With Koreas talking again, should US be worried?

TOKYO -- North Korea is starting off the new year with a fresh diplomatic initiative aimed at wooing South Korea ahead of its hosting of next month's Winter Olympics. But it's sticking to a decidedly harsh -- and familiar -- message for U.S. President Donald Trump: back off and let Koreans solve their own problems.

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Blame the Democrats

Dear editor: When Democrat Mitch Landrieu was asked on "60 Minutes" a few years ago to describe his predecessor, former Democrat Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin, his response was "inept and corrupt." He was, in fact, both of those things. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail for the corrupt part, and they should have added another 10 for the inept part, as you may remember he was the mayor who put 20,000 people in the Superdome with no food or water, violating the most basic rule of hurricanes to have at least three days of the above.

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'Thanks' to VFW

Dear editor: I wanted to thank the VFW of Hot Springs for their generous donation of toys. Staff there gave two large bags of new toys to me to distribute to children in need.

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Medicaid to dominate Arkansas budget talks

LITTLE ROCK -- When Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveils his proposed 2018-19 budget this week, most of the attention will be on the state's Medicaid program and the future of the hybrid expansion that's provided coverage to thousands of low-income residents over the past few years. The questions that arise will indicate how much of a fight he'll face to keep the program alive.

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The simple life

Dear editor: Recently having moved to Mount Ida, I still drive every morning to pick up my Sentinel-Record. You guys do a great job. I would especially like to thank consistent letter writer Larry Bauer of Hot Springs. After reading his last few submissions, I finally got what he was saying, and it has made my whole life so much simpler. Larry can do the same for you, as well. Just read him.

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