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Re: “Terrified turkeys to fall from sky again

If it's really about bringing in lots of money, I'd love to see someone with a fat wallet offer him even more money than the festival brings in to NOT drop the birds. Then we'll see what his true motivations are.

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Posted by Amy Bradley-Hole on 10/05/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Race is not destiny

Is this supposed to be satire? If so, poorly done. If not, well, sheesh.

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Posted by Amy Bradley-Hole on 12/03/2015 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Rapert wary heartbeat rules not implemented

There are more than three abortion providers in this state. Hospitals with labor and delivery departments provide them, also, in order to save a woman's life.

Which leads me to a couple of questions I've had, and I'm wondering if anyone here can answer them for me.

Do the emergency therapeutic abortions performed in hospitals (e.g. in the case of placental abruption or pre-eclampsia) count towards these "thousands" numbers?

And do the women faced with this horrifying, heartbreaking situation still have to undergo this heartbeat counseling? Do they have to sign the forms? Or do we give them a pass since they're busy dying and all?

I'd like to think emergency abortions are exempt from that, but I wouldn't put that kind of stupidity past our legislature.

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Posted by Amy Bradley-Hole on 10/01/2015 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Landlord-tenant bill gets a rough ride. Arkansas remains worst in country

@slingerland Not only was it reminiscent of your testimony, it was also a real concern of mine when we were in our similar situation. Although I am not a single mom, and our flood wasn't caused by burst pipes, the other hypotheticals in that story could have easily applied to me. It was only natural for me to question the quality of my parenting, even though I knew I had done absolutely nothing wrong.

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Posted by Amy Bradley-Hole on 03/18/2015 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Landlord-tenant bill gets a rough ride. Arkansas remains worst in country

All the talk lately about DHS issues and protecting Arkansas' precious children has left me curious about something.

Let's say DHS got a report about an unfit mother. Someone tells them she is raising her kids in a pig sty. DHS has to go to her house to check things out.

When they arrive, they find that pipes had burst, and the house had been flooded. As a result, there is mold growing everywhere. The flood also shorted out some of the wiring, so the electricity is not working properly. In fact, a floor outlet is sparking.

These are obviously incredibly unsafe conditions in which to raise a child. At first glance, it would seem the mother is to blame. But it turns out she is a renter. Although she has notified her landlord numerous times about these problems, he refuses to fix them. And as much as she'd like to move out, she still has six months left on her lease. She can't afford to pay rent both there and at a newer, safer place. She can't afford to lose her security deposit. She can't afford to move, or even take the time off work to do so. And while she can't afford a lawyer, she also makes a little too much money to qualify for free legal aid.

In this situation, should the mother lose her children because her landlord does not provide a habitable home? Is she a bad parent simply because she does not have amole savings to cover emergencies like this? Should taxpayers have to foot the bill for putting her kids in the system because Arkansas lawmakers don't think she deserves a decent place to live?

These are questions that should be considered. And I'd like to know what the official DHS response would be to this situation.

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Posted by Amy Bradley-Hole on 03/18/2015 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Landlord-tenant bill gets a rough ride. Arkansas remains worst in country

@JD -- while I appreciate Howard's willingness to engage you in "conversation" here, I will have to decline to interact further than this with you. Your verbiage and your arguments have made it clear that you are not here for intelligent debate or rational discussions.

Both my time and sanity are limited, so I must choose where to use these precious resources. I know better than to waste them on commenters like you.

I did want to address your direct comment, though, because I didn't want you to think I was ignoring you.

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Posted by Amy Bradley-Hole on 03/18/2015 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Landlord-tenant bill gets a rough ride. Arkansas remains worst in country

One of the things that disheartens me about some of the above comments, and about opinions on this subject in general, is the focus on low-income tenants.

Being low-income does not automatically make you a bad tenant. Being low-income does not make you deserving of non-habitable conditions. And being high-income does not make you immune from unscrupulous landlords or unsafe living conditions.

Being high-income, however, does make it easier for you to handle the hard times when you find yourself a victim of a bad landlord. I acknowledged as much in my testimony in front of the committee today. But even with my husband's and my great resources (both monetary resources and resources that allow us access to lawyers and influencers), my family was still greatly harmed by Arkansas' ridiculously unfair laws.

This isn't about money. It isn't about poor versus rich. Anyone can be a victim here. It doesn't matter how wealthy or connected you are or where you live or whether you're a Republican or a Democrat.

That this bill benefits all kinds of people, and protects all demographics, is exactly why it shouldn't be so contentious, and why it should have easily passed.

Unfortunately, when some people blow the "Big Brother" dog whistle, its shrillness is so loud that it drowns out reasonable voices and sane conversations.

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Posted by Amy Bradley-Hole on 03/18/2015 at 8:09 PM

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