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    When Darla talks about the tree, she calls it "he" sometimes, blurring the seam between the tree and the memory of her son.
    • Sep 11, 2014
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Re: “Governor's son, Asa Hutchinson III, in drug arrest at Alabama music festival

I am encouraged to see that our governor in Connecticut is calling on Yale's addiction specialists to begin looking for a strategy to reduce drug addiction. We have failed miserably. "Just Say No", Denial, the Christian Values, Tough Love, Education, etc.... none of this has helped and the news continues to share with us the horror of this scourge. Having recently read that one half of all cancers are caused by lifestyle choices, yet our work has shown results that would have been impossible if the stigma had not been removed. Let’s try that with addiction. It seems we have tried everything else. If we have lived long enough and if everyone bared their souls, who among us have not had something that could cause shame and regret or perhaps a lifetime stigma. But that should not be a stumbling block to keep us from confronting the worse health problems within which we have found ourselves. When I see the amount of illegal drugs that are flooding our communities and if we categorize everyone as being mentally ill before they experiment with them then we do have a serious mental health problem which also needs to be aggressively addressed. Having recently read of Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, and his personal story with his son's addiction I am reminded of when he was the Administrator of the DEA in 2001 and I wrote a letter expressing my concern over the drug culture. His kind and immediate response on the progress that was being made was encouraging. I am sure at the time he never dreamed that in 15 years he would be personally identifying with my request for more effort in recognizing that we have a problem that takes a village to address.

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Posted by Hope Rice on 05/26/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “This is not the first time Mike Huckabee has objected to abortions for underage victims of sexual assault

If I were the mother of a very young girl who was raped you better believe there had better be a hospital and a doctor available immediately to legally erase any sign of a potential pregnancy. What is the matter with this man? If this happened to an older daughter of mine, I would hope that she is wise enough to see to this on her own. In any case, he should not be allowed to throw his narrow views out there, hoping to cause any victim of rape to have a guilt complex by seeking care to avoid a pregnancy. The God I worship would be ashamed of him for making such a statement.

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Posted by Hope Rice on 08/21/2015 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Hutchinson pulls Faubus move

How many times when a woman is having her period does a fertilized egg escape without notice. I think I read somewhere that this is a common occurrence. Maybe you should have the abortion police collect the spoils and filter it and if you do find a fertilized egg you can put it in a petri dish and produce a new life. When politicians start trying to place a guilt trip on a young girl who has been raped and chooses to have an abortion, I think they have gotten a little ahead of God. This film was done for political purposes only and to use something like this for political/ego gain is something I know the God I worship would be appalled. If you really loved life and what life entails you would try and take better care of the ones who were not aborted but were born into misery. Abortion must remain legal, early, and medically safe. Otherwise, you will go back to the butchers in the alleys, coat hangers, desperate young girls, parents who ship them off so their "good names" won't be tarnished, ostracized from families, and other signs of contempt. It is shocking to see baby parts discussed like commodities, but it certainly isn't the only shocking thing we see involving money exchange. Let's talk about funeral directors for a change and examine why and how much they charge for final expenses. I think that is wrong to take advantage of grieving families at their most vulnerable moment and have a salesman who is skilled with a sales pitch trying to soak up as much money as he can over something like death. They need to get off PP and get on to other issues now. You have milked this one to death. Abortion is legal.

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Posted by Hope Rice on 08/20/2015 at 6:12 PM

Re: “A tree grows in Little Rock

Addiction is the most painful of diseases not only for the victim, but his family as well. The family is devastated at the loss of a loved one, but will continue to live in the shadow of the stigma. This artist is to be commended and admired for having the depth of feelings for the mother and an understanding of his wife's memories. Truly a wonderful lesson that restores faith in man. Artists always have a way of reaching out and finding our souls!

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Posted by Hope Rice on 09/12/2014 at 12:08 AM


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