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Appreciate leadership

on plastics, polystyrene

I am so pleased and appreciative to live in a community whose civic leaders are thoughtfully and pragmatically considering alternatives to single-use plastic bags and polystyrene. My wife and I returned to our native Arkansas and moved to Fayetteville two years ago after career paths took us elsewhere, for three-plus decades. We could have moved anywhere in the country, but why? The Natural State's beauty and quality of life is remarkable.

I applaud our City Council and mayor for taking this step to maintain that beauty, reduce litter, extend the life of our landfill and demonstrate to our children and grandchildren that our generation does care about the world being left to them. In my opinion, our state government ought to be championing this effort as well.

Surely we baby boomers have enough discipline to train ourselves to remember our reusable shopping bags.

The time is right for this step to be taken.

Mike Wiederkehr


Green Deal 'discussion'

more like indoctrination

Let me stipulate that I am not a climate change denier, but I am a climate change skeptic.

I read Fran Alexander's column about the Green New Deal town hall. She lists the distinguished guest speakers for the event, one whose only qualification seems to be Native American heritage. The rest have come out of the academic left-wing propaganda machine that is the core of many of our edifices of higher learning.

Alexander thinks the event "should be a lively discussion." It certainly won't be a lively debate. She encourages us all to come and be indoctrinated like all of the young people presenting. Dissenting opinions, I suspect, will not be welcome. Attendees will be informed of all "the potential remedies we all have at hand to combat" climate change.

This reminds me of something the Unitarian Universalist church I used to attend did. We declared our church grounds a "nuclear free" zone. I look back and see how puerile that useless declaration was.

Michael Toppen

Bella Vista

'Free stuff' could be end

for nation if unchecked

I am so glad our president has gotten Mexico to help with the border crisis, and that's what it is. When you've got thousands coming into your country unchecked and going on welfare, it isn't good. That's the reason they're coming, and "free stuff" will be the end of us if we're not careful.

Nothing is "free." It costs someone somewhere, for sure.

Like him or not, Trump wins again!

Ivan Daubenberger


Commentary on 06/13/2019

Print Headline: NWA Letters to the Editor

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