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Sunday's Letters to the editor

November 21, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

COP26, 27, 28 ...

Dear editor:

COP26 just concluded with the same meaningless blather as the first 25 meetings. It will continue in the same vein even after COP225. Don't worry, we will all be gone by then. I do know when it will result in meaningful actions, however, only when the world runs out of coal. Then will we see real progress, not a day before.

Phil Mariage

Hot Springs

Human nature

Dear editor:

Those readers who grew up in the '30s, '40s, '50s, and '60s know all about race discrimination in our great capitalistic country, especially but not all in the Southern states. The recent publication of a master's thesis and the creation of the "1619 Project" have both caused an unnecessary uproar among our ultraconservative voters about race relations and the matter of causing younger folk to become aware of how race discrimination has been a part of our country since its founding. After all, members of all 13 colonies except the "Narragansett Bay" group -- later Rhode Island -- owned slaves, demonstrating that race discrimination has been "systemic" since then. "Systemic" -- an old word -- is now being flaunted about as if it is something novel to 2021. And some politicians are using it to gain more popularity among conservative voters, especially those politicians bent on getting elected to a high government office.

Unfortunately, Tom Cotton is one of those. As a Life Member of the American Legion and for the last 20 years Chaplain and Media Chair of Post 13, Hot Springs, I do recognize Cotton as an honorable veteran with overseas service. However, I doubt that he should have been elected as our junior senator, for he became an avid supporter and defender of President Trump, a president who almost daily lied to his constituents (over 4,000 recorded lies) about almost any issue, and a man who in youth claimed false bone spurs to avoid service in Vietnam. Now Cotton is using the "CRT" logo to convince ultraconservative voters who are not well-read or accurately informed, that "CRT" is being used to teach our youths that our population hates other races and has since its beginning in 1619. It is ironic to notice that Cotton knows little if anything about "CRT." I quote his words from his appearance on the Hewitt radio show. Asked if he took CRT courses while at Harvard, he replied: "No, of course I did not take phony-baloney courses like Critical Race Theory." He thus admits that he is ignorant of CRT but he wants to make it a "boogeyman" evil for others to use spreading misinformation about.

If race discrimination has not been a part of our capitalistic "system" then why was George Washington Carver the only Black scientist in my American history books of the 1950s? And why was James Weldon Johnson the only Black poet with his great poem "The Creation" in my American literature books? I was in college before I learned of scores of intelligent Black creators of the sciences and the arts! A brother-in-law and a local friend who both sold textbooks all their careers told me that local populations often demanded books that promoted "white supremacy." Now, thanks to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, true reform in racial discrimination came following the 1954 ruling of the Supreme Court. Four Civil Rights bills had passed Congress since Reconstruction days, but none were ever enforced.

Let's be honest, readers! We, just like populations in other countries, will never be totally "colorblind," due to human nature. How does one change human nature? it must be done in the "heart." We must become more "color conscious," not to discriminate but to recognize that we are all individuals, much more alike than different. "Faith" comes from the heart; reducing negative discrimination will stem from the heart, also.

John W. "Doc" Crawford

Hot Springs

Favorite president

Dear editor:

A humble man who entered the limelight, took care of business, then returned to being what he was -- a humble man.

Harry Truman was a different kind of president. He probably made as many important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 45 presidents. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he and his wife lived in, which was in Independence, Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

Ol' Harry Truman is my favorite president. He had the mettle to end the second world war by dropping not one but two atomic bombs on Japan to bring them to their knees. He was a haberdasher by trade (he owned a men's clothing shop) and found himself on the world stage to make one of the most important decisions in the history of the United States.

When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an "allowance" and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year. After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the president, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale."

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

As president, he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference."

John Grillo

Hot Springs

The anti-God clan

Dear editor:

As a young person living in Ohio years ago, we heard that communism comes into a country slowly, beginning in the schools.

Proof positive -- first, they succeeded in having God and prayer eliminated in most schools, and now, teaching racism to children, in a deceptively attempt, to turn children of different races against each other.

A Christian children's song says "Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world, yellow, red, or black and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world."

We don't know whether atheist socialist communists believe in Satan, but we do know they are playing into his hands. We have numerous anti-God members serving in our government, proven by their fighting for everything anti-freedom, anti-American, anti-Christian.

"With God, all things are possible." The anti-God clan probably never hears about the people of all ages, with many being the young adults or teens, who have been taught hate, ending up on drugs, crime, but then being miraculously introduced to Jesus Christ, have turned their lives around, and are now reaching out to others who are lost, some even becoming ministers, preaching and teaching God's word to the world!

China -- being one of the largest communist governments in the world, thought they could take down Christian America with the China-virus -- they just didn't know God is bigger!

Teaching our children they can change their gender will also backfire on the socialists when their un-Godly messing with God's creation leaves them with sad, confused, dejected rejected human beings who will rightly, and justly, blame them! When they take men in uniform, and do a "job" on them and the transgenders see the "eye-popping" reaction from folk, don't blame anyone but the gender butchers.

I may have written earlier, that being alarmed at how anti-God propaganda was exploding, then reading "Heaven is God's throne and earth is his footstool," it reminded me that no matter how bad things look, and what we're having to endure, when all is said and done, this is a big God and we who believe He is all in all, take heart in knowing we will spend eternity with him -- amen! Pray for those being deceived!

I am not Catholic, but the pope said recently that "abortion is murder," then according to devout Catholic president of the U.S.A. Joe Biden, who is pro-abortion, said the subject wasn't discussed. A news report said "The pope stiffed Biden." Wrong! They both stiffed God!

Mary Robinson

Hot Springs

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