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No need for weapons

In reference to Ernie Dumas' columns about weapons and Jesus of Nazareth, I would like to try to help Ernie in his study of the Gospel. Ernie is getting closer to the complete perspective.

The swordplay in the 18th chapter of Luke: Jesus tells his disciples to buy swords, not for battle, but for show of prophecy: "For I say unto you, that this is written must yet be accomplished in me, and he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end."

Jesus allowed for two swords. When Simon Peter cut somebody's ear off, Jesus replaced the ear. Reparation was made. This prophecy was fulfilled millennia ago and is over. There is no more need for weapons today.

Jesus tells us to fear not the one that can kill the body. There is no need today for weapons.

Jesus' earthly mission is outlined in the 4th chapter of Luke and consists of six parts. Ernie would be hard pressed to find a person in the entire state of Arkansas who could, right off the top of his head, cite all six missions. See, very few follow Jesus' way.

Gene Mason

Jacksonville

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In response to our dining review of Milford Track (Feb. 14):

This article inspired us to drive up from Hot Springs Village for a Valentine's lunch. Well worth it! Freshly-made spinach pasta with grilled salmon and grilled veggies was fabulous! Had to restrain ourselves from eating too many of the fresh, warm wheat rolls while waiting for the food. It was lovely sitting out on the patio overlooking the small lake with swans. Definitely will return!

Colleen

In response to a post on the Arkansas Blog, "Raising the minimum wage makes sense" (Feb. 18):

A person working full-time should be paid enough to maintain an adequate standard of living without having to rely on the government or charity to meet their basic needs. Any employer that pays less than a living wage is just shifting their cost of doing business onto taxpayers.

So what if some minimum wage workers are teen-agers. I worked as a teen to save money for college and still ended up with over $60k in student loans that I'm still paying back over 10 years later. Perhaps if I was paid a living wage for all the hours I spent working in restaurants, retail shops, and nursing homes then I wouldn't have graduated to a life of debt. Imagine if I could spend that $250/month at local businesses instead of sending it to an out-of-state bank.

People who aren't getting paid a decent wage have no purchasing power and that's bad for business.

Sarah Marsh

Who benefits most from low cost goods and services? Rich people who can afford to pay more, or poor people who would have to do without?

Now another question, who pays the majority of taxes in the U.S.? Rich people.

If you want to give poor people a certain standard of living through minimum wages, the effect will be diluted because there are minimum wage earners that are not poor, and the costs will hit the poor when everyone that sells to the poor raises prices to cover increased labor costs.

If you want to give poor people a certain standard of living through transfer payments funded by tax dollars, you can target only actual poor people and do a better, but still imperfect job of isolating the poor from the costs of the programs.

Gylippus

In response to a post on the Arkansas Blog called "House approves bill to permit guns on college campuses" (Feb. 15):

Republicans will do anything to insure every fetus develops into a living child (except, of course, help an expectant mother gain health insurance).

They love people so much they want to stop all abortion and in most cases get rid of any form of birth control so women are forced to drop kids like a mother cat under a sagging porch.

Yet, Republicans abandon children right after they slide thru the birth canal, don't want them to have health insurance, or education, or medicine if they're sick or food when they're hungry.

Not satisfied with sending off our young kids to die in our many wars for oil, they now want to introduce guns to our college campuses so more of our kids will die after a "Beat Texas" night of revilement? Hell, do we even still play Texas?

And there's nothing Republicans like better than a good execution at one of our prisons and don't forget they do love the idea of prisons bursting at the seams and a life of 30-hour work weeks at Walmart.

Why do Republicans hate our kids? Why do they fight so hard to save a little dab of goo inside an impoverished girl they've never met, yet once born, turn their backs on children unless they'll enroll in a state representative's illegally state funded pre-school Jesus camp? I guess when the little kid graduates with a Jesus degree at the age of 6, they'll have nothing more to do with the kid ... any evidence to the contrary? I bet not.

When regular people act like this they're labeled paranoid schizophrenic. In Arkansas they're elected to Congress.

Let us remember the name of every Arkansas legislator who votes to arm our college students so in the years ahead we can name those names after each senseless death by gun at one of our institutions of higher learning.

Let us, after every senseless gun death at one of our institutions of higher learning, hold up a large banner at the funeral saying: Republican Rep. Charlie Collins YOU BUILT THIS!

DeathbyInches

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