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Ride it out

Before the JFK assassination and the dawn of conspiracy theories, we trusted our government to tell us what was what. Ike might hold back a few facts in the interest of national security, but he would never flat-out lie to us.

The 1960s changed everything. Lyndon Johnson misled us to cover up mistakes and failure in Vietnam. Nixon conducted secret raids against Laos, Cambodia and the DNC. Ever since that time, we have been witness to a parade of misinformation emanating from our leaders.   

Acid flashbacks: The government put out PSAs warning that they would be coming our way. Many spent 1970s in fear. Today, with old age upon us, we might welcome one or two just to break up the monotony. As it turned out, those flashbacks were just another empty promise.

Y2K: Need I say more. It took me years to get rid of the cans of tuna fish and evaporated milk I'd stockpiled for that dud.

Weapons of mass destruction: Last month my fourth-grader came home and told me his math class was trying to find the common denominator. I felt sorry for the lad. We were looking for that denominator when I was a kid and I truly believe it will never be found. It may be time to put weapons of mass destruction in the same category.

For decades, the public has been fed misinformation on a regular basis, but 2016 took the art to astounding new heights. We are through the looking glass now. In the words of Grace Slick, "logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead." I'm afraid there is nothing to be done for a bad trip ... err, so I've been told ... but to ride it out.

David Rose

Hot Springs

Prey

It is the nature of living things to prey on each other. Carnivores prey on herbivores and other carnivores, herbivores prey on plants, and, in some cases, plants are the predator. Just consider the Venus Fly Trap. It's that whole "circle of life" thing. 

Humans are also not exempt from this predator/prey relationship. While instances of humans actually eating other humans in a literal sense are rare, or at least antiquated, we are the predators and prey of each other nonetheless. I mean, here we are just a few days into the new year and there have already been six homicides in the state, at least as reported in the news at the time of this writing. 

Also, consider the fact that we are the only animals that, as the saying goes, "pay to live on the planet." This cost of living too often comes in the form of a predator/prey relationship. People need and want things, and other people prey on those needs and wants. The prey in this situation may not experience a literal death, such as a sheep devoured by a hungry wolf, but a death in the form of a loss of freedom. The prey in this scenario succumbs to a form of slavery. There is loss when a person's wellbeing is at the mercy of a predatory system designed to make them pay to live for the entire span of their life. This is the "circle of life" for humans. We pay to be born, we pay to live, and we pay to die.

Modern humans have lived on the earth for either 200,000 years or 6,000 years, depending on whether one subscribes to the theory of evolution or believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible. Either way, you would think in both instances we would have had the time to rise above the level of plants and animals. Guess not.

Rich Hutson

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In response to the Jan. 9 Arkansas Blog post "Legislature opens, House speaker calls for collaboration, civility":

It sounds like a good idea, and I have made a promise to myself to try to hold my tongue about the legislature this session. Let's see how long I can keep this promise.

plainjim

I'm trying to remember if Sessue Hayakawa, in his role of Col. Saito, the commandant of the Japanese Prison Camp in Burma during World War II in the movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai," ever spoke to the inmates about "collaboration and civility." I don't believe he ever used those words. 

Since Democrats in the Arkansas legislature hold not even a quarter of the seats, there will be no "collaboration and civility" in the legislative session starting today. We'll see a giant steamroller rolling over a little group of ants. Probably wordlessly except for the faint screams coming from the little pile of crumpled ants.

Let's be supportive of our tiny ant army in the legislature, but all they'll be able to do in this session is throw roadblocks at bad bills. They'll never stop them from becoming law because the votes aren't there.

Deathbyinches

Shorter translation is: Democrats should sit down and shut up. And we can all get along just fine.

wannabe conservative

Civility? Collaboration? Where did this come from? Has he been talking to some well-qualified public school educators?

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