Viewpoints

What happened to the Western?

I was having a discussion the other day with some 20-somethings about what was the greatest Western film of all time. I have to say I was shocked by their responses. One of them said the best Western of all time was "3:10 to Yuma." Not the 1957 version with Glenn Ford, but the 2007 movie with Russell Crowe. Although this was an OK Western, it was far from the greatest of all time.

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'No' to amendment

Dear editor: The Republicans' balanced budget amendment is a constitutional amendment that cannot be allowed to become a part of our Constitution. It would destroy our entire economy.

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Town Talk II planned

Dear editor: The Difference Makers of Hot Springs is extremely excited to host Town Talk Discussion II -- Our At-Risk Youth Crisis, at 6 p.m. Monday at the Hot Springs School District's Roy Rowe Auditorium, 400 Linwood St.

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A matter of definitions

Dear editor: Responding to "Doc" Crawford's letter printed on April 8. Dr. Crawford "resents the implication that students are taught propaganda and political correctness" and asks "if I (Ellen Varhalla) have listened to the students." I have listened to students on both sides. I heard David Hogg say that it was a violation of his constitutional rights to be required to use a see-through backpack. I heard pro-Second Amendment student Kyle Kashuv make reasoned arguments against further gun control laws. A debate was proposed between the two: Kyle agreed; David declined. Additionally, Kyle was not allowed to speak at the "March for Our Lives" event.

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A case of 'millage envy'

Dear editor: The Lakeside School District is proposing a significant millage increase on the ballot for the primary election this spring. Early voting begins May 7 with primary election day May 22. The reasoning behind this 11 percent increase is sadly lacking. The sudden appearance of this with almost no advance notice is unacceptable to me.

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Ridding the city of 'blight'

Dear editor: I was recently blessed by a visit from the City Code people. They were even nice enough to write me a letter letting me know that I must mow my lawn within seven days of receipt of the letter. (How they know when I got it is a mystery.) This deadline ignores the fact that we are in the midst of a period of unusually heavy rains -- which helps account for the fact that the weeds have been so prolific. And, since I am of advanced age and need to hire a yard man to manicure my yard, he will probably be extremely busy as soon as the rains relent and may not be able to get to me before the punitive fines of $250/day begin.

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Reality Fair 'thanks'

Dear editor: Abilities Unlimited recently hosted a Reality Fair on our campus for nine participating school districts. The event was sponsored and created by Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union, who partnered with us to offer a transition experience to special needs students by offering them an active experience creating an awareness of realistic living expenses and money management upon achieving independence after graduation.

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House hopefuls keep focus on Hill, not each other

LITTLE ROCK -- The prospect of Donald Trump's unpopularity hurting Republicans in deeply red states drew a crowded fight for the Democratic nomination for a U.S. House district in central Arkansas, a seat once considered a party stronghold. In their first televised debate, the four Democratic hopefuls kept their focus on the Republican incumbent they're trying to unseat -- not each other.

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