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Predictions for 2020

The following are my wishful opinions and are not to be mistaken as actual facts.

President Trump will win a second term which will mean congressional Democrats will explode into a stage of hysteria never before seen in our federal government. It will mean at least one more conservative justice will be added to our Supreme Court, who will interpret the Constitution as it was intended, for the protection of American citizens, not for illegal immigrants. The new justice will interpret it for good, as opposed to evil and ungodliness. That will mean the end of Roe v. Wade, the end of legalized murder of the unborn, and the end of same-sex marriage, the end of the "rights" of LGBTQs to parade sodomy--red-handed rebellion against God--as freedom of speech. Republicans will retake control of the House, which will mean the end of the Democrats as a viable political party unless they abandon socialism altogether, and congressional hearings will finally begin into matters pertaining to Hillary Clinton/Uranium One and alleged destruction of over 30,000 subpoenaed emails.

As the holy scriptures say, "Let judgment run down as waters and righteousness as a mighty rushing stream." Keep America great!

JACK MAYBERRY

Sheridan

The church basement

A debt of gratitude to all the friends and family who assisted me during the recovery from my life-threatening surgery. The bypass, both internal and around the Poot, are working fine; I haven't seen a librul near our town since it was installed. Next week I hope to get a traffic counter in place to know how many libruls we've re-directed.

Our church is only five years old. We built it ourselves. We poured a slab of concrete, erected the metal walls and roof, then decorated it elaborately on the inside; prettiest church in the county. One semi-observant reader asked how, since we're on a slab, can we have a basement and therefore church basement ladies. A really good question. As the men were digging the field line for the septic system, they discovered a really large hole in the ground. All work stopped as they explored this hole.

Deep down was a large room whose walls were covered with strange paintings of deer and buffalo and a few other creatures they could not identify. Swearing all to secrecy, they conspired to convert the room into their own community (men only) man cave. The plan worked well for a few weeks when a curious wife went to the church late one night and heard laughter and the sound of a ball game on TV coming out of the ground. The next night all the wives showed up, and mayhem ensued. Those who did not flee in fear walked out in abject shame. That's when the church basement ladies came to be. They took over the room, painted over the primitive cave art, had the men install all the necessary appliances, and began their cooking, canning, and judgment-passing activities.

Since the church basement ladies were ensconced in their rightful place, Possum Poot has climbed the ladder of judgment with great skill. We became, in a short while, the most judgmental place for many counties around, thus assuring us of a high place in heaven! Y'all come visit us, ya hear?

STEVE GIBSON

Little Rock

It's not mental illness

According to the American Psychological Association, mental health is not the key factor in our epidemic of mass shootings in this country. Mental illness is no more of an issue in the U.S. per capita than in other country, and they don't experience the level of gun violence we do here. Many have the same racial and economic inequalities as we do, yet there are no mass shootings.

The key difference is the easy access to and lethality of weapons sold in the U.S. When you factor in racism, intolerance and bigotry, it becomes a recipe for disaster. Social contagion is a real thing that allows the spread of thoughts, emotions and behaviors from person to person. It's been proven that only a relatively small percentage of people who commit these acts are diagnosed as mentally ill.

I would also like to add my personal observation, which is that it seems whenever there is an act of violence involving anyone other than a white, Christian male, they are labeled a terrorist, whereas a white male is deemed mentally ill. Regardless of the color of one's skin or their religion, terrorism is terrorism, and it doesn't even have to involve physical violence to be considered a terroristic act.

Many of us are in a state of denial, and that denial has become lethal and is killing thousands of innocent people at the rate of about 130 per day in this country, far more than any Middle Eastern "terrorist."

JUDITH ZITKO

Hot Springs Village

It's on plant owners

"Immigration raids sweep up 680 workers in Mississippi" says the headline in Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Who cares that the raids were "planned months ago"--regardless of the legality of these raids? My question is: Why weren't the owners and operators of the food plants where the raids occurred rounded up, separated from their families and detained without notification of their loved ones? I believe they are the real criminals here, not the people working hard to provide for their families!

What's the old adage about what is good for the goose is good for the gander?

JOHN G. COOKE

North Little Rock

C'mon, do your jobs

Tom Cotton, John Boozman, Steve Womack, Rick Crawford, Bruce Westerman and French Hill all watch from their hidey-holes while Rome burns!

MARY STOREY

Fayetteville

Editorial on 08/10/2019

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  • JakeTidmore
    August 10, 2019 at 6:06 a.m.

    Mayberry's letter in support of religious tyranny reminds me that this country was founded and formed to escape such slavery to an outdated and dysfunctional system. Looking at Mayberry's writing, one can see that he is not so much focused on the keys to heaven as he is on the keys to jail cells where he can lock up those who disagree with him.
    Freedom, equality and justice mean nothing to tyrants and their supporters. The message to Mayberry and his fellow oppressors is simple: Sic semper tyrannis.

