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OPINION | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Keep solar accessible | Just lousy with pride | Signature is enough

February 19, 2021 at 3:23 a.m.

Keep solar accessible

As a freshman majoring in environmental science at the University of Arkansas, the environment and its protection are two things I have a strong passion for. After my brief but impactful first few months at the university and in Fayetteville, I have come to appreciate the breathtaking environment and nature surrounding me.

Lake Fayetteville has become my favorite place to go for a walk, and the amount of wildlife and plants I get to see reminds me why our environment needs to be conserved and protected. Fortunately, Arkansas' promotion of solar energy is achieving just that through the passing of the Solar Access Act in 2019.

However, the act is under threat of being weakened by Senate Bill 23. If this happens, access to solar will decrease and Arkansans will no longer be able to benefit from its economic growth for the state. I urge our Legislature to vote against SB23 and make sure solar energy is accessible for years to come.



Just lousy with pride

Here's a "dog bites man" scenario for you: The mob boss beat the rap. Who'd a-thunk it? Only the population, from coast to coast, and sea to shining sea, as I see.

And, don't it beat all, Arkansas gets more than its fair share of the "credit," as it turned out. What's that you say? How can that be?

Of course we all know about Tom Cotton and John Boozman, and their predictable votes for the boss man. Well, Arkansas can also lay claim to another pair of voters: Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, born in Springdale, and Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville, born in Camden.

One wonders if any other states can claim four such distinguished voters in the Senate?



Signature is enough

I believe there is no need to require a photo ID for absentee voting. I think about the way I access my safe deposit box at my bank. For many years, when I went to the bank, I gave them my key and told them my name. Now, how did they know I was really the owner? They simply had me sign my name in the record book and compared my signature to the one on file.

That is exactly what the clerk's office does when a voter signs the statement confirming his or her identity. It is abundantly clear that the proposed legislation is an attempt to limit voter participation.




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