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September 30, 2016

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A vote for honesty

Dear editor: Studies have found that, on average, the brains of liberals have greater volume in a region known as the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). This area has been linked to several functions, including conflict detection, which enables us to regulate our behavior by identifying discrepancies between instinctual, habit-driven impulses and our actual intentions. So whether you're swerving to dodge a deer in the road or hesitating to eat that rotten grape in the bowl, you can thank your ACC for its conflict detection capabilities. Apparently liberals create their own reality.

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The challenge yet remains

The Lupus Foundation of Arkansas Inc. has had many challenges during the year of 2016. We thank each one of you, including The Sentinel-Record and the local radio stations, for their help with our fundraisers. Financially, we only made enough money to stay open with a strict budget. We had some really wonderful fundraisers this year.

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Information request

Dear editor: I am pursuing research into an organization that existed in Hot Springs in the era between 1968-1970 known as CLOB, "Council for the Liberation of Blacks." During that three-year period, this group managed to make numerous lasting-changes in the social, cultural and political racial climate in Hot Springs. If any Sentinel-Record readers have pictures of CLOB activities they would be willing to share with me, I would appreciate having them for my work. I will take extreme care of them and return them to you unharmed. You can reach me at 626-9719 or 624-7035. Anything you can share with me will be greatly appreciated.

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'Thanks' for flood relief

Dear editor: Shortly after the tragic flood in Baton Rouge, the owners of Doc's Pizzeria, 1018 Airport Road, called my church and said they had conducted an in-restaurant fundraiser between staff and customers, and had raised some relief money and wanted the Knights of Columbus to administer the distribution of funds.

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Fundraiser a success

Dear editor: I'd like to thank everyone who donated, walked or in some way volunteered to make our annual fundraiser, "Walk for Christ," on Sept. 24 a great success. We held two walks on that day, one in Hot Springs Village and one at Hollywood Park in Hot Springs, with a total of 40 walkers. So far, the Lord has provided over $8,000 for the ministry. I also want to thank Barcelona Road Baptist Church for hosting us in the Village; and also Dick Antoine for having me on his "Talk of the Town" show on Sept. 16.

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In debate, Clinton prep overrides Trump omissions

WASHINGTON -- Studious and diligent, Hillary Clinton spent weeks getting ready for the first presidential debate, poring over policy papers and sharpening attack lines in practice sessions. Donald Trump did not want to over-prepare and skipped running through a full mock session.

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Greenway lighting needed

Dear editor: I saw that the Greenway walking trail recently received a huge grant to complete the final portion. That's great, as someone who uses the walking trail, I look forward to it.

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Alzheimer's walk 'thanks'

Dear editor: As the chair of the 2016 Alzheimer's Arkansas Walk Committee, I want to extend our thanks to everyone who helped make the 14th annual Hot Springs Walk on Saturday, Sept. 17, a success. In addition to our wonderful sponsors and donors, who are being formally thanked in our paid advertisement, I would like to thank several people who worked so hard to ensure everyone had a wonderful time.

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'Angels' offer help

Dear editor: With so many examples in the news of individuals committing crimes against others, I would like everyone to know how I came across two Angels at Dollar General Store one night after accidentally locking myself out of my car. After the roadside service of my car insurance company was notified that I needed help getting into my car, I was left stranded at the Dollar General Store located on Carpenter Dam and Shady Grove Road, and the store was closing for the night. Hannah Holden and Matthew Austin, after having worked their shifts, stayed there with me, outside the store, waiting for hours for the roadside service, which never showed up. Some other group was finally called and I made it home after midnight, as I suppose Hannah and Matt finally did, as well.

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The whole story

Dear editor: Today, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, I once again find myself frustrated at the editing of your paper. Being from a military family, I usually read articles with a national defense reference. On Page 8 I began and finished the published article with the headline "Pentagon chief is expert on nukes but says little about them." As the article ended so abruptly, I wanted to know what was left out. Finding the article written by Robert Burns of the AP using a Google search, I found the remaining five paragraphs.

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Arkansas ballot cases test of new canvasser rules

LITTLE ROCK -- A 2013 law requiring initiative campaigns to register their paid canvassers with the state and conduct criminal background checks on them was intended to help Arkansas crack down on questionable signatures being submitted for ballot measures. Three challenges before the state's highest court will be the first major test of those restrictions, and may open the door for new ways to challenge future proposals.

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Name calling vs. actualities

Dear editor: Referring to an accusation by a letter writer in Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, The Sentinel-Record, a friend suggested that I convey the definition of "name calling," which I have done for the benefit of the misinformed writer. Name calling: the use of offensive names, especially to win an argument or to induce rejection or condemnation (as of a person or project) without objective consideration of the facts (definition from Merriam-Webster -- dictionary since 1828).

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Overtime rule fails American workers

Susan North wanted to be her own boss, so she built a successful business that now employs nearly 500 Arkansans. While she has opportunities to make her own decisions, what has surprised her the most as a small-business owner is the extent to which her hands are tied when it come to regulations with which she must comply. Now a new Department of Labor (DOL) rule is threatening to take away more flexibility for her business and employees.

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