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Experience, reason

Where are the columnists that educated me on reality? Where are Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and Paul Greenberg? Yes, I know that Mr. Sowell and Mr. Greenberg are "retired," but Mr. Sowell still pens the occasional op-ed piece, and I am sure Mr. Greenberg still has a few wise words left to impart. They are voices of experience and reason. I miss them.

I saw on the news another accusation that Mr. Trump is racist. I was taught that it takes one to know one. Maybe that is still true. So many of the young people today do not realize that the same accusation was leveled at President Johnson. I believe the racial divide we are experiencing can be traced all the way back to the 1960s, a festering boil on our society for the last five decades.

Finally, is Medicare for All truly for all Americans, or will presidents and members of Congress, past and present, be exempt and keep their taxpayer-supported private health care? Seems like we have been down this road before.

GARY McCULLAH

Farmington

Needed conversation

Gun violence needs to be examined as a public health problem. It should be evidence-based, and solutions should be supported by facts. One group of politicians would tell us that it's mostly a "mental health problem." Another group of politicians would have us believe it's caused by "inflammatory rhetoric by political leaders."

The facts, the stubborn facts, are that mental health problems and inflammatory rhetoric exist in many countries in the world, but none have the levels of gun violence that we have here. Not even close. Certainly, mental health problems and inflammatory political rhetoric contribute to the problem, but they're not the base cause.

What is the evidence? Irrefutably, gun violence is directly related to the number of guns held by civilians. There's no country in the world that comes close to the United States in terms of number of civilian guns and resultant gun violence. It's simple. More guns equal more gun violence of all kinds--suicides, accidental shootings, family disputes, gang warfare, mass murders.

The number of guns in our country is directly related to our interpretation of "Second Amendment rights," which is that everyone has a "right" to own as many guns of whatever type they want. The founding fathers and Judge Antonin Scalia, in his 2008 landmark decision about the Second Amendment, stated the "right to bear arms" has to do with protection of the community and the individual. It would appear our current interpretation of the Second Amendment is failing to provide that protection.

This is the conversation we should be having.

GEORGE BENJAMIN

Siloam Springs

Responsible for death

I am sorry to voice this, but I believe if Senators Cotton and Boozman don't immediately move to ban the types of weapons used in El Paso and Dayton, then they are morally responsible for the deaths of the next victims of a mass shooting.

They will, by their inaction, have to admit that the lives of the El Paso and Dayton victims are not as important to them as the supposed rights of others to own assault rifles.

Any attempt to blame video games, mental illness, or any other straw man is intellectual dishonesty, and my senators are smart enough to know it.

Ban the weapons or own the deaths, senators.

STEVE OWENS

Hot Springs Village

How to make it great

I never liked Donald Trump. I never thought he was qualified to even tote Clinton's briefcase. Still don't, and I don't apologize. I don't understand the angst against Hillary, and it doesn't seem to be articulated very well. Even so, the day after the election I resolved myself to "give the man a chance and see what he does."

Being newly elected, the new president had an enormous opportunity to bring the country together through his actions. It didn't take me long to be disappointed. Not a president of us all, but a president catering to an angry base of voters who make up the "Righteous Right." Instead of making America great again, he has made America divided again.

Here's my message to our clueless leader on how to make America great again: 1. Make health care available to all Americans and make it affordable (that includes drugs). 2. Strengthen Social Security and Medicare so that people who work all their life can retire in dignity and not be in financial distress. 3. Make our schools the envy of the world where all the children can receive a first-class education, nutrition, guidance, and safety. Make two years of college available to everyone. 4. Improve infrastructure of roads, bridges, dams, waterways, and create an affordable rail system so Americans can afford to visit their beautiful country. 5. Provide us with clean air and water as well as invest in new energy sources--don't settle for reduced standards. It's our health we are talking about. 6. Reverse your generous tax cuts for the rich and corporations and give it to the middle class.

Yes, I know you are saying we can't afford to do all this, or you call it socialism. If we can afford trillions for useless wars and weapons systems we don't use, as well as trillions in tax cuts for the rich, then we can afford to invest in ourselves. Until we start doing these things, don't tell me anything about MAGA. But you are really good at holding political rallies. Congratulations.

BRUCE OWENS

Benton

About those seat belts

Much emphasis is placed on proper car seats for precious infants and toddlers. State law requires us to "buckle up."

Then school starts and they ride on buses with no seat belts.

Sad.

ELIZABETH WINDSOR HENRY

Little Rock

Editorial on 08/08/2019

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Archived Comments

  • JakeTidmore
    August 8, 2019 at 6:54 a.m.

    Gary,
    Given what he know about the shooters motive, given the almost identical language to Trump's rhetoric that the gunman used in talking about the crisis at the border with regard to illegal immigration, your statement that it takes one to know one takes on a whole new meaning when we compare the wording of the manifesto and how it often matches almost verbatim the same words Trump has used.
    Just saying - words do matter, you know.
    It should bother you and everyone that a mass murderer regurgitates the same words our President has used. Patrick Crusius appears to know the president quite well.

  • 23cal
    August 8, 2019 at 7 a.m.

    GEORGE BENJAMIN says "More guns equal more gun violence of all kinds--suicides, accidental shootings, family disputes, gang warfare, mass murders.
    *
    He is correct. It's that simple.
    *
    STEVE OWENS says "Any attempt to blame video games, mental illness, or any other straw man is intellectual dishonesty, and my senators are smart enough to know it."
    *
    He is also correct. It's that simple.

  • reality1963
    August 8, 2019 at 8:07 a.m.

    Bob, Web would not appreciate anyone carrying Shillary’s suitcase. She probably did not “wipe” it clean, like her server. At this point, why does it matter anyway.

  • Waitjustaminute
    August 8, 2019 at 8:14 a.m.

    Hey Jake,
    This is an excerpt from the El Paso shooter's 'manifesto':
    "My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I [am] putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump's rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that."
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Yes, words do matter.

  • limb
    August 8, 2019 at 12:21 p.m.

    The president fans the flames; he could care a less. He counts on votes from people like this and other’s who are complicit.

  • JakeTidmore
    August 8, 2019 at 6:33 p.m.

    WJM

    The point is that much of what the shooter says is almost verbatim what Trump has said in the past. That the shooter tries to exonerate Trump when the evidence shows otherwise, shows that the shooter's words do not coincide with reality.
    The shooter also said that he was neither Democrat or Republican yet he warns that there will be a dangerous takeover of our system by liberals/democrats/illegal immigrants, etc.
    Bear in mind that Crusius is justifying the killing of people. He uses statements that have been made by Trump and white supremacists.
    The key words that matter are those that came from Donald Trump. And they resonate in the manifesto. Crusius cannot disguise that fact with his denials.
    The xenophobia and ultra-nationalism fermented in the minds of mentally deranged people are just time bombs waiting to go off. And words from leaders can ignite the fuses to the inner bombs that will explode in violence and death.
    Trump has been irresponsible. He now has more blood on his hands. And, like Pilate, try as he might, it will not wash off.

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