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We always make excuses for single women saying they thought a boyfriend was ok, a friend admitting the man had nothing and he kills her 4 year old while the mother may be out working. Seems like only qualification is just to be a male! They also provide housing for them after the government help and then no respect for others! That is why I hope when these women are released from drug rehab at old crittenden hospital. I hope they recover and return back to their original homes in case of relapse we sure don’t need more drug addicts here (no name please & I really wish them well). [ Editor’s Note: The beginning of this seems to be ref-erencing a very specific set of circumstances that I’m not familiar with, so I won’t comment on that. The second part, though, I will address. Belay your concerns about newly- liberated drug- addicted women roaming the local countryside. Once the ACC releases them, they are, in fact, bussed back to their home towns. ( and don’t worry about us running your name. Unless you give it to us, we don’t have it. We don’t even save numbers to see if we’re getting repeat texters)]

*** Wow. For every school built in the United States money is spent to build 22 prisons. Something is not right with that. [ Editor’s Note: Yeah, something’s not right, and I’m afraid it’s your data. Now, I see where you’re going with this, though. Most states do spend more annually per inmate than they do per student. Arkansas, for example gives public school districts about $ 9,000 per enrolled student, while the state spends about $ 17,000 per year per inmate to keep them fed and housed in the state prison system. That number is skewed to even more ridiculous proportions in other states ( New York, for example, spends about $ 16,000 per student and nearly $ 60,000 per inmate), but your suggestion that there are 22 prisons built for every school just isn’t accurate. But the real numbers are still pretty alarming: 11 states spend more on prisons annually than higher education ( Arkansas is not one of those states); funding for prisons is up 141 percent since 1986, compared to a 96 percent increase on public education; and while the U. S.

spent $ 67.8 billion on public education in 2015, it spent nearly as much, 63.4 billion, on prisons, a staggering figure, to be sure, but not at the 22- to- 1 clip you suggest. I will say this, which I believe I’ve said before: There is no dollar figure, no price tag, that you can put on schools, prisons or anything in between, that will improve education and/ or reduce crime.

There is a cultural divide in our society that perpetuates a disinterest or de- prioritization of education within certain circles, and that lack of education leads to a need to commit crimes in order to survive. And those within that system are unable to break the cycle without a tremendous amount of determination. This isn’t bleedingheart liberalism, which I admittedly fall into from time to time, but simple facts. If your parents are uneducated, they probably won’t put a tremendous amount of effort to seeing to it that you are. Therefore, you do badly in school, maybe even don’t graduate from high school, thus limiting your opportunity to advance beyond your parents’ station in life, leading to a greater potential to turn to crime as a means of living, thus starting the cycle over for you and your children. It’s not a money thing. Putting billions of dollars into the education system doesn’t work for that student, because he or she will never reap the benefits of those dollars. Putting billions of dollars into the prison system doesn’t work for that individual, because he or she will already be a part of the cycle by the time they reach the prison system. Putting billions of dollars into the welfare system doesn’t work because it only helps perpetuate a dependent society. It’s simply not a “ money” thing, it’s a “ mindset” thing, and it will only work on an individual family- level basis, and it won’t be quick or easy]

*** Why don’t you run all of the arrests in the paper? The public has a right to know! [ Editor’s Note: Well, the simple answer is that there’s not enough room to run 20 or 30 mug shots every day. A less simple answer is that most of the arrests aren’t newsworthy. A man getting arrested for a suspended driver’s license isn’t worth putting in the paper. Now, if that same man gets arrested for driving on a suspended license and he’s also carrying an unlicensed firearm and a baggie of crystal meth, well, that’s a notable offense. We do run every police report ( without names) in the Friday paper, so if you’re simply interested in knowing what types of crimes are being committed in the community and where they are being committed, that’s all there. If you’re simply interested in knowing who got a DUI over the weekend, go get a copy of “ Who Got Busted?” or whatever that weekly rag is they sell at the gas stations. It’s also worth noting that not everyone who shows up in the mug shots is guilty. In fact, a lady who was recently listed in the paper, called to let me know that although she was listed as being charged as a “ drunk, insane or disorderly person” that she was, in fact, not drunk, a fact that I assured her I would correct, which I have now done]

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