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Time for hope and healing

Those of us who live in the Hot Springs area cannot help but be aware of the numerous incredibly ugly comments, seen on Little Rock TV news channels and on various outlets of social media, directed at both the mother and father of the child who died after being left in a hot car. More barbs are being sent the father's way because he is the one who forgot his child, and apparently because he is a sitting judge. A number of people have asked me to help them with a way to respond to the vitriol, and perhaps also to suggest what Jesus might say to those uttering despicable things at this time of pain and suffering.

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Ignoring truth on Hillary

Dear editor: There is a clear and simple explanation for why Hillary used her private server for government correspondence while secretary of state.

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Writing project needs help

Dear editor: What were the school board election results in the years of 1973-1977? This information is needed for a writing project of the NAACP, The Challengers.

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Dear editor: Basic roadway etiquette

Dear editor: Proper driving etiquette. In the "police files" today (July 24) was a car vs. motorcycle incident. It would be nice if people would learn some basic roadway etiquette. Every state I have been in, and that is a bunch, the law is that slow traffic keep right. Common sense tells you that that is not always possible. The inside lane, that would be the far left-hand lane closest to the middle of the road on a multilane highway, is considered the "passing lane." The primary driving lane, or "outside lane," is the far right lane. If people are passing you on the right, you should move to the right-hand lane. If you see a car coming up on you, common courtesy is to move right, "if you can," and let the person pass. This small action would cut down on probably at least half of road rage incidents.

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Dear editor: Kudos to Estrich

Dear editor: Kudos to Susan Estrich in her opinion piece of July 26, 2015 ("The debate on 'no shame'"). She tells it like it is. Perhaps the anti-abortionists (mislabeled "pro-lifers") will read it and learn something.

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Dear editor: 'Law of the land'

Dear editor: In response to "Doc" Crawford's letter in Sunday's S-R which takes issue with Jerry Cox's newsletter, I quote the 10th Amendment to the Constitution: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." The Supreme Court ruling violated this amendment. As for marriage having been a civil union since the Roman Empire, "holy matrimony" dates to the beginning of civilization, predating by far the Roman Empire.

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Dear editor: Global warming irony

Dear editor: What a pleasant irony to see the editorial cartoon in your July 26 edition mocking global warming deniers. Publishing Mr. Robert Freeman's letter accusing me of being a "global warming alarmist" on the same day was priceless.

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Dear editor: A common theme

Dear editor: This is a letter about funny things. Seemingly random, funny things, yet a fountain of flummery, deep and wide, flows through them all. Funny thing about that young bigot who slaughtered Charleston churchgoers a few weeks ago. Suddenly there's a surge of patriotism right here in Hot Springs. Grown men and women are waving flags and honking horns as they circle an 80-year-old statue dedicated to the memory of a 150-year-old war. Funny thing about that "civil" war. Lots of Americans were butchered on the altar of states' rights. Seems like the most important state right was to keep right on allowing human beings to be bought and sold like cattle and farm implements.

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Dear editor: What downtown needs

Dear editor: How many venues do we need for the performing arts? We have the Muses, 5-Star and Pocket theaters, and Magic Springs. Even the old Central Theater may be available. And there's the convention auditorium and Horner Hall. A five-star hotel would be nice in the Majestic Hotel space, but I have another suggestion. How about contracting with Hot Springs National Park for hot water for pools of varying degrees of hot? You want visitors? You would have visitors. Have you been to Steamboat Springs, Colo.? Pools below the mountains, beautiful setting.

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Dear editor: Another senseless shooting

Dear editor: Once again, another senseless shooting. Yeah, I've heard the argument, guns don't kill people, people kill people. How many people would have been killed in the Colorado shooting or last night (July 23) in Louisiana if there was not a gun involved? Guns give people the opportunity to kill people.

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Dear editor: Was it a typo?

Dear editor: I hate to keep bringing up trivial points when people are trying to discuss important subjects, but John W. "Doc" Crawford (July 26, 2015) said that the Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed by our Creator with certain "inalienable" rights. My copy shows the word spelled "unalienable." It is true that Thomas Jefferson originally spelled the word with an "i," but it was discussed and changed in the Continental Congress (much to the dismay of some members, it is reported), and all current copies show the word as "unalienable." Maybe it was just a typo. I do not mean to embarrass Dr. Crawford at all.

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Party dinners illustrate Arkansas' shift

LITTLE ROCK -- The back-to-back appearances in Arkansas by two of the biggest names in the 2016 presidential race -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump -- illustrated how much the state's politics have shifted in recent years. But they were also a reminder of how, in many ways, how little the state has changed.

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Dear editor: True immigration reform

Dear editor: There are no simple answers to the continuing problem of repairing our broken immigration system. There was a time when there were enough Republican senators willing to compromise on a comprehensive immigration reform proposal which passed and was sent to the House of Representatives for their consideration. However, the recent comments by presidential candidate Donald Trump about illegal immigration has initiated a firestorm regarding this important issue.

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'America on its knees'

Dear editor: "The smiles of heaven cannot remain on a nation that disregards the ways of God. If America turns away from God, it's blessings will likewise be removed and replaced with judgment" ("The Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn).

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Price hikes for La. college students

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Public colleges escaped deep cuts for a second straight budget year, with some campuses even getting a little boost to their state financing from lawmakers.

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