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About law and order

The Biden 2020 sign in my front yard lasted somewhat less than 24 hours before being stolen by, I imagine, pro-Trump thugs. Meanwhile, Trump flags have been flying for months at a house a few blocks away undisturbed.

It makes one wonder who really is the law-and-order candidate.

TOM DICKSON

Heber Springs

Support local officers

Sen. Tom Cotton's unwavering support for law enforcement and his efforts to keep our cities safe across the country certainly makes Arkansas proud. Democratic mayors and governors that are turning their backs to the law-abiding citizens and encouraging riots are not what America stands for at all. Senator Cotton is standing with the citizens that these local officials took an oath to protect.

For months, Americans watched in horror as anarchists devastated small and large businesses, burned police and privately owned vehicles, destroyed historical statues, and attacked law enforcement officers. Senator Cotton has spoken out against these horrific actions, and as a law-abiding citizen, I applaud him for standing strong and not backing down!

I am supporting Sen. Tom Cotton and continue to appreciate our law enforcement. Thank you, Senator Cotton, and thanks to law enforcement across this great nation. I feel safe and secure in our community thanks to the great work of our local law enforcement.

DIANNA LANKFORD

Bentonville

Sets a poor example

Leslie Rutledge, as attorney general of Arkansas and aspiring governor, set an extremely poor example at the recent RNC. She was photographed many times with no mask, no social distancing. We currently have approximately 800 deaths in Arkansas (nationally, heading toward 190,000) and over 60,000 people infected with this virus. The current governor has repeatedly asked the people of this state to follow these precautions in an effort to contain this awful virus.

Her behavior shows a lack of respect on many levels: to the governor, those who have died and their families, the ones who have been or are currently infected. Schoolchildren and teachers who are trying to maintain precautions on their return to school. The health-care workers who have been working tirelessly trying to take care of infected patients while keeping themselves and their families virus-free; sadly some have succumbed.

If you don't have respect for the people of this state, which she clearly has demonstrated she does not, then she has no business trying to be the governor or, for that matter, an effective attorney general.

SUSAN TURTON WEEKS

Sherwood

Back in the old days

Remember, back in the old days, when you either liked the president, or you didn't? Sadly, it seems, those days are gone.

I'm pretty old, so I've seen a lot of presidents come and go. I stayed up past midnight in 1960, hoping that JFK would win. Just four years later, I was rooting for Barry Goldwater. Times and opinions change.

I really liked the Reagan years, and we built a prosperous business during those optimistic times. I kind of liked both Bush administrations, but wasn't crazy about the Clinton and Obama years.

The mood of the country and opinions seem to have changed during the Obama administration. Like or don't like seemed to be transformed to love or hate. I'm sure that there are a lot of factors that contributed to that but, for the first time, if you happened to disagree with the president or the administration, you were a racist.

I support President Trump and look forward to voting for his re-election. I don't approve of everything that he says or does, and his tweets just drive me crazy.

That aside, it's hard to deny that the country, and our people, are better off than we have been for a long time. Not just rich people, but people at every level and regardless of ethnicity. Prior to the pandemic, our economy had grown to levels not seen before. The total number of people in the workforce was unprecedented, and unemployment lower than I can ever remember.

I'd like to think that we could return to "like or dislike" from our current "love or hate." I'm not optimistic, though.

In Thursday's letters, Roger Webb writes, "Respectful disagreement no longer seems appropriate." What's next, Roger?

GORDON GONDEK

Little Rock

Ceding high ground

I believe that most Republicans today either espouse or at least knowingly tolerate blatantly un-American policies. I believe that systemic racism exists, that Black Lives Matter, and that the racist Confederate statue in Hot Springs should have been pulled down long ago.

I say the above as prelude to the following: Those of you who are vandalizing property, either government or private, in the name of the movement, and those of you who are seeking out violence in the name of the movement, are setting back the movement and giving the fascists grist for their fascist policies. You are, more importantly, abdicating the moral high ground that might otherwise serve to attract the supposed fence-sitters to your cause.

What do those of you who practice destruction and violence think, if you think at all, of Dr. King's words: "Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral." And "World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed." And "Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction."

Yes, by all means fight, fight, fight for justice. But let the fight be a good fight. Fight with the power of love, not hate. In the words of John Lewis, "Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."

STEVE OWEN

Hot Springs Village

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