Viewpoints

Republicans walking in the immigration minefield

WASHINGTON -- Any Republican event convened by Rep. Steven King -- he of "calves the size of cantaloupes" fame -- could easily have degenerated into a festival of immigrant bashing. It is to the credit of the serious GOP presidential prospects in attendance that the Iowa Freedom Summit generally was not.

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Dear editor: Wake up call needed

Dear editor: In Saturday's Jan. 17, 2015, edition of The Sentinel-Record, a letter was published that was so unbelievably naive, that at first glance, I thought was satire. I thought no one could really believe this blather. Then I looked for the name of the author and saw it had been written by a habitual contributor to the letters page of the paper and I realized immediately that I was wrong, there are, in fact, people sharing this planet with the rest of us who truly are this gullible. Frightening, isn't?

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Dear editor: Actions hurt religion

Dear editor: If a person desired to spread a religion around the world, what would be the best way to do this? Would it be to cause a great fear and a loathing of that faith, or would it be to show it as beneficial and glorious?

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Dear editor: Mail woes continue

Dear editor: Why is the postal service in Hot Springs regressing? For years I have sent mail to others in the city knowing they would get it the next day. Of late, when mailing under that assumption, it has taken two days for delivery. Not just once, but every time. What's happening?

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Rulers need God

The late, great Christian intellect, C.S. Lewis, said after hearing Adolf Hitler speak at a political rally, "Smooth talk can be very persuasive, even when it is used for destruction."

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Help make us safer

Every resident of Garland County should read the letter by Mr. Listrom. Since 2004, the Hot Springs Landlord Association has been trying to get people to participate in crime reduction.

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Dear editor: Separating church, state

Dear editor: In America, freedom of religion is a value. It was a hard-fought fight, but it was won and it's firmly fixed in the Constitution. The First Amendment guarantees free expression and protects all religions equally. Everyone is protected and it makes no difference what you believe or what you do not believe. David Barrett, editor of the World Christian Encyclopedia, reports there are 19 major world religions which are divided into 270 large religious groups, and many smaller groups. In his research, he has documented 34,000 Christian groups operating in the world. He says that many of the 1,000 Christian faith groups in the United States and Canada believe themselves to be the only true Christian denomination. Believing you are right and everybody else is wrong a big problem. It's impossible for them to all be right, and more likely that they could all be wrong.

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Thumbs column

Hot Springs resident Karen Shaw leads off today's column with a "Thumbs-up" award. In an email to the hometown newspaper, Shaw wrote, "On the coldest day of the school year, I had five wonderful faculty members of Lakeside Middle School come to my aid. With a truck stalled in the middle of school timeout traffic, these five caring individuals worked to get my truck started, all while keeping everyone safe.

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Dear editor: No justice in county

Dear editor: Well, here comes my first "letter to the editor." I just could no longer stand by and do nothing after reading the letter written by Briana Moore, which appeared in the Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, edition of The Sentinel-Record.

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Dear editor: A vital message

Dear editor: Gregg Mueller, of Little Rock, wrote the letter referenced below. I think the message he sends is vital to all of us for our survival as free people.

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Dear editor: Wonderful care

Dear editor: About seven weeks ago, my doctor sent me to our CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs hospital to be admitted. When I arrived, the admitting area was closed, no one was around, and I did not know where to go. Just then a hospital employee, on her way home, stopped and asked me if I needed help. She then found a wheelchair and took me all the way around to the ER, where they were able to help me.

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