On trustworthy elections
We must always have a case research this November as as to whether we are able to run a completely truthful and trustworthy election. It is the Senate race in Georgia the place two Black gents are dealing with off. This could eradicate that complete racist results of one candidate of 1 race getting 70 or 80 p.c of the vote from their racial group.
Good! It is about time.
On the Democrat facet, we have now a Black pastor, Mr. Raphael Warnock, who gained the Senate seat lower than two years in the past. Whereas he appears to be a pleasant sufficient fellow, he is no Herschel Walker.
On the Republican facet we have now Herschel Walker, a soccer god who was born and raised in Georgia. He would be the most well-known and beloved particular person in that state’s historical past whose fans–Black and white, purple and green–will stroll by fireplace for him.
So clarify to me, a questioning sort of particular person: How might Warnock be forward within the polls proper now, immediately?
Assume that could be the entire media and social media people attempting to have an effect on the election just a bit like we have seen ever since I began watching politics 50 years in the past?
Let’s examine what occurs, people. We’ll see simply how good the dangerous individuals have gotten at profitable elections that there isn’t a approach they need to have gained and if trustworthy people can ever win one other election.
Put the individuals first
I’m scripting this after weeks of warmth like I’ve by no means skilled in my 76 years on the planet. I can solely assume our farmers are struggling past perception, which implies our economic system is struggling, in addition to our meals sources. I’m so indignant that our federal elected officers, i.e., Tom Cotton, John Boozman and, in Pulaski County, French Hill, have chosen to place their political allegiances and ambitions forward of the well-being of the individuals not solely of this state, however of our nation, and certainly of your entire world.
I urge you, Senators Cotton and Boozman and Consultant Hill and others in our state who function Home representatives, to place in your big-boy pants and be part of your colleagues throughout the aisle to move the proposed laws that acknowledges this dramatic and devastating local weather change and helps measures to gradual it down.
Please put the individuals of Arkansas earlier than your political ambitions. This is your probability to point out braveness and integrity. I implore you to take it.
JILL LaFORGE JONES
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Issues on local weather
A July 15 article by Invoice Bowden about state officers saying Arkansas’ vulnerability to wildfire obtained my consideration. Whereas excessive warmth is the present climate hazard, it’s in stark distinction to my concern about flood disasters that over the prior three months have been on the prime of many climate information feeds.
Relating to flooding, to notice have been cities included in Arkansas headlines from Might to July: Fayetteville, Greenwood, El Dorado; final yr’s standout was southeast Arkansas farmers ($250 million crop loss). A number of out-of state occasions are Buchanan, N.C.; Yellowstone Nationwide Park; and Waverly, Tenn.
So what is going on on? Single climate occasions, or local weather change? How a few broader image and timeline for main flooding occasions within the USA: decade of 2000s, 16 occasions; 2010s, 32 occasions; 2020s by June, 11 occasions (extrapolate for the last decade=44). Mom Nature appears to be on a roll and rolling sooner.
I lately referred to as our congressmen to specific my concern that they urgently assist payments that deal with local weather change. Sen. Tom Cotton’s aide acknowledged the injury and losses to Arkansas farmers. I used to be happy by this comment, however we want for Senators Cotton and John Boozman and our Home representatives to move laws that addresses local weather motion, e.g., incentivizing clear power innovation and enlargement. Speak needs to be on each side of the aisle for Arkansans to keep away from the worst penalties of local weather change.
Our congressmen want to listen to your voices to assist a significant name to motion. You may attain out to organizations that may present a easy means to contact your representatives. A type of is Residents’ Local weather Foyer, a nonprofit, nonpartisan grass-roots advocacy for climate-change options.