I frequently disagree with the extremes of your politics. I do usually enjoy your columnists' positions if for no other reason than simply to read another opinion on an issue. Further, I am often impressed with the width and breath of some of your investigative articles.
However, two terrific stories contained in your Oct. 11 issue, to wit, "Fast Forward" by David Koon and "Goodbye to LR's Bushel Basket" by Rebekah Hall, deserve more than passing notice. Both were extremely interesting and offered unique perspectives on subjects not typically found in the Arkansas Times (or anywhere else).
Now, if we can find some middle ground on our politics ... .
Porter Brownlee Little Rock
The American Uncivil War
America's second Civil War started 155 years after the first. What started in Charleston Harbor at Fort Sumter, S.C., on April 12, 1861, was a battle that would become the American Civil War. The South would win this first battle only to lose the larger war four years later. The abolishment of slavery was the overriding cause of Southern states seceding from the union and it ultimately led to the conflagration that followed. On Nov. 8, 2016, our second Civil War was launched. Its adversaries are not defined by states, but by something far more compelling: their core values. These include respect for and adherence to civility in human relations, discourse and governance. Ending slavery has been trumped by efforts of the new Uncivil War combatants to perpetuate racism, misogyny and xenophobia. To add insult to outrageous behavior, additional efforts to dissolve our democracy are underway and are supported by claims that our media is the enemy of the people and that governmental agencies should be dedicated to serving the needs of our chief executive, not the citizens of the United States. Our legislative branch has already capitulated its authority to the White House, and our judicial branch will soon surrender its constitutional authority of checks and balances and fall in line with Congress to become another instrument of autocratic rule, not democratic governance. Divisiveness is their goal and hate is their weapon. "Lock her up" is the anthem of hatred that unifies the uncivil minority and its practiced cadence reverberates throughout the arena at their rallies, aka events where love of hate and propaganda prevail. Pageants of power now trump traditional political campaign rallies. Marriages, families, friendships, business partnerships and more have ended or been severely estranged due to irreconcilable differences in their respective values: civility vs. incivility. Reason vs. outrage. Thoughtfulness vs. rashness. Truth vs. alternative facts. Love of hate vs. pristine love. Those who favor representative democracy vs. those who are bent on hate-filled, autocratic rule. Those willing to defend our Constitution vs. those who deliberately subvert it. If you count yourself among America's civil majority, help stop the Uncivil War on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Vote.
Harry Herget Little Rock
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I guess the Republicans in our state are jumping for joy at this [Medicaid roll] news. Another 4,100 "lazy bums" thrown off the "public dole." Meanwhile, they continue to feed at the public trough themselves. Wake up, Arkansas voters, or prepare to live through another few years of being screwed over by these crooks.
"In a report released Monday morning, the state Department of Human Services said it had terminated the health insurance of another 4,109 Medicaid recipients ... ."
So in just one month another 4,109 of our fellow Arkansans along with another 4,353 the previous month no longer have affordable health insurance. They will still have the same health issues, but instead of getting them treated, this will result:
1) No visit to the doctor means many medical issues will go untreated and get worse, resulting in far more expensive treatment somebody will have to pay.
2) When they HAVE to go to the doctor or an ER because their medical problem has reached a critical point, the bills will go unpaid. Hospitals will suffer the losses or raise prices for everyone else to cover their costs.
3) Rural hospitals living on the edge financially will be forced to close. That lwill impact everyone in the surrounding communities, and result in more deaths for those facing true medical emergencies.
4) If the medical issues involve communicable diseases, guess who will then get them? The rest of us.
5) It means the tens of millions of federal government dollars that pay 93 percent of the cost of expanded Medicaid (current federal fiscal year beginning 10/1/18) are no longer part of the state's economy. Way to shrink the state's economy and cost us jobs, Asa.