Viewpoints

Unalienable rights

Dear editor: I just read James Wilson's letter from Tuesday, May 26. I hope very much that this was a tongue-in-cheek composition. The tone was really off base. The idea that all men are created equal stems from the argument against the idea that royalty, kings and queens are above everyone else due to some divine right. That they can rule over their subjects as they see fit, and their subjects have no right to question their authority or to conduct their lives as they want. No one has the right to enslave another.

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Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

BAGHDAD -- It's the modern era's military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side.

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Defining hate

Dear editor: Mr. George Lindholm stated in Sunday's May 24 paper that, "Truth cannot be destroyed by 21st century scholarship, but those who fantasize professing they profess the truth will attack anyone who exposes them to their idolization of religion." Well, he is using 21st century scholarship to criticize others. He states that, "Christianity is about love, not hate." But you can love people, but hate their ways.

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Special deal?

Dear editor: So from now in Hot Springs, if anyone gets in trouble, can they go into court and ask for the Andrea Davis special? Ron Swanson Hot Springs

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Dear editor: Missing the point

Dear editor: I hope people took note of how James Wilson views our Founding Fathers and our Declaration of Independence. I can only hope that, unlike James, a majority of people still believe in the self-evident ideas of liberty and the inalienable rights and equality of man. These ideas were core to giving mankind a new vision of freedom and the merits of self-reliance. Yes, we see inequality and the rights of mankind abused when we look around the world, but we know in our hearts the way mankind should treat one another. By not labeling others -- slave, peon, infidel, royalty, aristocrat, or holy -- new theories were born that put people on the same level. I believe Mr. Wilson does not have faith in the Declaration of Independence because he misses the point. To not believe in the inalienable rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" lays bare his unbelief in the America that is the beaming light to the rest of the world. That inalienable rights are not prevalent in the world today, only points out the problem and need that the world faces in establishing them. And it is through universal social programs and civil rights, that we can help bring about a more equal and cared for world to help the poor and disadvantaged life forms of all of nature.

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Bill rejection gives Jindal an opportunity

BATON ROUGE, La. -- By voting down a proposal to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage, lawmakers thought they had put the divisive issue to bed and ended one of the major controversies of the legislative session.

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Dear editor: Water comments questioned

Dear editor: A person really should possess some modicum of knowledge of a subject before trying to explain it. Far too many people appear to believe that if the city manager, David Watkins, says it, then it must be true. The most recent example was demonstrated in The Sentinel-Record's headline of May 25, 2015, titled, "Ouachita agreement with city possible by year end."

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Dear editor: Walking the tightrope

Dear editor: This missile is a word of caution to the possible unwary readers concerning political statements. In the case of our new governor, we find someone who is very good at using words to make himself sound like a reasonable, moderate-acting leader -- but he is not a moderate. Words can be very deceiving -- notice all the word scams on TV, for example. I taught "word study" for 47 years in high schools, colleges and two universities. I have five earned degrees in the subject, and I know the same false use of words occur today as in the past, perhaps even more so.

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Dear editor: Sister City trip delights

Dear editor: My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Hanamaki, Japan, with the Hot Springs Sister City Program. This was an amazing trip and we were so fortunate to have been able to experience Japan in such an exceptional way. We saw sights that most tourists don't see, ate truly authentic and delicious Japanese food, stayed in superbly traditional hotels, and met people who will remain lifelong friends.

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Dear editor: Ignoring other threats

Dear editor: We know now, and intelligent people have always known, that nuclear weapons are not the only WMD. When we invaded Iraq, it was not a mistake, because our best intelligence told us it was possible that Iraq had nuclear weapons. We know now that Iraq did not have nuclear weapons, but having fought that war, we know for certain, now, that Iraq did have other WMD.

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Dear editor: Gas leak a safety concern

Dear editor: For months now there has been the smell of natural gas on our property and of those living near us. Every morning as I walk to my vehicle to go to work, the odor seems to get worse with each passing day. After numerous calls to CenterPoint Energy, a technician was on our property on Tuesday, May 19. After leaving our neighbors on the right, the tech had parked at our neighbor's house across the street in search of the leak. My husband met the tech in our yard. He asked if we knew that we had a gas leak. My husband informed the tech that we have not had natural gas service in 15 years. At this point, the tech started measuring the gas leak in certain areas on our property. The area between the oak tree and the peach tree in our front yard measured 94.8. The tech remarked that we shouldn't do any burning on our property and that even though it was late in the day, someone should be out to repair the leak because of its severity.

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Dear editor: Repairs appreciated

Dear editor: A huge thank you to the repair people from Hot Springs Water Department. Saturday morning a leak was discovered on Trace Court that had several homes without water. It was an excellent surprise that it was repaired quickly. Thanks so much for being pleasant and efficient, hope the rest of your holiday weekend was great!

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Dear editor: Live and let live

Dear editor: I do not fault people for believing in God. My problem is with organized religion. Every organized religion thinks theirs is the only way. Jews believe in one god. Christians believe in three. Muslims believe in Mohammed. Native Americans have many gods or spirits. When my wife was growing up in Chicago, she had neighbors that were very nice. The mother made cookies for the neighborhood kids and they all liked playing in their yard in the summer and after school. Then she started going to Sunday school and was taught that since these wonderful people were not Catholic, they would go to hell. What a wonderful thing to teach an impressionable child. She was devastated at the thought of these fine people going to hell and damnation.

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Hold their feet to the fire

Dear editor: Republican-controlled Congress has granted the wealthiest $600 billion in permanent tax cuts with one cut benefiting just 5,400 families. And these tax cuts are not paid for, nor did they ask or consider how to pay for them. Yet we cannot move forward on a highway funding bill because they want to know where we'll find the money? Excuse me? Just repeal those permanent, unpaid for, tax cuts of $600 billion granted to the wealthy and then we can do something that benefits the rest of us.

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