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Check out book sale

Dear editor: Come one, come all ... to the massive book sale sponsored by Friends of the Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, and bring your empty plastic grocery bags and fill it with the books of your choice for only $2!

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Whining from the left

Dear editor: Will the whining ever stop from the left? Every day on the news that's all I hear from the liberal left and the mainstream media (which I seldom watch). Geez, the election is over! Time to "Get Over It" for Pete's sake. I have never seen such crybabies. Doom and gloom from the left and he's not even taken the oath yet! Wow! What happened to all of those Hollywood elites who were going to move out of the country? Still here I believe. Do we need to start passing out pacifiers?

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Liberals hurt themselves

Dear editor: So many of those on the left-wing side don't seem to understand and accept that the results of our recent election were actually a rejection of modern-day liberalism! The liberals have been in power now for eight miserable years and the majority of people clearly wanted a change, as the polls consistently had indicated.

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Take cuts off table

Dear editor: Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced an amendment in the Senate, the stated purpose of which was "To prevent the Senate from breaking Donald Trump's promise that there shall be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid." Specifically, the amendment states, "It shall not be in order in the Senate to consider" legislation that would result in a reduction in guaranteed Social Security benefits, increase the retirement age for receiving benefits, privatize Social Security, result in a reduction in guaranteed Medicare benefits, or result in the reduction or benefits or eligibility to receive medical assistance through a state Medicaid plan.

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Send a message

Dear editor: This is a response to Cliff Jackson's letter of Jan. 17, 2017. There is a lot of truth in his letter, but he didn't go far enough. If you don't like the way the good old boy club is acting (this is the powers that be in office now), send a message when election time rolls around. Kick them out of office.

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Thumbs column

January 2017 is moving rapidly onward toward February and no doubt Hot Springs and Garland County citizens are focusing on their recently made resolutions.

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True example of public servant

Dear editor: While gathering signatures recently on our anti-annexation referenda petitions at the Edwards Center, a city employee, Emily Noe, exhibited the heart of a servant that, if replicated by the city board, would make me want to become a part of the city.

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So it begins

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following column was published in Monday's edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. As perhaps the most improbable presidential inauguration in U.S. history approaches, some observations on things Trump. • That Russia didn't, as far as we know, hack the election. What it appears to have done is hack the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta during the campaign, by no means the same thing.

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Indictment may hasten demise of Arkansas pork

LITTLE ROCK -- A former Arkansas lawmaker's admission to arranging kickbacks from government money earmarked for economic development is the latest black eye for a fund that the Legislature once eyed as a way to pay for vital projects back home. It also may help hasten the demise of the fund, once considered a hallmark of legislative politics in the state.

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Recovery programs leave victims short

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is struggling with a problem that has become all too common for Louisiana's governors: How do you pick the winners and losers among disaster victims as you divvy up federal aid?

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'Thanks' for kindness

Dear editor: Some good news! Last week my daughter and I finished shopping at the Cornerstone Shopping area, got in my car and my daughter started to pull out of the parking space. A gentleman came up to this window and informed us of a flat tire, left rear. He apologized for not being able to fix it for us. We thanked him.

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Disastrous repeal

Dear editor: As if the GOP-led House trying to do away with the independent congressional ethics board wasn't bad enough, another rule they put in place on Day 1 was to ban the Congressional Budget Office or CBO from analyzing and reporting any spikes in debt and deficit spending with regards to their repeal of the Affordable Care Act, aka ACA, aka Obamacare.

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The state of the state in Arkansas is change

EDITOR'S NOTE: For his weekly radio address, Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented his State of the State Address, which was made to a joint session of the 91st General Assembly on Tuesday. The following is the text of the speech, in its entirety.

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'Red herrings' of debt

Dear editor: I rarely agree with Larry Bauer on anything political, but he makes one statement in his letter of the Jan. 2 issue that is correct when he states, "A real good economy, 3-5 percent growth, produces prosperity." The rest of his letter oversimplifies the economic issue.

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