Viewpoints

No simple answer to death penalty question

As I was covering the trial of Randy Gay, who was convicted last week of capital murder and sentenced to death, I found myself caught up in several discussions during breaks in the proceedings with others in the courtroom regarding the subject of capital punishment.

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Dear editor: Cut costs, not benefits

Dear editor: I first want to acknowledge and thank Mr. Gene Forsyth for his honorable service in World War II. Secondly, I want to thank him for his insightful letter of March 23. In his letter, Mr. Forsyth laments the fact the United States participates in a war every few years. On this point, he is correct. He goes on to tally the expenses of these wars, with particular attention given to veterans benefits. Obviously he has gone to great lengths to research this data. Without verifying his numbers, I will again concede that this is a massive number. But it begs the question of genuine waste by our government. For example: What about waste and fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid systems? What about the Social Security millions that are being paid to people who are over 100 years old? What about the Earned Income Credit and tax refunds that are being paid to people who shouldn't even be in this country?

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Dear editor: Stop puppy mills

Dear editor: One puppy mill bust in Arkansas is too many; there have been several in the past few months. The natural beauty of this lovely state becomes jaded when we are overcome with scenes of terrified, neglected and sickly dogs being "rescued" from such horrific circumstances.

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Dear editor: Protect our kids

Dear editor: After reading Dr. Hill's statement in Saturday's paper and Mr. LaRue's letter to the editor in Sunday's paper, I felt the need to offer my opinion. Since when is a parade more important than the welfare of our youngsters? I think the St. Patrick's Day parade is great for Hot Springs and wonderful for tourism. However, how does it trump our children's welfare? I have several young grandchildren and great-grandchildren living in Hot Springs. I would hate to see them think candy comes in pill bottles.

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Dear editor: Pray for Israel

Dear editor: "Death to America!" This continues to be the chant from those evil, Islamic radicals in Iran. What is there about this message that all of you liberal sympathizers don't understand? They are clearly saying that they want to kill all of us -- including you! Yes! They also regard most of you liberals as their enemy -- the infidels! And these are the crazy people that we are trying to make a deal with? Don't you realize that Islam teaches and encourages Muslims (in the Quran) to lie to us (the infidels)? Their word is worthless! They have a lengthy past history of lying and cheating.

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Dear editor: Leadership lesson

Dear editor: Leadership Lesson 101: Public officials should not use Facebook posts to address citizens' concerns or to comment on serious community issues. Civics Lesson 101: Citizens should know that when it comes to Facebook posts, "Discretion is the better part of valor." (William Shakespeare)

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Dear editor: Questions about job

Dear Sen. Clark: I am writing because I recently read an article about the hiring of your wife, Jana Clark, to work in the state treasurer's office; further the article stated that the position pays an annual salary of $52,000. I have several questions. First, is this information accurate? Specifically, was your wife hired to work in the state treasurer's office? Is her annual salary $52,000 (or thereabout)?

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Dear editor: Senators for change

Dear editor: Regarding the letters to the editor on Saturday, March 21, 2015, about Sen. Tom Cotton and the 46 other signers on the letter to Iran. We elected these senators to make changes in the way our do-nothing president keeps retreating to avoid any confrontation. We currently have an $18.1 trillion debt, and climbing. This president has been in office for six years and we have yet to have any kind of a real budget. This is the most inexperienced president in history.

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How to block a bad deal with Iran

WASHINGTON -- It is the common temptation of Republicans and Democrats to support a strong executive when it does things they like, and to condemn it when it does things they don't. There is, however, a group of committed institutionalists that has gathered around the Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, now scheduled for a vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 14.

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An early look at the GOP field

WASHINGTON -- With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the ring for president -- in his case, I'm picturing a Napoleonic bicorn rather than a fedora -- it's time to handicap the race for the Republican nomination. I see it as Jeb Bush vs. the field, and I'm not ready to put my money on Bush.

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Dear editor: Defending life

Dear editor: Our English word atheist is derived from the Greek word atheos: "a" meaning "no," and "theos," which is the word for God, therefore "no God." It is interesting that while the "new atheists" claim that God does not exist, they tend to be the people most angry at Him. Why are they angry at a God which doesn't exist? These people promote their beliefs with evangelistic zeal. As atheist Richard Lewontin stated: " ... we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door."

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Dear editor: More sirens needed

Dear editor: Last year I wrote several articles which The Sentinel-Record printed in regard to the lack of adequate tornado warning sirens in Hot Springs and Garland County. After the fifth or sixth article, there was at last a response. A front-page article that the city fathers, planning commission or whoever, had decided to buy several more sirens from the company that installed the token model for the downtown tourist trade.

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