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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Hypocrisy in action | Rise to the occasion | People can pick crops

April 17, 2020 at 3:11 a.m.

Hypocrisy in action

NASCAR Cup driver Kyle Larson recently used a racial slur during an iRacing event which was broadcast live on national television. Because of this, his sponsors dropped him, and his team, Chip Ganassi Racing, fired him. He has also been ordered to undergo sensitivity training by NASCAR. This may even end his racing career.

He soon issued the requisite apology and is, of course, being upbraided relentlessly by innumerable people on social media for uttering the abominable "n-word." Kyle could admit his guilt from now until Democrats start loving the president, and it will never be enough for those whose raison d'etre is drooling over a person's self-induced fall from grace.

I have been a fan of NASCAR for several years and I believe Kyle to be a fine young man and an excellent racecar driver. I also believe he feels extremely remorseful for his use of the hateful word and he will no doubt have to live with the opprobrium for the rest of his days.

However, many, if not most, of these same people who are castigating Kyle have no compunction whatsoever for spewing the detestable GD dozens of times a day. Hypocrites one and all.

You tell me which is worse: the "n-word." or GD. I'd say it's glaringly obvious.

RICHARD D. SANDERS

Benton

Rise to the occasion

To quote Thomas Paine, "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Let us not be summer soldiers nor sunshine patriots, but rise to the occasion: Shelter in place, wash our hands, and practice social distancing when it is necessary to go out so we will deserve the love and thanks of man and woman. We can do this!

JANICE BOTNER

Little Rock

People can pick crops

I saw the picture of the Florida farmer who stated his crops would have to be plowed under for lack of "migrants" to pick them. At the same time, America has 16 million people out of work. Where are they? Also, are there not a lot of hungry people who would be glad to pick the produce for themselves and others?

Where I lived before moving to Arkansas, we used to pay farmers to pick strawberries in the summer and apples in the orchards every fall. Maybe something for the farmers in Florida, California and Texas to think of when the crops start coming in.

GAIL SALMEN

Hot Springs Village

Editorial on 04/17/2020

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