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In response to Mara Leveritt's Sept. 28 cover story, "Who's afraid of Barry Seal?":

Not sure of the exact time, but back then a county deputy (later a drug task force officer) told me he'd been on a mountaintop near the Polk County line when a large twin-engine aircraft flew over so low that he threw himself on the ground to avoid the propellers. This guy is now deceased, but he never lied to me about anything else.


louie, when I lived in NW Arkansas there was an emergency services director who came from Polk County. He told me about a plane crash in which the plane was full of guns. And of seeing Oliver North in town before anyone knew who Oliver North was. 


In response to Gene Lyons' Oct. 2 column, "Trump and sports":

Gene, you're spot-on with "... sports stars have constituencies of their own." Trump would do well to walk away from that battle. Could this be the straw that breaks the Donald's back? We can always hope.

Tony Galati

President Trump took an oath to defend the country when he took office, so if sport stars are entitled to speak their issues, this wrestling style takedown by the world leader slaps fiction to life with honest tell-it-like-it-is truth.

I don't know if Betsy Ross was real or make-believe, but I do know American soldiers were sacrificed liberating German concentration camps during WWII and were symbolized by the flag they hoisted high, Old Glory. Receiving the Stars and Stripes, a treasured piece of cloth, those Holocaust survivors knew for the rest of their days it was to be a symbol that brave men stood for something.


Odd, then, that Trump showed comparatively little indignation when Charlottesville marchers carried swastikas, don't you think?


The first line of Gene's article describes my brother. "For normal people, sports often serve as a refuge from politics." After a hard, long day at work, he just wants to come home, go to the internet and relax by reading sports statistics and articles about the actual game. He doesn't like politics and works 60 hours a week and has a demanding family to take care of, so he barely has time to sleep. He is irked that Trump has invaded the one place he can relax and filled it with his ugly, ranting political outbursts.


In response to the Oct. 2 Arkansas Blog post, "Arkansas officials react to mass shooting" in Las Vegas:

The price to pay to live in a society with such open and easy access to guns was paid by the poor folks shot to pieces like fish in a barrel last night.  Until American society decides they've had enough of this crap and starts getting serious about putting some controls on the easy availability of guns, this is only going to continue.

Rick 1

Yes, in general, more guns make us safer, but rifles designed solely for killing large numbers of human beings make us the most safe. Whether it be an AR-15 or an AK clone, every family needs one.

Ivan the Republican

Sickening weak responses from the usual numbskulls. Here's a thought: gun control, tougher gun laws, military weapons not sold to random batshit civilians, and praying mantis legislators resign so effective laws can be passed.


In response to the Oct. 2 Arkansas Blog post, "NFL fans boo players kneeling to pray before Anthem: It isn't about the flag":

That the kneeling that is supposedly "dividing" the country is a phenomenon driven by the pig grunts of hate being uttered by The Orange Idiot, who seeks to actively sow hatred and division as a distraction from his complete unfitness for office and his utterly failed administration filled with con artists, gangsters and grifters.


The whole point of Kaepernik's kneeling was that there were cameras attached to a mass audience. As a conversation starter, it seems to have worked.


Ever think about how history will treat The Donald? If he's lucky he'll be remembered around the world as an arrogant, egotistical and crass jackass.


In response to the Sept. 27 Arkansas Blog post, "Governor laments defeat of Obamacare repeal. 300,000-plus Arkansans don't join him":

Asa Hutchinson has certainly shed a tear or two for the propertied class.

"... [I] will continue to focus on creating a more efficient, sustainable system of health care in The Natural State for future generations."

Translation: "If we can make the rules more byzantine, we can cull the rolls of folks, who will then hopefully dutifully die, thus freeing up money for more top-rate income tax cuts. As our lawd of prosperity gospel intends."


I'm still at a loss as to why he was willing to give $6 billion away. This country we live in under Republican domination is becoming more and more bizarre!


Let's not kid ourselves. This governor can do math. He knows full well what the passage of Graham-Cassidy would have done to Arkansas, to the state budget and to his ability to continue to cut taxes (which has been made possible by all of the Obamacare money flowing into the state's coffers).

The bill's failure allows him to have his cake and eat it, too: healthy budget, more tax cuts and the opportunity to say all the things that the mouth-breathers want to hear.

He's safe, but his right flank is wobbly and his legislative allies need him to toe the line on this issue.


In response to the Sept. 25 Arkansas Blog post, "Husbands' influence on the vote of women," citing a wife who voted for Trump because her husband worked in the coal industry:

You'd think a college-educated woman would be able to look around her and see that coal is a dying resource for power generation or much of anything else.  Well, unless WWIII breaks out. Then we, or rather those of us who are still around, will use anything we can scrounge up. Do you think that woman will be able to adapt?


In an election where you had two evils, either vote was going to be a loser.  The man didn't seem to have any influence on the woman who voted Trump. As a thinking person, she gave it the economic thought about who would do better for an industry her husband had a stake in, and he didn't have to tell/ask/beg her to make that Trump vote.  Still, this mass hysteria is rather illuminating as those who seek to blame those percentage of women that had valid reason, based in fact, of why they wouldn't stomach Hillary Clinton as president.

Steven E

I'm happy that my wife and I agree on politics. I can't imagine what it would be like to live in a house divided, such as that of Mary Matalin and her husband, James Carville, who not only vote differently, but actively work for candidates who are diametrically opposed on all of the critical issues. I am sure there have been times when each has had to destroy the other politically. How can love survive in such an atmosphere?


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