Friday, September 14, 2018
This Democrat feels
sorry for Mr. Trump
The first page I turn to in this paper is the editorial page and the letters to the editor because I enjoy reading the comments of others. The one from Linda A. Farrell in the Aug. 24 paper was an absolute gem. She is a whiz at satire and I laughed and laughed.
Yvonne Samons, in her Aug. 24 letter, seems to have a totally wrong impression of us Democrats. We are not sore losers crying about our election loss. We are quietly biding our time with smiles on our faces.
Truthfully, I feel sorry for Mr. T, as Linda calls him. We do know he is not now nor has he ever been and probably will never be a politician. He is a businessman and dabbles in real estate.
I do not think that the TV news people should be running him down all the time like they are doing. It seems in their eyes he has only two faults: (1) Everything he says and (2) everything he does.
How in the world can we teach our children to have respect for our elected officials when they are being demeaned every day on TV?
Mr. T should be allowed to do his thing unobstructed, unless the Senate and House disagree with him, then they should be the ones to correct him in private.
He seems to be a man with no conscience and no remorse for anything. I guess he was born that way. He was a problem child in trouble at school because of fighting. His parents put him in a military school for five years.
On last remark about us Democrat "sore losers": Of course we mourned for a while after Hillary did not become our president. All of the pollsters and TV reporters were telling all of us she had it won. It broke her heart and ours, too, to hear that she hadn't.
Que sera sera.
Protecting Buffalo River won't harm small farms
Small farms and the Buffalo River have coexisted for hundreds of years without excessive pollution of the first national river in America. The concentrated animal feeding operation issue is not "river vs. farmers" regardless of what politicians say. Truthfully, these small farms exist today because of efforts in the 1960s to save the Buffalo River and stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from flooding the entire river valley to build a dam. Google the history. It's a shining moment for Arkansans and Friends of the Buffalo.
The Buffalo National River is now impaired. What changed? A feeding operation lately located in the watershed. The timeline of that swine factory and the pollutants in the Buffalo National River track simultaneously. Arkansas is the steward of this national treasure. The only option for Arkansans is to do whatever it takes to protect these waters. The true small farmers on the Buffalo River will continue to co-exist from mutually beneficial environmental practices. The tourists will respect any access limitations that may be necessary for future usage protections. Good neighbor policies, as advocated by the Farm Bureau, means doing what's right for everybody, not just for a single misplaced corporate feeding operation.
Decisions in the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality should be driven by impartial factual evidence and science produced by professionals in their respective fields for the benefit of all Arkansans, not by political appointments for selected corporate industries. My objections to C&H Farms remain the same: (1) Lack of a written emergency environmental disaster plan; (2) negative health impact on residents and tourists; (3) economic disaster to tourism businesses; (4) Department of Environmental Quality policy/procedure enforcement failure; and (5) inhumane treatment of large animals.
Close the combined animal feeding operation.
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