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Let's make America great again. So, how are we going to do that?

Make America great

Let's make America great again. So, how are we going to do that? We will have to actually do something; that is, take some action other than simply saying America is great, really great, greater than anything you've ever seen, in order to make America great again, won't we? If we do have to do something, how about we start with finding some enemies to hate and threaten. What about immigrants? I don't mean your grandmother or great grandfather, I mean those scruffy-looking people we see on TV described as "aliens" or "illegals" or "Muslims." Let's hate them and threaten to send them back to where they came from or maybe lock them up in our vast number of free, unused jail cells. And let's do even better than that and build a big wall between our country and that other country so they can't get here in the first place. And if they fly over that wall or dig under it or make holes in it than we'll just build another higher and deeper and less fragile wall and that'll show 'em! And if that doesn't work, then we'll all get a lot of guns and we'll shoot 'em! Well, maybe we'll just make a law that says you can't look all scruffy and alien and illegal or Muslim or Mexican and if you do than we can lock you up — or shoot you.

But that's not all we need to do to make America great again. We need to beat China. I don't mean in some wimpy kickball game or ping pong, I mean we need to outfox them inscrutable Asians and take all their money. Because if we don't, they're going to take all of ours. That's right, they already own all our companies and our banks and our government but we know we're smarter and can out think 'em just like we did in WWII or Korea or Vietnam. Or maybe we'll just drop some bombs on 'em. Bet they'll see how great we are then!

And let's stop all this pinko libtard yammering about the weather. God said there won't be any more floods, so quit your whining. Besides, technology will fix everything before it gets broken anyway. Just stop the Environmental Prevention Agency from keeping the makers from making things and we'll all have jobs and lots of stuff again. And we don't need no "minimum wage" either. We need to reward the people who have made a lot of money by letting them keep it and make those lazy people who don't have any money get jobs and work harder and they'll have more, too.

Then we can set our sights on those terrorists. You know who they are with their towels and dresses and swishy walking. Yeah, I mean them. Our boys will show 'em what real men do to sissies. Are you feeling great again? I bet you are now 'cause we're taking our country back! Tomorrow belongs to me!

David Stedman

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In response to the July 18 Arkansas Blog post, "LR police residency issue: Us vs. them":

We need the best officers serving on our force (and one of the "best" desired qualities is to see through clear and not tinted glasses), but there are lots of ways to create incentives to encourage residency. As well, these could also be strong carrots to encourage better hiring and retention policies in officer recruitment for the department.

Clayton J

As long as someone is willing to run to the shots that are being fired, as long as someone is running to the building that is on fire, I do not care where they live. Officers and firefighters should choose where they want to live. If the city wants them in the city of Little Rock, provide incentives. Don't force the men and women who choose to work in public safety to live in the city. 

In the two years where the city did have a residency requirement, it was when we expanded in the mid-'90s. And it included incentives for officers to locate in the city limits. Incentives such as no closing costs [on home purchases] and lower down payments. This can be done.

And for the record, the last two officers that died in service to the citizens of Little Rock did not live in the city of Little Rock. It is an insult to their memory and to the current public safety officers of Little Rock to think that where they live could change their level of involvement or engagement.

BeachHog

BeachHog, where officers live impacts their understanding of the people who live where they work. Living in the communities where they work would improve the relationship between officers and their neighbors. You can deny that reality, but it's real nonetheless.

We're not talking about a 9-to-5 desk job where your residency has no relationship to your work. There would be nothing wrong with requiring future hires to be city residents. If incentives are warranted, fine.

Sound Policy

The idea that Little Rock police officers can refuse to live in Little Rock, claim that living in Little Rock is somehow burdensome to their families, claim that the Little Rock School District provides educational opportunities for their families below what is available outside Little Rock, claim they cannot afford to live in Little Rock, and have their position echoed by the police chief, says a lot. But none of what it says speaks well for the police chief, the LR mayor, board of directors and city manager, and the officers.

If police officers want to serve communities where they live, well and good. We should commend their commitment to be neighbors and know the people they are trusted to protect and serve.

But if police officers refuse to serve communities where they live, we should not call them neighbors. We should have enough backbone to call them mercenaries. They are not committed to the people in Little Rock neighborhoods. They do not have an interest in Little Rock as a place to live, work, raise families, enjoy leisure and thrive. Their interest is financial. 

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