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Our view: One year later

How we wish, a year after the oldest portion of the Majestic Hotel burned spectacularly to the ground, that we could use the analogy of how the site had risen from the ashes, like the mythical phoenix, to be a source of pride for the entire community.

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Dear editor: Obama's golf numbers

Dear editor: Hot Springs writer C. Lonnie Waldrop states in his letter that the current president not only blames others for his actions or inactions or both or something, but that "besides golfing more than any president," he would blame his bad shots on something other than himself.

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Dear editor: Veteran paver reminder

Dear editor: The Garland County Veterans Memorial Committee wants to thank the citizens of Hot Springs and Garland County for their continued support of this worthwhile project in the Greenway area of the Transportation Plaza. The latest addition of the Fallen Heroes Statue was an unqualified success. More than 1,000 people turned out for the dedication on Dec. 7, 2014.

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Dear editor: Thankful for firefighters

Dear editor: Wednesday morning, Feb. 18, at approximately 5 a.m., I received a call that there was fire at our building at 402 Quapaw. This fire was result of a tenant throwing a cigarette in an outside trash can. I want to commend the Hot Springs Fire Department for their quick response, the professional manner in which they conducted themselves, and saving my building and the lives of the people who live there.

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Dear editor: Cellphone law needed

Dear editor: Cellphone use while driving: I read with dismay the article in this morning's (Feb. 25) paper about the "committee" voting down a bill that would save lives and greatly decrease accidents.

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Take back our city

During the past year, I have become involved with the revitalization of our downtown area, as well as preservation of all of our historic buildings. I have been publicly vocal, including a previous Letter to the Editor where I "called out" our mayor for her inappropriate, open apology for voting in favor of the Thermal Basin Fire District code during the first Downtown Task Force meeting, as well as my recent public commentary at the Feb. 4 city council meeting where I voiced my disapproval of the appeal lodged by Monty Scott, owner of the Wade building, which was deemed as an unsafe structure by the Board of Appeals and Adjustments. This was due to the report issued by Hot Springs Fire Chief Ed Davis, who has been working diligently to ensure the public's safety, as well as the safety of his firefighting staff, by carefully inspecting all of the structures contained in the Thermal Basin Fire District and filing detailed reports of his findings.

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Hutchinson's prison plan will take time to measure

LITTLE ROCK -- With a plan to ease a backlog of state inmates in county jails and an effort to end the revolving door of offenders in the state's prison system, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is trying to overhaul a criminal justice system that has bedeviled his predecessors.

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Dear editor: Cartoon offends

Dear editor: I found the cartoon in Sunday's paper (Feb. 8) to be extremely offensive. It showed John McCain telling the president "to get out of here, you low life scum." Whether or not you like the president, agree with his policies or don't see eye to eye with him, you still need to respect the office and calling someone low life scum certainly doesn't accomplish this.

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Dear editor: Obama was correct

Dear editor: President Obama had barely completed his statement on ISIS when Republican politicians and Conservative strategists attacked his remarks, condemning him for discounting the reality of Islamic terrorism. These people seem motivated with contempt for anything President Obama says by impulsively and thoughtlessly "tweeting" their condemnations before carefully grasping the truth of what he, in fact, said. It is unfortunate that there is so much misunderstanding of the president's statement, "we are not at war with Islam, we are at war with the people who perverted Islam." He was separating the good Muslims, who follow their religion, from the terrorists, who have no religion. Religion, all religions are a journey to God.

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Dear editor: Religions don't do evil

Dear editor: Response to Mr. Warner (quoted): "It's fair to say that, with one atrocity after another, it is becoming more and more difficult to turn the other cheek." The text where this is used is about a wrongdoer who has been struck by a victim.

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Dear editor: Stealing one's rights

Dear editor: For over 20 years, Dan and I have fed the wildlife in our area. One winter we had 18 raccoons for several weeks. Only six to eight nightly now, plus several possums, squirrels and two beautiful gray foxes. Last year we had red foxes, also, but they've not shown up this winter. The gray fox has the most amazing coloring around his neck and face. Over the years we've lived out here, I have kept a list and counted 44 species of birds at our feeders, including regular flyovers. During the miserable "global warming" we've experienced this past several weeks, I have very carefully "booted up" and with brace and cane gone out in the ice to keep everything fed. And all this time going over in my mind is Mr. Nunn's statement that Christians are depriving nonbelievers of their rights. I keep up with the news, but I cannot think of a single case where Christians are taking away the rights of atheists.

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Dear editor: Notable performance

Dear editor: The Sunday, Feb. 22, weather was no problem for the hundreds of fans of the Hot Springs Concert Band who attended the program at the Hot Springs Convention Center. With special guests performances by the Village Big Band, conducted by Bill Morgan and featuring vocals by Maureen Morgan, and the New Horizons Band, conducted by Bill Crook of Crook's Music Service, you can be sure the afternoon was full of musical entertainment to appeal to all types of musical tastes. These musical marvels are all volunteers. Dr. Craig Hamilton, musical director and principal conductor of the Concert Band, uses his skills to create a program to entertain and educate the audience. Dr. Hamilton is the Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music, director of bands, coordinator of instrumental studies and chairman of the Music Education Department at Ouachita Baptist University. He wears a lot of hats. Dr. Hamilton also tells funny stories. Well, maybe not always funny, but he tries. There is always a program theme at the summer Whittington Park series, which charges no admission, by the way. We are truly fortunate to have these dedicated musicians and leaders committed to providing this musical adventure in our community.

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State of the Pocket

Hot Springs Pocket Community Theatre has just rung down the curtain on its 90th production since first raising it 1992.

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