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Max Brantley's column "We are Penn State" is a horrible article.

You're normally a very factual and well-spoken journalist, but you should be ashamed of this article.

What a horrible attempt to put down the athletic program. To compare the situations at Arkansas with the scandal at Penn State is just plain ignorant.

It's not fair to bash all athletic programs for what happened at Penn State. Jeff Long/Arkansas did the right thing in their situation and don't deserve this low class smash job you are attempting.

Drew Albritton

Little Rock

Why expand Medicaid?

While Gov. Beebe considers expanding Medicaid eligibility, let's keep a few simple facts in mind. According to the Arkansas Medicaid director, Andy Allison, the total cost of Medicaid for Arkansas in 2011 was $4,700,000,000 (that's right, billion).

We pay only 30 percent of this amount, the rest being picked up by federal deficit spending.

The total Medicaid bill is the same amount as the entire state budget for 2013.

Per Mr. Allison, we are running a $400,000,000 deficit. Why on earth would we expand a program we cannot currently afford? To the proponents who flaunt their compassion, my question is: Why haven't you been advocating the expansion of this program before now?

It is only because someone else is paying for it. I cannot think of a better example of the failure of modern liberalism: legislating benefits that someone else has to pay for.

The simple solution is to not award public benefits unless you are willing to take the political and fiscal responsibility of paying for them. Unless you are willing to take such responsibility, then spare us your compassion.

Michael Emerson

Little Rock

What do we know?

Eight years of Regressive (Republican) policies deregulated banks, and these banks destroyed the economy. The practice still continues (Libor, Peregrin, etcetera) and it's obvious the Fed is complicit. Those banks are foreclosing on middle class families when THEY are to blame.

The Regressives are blocking presidential job-creating policies so they can destroy the economy and stage a power grab in the election.

"Our No. 1 job is to get rid of Obama!" they've said since day 1. Not to create jobs, not to fix the economy. To rid the country of our black president. Oh, yes, precious; I will play the race card. Regressives are racists. "Because TEA Party sounds so much nicer than 'Raving Homophobes and Racists.' " One fine bumper sticker.

Credit for the small businessman and for the middle class is gone. Retirement is a thing of the past. You work until you die.

The only business the Regressives care about is BIG business. Forget the little guy. CRUSH the little guy. Make him into a servant. SERVICE economy? Bull. It's a SERVANT economy. Serve the Rich.

Now an investment banker (yes he is) wants to be president. He promises to deregulate banks further. Regressives actually complain that the present president is a community organizer. As if that's a bad thing.

If the banker wins, it proves that the Regressives have been successful. Successful in sabotaging public education for the past 20 years.

What do we know?

NOTHING.

Figures.

Vote for Obama. Or serve others.

Jim King

Roland

The choice is obvious

The current administration wants to encourage family planning by making contraception available to all, at no charge through their health insurance.

Under the current provisions of the "Affordable Care Act" no one's religious freedom is compromised, nothing states that a person must use contraceptives, everyone can choose based on their religious beliefs.

Mitt Romney now says he is pro-life yet he profits from his ownership in Stericycle, a company that collects and disposes of fetuses.

The Securities and Exchange Commission lists Romney as an active participant in this investment. His deal helped Stericycle grow, while yielding tens of millions of dollars in profits for Romney and his partners.

I agree with my fellow Catholics: We must not leave our beliefs behind when we vote. Who is best to vote for, Obama who is reducing abortions by making contraceptives available to all or Romney who profits from abortions?

Robert Ricker

Melbourne

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