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Some might be angry

I don't consider Kevin Elsken angry. Ill-informed, definitely, but not angry. How else to describe someone who still considers Jesus a "myth" like Thor or Zeus? The ramifications of the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls completely obliterated this outdated view. Whenever someone makes this claim, I recall C.S. Lewis' words: "I want to know how many legends and romances he has read, how well his palate is trained in detecting them by the flavor. ... I have been reading poems, romances, vision-literature, legends, myths all my life, I know what they are like. ... [Such scholars] claim to see fern-seed and can't see an elephant 10 yards away in broad daylight."

Furthermore, I don't believe Kevin has examined the evidence as thoroughly as he thinks he has. Otherwise, he would know that nowhere in the Bible does it say how old the Earth is.

And finally, Randy Blakey sneered that perhaps the mentally unbalanced hear voices. Randy is apparently unaware that a still, small voice spoke to Martin Luther King when he was at his lowest point. King wrote that he sat down and prayed, and, "At that moment, I experienced the presence of the divine as I had never experienced God before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying: 'Stand up for justice, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.' Almost at once my fears began to go." Man, you got to wonder about that King, eh, Randy?

LONNIE HILL

Fayetteville

Invest in Head Start

As mentioned in the April 2 article, "Walton family funds pre-k success study," low-income children in Arkansas and across America often start school behind their wealthier peers because they do not have access to high-quality early childhood education programs.

As one of the researchers mentioned, although investments in high-quality early childhood education help close the achievement gap, state and federal investments have remained too low to accomplish this goal. As a result, we don't have the quality standards that kids deserve and that make our investments so effective. Our leaders in Arkansas and Congress must do more to invest in our children's futures. About 25 percent of kids in Arkansas live in poverty, and it's essential to help them receive a strong start in life.

High-quality early childhood education programs like Head Start and Early Head Start help low-income kids receive an equal opportunity to thrive. Since its creation, Head Start has helped prepare more than 33 million American children for kindergarten and beyond.

Our economy also benefits. According to a report by Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman, the rate of return on investments in early childhood development for many kids can be 13 percent per child per year due to improved outcomes in education, health, sociability, economic productivity and reduced crime.

Congress must invest more in Head Start and Early Head Start. Without these vital programs, many kids fall behind and it's often difficult for them to catch up.

Head Start builds bright futures. Let's give it the investment it deserves.

JASON FERGUSON

Little Rock

Map won't help him

Well, we have Mr. Magoo in the White House. He has no earthly idea where he's going.

BOB MASSERY

Little Rock

Return both comics

I was very disappointed to see that the paper is no longer carrying Mallard Fillmore and Doonesbury weekdays. Fillmore, in particular, is current, pointed, and has perspective too often neglected.

I would love to see them back.

ALVIN THOMAS KING

Fayetteville

Adults, take control

The first paragraph of the Chicago Tribune editorial on vaping, reprinted in the Democrat-Gazette, ends with something to the effect that "who knew" the kids would be taking hits (vaping) from something that looks like a flash drive or lipstick. It should have stopped right there. Instead, the editorial goes off on some predictable "concern" about as yet undiscovered health issues.

Health issues? Who cares? Have teens ever engaged in unhealthy behavior? The possibility that vaping could develop health issues is completely irrelevant.

The elephant in the room is that vaping or any other distraction should not be permitted in a formal classroom setting. Period. In a classroom you get to pay attention. That's it. That's all. And nothing else. You don't get to chew gum, slouch in your seat, talk, whisper, ask to go to the bathroom, pass notes, look around, and nowadays, eat chips or suck on a bottle of water.

"Who knew" implies that vaping is just some sorta trend that kinda came about like teen fashion, hairstyles, dance steps, or speech lingo (daddy-o). But hey, what can ya do? These are different times and "they are a-changin'." Oh yeah? This is a telling indicator of how much control we adults have allowed to give up by "negotiating" with the urchins on their wants and needs. Who gives a "you know what" about their wants and needs? We are supposed to be forming their wants and needs, not consulting them. The paper needs to get with the "old school" ideas, most of which worked well and would work again today if those in charge (that would be we adults) have the nerve to put them in place.

