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Reaping what you sow

Dear editor:

I've seen so many farmers crying on TV, social media, even in my emails. A lot of you do not remember the Dixiecrats, a group that broke off from the Democrats in the '40s for racist reasons.

History will tell you it was short-lived, but it used to be up until the early 2000s you didn't get elected to office unless you got the nod from Dixiecrat farmers. Well, those Dixiecrats thought the grass might be greener on the other side ... and jumped ship. Went full Republican.

Now things aren't going their way, they are crying Trump hasn't only done the tariffs, but he's cut, as I like to call it, Farmer Welfare, where they get money from the government for not growing anything or if they have a bad season and get bailed out. It's a lot of money, and now like a lot of middle-class Republicans are feeling the pinch from tariffs and that awesome tax cut.

Stop trying to make us feel sorry for you. You voted for Cotton, you voted Trump. And the sad thing is you will probably do it again even though they are both worthless. So please stop whining for what you voted for and stop asking people like me to donate money to help you. Because unlike other people, I'm not. You picked this ride -- I suggest you enjoy it.

Ron Swanson

Hot Springs

New cycling law

Dear editor:

Effective July 1, Arkansas bicyclists will be able to treat stop signs as yields and red lights as stop signs per a new state law that advocates and officials say will help keep cyclists safe and traffic rolling. The law states that bicyclists must slow down at stop signs and may proceed only if traffic is clear and the action doesn't present an immediate hazard. Under the same conditions, cyclists may take off before cars at stoplights after they stop.

Information provided to the AARP Smart Driver Program so I thought I'd pass it along as a public service so that motorists, as well as cyclists, will understand the new law which currently holds cyclists to the same laws as motorists.

Judith Zitko

Hot Springs Village

More sensible view

Dear editor:

This letter is in response to a letter from Tom Bamrick, of the Village, who apparently is having a problem accepting the opinions of one Mary Robinson. He says his letter is not a rebuttal to her, and goes on to say that her admitting she had a ninth grade education explains "how she resolves our national problems" and then pointed out how he had "asked" her to stop attacking the former president (BHO) and Hillary.

As a longtime reader of this paper and sometimes writer to the editor, I must say that Mary Robinson, despite her not being able to complete school, makes far more sense than Tom Bamrick does. It's a real shame she did not have the opportunity to finish because it is obvious that she is the far more intelligent of the two.

C.O. Stover

Hot Springs

Editorial on 06/10/2019

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