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After watching the scripted “town halls” of ambushed members of Congress, I've decided that “death panels” are a good idea. Not for granny, but for the terminally stupid who cannot think for themselves. 

John Wesley Hall

Little Rock

Youth in Asia need break

Every time I turn on NPR (National Propaganda Radio) I hear people beating up on youth in Asia. It used to be Daylight Saving Time people got mad about, or cheerleaders on the front page of their daily newspaper, but you don't hear much about those topics anymore. Farmers soon learned that their livestock just go to bed a little earlier and get up later. Or maybe it's the other way round. Whatever. And those cheerleaders only got on the front page once. Once! I'll bet their mamas and daddies cut that picture out and framed it.

The youth in Asia can't pick the country they get born in. They can't choose their parents. We wouldn't be beating up on them if they had been born in, say, Alabama, even though they would talk funny.

Take the Chinese. There are exactly 1.3 billion people living in Red China and out of that number exactly a half billion and 67 are youth, according to the latest census, though the lone census taker, an old man who got paid in noodles, may have lost track since the youth wouldn't stand still very long and because they all tend to wear the same color shirts. Some of them would have been easy to miss. So we need these youth. Think about the birth rate in Alabama. It's practically nonexistent. Where are we going to find people to take the jobs that will go begging when all those old folks die off if not those same Chinese youth we are beating up on now?

So stop it! The youth in Asia are doing just fine.

And don't get me started on global worming. We need those worms. In these troubled economic days, just going fishing can not only occupy your time but put food on the table. Ever walk down the sidewalk after a summer rainstorm? All those worms just come right out. That's why when I walk after a rain I carry a can half full of dirt and pick those worms up. Ever price those worms? Expensive.

Global worming. It's OK.

Ed Gray

Little Rock

What kind of person?

What kind of warped person would use words such as “euthanasia,” “death committee,” “death panels,” “death counseling,” “pull the plug on grandparents,” etc., to deliberately confuse, mislead and terrorize one of the two most vulnerable segments of our population, the elderly?

How about cowardly Republicants such as Gingrich, Palin, Walker and reich wing propagandists like Limbaugh and Beck to name a few. Worse are those who would continue supporting people spewing that venom and acting as lackeys for their masters by appealing to the fear, racism, bigotry and ignorance of many and cowardice on the part of those in Congress, on both sides of the aisle, making it probable that the minority are going to once again subvert the wishes of the majority of Americans who want our health system fixed.

I also question the integrity of the “born again” conservatives concerned about the cost to cover the health needs of all of our citizens, yet were noticeably silent when the Bush crime family borrowed almost one trillion dollars from the Chinese to murder innocent civilians in Iraq and another trillion or so to bail out insurance companies, Wall Street, the gouging banks and other corporate crooks.

In the elections of 2006 and 2008 a majority of Americans said “enough” and obviously this did not register on the “ditto heads” and will not until this same coalition for change begins standing up and demanding it, now.

Lew Huddleston

Pea Ridge

Rossism

I just read your editorial on Creeping Rossism, and while I totally agree with you, I'd like to clear up one point; You do indeed denigrate many of the 4th District residents to imagine that we support him or his lunacy in any way. Thousands of smart, thoughtful 4th District residents despair of the political efforts of Ross, Pryor and Lambert, all  with a thin “veneer” of Democrat covering their republican souls. Living in the Delta, I can tell you firsthand that they do NOT represent most of their constituents — only corporate agri, big business, and anyone craven enough to “contribute” to their coffers.

Charlotte Wales

Monticello, AR

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