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Different from my dad

As I looked at the calendar and discovered Father's Day was approaching, I began thinking about my dad. I have to admit it; I'm not like my dad when it comes to parenting. My dad passed away when I was 17, but I remember him being a very strong parent that ruled us kids with what today would be considered an iron fist. I have two older sisters and an older brother and we all grew up better thanks to my dad's parenting style.

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Y-O-U are truly unique

If you have ever struggled with your self-esteem, your identity as a person and your value to yourself and others, I believe you will be interested in what I have to share with you. Because I have been blessed with loving parents, great teachers and pastors, and others through the years who have helped me understand my own self worth and value as a human being, I count it among my greatest blessings to, in turn, help others realize just how special they really are.

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Future bright in District 2

Dear editor: I am pleased to see friends and neighbors working together to display the district's culture and vitality. As I drive through my district and talk with my neighbors, there is a feeling of change and connection in the air. Residents are excited about the new mural on the Webb Community Center wall (along Gulpha Street). RayShawn McNary, a talented Lakeside graduating senior under the mentoring of Giuseppe Percivati of Italy, painted this beautiful mural entitled "Flower Boy." The mural is an inspiration and RayShawn told The Sentinel-Record that his popular art can be as a means to "help bring down racism" and promote peace. What an uplifting message!

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The gift of life

Dear editor: I just read the article by Andrew DeMillo (Arkansas Perspective) about fights over the abortion limits. I am for life; don't label me a pro-lifer. There are great reasons to be a person in favor of no abortions: 1. God created life, including that of the unborn child, 2. I can't imagine my life without my children, no matter how difficult it was to raise them as a single parent after my divorce, 3. abortion to me is murder, life begins at conception and my most terrible thought, 4. is that some organization wants my tax dollars to pay for the death of an unborn child.

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Time and money

Dear editor: To my fellow Arkansans who might want to know how your representatives in Congress are spending their time and your money (and this all happened in just this last week!):

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Trump assumptions

Dear Gary Vogt: In Sunday's (June 3) editorial you stated that President Trump "will not win a second term, but will be widely regarded as one of the least popular and most ineffective presidents of all time." Funny how you can make up what you want to hear. Google search, first hit. "On April 12 and 13, President Trump's approval rating, according to the Rasmussen Reports, was 50 percent." Please provide the source of your information.

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Divine intervention

Dear editor: It took me a long time to get on the same page as Mary Robinson, Lloyd Hoffman and Donald Cunningham, but I can understand why they believe, as they have stated numerous times, that God elected Donald Trump in 2016.

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In plain view

Dear editor: Rebuttal to "Turning a blind eye," May 27, 2018. The writer states, "Never in the history of our country have I seen such pay for play graft and corruption in our White House and government, yet excuse after excuse is given this person. Something not afforded the Democratic president or party."

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Water questions

Dear editor: I am a longtime retiree of this area. We looked for a location with a mild climate, good hospital, library and fishing! Now my thinking is our list should have been longer. I would not have questioned the water. We are almost on the banks of three lakes. Had never heard of a "hamburger etc. tax," which was explained as an easy, sneaky way to profit from visitors and vacationers ... and retirees, humph!

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Kim Jong Un flies home with lots to brag about

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- All North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really needed from his unprecedented summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday was to keep his nuclear arsenal intact for the time being and get a decent handshake photo to show he has truly arrived on the world stage.

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Bribery claims overshadow Arkansas government

LITTLE ROCK -- A corruption probe that's already ensnared a prolific lobbyist and two ex-lawmakers implicated a state senator who also happens to be a nephew of the governor. A member of the panel licensing medical marijuana facilities says an unsuccessful applicant offered him a bribe that he didn't accept but also didn't immediately report.

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Raccoon removal

Dear editor: Hot Springs may be a welcoming community, but that does not mean all characters should be welcomed here.

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The 'real' story about SS

Dear editor: In today's (June 11) letters, Judith Zitko, a local liberal, gave her version of the "real" story about SS. She erroneously claims the Social Security Trust Fund has a large and growing surplus. Not exactly. The truth is, while it does contain U.S. treasuries, it doesn't have any actual cash in it. The treasuries are nothing more than "IOUs" from Uncle Sam.

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All that jazz

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bradley Gitz is taking the week off. This column was originally published Sept. 1, 2014.

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