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OPINION April 4, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

Majestic property

Dear editor:

The city should hire the landscape architects that did the work at Alliance Rubber Co. off Carpenter Dam Road. Turn the property into the Bobby Mitchell Memorial Park.

Tim Goldman

Hot Springs

Election questions

Dear editor:

Just today, Our senators went on national TV and proceeded to mislead the public again about states' rights and our elections. They stated that HR 1, a bill passed by the House and currently in the U.S. Senate, bothers them because it will block many states from their voting laws that cause more harm than good, their sole purpose to block voters who do not vote for them or their party. They feared disruption or some such nonsense, of our Republic.

Apparently, they do not read the U.S. Constitution, which states in Article 1, Section 4, "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; (the following is what they ignore) but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators." The Motor Voter Law springs to mind.

So, what HR 1 does is constitutional, but the Republicans dislike it because it prohibits their election rigging laws, some of which are extreme to block Democratic leaning voters, and particularly those of color through gerrymandering, fewer voting machines or polling places in certain districts causing long lines to disenfranchise certain voters. HR 1 will make elections fairer than they currently are so that we may return to a rule by majority and not rule by minority. I suggest calling and informing them of their error.

Judith Zitko

Hot Springs Village

Privilege and honor

Dear editor:

I believe that our rights (free speech or the right to vote) come from God and don't require Marines and soldiers dying on foreign soil. Putting that aside for a moment, let's examine these rights.

Your rights are not rights. American rights are a privilege and an honor. For example, you don't have a right to vote. You have the privilege of voting because someone else dying in a war on foreign soil. I applaud Republicans in restricting your alleged right to vote naked on your couch eating a bag of chips. If a nation cannot verify and secure its elections or defend its borders, then that nation and its rights will no longer exist.

Rights are privileges and those privileges demand vigilance and sacrifice. Millions of Americans have forgotten this as they demand the government to take care of them as though it were not their responsibility to do so in the first place. God have mercy on our nation.

Michael P. Lucas

Hot Springs

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