Viewpoints

Draining the swamp

Dear editor: Seems to me that they are draining the swamp. Sounds like they are getting rid of people that abuse the system. I know this is old news, but maybe Nancy Pelosi should resign. One example, according to documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, is that the speaker's military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period -- $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol.

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Time to pay attention

Dear editor: It is more than time for us to be seeking clarity as to where and how decisions are made that affect our lives.

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Dangerous leadership

Dear editor: It appears that there is no shortage of opinions that promote religion and resist progress. We live in a time of significant unrest and chaos created primarily by a government dedicated to destroying our way of life. It has become a kakistocracy. We are in no danger from communism, but the religious zealots are now in control and are dangerous.

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Chosen by God?

Dear editor: While deluded, gullible Christians claim God "chose" Donald Trump as president, Sen. Bob Corker (R, Tenn.) asserts the White House is an "adult day care."

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Accusations 'ridiculous'

Dear editor: In rebuttal to Chris Covington's "A disgusting situation," the letter contains one-fifth truth and the rest written to deflect the real truth: the torture of helpless cats and dogs, which was reported to the police and animal control. It is a felony to hurt animals. Some people hate animals, period.

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The 'swamp' gets larger

Dear editor: Well, it appears that the POTUS' attempt to "drain the swamp" is not going so well. We have seen 17 of his administration either resign or get fired for either lying or spending too much of our tax money.

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A great problem to have

Dear editor: In a recently published letter to the editor, a concern for the local art galleries was voiced due to other events that conflicted with the monthly Gallery Walk. I am, of course, all for supporting our wonderful galleries and Gallery Walk, but I also recognize that Hot Springs has so many cultural events and attractions that there are bound to be scheduling conflicts from time to time. What a great problem for our community to have, too many outstanding programs to choose from!

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Puerto Ricans deserve support

Dear editor: I don't have the economic knowledge to respond to all of the comments presented as facts concerning the dynamics of the bankruptcy of Puerto Rico in the guest column by John Grillo on Oct. 8, "Puerto Rico demands generosity." The financial issues are a complex problem that needs solving, but is not unique to Puerto Rico concerning mismanaged political governance. However, I would like to address a few of the points in the guest column and let the reader determine the voracity of the "facts" as written.

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Why tax yourselves?

Dear editor: I didn't know whether to laugh or cry Tuesday while reading Joanne Lenahan's letter. She lamented on the voluntary squandering of $10 on her personal taxes because she was told "that the money would go to build a county animal shelter." Now, feeling misled, she would like a refund!

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No easy path for Arkansas-backed local projects

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling striking down a grant system used to fund local projects didn't necessarily kill outright lawmakers' efforts to divert surplus money to pet needs in their districts. It did, however, leave few options for reviving pork barrel projects that have already become politically toxic due to federal investigations.

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Compared to what?

As befits the only country consciously founded on a set of political principles, it was perhaps inevitable that America would always be judged by the extent to which it has lived up to them.

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Political structure

Dear editor: The presentation of concepts relating to a society's ideology by the "establishment" (as the hippy called it). De facto is what it is.

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Proposal has merit

Dear editor: You need to reprint a letter to the editor, "A memorial proposal," from Sept. 1, 2017, on Page 9A.

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Puerto Rico demands generosity

The airwaves and newspapers have been filled with complaints about how the United States was not moving fast enough in aiding Puerto Rico after they it was devastated by a hurricane. Also on TV, there were reports of the citizens of Puerto Rico doing absolutely nothing to help themselves.

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