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February 22, 2017

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Today's hypocrisy

Dear editor: When I was growing up in a middle-class, Presbyterian-Catholic household in the deep South, I understood that hypocrisy was not a good thing. It raised its ugly head often, particularly in the politics and social mores of New Orleans and Louisiana. I saw hypocrites early on, especially on TV. And though not one of the seven deadly sins, hypocrisy clearly devolved from several -- particularly pride, envy, wrath and greed.

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Taking the waters

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following column was originally published in Wednesday's edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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The rise of 'Seven-Eleven' songs

Over the past several years in churches all across America, we have seen a steady rise in the use of "Seven-Eleven" songs. In case you don't know, a Seven-Eleven song is one that contains seven words that are repeated 11 times. This trend has resulted in many churches today singing what has come to be known as praise songs, with the aid of a band and with no members in a choir. While church members singing the old hymns in a choir has been a staple in American churches for over a hundred years, things do change, and sometimes we must change with them.

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Temper tantrums

Dear editor: I often heard the two political parties described as the Moms and the Dads, but I've for many years thought they remind me of the Adults and the Children. The actions of many in the three months since the election has only reinforced that belief.

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Few good alternatives to Palestinian state

JERUSALEM -- The Trump administration appears to be easing away from longstanding U.S. support for Palestinian statehood as the preferred outcome of Middle East peace efforts, which may please some allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. But the alternatives are few, and each comes with daunting and combustible complications, including for Israel itself.

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Holes in Trump letter

Dear editor: Yet again Mr. Scott Ruff has favored us with another letter that was published in The Sentinel-Record on Thursday, Feb. 16. As is typical of Mr. Ruff's writings, it contained more holes than a block of Swiss cheese. His letters produce a good deal of heat, but no light.

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Let protests continue

Dear editor: I'm addressing all the religious people upset with protesters. The majority of real protesters are peaceful resisters. The ones wearing masks could just as well be infiltrators trying to make the rest look bad. But don't act surprised.

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Thumbs column

Before getting into the up-and-down focus of today's column, here is an on-the-record wish that our readers' Valentine's Day was punctuated by an abundance of sweet treats and heartfelt greetings.

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Chocolate Fest success

Dear editor: Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic is appreciative of the community support making this our most profitable Chocolate Festival ever -- kudos! This year's event will prove to be the most profitable in its 13-year history, with more than 700 people attending. These funds will be used for the operating costs of the CCMC in its mission to improve the quality of life of the needy in the Hot Springs community. We want to recognize those who gave time, money, chocolates and facilities to make the festival a success.

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Commander Trump

Dear editor: It's been reported that President Trump will soon begin wearing a military uniform befitting his alternate title of commander in chief (uniform designed and furnished by daughter Ivanka's fashion firm).

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'Thanks' to Officer Nunez

Dear editor: Thumbs up! Last week we had a breaking and entering incident. The officer who worked the case went above and beyond his duty to help me clean up. He also waited with is until my son could come secure the broken door.

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'Thanks' to Trooper Sawyer

Dear editor: Traveling alone on Feb. 9 from the Little Rock Airport on Interstate 30 between highways 70 west and 270 west to Hot Springs, at 10:30 p.m., I got a flat tire. I called 911 to get a telephone number for a wrecker to tow me in for repair. The 911 operator connected me to the Arkansas State Police. Within 12 minutes, Trooper Sawyer of the Arkansas State Police pulled in behind me and quickly changed my tire.

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Apples to oranges

Dear editor: Re: Dana Kelley's column in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Feb. 10, 2017: What a specious argument Mr. Kelley makes as he maligns Sen. Lisa Murkowski's takedown of newly appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos by comparing the high cost of education in Alaska (Murkowski's state) to its "nearest neighbor" Washington state!

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