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An idea or two

Dear editor:

The current virus crisis sweeping the world has created the need for lots of things to be done and changed or altered, some of which involve increasing the capacity for soon-to-be-needed medical care. Maybe someone in Hot Springs has already made this obvious suggestion, and I missed it, but I will go ahead and run this up a flagpole and see if anyone salutes.

That sadly shuttered facility once known as the Army-Navy Hospital, which later became the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center, (where I worked from 1968 to 1972) and then its name was changed again in recent years to the Arkansas Career Training Institute, I think. Now it is just sitting there, soon to be locked up and abandoned more than it already has been. Some local leaders with vision could be at work getting it turned back into a hospital, or at least a care facility for those who tested positive for the virus and need to be isolated. Workers could surely be found among the ranks of the newly unemployed, it would seem, and quickly trained.

On another front, there's an empty factory-type building at 7090 Central Ave., aka Arkansas 7 in Hot Spring County, not far south of the Garland County line, and the building has been empty and for sale for years. My wife recalls it was once a gown factory, so one might think it could again be one, turning out hospital gowns. An unknown number of jobs could be created in the process there.

Jack W. Hill


Friendly advice

Dear editor:

The primary way that God speaks to us is through His words found in the Bible, but sometimes He chooses to communicate through people, especially those who are true Christians. Recently, I believe God spoke to me through one of my best Christian friends about something I stated in my last letter (Sunday, March 8).

I had commented on how liberal many of the present-day Methodist churches had become, especially concerning their disagreement over the issue of homosexuality.

That wasn't just an opinion of mine since I quoted several sources on this long-standing problem within the denomination.

My friend said to me that he had several Christian friends who are certainly very conservative and he hoped that my comments would not offend them. He told me this in a very kindhearted, gracious manner and I truly appreciated this friend who gently tried to advise me in such a friendly, helpful way rather than speaking to me critically and harshly.

If I possibly offended any members of the Methodist church by what I said, I would like to sincerely apologize to you, for I realize that there are members in all denominations (including mine) who certainly do not always agree on everything.

I was only trying to make the point that homosexual practice in the Christian church is still not approved by God in the Bible. If anyone disagrees with me on this, then your argument must be with God and not with me. God makes the rules. Man's role is to obey God by following the laws and commands He has clearly revealed to us in the Bible.

Now some people who are homosexuals will argue that God made them that way, but God could not rightfully condemn homosexuals if He were responsible for creating them that way. That wouldn't make any sense at all!

Think about it.

To change the subject, I would like to thank the general manager, Harry Porter, for one of his most amusing articles (Sun., March 15) entitled, "Shopping Cart Etiquette!" I think most of us could really relate to his shopping experiences! We all needed a good laugh during this stressful time of the pandemic!

It really did me a lot of good to know that many others also feel very frustrated about people's lack of good manners and common sense in the shopping aisles. If I were God, I probably would be saying to Myself, "I know that I made you better than that!"

Lloyd Hoffman

Hot Springs

Editorial on 03/24/2020

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