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White Christmas in the hills

Donald Trump's plan to fight global warming with nuclear winter seems to be gaining traction with factions of the far right. One Ozark Mountain city, the de-facto home of the Ku Klux Klan, has put in a bid to host the very first Nuclear Winter Olympics in December 2021. Despite the fact that the city has experienced no measurable snowfall in the past five years, they have announced the Olympic theme, which will be "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas."

David Rose

Hot Springs

More hydropower

Most Arkansas residents are unaware that Arkansas can help prevent fossil fuel diminishment, which is calculated to happen in less than 110 years. As a state abundant with water sources, Arkansas has the opportunity to convert all energy sources from fossil fuels to hydropower, energy from the flow of water that can form electricity with generators.

Currently, coal is the primary source for Arkansas's electricity. Approximately half of the electricity used in the state uses it, because coal is known to be the least expensive energy substance for the energy it produces, making the electricity cost cheap, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, the coal supply is estimated to deplete in 107 years.

Hydropower has the ability to be a substitute for coal to provide electricity. Arkansas is qualified to expand the use of hydropower as Arkansas has 1,193 state regulated dams; however, only 17 are being used for hydropower, according to the "2014 Report Card for Arkansas' Infrastructure" [of the Arkansas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers].

If the use of hydropower becomes greater than fossil fuels, the amount of available electricity would rise, because hydropower can convert 90 percent of the inputted energy into electricity, whereas coal is capable of 60 percent. Arkansas's electricity price is currently 9.85 cents per kilowatt hour, and this could decrease more with the use of hydropower. Lower electricity prices would be beneficial for Arkansas's economy because it has the third lowest median household income.

Minjeong Seok

Hot Springs

Against HB 1665

Everyone I know considers their dog to be a part of their family. As a dog lover and owner myself, I feel obligated to voice my sincere opposition to House Bill 1665. This bill will prohibit documentation of abuse and neglect in puppy mills and on farms throughout the state. Too many egregious acts have been documented in puppy mills, including dogs being left without food and water, not receiving necessary medical care and being left outside to perish in the freezing cold. Of equal concern, this bill also hinders the report of senior abuse in nursing homes and child abuse in day cares. House Bill 1665 will keep dogs in the cold and will keep citizens in the dark to these atrocities that are committed towards both animals and humans. If you are an animal lover, or care to protect vulnerable children and the elderly, please urge your representative to vote NO on HB 1665.

Elisabeth Davis

Little Rock

A bill being considered by politicians in Little Rock, HB 1665, threatens the health and safety of Arkansas citizens. This measure would discourage employees from documenting unsanitary, dangerous conditions at their workplaces. By suppressing the efforts of whistleblowers on industrial farms, for example, we would be allowing negligent acts to go unnoticed and unrectified. In 2015 alone, the USDA initiated a total of 626 food recalls. One major company had to recall 523,380 pounds of pork and pork-related products that same year due to unsanitary conditions that led to an outbreak of Salmonella. The list goes on and on. The scary reality is that many of these farms supply the food that ends up on our plates. It is our right to safe and disease-free foods. No citizen should have to worry about whether what they are eating will make them sick. Please join me in opposing HB 1665.

Kimberly Ortiz

Mabelvale

From the web

In response to last week's cover story, "Resist, Arkansas!":

A bunch of gullible females being sucked in by George Soros. They are silly and their waste of time is not going to accomplish anything. It's time for them and all of those who won't acknowledge the election results to realize HILLARY LOST; AMERICA WON THE ELECTION.

golfer71909

The misogynist ignores the men who joined the women to resist.

The tea party was bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers, and nobody sees Soros anywhere except those who traffic in fear and hate. You really can't believe 50 percent can stand up? 

America lost the election because we lost our moral standing in the world by electing a narcissistic, pathological liar as president. The whole world knows it, even the Republicans who just pass it off as not mattering one whit.

TuckerMax

I guess none of these women have a 401K or an IRA that they've looked at lately. That's what's silenced the liberal men.

pissavus

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