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Judged by name-calling, the GOP are the winners

I spoke to [editorial page editor Greg] Harton about a recent letter I wrote because it had been a while since I wrote it. I asked him if he didn't like my letter. He told me it had some pretty rough name-calling in it. I'm glad he's a man who has morals. Let's try again.

The Democrats have been called radical, nasty, treasonous, and people in the Senate and House have been called names like Pocahontas, Shifty Schiff, Crazy Nancy and more than I can remember. The president even went so far as to trash John McCain after his death and made a comment about another senator who died about how he's probably looking up.

The point I"m trying to make is the only things this nasty little man and the whole Republican Senate, including Tom Cotton and John Boozman, understand is badmouthing, bold-faced laying and throwing whoever disagrees with them under the bus.

What we are witnessing here is in 2 Peter 2: 1-4, false prophets and teachers. I'm sure not calling Trump a prophet or a teacher of any kind, but this man is playing the Israel card like he cares, just like the devil will do to deceive and conquer.

He'd like Trump and his rich backers and senators on the Republican side to get what they want. And if any of us fellow Americans follow these men, we will be damned just for that act. Trump has already broken every one of the Ten Commandments. Read them.

I'm not saying I'm not a sinner. If you know the Bible at all you know we all are. But I try my best every day and, believe me, my knees are sore.

Donald J. Trump and the senators on the Republican side, in this Arkansawyer's mind, aren't any better than false prophets or false teachers, because the deception and lies keep on coming.

I ask God every day to let the truth come out. If it doesn't, our Constitution and democracy are dead.

Billy Long


Physician seeks action against vaping's harm

As a cardiologist at Northwest Health and a board member for the American Heart Association-NWA, I am gravely concerned about the misinformation e-cigarette companies have targeted at kids about vaping. Despite what teens have been told, these products are not safe for youth. E-cigarettes can contain unusually high levels of nicotine. In fact, one e-cigarette pod can contain as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. Youth who vape are particularly susceptible to nicotine addiction, which can harm their still developing brains and bodies.

More than one in four high school students are vaping now, and a total of more than 5 million teens are vaping -- a figure that doubled in the past two years alone. E-cigarettes come in thousands of flavors that strongly appeal to kids, including "strawberry watermelon," "cotton candy" and "mint berry." I was not surprised to learn that 97 percent of current youth who vape report using a flavored product.

I encourage everyone to follow the American Heart Association's lead in the national #QuitLying initiative. Join us as we demand accountability by e-cigarette companies for spending millions of dollars marketing products directly to teens and help them learn the facts about vaping. I encourage all schools and organizations who care about our youth to do the same.

I would also like to encourage equally concerned members of our community to sign the American Heart Association's letter to Big Vape at We need to let them know that our children's health is not for sale.

Dr. Ashu Dhanjal


Commentary on 02/08/2020

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