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A valued partnership

Dear editor:

The following letter is in response to the submission by Nnume Nwankwo in the March 13, 2019, edition of The Sentinel-Record.

For more than two decades, our colleagues and fellow educators at the Hot Springs School District have partnered with the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts to afford our students the opportunity to participate in Arkansas Activities Association-sanctioned varsity sports. They have given of their time, physical resources, and talents to ensure that the lack of formal athletics programs at ASMSA does not prevent our students from the physical, competitive, and leadership benefits afforded by participation in sports.

Mr. Nwankwo's proposal to expand both the selection and radius of schools in which ASMSA could partner would face substantial challenges if put before AAA; however, the more concerning aspects highlight issues of anti-competitiveness and equity in access. While Mr. Nwankwo's hometown and sending school is in reasonable proximity to our campus, the same cannot be said for many ASMSA students. Further, the idea that a student would be able to select a program based on the overall competitiveness of a team is antithetical to the spirit of fairness in competition.

Hot Springs High School has a storied history of successful teams and programs. We take pride in the ASMSA students who have shared in their successes and accomplishments thanks to the partnership between our schools. Mr. Nwankwo's sentiments are not representative of the intrinsic value ASMSA places on our relationship with the Hot Springs School District.

Corey Alderdice

Director, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts

Why do we vote?

Dear editor:

Last year Arkansas voters approved (with a bipartisan vote of 68 percent) a plan to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas. Our state is one of the poorest in the nation, routinely ranked in the bottom six for poverty and child poverty. Before the election, our governor argued that "the voters should reject the pay hike and leave the issue for the GOP-controlled Legislature to decide." The vote passed anyway and now our GOP-controlled Legislature is about to change the will of the people!

Merriam-Webster defines a democracy as a government by the people; rule of the majority; and a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people. Arkansas apparently is not a democracy; it is ruled by the political actions of those supported by those with the money to re-direct the rule of majority!

Jim Pumphrey

Garland County

Editorial on 03/15/2019

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