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Re: “'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

Watching the film made my heart ache. David Koon's writing was exceptional in his story about Ruth Coker Burks and also The Kingdom of Norman. He brought the facts, the people and the time-period to life for someone like me, who wasn't aware of how AIDS patients were treated in the 80's and 90's. Ruth and Norman are special people, who did the right thing, with very little support, at a time when it wasn't acceptable to help AIDS patients. I have never done anything that brave or unselfish. Thank you for sharing the stories of these wonderful human beings.

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Posted by Sandstorm on 07/24/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Still wearing white

You can wear whatever color, when you feel like wearing it. The budget cuts you are talking about have been going on for two years. The Arkansas Government got bolder this year and anytime Asa starts making speeches with the word "reform" in it, he is taking money away and diverting it somewhere else. Anyone can go to the internet and read transcripts of the legislature's committee meetings, as well as look up the budget reports for the Arkansas Government and if you have a decent calculator, what Asa says and what he does is two different things. The federal government awards over a billion dollars in grant money to Arkansas every year for state services, the Medicaid program, Foster Care Program, disabled, nursing homes etc. Some of it comes in the form of Block Grants, which can be divided up and allows Arkansas to have flexibility with the money, without a lot of restrictions on how they spend the money, even though the purpose of the money is for child care assistance, children's day care programs, etc., but if the state has holes in its budget, some of the grant money might be used to plug those holes, and no one is the wiser. You may want to read an article , just Google Foster Care Follow The Money. That will explain a lot. This year Asa gave several of his executive staff huge raises and promotions. Look on internet where everyone's salaries are posted. He hired Cindy Gillespie ($280,000) and Dennis Smith ($300,000) to divide up the grants. I am very glad they are finally getting around to making changes in the Foster Care Program, a year after Asa made his summit appeal to the churches to help him out. The churches do help out a lot, but it won't fix the real problem. Policies and laws need to be changed. You are right that young people in our state need to run for city offices, mayor, etc. Nothing else will fix the Donald debacle. I read where Donald had made three official choices for his cabinet, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, Lt. General Michael Flynn and U.S. Rep Mike Pompeo . I read about them and they sound like hard-core conservatives. They say they want more budget cuts to entitlement programs and they want to build up a huge military force. I suggest, if you are young, then run for office, so by the time your daughters are grown, they will have a better, less corrupt government in charge. There is absolutely no reason on earth why you cannot be a judge or even president some day. I wish I could offer you hope, but I know how corrupt our legislature is and Donald will give the states more power. But, Asa runs again in 2018, so drum up some good candidates and that would make a big difference. But you have to also find someone to bankroll that candidate.

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Posted by Sandstorm on 11/18/2016 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Ten Commandments monument advances

Thanks Max, I am too tired to think this evening. Maybe the ACLU will become the biggest business in Arkansas, employing hundreds of people, in order to handle the guaranteed , extra workload from the fallout of the election.

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Posted by Sandstorm on 11/16/2016 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Razorback women will stand for National Anthem

The Arkansas Legislature has got to learn to read beyond the banner headlines and not display such hot-headed, angry reactions. These six girls did not take away my patriotism or diminish my pride in my country or make me any less of an American. I thought the remarks made by the U of A Administration, Steinmetz, Long and Dykes were well thought out and a perfect response of intelligent leaders, that would want to keep a situation from escalating. After watching dozens of videos on unnecessary police brutality, I do think it needs to be brought to the publics attention, which doesn't mean I know the whole story of what the police have to deal with. I have noticed that in Arkansas, more prison inmate deaths are being reported and three were in county jails. It was disturbing reading about the suicide of 19 yr old Keylan Comic, while he was in the White County Jail. Yes, he was arrested for robbery and some people don't think past that. I still think it needs to be investigated by people outside the White County prison system. I understand why the girls knelt. It was peaceful and now they are going to stand at the next game. Sometimes I feel like the Arkansas Legislature has contempt for the people of Arkansas and don't want to hear what they have to say. I think they need to take a anger management course.

Posted by Sandstorm on 11/10/2016 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Child abuse investigator charged with falsifying information in 43 cases

Thank you Benjamin for your continuing research, that keeps reminding the public about the children the Arkansas Government is in charge of protecting. I am the public and I can read. I remember the CADC asking the legislature for more money to operate the Arkansas's child maltreatment hotline. I don't know if they received more funding or not. I think Ms. Adams job is one of the weak links that needs to be fixed , if it is causing overcrowding in the Foster Care Program or is allowing cases not to be investigated. One of the volunteers from a church that helps at this critical point , said he mentioned this to DHS last year. DHS needs to listen to people when they ask for funding or see areas that causes a bottleneck in processing the children. I am glad the area supervisor decided to do a random audit. I have some concerns about Child Protective Services, which is under Dept. of Human Services, after reading several articles on the internet about CPS taking children out of their homes and putting them in Foster Care, when they should have been left in the home or placed with relatives, because CPS was mistaking poverty for abuse, or misread the situation, when no actual physical or sexual abuse was involved. Then the kids are cleaned up and put up for adoption. The state gets money from the federal government for each child in Foster Care and then gets extra money if they adopt them out. There needs to be more effort to help the parents get their children back after they have gone through drug rehabilitation and more effort needs to be made to place children with relatives. This is disturbing. I think this will only be resolved when an outside investigation is conducted and maybe federal troops could take all the Foster Care children and keep them in Washington DC, until the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services finally gets their act together. But then the state would lose the revenue they make off the children.

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Posted by Sandstorm on 11/08/2016 at 4:03 AM

Re: “LR Central student scores perfect on ACT

That is one heck of an achievement. Congratulations Karina. You have every right to feel proud. Our state needed some good news. You give us hope.

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Posted by Sandstorm on 11/06/2016 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Sunday's open line

You sidetracked me last night by posting the Chiffon's and I ended up listening to girl singing groups from the 60's and 70's all night. I think there needs to be a music education class in high school that covers all the great musical talent from the 60's thru 90's. One of the most absurd things I have ever heard, was years ago when my boss told me her twelve year old son asked her if Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings. We were both shocked and felt like we had in some way failed the younger generation. Fond memories of going to sleep listening to Rick Derringer (Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo), Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon) and Layla (Derek and the Dominos.) I will be so glad when this ugly political election is over. Need a break. Madam President has a nice ring to it.

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Posted by Sandstorm on 10/24/2016 at 4:40 PM

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