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Served over 20 years

My dad comes to mind on Veterans Day. His dad was killed in World War I when Dad was 5 years old. He enlisted at 18 and served in the horse cavalry before they became mechanized, and he then became a tanker. He landed on D-Day in the first wave on Utah beach. Part of Patton's 3rd Army, he was part of the troops sent to aid the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded twice and earned a Silver Star.

Master Sergeant O.B. Hughes served over 20 years and passed away Sept. 25, 1994. I have tried to follow his lead and served 24 years myself.



Not all are respected

I know what Veterans Day stands for and represents, but the war is over and I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I would rather that it stay in the past, particularly when I think about how proud I was to wear that Air Force blue but could not wear it for fear of what the public would say or of being spit on.

Now, I want to be standing in the lines to get a free meal.


Little Rock

The poppy's meaning

Before 1954, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day and was often referred to as "poppy" day. One November day in the late 1940s when I was about 5 years old, my mother and I were in El Dorado shopping. A person on the sidewalk was handing out or possibly selling, as a fundraiser for veterans, small crepe-paper poppies, and one was given to me. That small red flower popped out in vivid contrast to the drab gray sky and sidewalks. It was my treasure.

Later on, I learned what Armistice Day was all about. More years passed before I learned the significance of the poppy as the flower of choice. The eloquent poem by John McCrae says it best: "In Flanders fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row ...".



Don't gloat, just work

The Democrats have a right to celebrate their victory over this president. But this is not the time for hyperbole like "mandates." Heck, they barely squeezed out a victory over probably the worst president in the history of this nation.

No, it is time for a deep and honest self-evaluation of how they have allowed the Republicans to cast them as left-wing socialists (communists) who only want to tax and spend, take "all" their guns away, allow open borders, etc., when the facts do not support those allegations. Ronald Reagan started the branding, and it is time for the Democrats to establish a plan to set the record straight. The handwriting is on the wall when you barely beat this disastrous president and lose congressional seats. No gloating; put your big-boy britches on and go to work, or you will be history.



Nurse practitioners

It's time to celebrate the nurse practitioners (NPs) in our lives, y'all! Nov. 8-14 is NP Week and, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, close to 300,000 NPs serve up compassion and support good health across the United States. NPs have earned advanced degrees and achieved clinical excellence since the first NP program was established in 1965 by Dr. Loretta Ford and Dr. Henry Silver.

The Arkansas Center for Nursing reports that over 3,000 licensed and certified NPs assess patients, order and interpret tests, make diagnoses and provide treatment including prescribing medications daily here in Arkansas. These hardworking NPs give quality health care in communities across this great state. From Magnolia to De Queen, Booneville to Cedarville, DeWitt to Maumelle, Paragould to Calico Rock, Eureka Springs and on over to Gentry, NPs collaborate with clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent-care centers, nursing homes and private practices across the Natural State.

This year has been deemed the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organization. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. It's clear that modern-day NPs are a crucial part of the patient care team working to tackle today's most pressing health-care concerns, including the treatment and prevention of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, as well as caring for those of us affected by covid-19. NP care is compassionate, safe, competent, caring, individualized and cost-effective. NPs know that building relationships based on trust leads to better health outcomes, empowered individuals and a better Arkansas.

Here's to NPs and to the good health of all Arkansans!



Applaud publication

A reader in your Nov. 6 edition condemned your paper for printing the entire text of Tucker Carlson's interview on Fox News with former Biden associate Anthony Bobulinski. In contrast, I applaud you for being one of the few news sources besides Fox to do so. My only regret is that the revelations contained in it probably came too late to prevent the Manchurian Candidate from reaching the White House.

The writer does not seemed concerned that neither Joe Biden nor any of his family have presented any evidence to refute Bobulinski's charges. Why not? If true, they make Watergate look like petty crime.



At long last, respite

A long sigh of relief was heard across the land; the murmur of "hallelujah" soon grew and grew, and the country returned to its ideals.


Pine Bluff

Sounds like the plan

Trump told George Stephanopoulos on nationwide TV in September that the virus would go away when everyone gets it. Why didn't Trump just come out and tell all Americans that he and the Republican Party were going with "herd mentality" (herd immunity) as their way to "solve" not only the covid-19 pandemic, but also to remove millions of boomers from Medicare and Social Security?




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