Support for the wall
I think the Democrats are going wild with joy over the end of this first government shutdown. I do believe we will see President Trump come to a new one on Feb. 15. Not that I want to see people without jobs or paychecks, visiting food banks and getting donations to keep their lights on, all because we have politicians that can't sit down as adults and resolve the problems facing our country.
I am writing to our elected congressmen of Arkansas, those of the House of Representatives Rick Crawford of District 1; French Hill of District 2; Steve Womack of District 3 and Bruce Westerman of District 4, and Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman. By the way, did anyone notice that French Hill gave up his salary while the shut down was taking place? I also plan to send a letter to President Trump, because I do want the funding for the border wall/fence to go forward.
This wall was voted on by many of the Democrat party during 2006, and President George W. Bush signed it into law, yet where is this fence? Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein and many other Democrats said plenty about getting the wall built in 2006, yet even President Obama never funded the wall, and he had eight years to build it.
While many people feel that Speaker Pelosi has won the battle, the fat lady hasn't sung yet. I, personally feel the American people have been sold a spoiled bag of goods from the Democrats. The Speaker needs to resign or be voted out for the injustice that she has allowed to go on during this shutdown. How many of Congress went on a vacation with lobbyists and how many got to keep their salaries while regular hard working Americans did without? And what would have happened if those working without a paycheck hadn't shown up?
Write your congressmen folks, we pay their salary and if anyone should have to do without, let it be Congress, not the backbone of America. Remember, every dollar they spend is your tax dollars, government has no money without the hardworking Americans and legal immigrants.
Awareness is the answer
In Pulaski County, 35 percent of motor-related accidents are due to the influence of alcohol, and Arkansas has a drunk driving death rate of 6.3 per every 100,000, making it the 13th most dangerous state in terms of DUI related accidents. According to the Arkansas State Police, there has been an average of 100 alcohol-related fatalities every year over the past 10 years. This is a pressing topic that should not be overlooked, and the necessary steps should be taken to prevent more drunken driving fatalities.
This is a problem with an easy solution: awareness. More people should be educated about alcohol and the dangers of driving in an intoxicated state. There are many outlets in which awareness could be made such as mass media campaigns or educational programs in schools, churches, hospitals, etc. The programs could be specifically catered to certain subtopics, such as how much alcohol one can consume before reaching a certain blood alcohol content (BAC) level, or how to get home if one is already drunk. School programs could teach teens to not ride with drunk drivers and inform them of the possible consequences if something were to happen. Driver's license handbooks, one of the most read books in the nation, could include a few pages about drinking and driving, the consequences, and how to react in a situation involving drunk peers.
Drunken driving negatively affects the lives of family and friends and causes uneasiness to those driving and to those at home wondering if their loved one(s) will get home safely. There is always a chance of traffic accidents and the reduction of drunk drivers on the roads of Arkansas would bring peace and ease to everyone.
Editorial on 02/07/2019
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