JAMES HATCH

Little Rock

Saw a bright red flag

On April 11, there was a wire report in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette titled "Poison-laced fake pot fatal in Illinois." The very same day, an editorial from the Chicago Tribune titled "Teens and vaping" appeared. Hopefully, I was not the only one who read these, but a bright red flag went up when I read the pieces.

Apparently it is the "cool" of today to use e-cigarettes to aid in quitting smoking. However, the youth have caught onto these as also "cool," called "vaping," where marijuana can be added. Teenagers hang out together and "vape," thinking how cool they are as they watch the smoke rise up and out.

I believe this is just another ploy to introduce our youth to the use of drugs--hence, drug addiction. Every parent of a teenager today should stand up and scream "no" to this "toy" and demand it be taken off the market. Just another way for drug peddlers to smuggle their wares in, not only to our young people but also adults.

CALLIE WILKINS

Hot Springs Village

Editorial on 04/16/2018

Comments

JakeTidmore says...

Lonnie Hill et al -
“God” is no more real to me than EB, the Easter Bunny. But I’m am not constantly beset by followers of the EB attempting to convert me or subvert the secular nature of the society in which I live.

Easter Bunny believers do not ask for special tax breaks for their organizations, and they do not try to make belief in the EB the basis for all law and all morality in our society. They also do not try to force belief in the EB on anyone or criticize people who do not believe in the EB as being unprincipled or immoral. They do not attempt to demand that government pay homage to the EB or give special consideration to his disciples and supporters. The Easter Bunny is never credited with being the creator of everything that exists.

Those who don’t worship the EB are never harassed at home, at school or at work, and they are not constantly pestered about why they do not believe in the Easter Bunny by those who do.

I already live quite happily without gods and religions. I’m only bothered by them when religionists bother me with them. Especially when they get tyrannical about so-called blasphemy (something which they also hypocritically do to religions other than their own).

Keep in mind, at present, followers of the Easter bunny do not start wars, mutilate children, oppress women and gays, interfere with science, and cause psychological damage to untold numbers of people because of guilt and disgust at being human. God and the Easter bunny are truly the same in the mind of an atheist, but the followers of god and the Easter bunny are not.

For a long time religion has been “in our faces” and given an unwarranted privileged position, where criticism is not allowed. Blasphemy makes the point that religion should be as open to criticism as any other idea. It’s unfortunate if that upsets you, but try to imagine it from the point of view of dealing with someone else’s religion. Or an angry Easter Bunny!

Posted 16 April 2018, 6:56 a.m. Suggest removal

OrglingLlama says...

*reads Jerk Tirdmore the 2nd's latest attempt at cogent rationalization*
*realizes that it's the same idiocy that JT2 has been spouting for a while and furthermore, it doesn't even address the subject that was brought up*

Well folks, here it is. Read it in all of its glory. JT2 decided to sit in front of his computer and write something so mind-numbingly stupid that it can't be mocked. That's quite an achievement. You have managed to string together a list of words that make absolutely no sense to anyone with more than 40 IQ points, yet it all makes sense to you.

Drink it in, folks. Because no matter where you drift in this wide, wide world of the Internet, what JT2 has splattered here will remain with you always. It is, indeed, the stupidest thing you will read this week.

And it's only Monday!

Congratulations, JT2. If you care to come collect your No-Prize, it will be awaiting down front.

Posted 17 April 2018, 2:07 a.m. Suggest removal

JakeTidmore says...

OL - After reading your stink bomb missive, it's obvious that you live in a chamber with little or no oxygen available.
Fortunately, I recognize the tell-tale anonymity factor that indicates you're a coward troll who hides behind a fake name. In other words - a loser.
Indeed, I must remember to ignore your posts from now on. Bye,so long, and good riddance.

