After an onslaught of unacceptable actions from our current commander-in-chief, what can the average person do? I urge every voting citizen to contact their senators and congressmen. Let them know that we can no longer allow this person to represent the United States of America.
In Arkansas so far, our representatives have said nothing about the unacceptable actions of Trump. It is high time that someone from the Republican side of the aisle stood up for the Constitution of the United States and supported the ongoing impeachment inquiry. We need to take action before it's too late.
Our forefathers built checks and balances into our Constitution just for this type of situation. Unfortunately, the current president does not respect these laws, set up to prevent the holder of the highest office of the land from abusing it for personal and political gain. If Cotton, Boozman and Womack had a backbone among them, they would know how to do the right thing, and vote for impeachment to remove this poor excuse for a leader.
When everyone does their civic duty by letting their representatives know what they want, together we honor the Constitution.
I am disabled. I am medically unable to work. I receive benefits, roughly half of what a person would make working full time at minimum wage, and that is what the government thinks I can live on.
I do not, however, get full disability; what I get is SSI, which is intended to be supplemental to part-time work. Part-time work both my doctors and the doctors they sent me to have said I cannot do. Why? Because I did not work in the three quarters prior to applying for disability.
Basically, I can't get full benefits because I was too disabled to work just before applying, so I only qualify for benefits that are for supplementing part-time workers' income.
Does this make sense? It is not enough for anyone to live on. I just cannot understand it.
I am expected to get by, with extensive medical expenses, on $771 a month. I am expected to pay my bills, feed myself, and pay my rent with that. I do receive Medicaid, which covers about half my monthly medical costs I have due to my disabilities, and I get $85 in SNAP.
How does this make sense? Where is the human factor in all this? Why can they not look at people's cases as individual cases, and give benefits accordingly? That would be logic.
I have been whittled down to numbers, not need, not fact, not human. Where is the compassion?
New ways of thinking
Who says there is nothing but bad news in the headlines? Kudos for the new Pulaski County Mental Health Court operating as part of the Little Rock District Court's criminal division.
Yes, there are thoughtful ways to help our citizens with behavioral problems when they are arrested. Dare I even say compassionate ways? An alternative to jail along with treatment options is a real step forward.
Thanks to all in the criminal justice system for proving there are new ways of thinking about age-old problems.
About white privilege
All you Americans who suffer from the shame of white privilege, I have some advice for you: Don't. White privilege is nothing but a construct of leftist muttonheads to make you feel pity for minorities and guilt for your life, whether good or bad.
How do you think your progeny will feel when all they've ever heard since birth is everything from slavery to black-on-black crime is their fault?
Blah, blah, blah, same old story, same old song and dance. Have you, your parents or grandparents ever owned slaves? No? Have you, your parents or grandparents ever known a slave? No, because slavery ended more than 150 years ago.
I do believe slavery was dreadful. I would like it immensely if it was not part of our past, but it is; however, white Americans today had nothing to do with it and have nothing to feel guilty about.
This country consists of millions of fine patriotic Americans of numerous races and ethnicities. Can't we all just get along?
Also, it's highly unlikely anyone born in this part of the world at any time during the last 500 years or so would have ever been born if Europeans had not come here. Our ancestors going back many generations would all have had to have met, loved, and married the same person as they actually did, and conceived the same children at the same time as they actually did (and let's not disregard unwed mothers and adopted children). If Europeans had stayed in Europe, the odds of all that happening are astronomical.
So, if you like living, thank a white person. As for white privilege, I'll say this about that: It is some kinda good. I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.
Wink, wink. Smile.
RICHARD D. SANDERS
Our brothers in arms
Some want to criticize Mr. Trump for abandoning the Kurds. The jury is still out as to the validity of what has been done.
When I read that a Vietnam veteran is critical of our abandoning our brothers, I'm reminded of the Vietnamese brothers and sisters that we abandoned. May God have mercy on our souls.
Editorial on 10/26/2019
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