead of economic equality, I supported and campaigned for President Obama, and, instead of the old "I'm not racist, I have a black friend," I can say I have black family members, black, white and Cherokee, all beloved.

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The GOP's sharp turn

Dear editor: I would like to address some words and a phrase that have acquired a negative political connotation in recent years.

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ISIS is a WMD

Dear editor: George Will (June 26, 2015) says, "mistakenly believing it was developing weapons of mass destruction." George Will is talking about nuclear weapons. In the same paragraph, he says, "continues to use chemical weapons." Iraq had chemical weapons and Syria has chemical weapons, and chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction. Whether or not Iraq was developing nuclear weapons, they did have weapons of mass destruction. For that matter, weapons of mass destruction were used against the USA on Sept. 11, 2001 -- in the form of four airplanes.

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