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Delegation should speak against Trump, and act

On Jan. 9, the Washington Post recounted a few of the instances over the past five years that forecast Donald Trump's support for the riotous insurrection that broke out in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

At those times, and so, so many more, the Republicans said and did next to nothing. To simply blame Trump, to distance themselves now from the events at the Capitol, or to even to declare themselves as a proponent of law and order, is frankly, too little, too late.

In the words of the Martin Niemoller, the German theologian and pastor, as they appear at the U.S. Holocaust Museum (with additional commentary):

"First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a socialist.

'Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a trade unionist.

"Then they came for the Jews (or Blacks or Latinos) but I did not speak out -- because I was not a Jew (or Black or Latino).

"Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me."

The insurrectionists and the leader of their cause, Donald Trump, came for both Democrats and Republicans on Jan. 6. They have promised to return, as violent criminals, on Inauguration Day or through Trump himself as a 2024 presidential candidate wielding money devoted to removing from office any of those who spoke out against him.

Arkansans will not be able to speak up for our U.S. senators and representatives if they do not immediately speak up for themselves and for us. Our elected delegation must do everything in their power to immediately remove Donald Trump from office and bar him from ever holding federal office again.

Margaret Holcomb

Fayetteville

All Lives Matter crowd appears to be quiet now

Why crickets from the All Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter crowd? Do all lives matter only when you think they're worthy of being spared? This should not be a partisan issue. Why is no one in the All Lives Matter crowd speaking up about these deplorable human beings, whose intentions were to execute the vice president and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi?

The proof is in live video footage of American citizens chanting, "Hang Mike Pence!" The proof is in the communications between the insurrectionists, not conspiracy theories or nonfactual YouTube videos intended to spread misinformation- explaining away their "patriotic" behavior.

I'm certain John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald and Timothy McVeigh thought they were just being "Patriots," too.

Angela Stout-Eveld

Charleston

Nix 'stand your ground' idea in legislative session

Thank you for listing the agenda items facing the Arkansas Legislature in the current session. I suggest they save time and divisiveness by removing from consideration the so-called "stand your ground" concept. The events at the nation's Capitol building on Jan. 6 tell us to take a break from any new issue related to the 2nd Amendment.

Let us first agree on what is a "well-regulated militia." After we understand that, we can try to figure out who were these people who attacked the Capitol building. With those discussions behind us, maybe we can agree on what ground we want to stand and defend.

Sheila Gallagher

Rogers

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