  • WGT
    August 10, 2019 at 9:18 a.m.

    Mr. Mayberry’s opinion clearly indicates how religion poisons the mind and corrupts the moral compass within. What a shallow man.

  • RBear
    August 10, 2019 at 9:34 a.m.

    Mayberry's letter takes us back to a nation where people of color were oppressed, but at least they were "happy" as Dixiecrats would like to tell us. It takes us back to a nation where the nation had many second class citizens, contrary to the ideas of our founders. It takes us back to an era when those "pastors" preached hate and damnation from the pulpit to scare the church into submission to their ideas, not God's.
    ...
    Yesterday, I was driving towards Little Rock and saw a digital billboard that said in crude white letters on a red background (my guess, to denote the color of the Republican Party), "AMERICA. LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT". Kind of a stark statement, but also kind of an ignorant statement. I love America and continue fight for an America that is better today and tomorrow than the past. I love an America who values the lives and contributions of all. I love an America that tolerates all sides of the argument.
    ...
    But, my guess is that the one who paid for that message probably feels I don't love America and should leave. That seems to be the message of people like the president and many right wingers. The last time I checked, I don't remember any progressive telling right wingers to leave America. No one political party "owns" this country. We all live here together and work together, even if we disagree.
    ...
    My guess is that Mayberry is one of those "America. Love it or leave it" folks.

  • ARMNAR
    August 10, 2019 at 9:40 a.m.

    I eagerly await Wacky Jack’s letters.

    In these trying times, we can all use a good laugh to start our day.

  • JakeTidmore
    August 10, 2019 at 3:14 p.m.

    Those who say "America, love it or leave it!" are pedantic twits who choose not to look at or discuss the very real problems we have as a nation. These folks are actually anti-patriots who have abdicated their responsibilities as Citizens and, even worse, demand that every Citizen abdicate these Duties of Citizenship.

    Per the US Declaration of Independence:
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    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
    **
    Bottom line: The concept of " Love it or leave it" is nothing more than a demand that Citizens "just shut up and accept" injustice and the status quo rather than calling it out and actually working to correct it.
    Consider why this is addressed in the First Amendment, and consider what our history would look like had the early Revolutionaries honored King Georges' very similar demands that they "Love it or leave it"!

    These words "America: Love it or leave it", given our national history of rebellion against plutocrats and aristocracy, are absolutely the most horrendously un-American thing one could possibly say to a fellow Citizen who's calling out bullsh*t and trying to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances!"
    It is not a concerned democracy uttering these wicked words - it is selfish fascism. It is the battle cry of jingoistic toads.

  • wolfman
    August 11, 2019 at 8:33 a.m.

    It still blows my mind how evangelicals can support trump. or how anybody with even an ounce of a brain could. all trump has accomplished is signing orders striking down previous administrations laws. i dont get the draw to trump other than the repubs love him because he is anti abortion. republicans..the official party for hypocrites.

  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    August 11, 2019 at 8:33 p.m.

    poor judith, i know you think your heart is in the right place but even thinking about taking away my right to protect myself is just not going to fly in this blessed country. did you know that according to the FBI more knives kill people in America than rifles ? please don't take mine I won't be able to cut my filet. Judith did you also know that the US does not even make the top ten list of countries with the most shooting deaths per capita. the list is as follows 1. Norway 2.Serbia 3.France 4. Macedonia
    5.Albania 6. Slovakia 7.Finland 8. belgium 9. Czech republic.

  • JakeTidmore
    August 12, 2019 at 4:31 p.m.

    Enough BS and lies. Here's the accurate gun rate deaths list:

    htt ps://ww w.cbsnews.co m/news/how-u-s-gun-deaths-compare-to-other-countries/
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    EXCERPT from opening paragraphs -
    Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries, a new study finds.
    -
    Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States' gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. And, even though the United States' suicide rate is similar to other countries, the nation's gun-related suicide rate is eight times higher than other high-income countries, researchers said.
    The study was published online Feb. 1 in The American Journal of Medicine.
    **
    Dig into the research:\
    htt ps://w ww.vox.co m/2018/8/29/17792776/us-gun-deaths-global
    **
    EXCERPT -
    Out of the world’s 251,000 gun deaths every year, there’s a group of six countries that make up more than half of those deaths — and the United States is in it, according to a new study published in JAMA.
    The five other countries are Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and Guatemala, which have differing problems, but generally have much weaker economies and institutions — particularly criminal justice systems — than America. No other developed nation comes close to the death toll these other countries face to gun violence, which, for the purposes of this study, excludes deaths from war, terrorism, executions, and police.
    -
    The US is one of 17 countries (out of 195) in which both the firearm homicide rate and the firearm suicide rate were higher than the global median.
    -
    For comparison, the US's rate of 10.6 gun deaths per 100,000 people was much higher than Switzerland's 2.8, Canada's 2.1, Germany's 0.9, the United Kingdom's 0.3, and Japan's 0.2.

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