Posted 17 April 2018, 5:56 a.m. Suggest removal

JIMBOB47 says...

It's pretty obvious to me that too many people have nothing better to do than sit 'behind their computer screens' and spout criticism at ANY other comment to which they disagree. Opinions of substance are expected. Vile comments attacking EVERYONE only shows the rest of the readers that you want attention and will do anything to get it. OK, we get it. Why don't you try something POSITIVE once in awhile?

Posted 17 April 2018, 6:52 a.m. Suggest removal

JakeTidmore says...

Could it be blasphemy against Easter Bunny on OL's part?? (Or were his Easter eggs particularly stagnant this year?)

Posted 17 April 2018, 7:13 a.m. Suggest removal

OrglingLlama says...

BILLYJOERAYBOB (IQ - 47),

I'm glad it's obvious to you. I thought I would have to draw a picture for the slower among us, but since you seem to have gotten it, I won't have to do that. A happy "Cheerio" to you!

JT2: Electric Jerkaloo - When you're a jerk to everybody else, you don't get to complain when somebody is a jerk back to you. You might want to adjust your life accordingly. You are no more real to me than God is to you.

After watching liberals and Democrats shoot at and kill Republicans and conservatives, you better believe I'm staying behind a nom de plume. (That's a fancy word for a fake name, JT2 sweetie. You might want to look into the history of that). You seem like the kind of person who is first in line to go after a person, only to find somewhere else to go when you discover there's no longer a line behind you. I fully expect you to report all my posts in this thread, so your calling me a coward is ironically delicious. If you were truly interested in having a discussion (as Billy Joe Ray Bob intimated above), then the first thing you would have asked would have been: What makes what I said so stupid? Instead, you dug up some lame old personal attack because my views don't fit with your own, therefore I am wrong and worthy of being attacked.

And that is why I am going to do what I used to do with your father, Jerk Tirdmore the Lesser, what I'm doing to you: flushing the best part of you down the toilet. Much like your mother probably did...

Anyway, a cheerful "Cheerio" to you, too! See you in the funny papers!

Posted 17 April 2018, 7:47 a.m. Suggest removal

BOLTAR says...

Anyone who has read the writings about Paul Bunyan and the miracles described therein must recognize his existence as a god. Certainly there is as much independent proof of Bunyan's godhood as that of any other, unless one foolishly thinks miracle stories are not proof of reality.

Posted 17 April 2018, 8:10 a.m. Suggest removal

JakeTidmore says...

OL - Pardon me if I don't agree with you. If I did so, both of us would be wrong.

(So you admit to being scared of liberals?! Wow! That's a surefire reason to quake and quiver behind a pseudonym. Truly Julie!)

LMAO

Go Rob.....and sink no more.

Posted 17 April 2018, 9:34 a.m. Suggest removal

3WorldState1 says...

Jake hit it out of the park.
While there were hundreds, if not thousands, of people names Jesus back in the day, there may have been a super cool, flaming liberal Jesus spouting his "teachings". But if you are asking me to believe Mary was "magically" impregnated (by who? Jesus himself? Her own son?) and gave birth to this Jesus? Sorry. Not buying it. That I will need proof of.
Go read the histories of all religions and get back to us.
Religions - They are either all right, or all wrong.

Posted 17 April 2018, 11:13 a.m. Suggest removal

JakeTidmore says...

Since Trump's loyal uphill gardeners are so enamored with powermonger Valdimir Vladimirovich Putin, Russia's slick modern-day tsar, maybe they'll appreciate this Russian proverb: Вертит языком, что корова хвостом. (He twirls his tongue as the cow twirls his tail.)
For those interested in hippity-hopping with Easter Bunny acolytes, one word of warning: do not mention the great schism over eating the tail or the ears first on chocolate bunnies or the ancient disagreement over real eggs versus egg substitutes. Terrible mischief and misunderstanding if you go there.

Posted 17 April 2018, 12:43 p.m. Suggest removal

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