Take your own ad­vice

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Dear edi­tor:

Tom Cot­ton is on re-elec­tion mode, spout­ing the old Repub­li­can mantra of trickle-down eco­nom­ics, now called “state’s au­ton­omy and flex­i­bil­ity.” The rea­son we need a strong EPA, not the new Repub­li­can ver­sion, is that some state-re­laxed en­vi­ron­men­tal laws en­dan­ger their cit­i­zens, but also that dirty air and wa­ter flows into many other states. Cot­ton even touted Trump’s direc­tive to ig­nore ris­ing sea lev­els when per­mit­ting builds in flood plains! Build, make lots of money, get elected and leave the prob­lems for oth­ers.

State gov­ern­ments are eas­ier to con­trol with big busi­ness do­na­tions, then over­look­ing crit­i­cal fed­eral build­ing and safety laws. Mem­o­ries are short about the thou­sands of pol­luted in­dus­trial sites and wa­ter­ways that had to be cleaned up by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment over the last 60 years.

Cot­ton praised the new coal power plant in Ful­ton for its clean en­ergy op­er­a­tion, but won’t credit EPA for the Clean Air Laws.

In­di­vid­ual state con­trol of hur­ried mass tran­sit projects will, in some cases, re­sult in lax plan­ning, sub­stan­dard com­po­nents, more worker in­juries and the old kick­back sys­tem flour­ish­ing. How­ever, con­struc­tion and sup­plier busi­ness own­ers, along with some politi­cians, will see sig­nif­i­cant per­sonal eco­nomic growth. Not much in­crease will “trickle down” to the work­ers.

Tom Cot­ton, please take your own ad­vice on char­ac­ter; work for all cit­i­zens, not just wealthy con­trib­u­tors and Don­ald Trump. You men­tioned work­ing with Democrats to solve prob­lems, do it! Look to John McCain for true lead­er­ship, not Trump. Jim Pumphrey Gar­land County

‘Thanks’ for sup­port

Dear edi­tor:

On Aug. 19, Brick City Pizza-Up­town pro­vided pizza and hosted a party for the Friends of Hot Springs Na­tional Park vol­un­teers. On be­half of the board of direc­tors of the Friends, I would like to thank Brick City for pro­vid­ing de­li­cious pizza for our group and al­ways sup­port­ing our fundrais­ing events. Those vol­un­teers at­tend­ing were Bill Pyla, Bob Doyle, Claude Pol­lard, Jenna White, Mark Tay­lor and Melli Sand­mon.

Ad­di­tional vol­un­teers are needed at the Cul­tural Cen­ter in the Ozark Bath House to greet visi­tors, an­swer their ques­tions and help raise funds for the restora­tion of the Mau­rice Bath House. In­ter­ested per­sons, please con­tact Rox­anne at 501-638-4575 for in­for­ma­tion. Vice Pres­i­dent Den­nis R. Magee Friends of HSNP

Sav­ing day­light?

Dear edi­tor: Day­light sav­ing time.

It’s that time again when we have to up­set our body clocks.

As a wise old In­dian put it, “Only the U.S. gov­ern­ment thinks that if you cut 6 inches off the top of a blan­ket and sew it on the bot­tom, you will have a longer blan­ket.”

My ques­tion is, “What does the gov­ern­ment do with all that day­light they sup­pos­edly saved?” Sonny Starnes Hot Springs

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