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OPINION | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Bill cruel, unrealistic | On loving our nation | Alleviating poverty

March 3, 2021 at 3:59 a.m.

Bill cruel, unrealistic

Legislators: About SB6, put simply, this bill is cruel. It shows an astonishing lack of empathy and absolutely no regard for the myriad complex situations that can occur in life and lead to fraught pregnancies.

If you truly want to show respect for life, then please study the reasons behind unwanted or nonviable pregnancies and then use that knowledge to address the problems with realistic solutions. Take a clue from Colorado. That state saw teenage abortion rates decline a whopping 64 percent over eight years when they made contraception widely available and cheap. In the long run, for every dollar spent on contraception, they immediately saved almost $3 on social services, so in addition to reducing the abortion rate dramatically, this was also a cost-effective program.

Like hunger and thirst, the desire for sex is a primary biological driver. Statistically, the odds are very high that many, if not all, of you had sex before you were married or financially independent. There is also a very reasonable probability that some of you men may have contributed--whether you knew it or not--to an unwanted pregnancy and possible abortion. This is especially true if you are from Arkansas, which has the highest teen birth rate in the nation now, just as it did when I was a teenager in the 1970s.

So instead of pretending like you can legislate this issue away, why not examine the reality and do the hard work to solve the problem? If Colorado did, why can't we? Must Arkansas always hold the distinction of being at the bottom?

Vote no on SB6. It is regressive, cruel, and unrealistic. And if you do vote yes, then to be morally consistent you must work to close down all fertility clinics in Arkansas so long as they continue to freeze--and eventually discard--unwanted frozen embryos.

SUZANNE WILMOTH

Rogers

On loving our nation

It's one thing to ask how anyone could say they love this country and vote for Biden, Harris, Schumer, or Pelosi. We live in a land (for now) where we are privileged to disagree with each other. However, now they propose this American Rescue Plan, over $1.9 trillion, in printed money! How much of it, in truth, will benefit ordinary folks? It's suicide for our beloved country.

Perhaps the better question is: Do they and their voters, supporters and advocates really love the United States of America? If they truly do, they have a very strange way of showing it. It's called debt.

JOHN HAIN JR.

Little Rock

Alleviating poverty

I wanted to say thank you to Rep. Steve Womack, Sen. Tom Cotton, and Sen. John Boozman. They have worked hard and diligently on multiple different issues here in Arkansas and in Congress. One of the issues that they have worked on is the issue of poverty. These men have worked to help provide a possibility of better poverty help within our own state along with the country.

Having them support the International Affairs Budget will help to take their great work that they have done here in Arkansas and in the United States to another level. Helping those that are in poverty globally will not only benefit those in need around the world, but could start to help those in our own country and state. Thank you again, Representative Womack, Senator Cotton, and Senator Boozman for the hard work you all have done, and please support the International Affairs Budget.

ASHLEY WILSON

Fayetteville

Pandemic president

In response to Mr. Gary Lamkin's letter: I, too, am thankful I received my shots, but if Mr. Trump had reacted earlier than he did, we may have had a vaccine earlier, or maybe not have even had a pandemic.

And in response to Mr. Floyd Hopson's letter: No, I do not miss President Trump!

SHARON MILLER

Sherwood

Keep open for solar

Arkansas has a bright future and potential to lead in innovation. Solar is one of the fastest growing industries, and Arkansas is ranked 11th in the nation for solar potential. Why not lead the nation in adopting new energy practices? I think that is what is great about Arkansas. That it is surprising. Exciting solar progress has already been made in the state. This past year, Batesville School District saved millions and expanded teacher pay by switching to solar. This was possible because the 2019 Solar Access Act allowed for third-party financing, and spurred the adoption of solar technologies by cities, businesses, and school districts. Since 2019, Arkansas has moved from 43rd to 25th in the nation in solar.

However, utility companies are making efforts to jeopardize this opportunity. The progress that was made is so important to continue sustainable progress for the state. Arkansans have expressed demand for energy options. Expanding solar access is a smart move for the economy and protects the natural resources of the state. The Legislature must keep Arkansas open for solar business.

LILLI STOREMSKI

Fayetteville

Maybe try to read bill

Your editorial, "Oh, what a relief it is," raises some interesting questions for this subscriber. Your critique of the covid relief initiative states that we should find out what's actually in the bill. To investigate this, you read a handful of news accounts about the bill.

Did any of you bother to read the actual bill? Wouldn't that constitute actual journalism? If researching the bill is too hard, step aside and hire reporters who can do it. I'd rather that our subscription money go toward real reporting, not your USA Today subscription.

RON WARREN

Fayetteville

Answer to question

Trump: Miss me yet?

Not now, not ever!

JOHN DUPREE

Fayetteville

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