Hill should protest investigation
Second District Congressman French Hill should not go along with the move to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He should protect the investigation into Russian interference and let us go together wherever the truth leads us.
We cannot abide the abuses of power that enable autocracy to flourish. Governmental powers must not be used to punish those who disagree or criticize, particularly those who do so justly and with reason.
The FISA warrants were not inappropriate. Russian interference, particularly via sophisticated social engineering, was very real and played a real role in our last election; it must be stopped. Their efforts continue even now.
Hill should help make sure the American people, armed with accurate information and not dissuaded by propaganda, are the people who choose our future. Don't let it be chosen for us by those who want us to become an autocracy.
Vikki Stefans Little Rock
Razorblade, in the July 19, 2018, edition of Arkansas Times you admonish Wannabe Conservative for comments about Tom Cotton. You say, "I understand snowflakes cannot tolerate those with other views or tell it like it is having seen problems up close and personal, but everyone is entitled to their opinion without being belittled for expressing it." Really? You "understand?" I think not. You do realize you're using belittling language toward someone for expressing an opinion? The very thing for which you call out Wannabe. Is Wannabe any less entitled to an opinion than Cotton, or you for that matter? You're trying to take the moral high ground while at the same time tossing yourself from its heights.
RL Hutson Cabot
The rise of the U.S. economy may be over. Investors are no longer earning as much interest on their Treasury bonds, as indicated by the recent flattening of the yield curve, a graph that tracks the value of Treasury bond interest up to the maturity of the bonds. This flattening yield curve has been the harbinger of economic recession since 1970. The next recession will likely be the result of a confluence of damaging factors and events. The biggest negative factor may be the sinking reputation of America abroad. President Trump is a natural-born disruptor and has ruined trust in America. The rest of the world must trust America in order to continue buying our products and services. Also, if our bonds are no longer lucrative, then why buy them? China and other countries provide the money for Congress to operate when Congress accumulates budget deficits. Low-yield bonds and Trump's disruptions could scare away these funding sources. Congress would be prompted to cut social programs out of future budgets and millions of governmental employees would be laid off. These unemployed workers would no longer have the money to buy services and goods. Here at home, Trump's tariffs have already put the fear of bankruptcy into farms and businesses. What can we do to fix the problem? We can remove the disruptor and install an enabler.
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In response to the results of our annual Best of Arkansas readers poll:
What a joke of an article. David Bazzel is the worst Little Rocker? This is ridiculous.
This is the most ridiculous article I have ever seen. David Bazzel is a great citizen, and has accomplished enormous feats for our state. arktimes should be embarrassed to publish such garbage.
Sheesh, everyone knows I'm a lot worse than the Baz!
I just want to say I think this "article" is horrible and wrong because everyone knows that good canoeing / kayaking rivers are completely different from good tubing rivers and they should in no way be lumped together!! Seriously though, this is great and entertaining and most of it spot-on and well deserved. Good job.
Kristal KStar Kuykendall
I don't know them all, but the ones that I do know were right on! That inspires me to want to try out the winners and runners-up in other categories. Thank you!
In response to Autumn Tolbert's July 26 column "Loving libraries":
Thanks for supporting one of the most important resources a community can have. People who want to get rid of libraries have no realization of how a library works, the services it provides, and the overall value you get for the money spent. Librarians find the work rewarding even though they are often paid less than most others who hold specialty degrees. Librarians have often fought social and political battles to ensure that everyone can have access to the information that they need. As a library user from an early age, a former librarian, and someone who supports lifelong learning, the views expressed in that Forbes article were horrifying.
I have occasion to speak to parents of young children. Fundraising schoolbook fairs have replaced the library in the mind of many parents. If only schools had competition to get more kids to the library like they do for fairs. I use the analogy, "Have you ever gone to the fridge when there is food there, but you went to the store, and didn't know what you wanted till you got there and saw it? Stores for the stomach, libraries for the brain."
In response to Ernest Dumas' July 26 column about Trump's control of the news:
Ernest Dumas: Why don't you learn to write a long sentence? "While all the intelligence agencies of Trump's government, members of his Cabinet, nearly every member of Congress, including Arkansas's six Trump-fawning delegates, and every person who read the indictments of Russian agents declare with certainty that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 elections to elect Trump and a few Republican congressmen and is still engaged in that corruption, polls show that 90 percent of those who identify themselves as Republicans believe that Vladimir Putin and his espionage team are blameless or else, as Trump maintains, they were assisting "crooked Hillary."
Should they ever get to "Lock him up!" only the sentence of President Spanky should be longer!
In response to Guy Lancaster's review of the Fred Rogers biopic "Won't you be my neighbor?"
I was a couple of years past Mr. Rogers, and I saw only a few of them. But, no one can deny his impact on a generation of kids who saw it that they can define themselves by love and respect that they give and receive. And how he explained "assassination" June 7, 1968, and the separate episode on death only lightly touched on. Disheartening were the clips from Fox News about him that telling each kid "they were special" was just plain wrong, that no one is special, and that kids just have to suck it up and make themselves special [no one is special; we control your thoughts and mind]. Just like many of the asshole parents that created the bullies then and now, that also created the assholes in charge of American government.