November 15, 2018


Immigration solution

Dear editor: I have the solution to the immigration problem in the United States. No one wants to hear it, but I have it. The first obstacle is for both parties to admit there is an immigration problem. That's a simple, pragmatic acknowledgment of facts: 100 years ago, in 1918, the Census Bureau recorded 103.3 million registered citizens. Fifty years later, in 1968, it was 200.7 million. Current reports list the legal U.S. citizen population at 325.7 million. So we've grown. Very rapidly, as societies and nations go. Land doesn't. Resources don't, not at that rate. So we have to, at some point admit, and look at, the fact that finite resources such as food, water, energy, land, jobs, etc. are not increasing as rapidly as the rate of population. This is not a moral or political party issue, just an issue, period.

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Thumbs column

In this season of "thanks" and "giving," Hot Springs residents have much for which to be grateful, considering the resort area's philanthropic spirit and vision for the future.

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Our descent into vitriol began long before Trump

WASHINGTON -- After a deranged Democrat living in his van nearly assassinated Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., firing more than 70 rounds at House Republicans practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared it "outrageous" that anyone would blame Democrats' rhetoric for inspiring the shooter. "How dare they say such a thing!" Pelosi thundered. Never mind that the shooter echoed Democratic vitriol against the president, ranting on Facebook that "Trump is Guilty & Should Go to Prison for Treason" and that "Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co."

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Trump's re-election, Part II

It has been suggested that the anticipated Democratic takeover of the House will bolster Donald Trump's chances for a second term by providing a scapegoat for failures; much like the 2010 GOP takeover of the House did for Barack Obama's in 2012.

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The health of hand holding

When trying to come up with my column for this week several ideas went through my head. But the one that stuck was the large amount of couples I see walking in Hot Springs that are holding hands. I have lived in several places in my life and in various regions of the country and I think Hot Springs has more hand holders than anywhere I have ever seen.

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A little snippet in time

The Scottish essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) once said, "One life: a little gleam of time between two eternities; no second chance to us forevermore." One thing for sure, none of gets a second chance to do life over, so it is the wise person who wishes to make the most of his or her life the first and only time around. As I thought about this I realized that each of us is really a snippet in time, which means a small portion or share. We presently share this planet with about seven and a half billion people, and of course there were billions more who were born, lived, and have now passed on from this life and gone out into eternity.

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