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Cabin Window: Faulkner County doesn't need to be used for political gain

Posted: July 26, 2014 - 6:14pm

We have news that will shock you. We hate political television ads. Alright, maybe it’s not that shocking.

We are big fans of political advertising in our newspaper, obviously, but aside from the benefit to us, those ads tend to highlight a particular candidate’s attributes and qualifications for the job. For the most part, they do what we all would like political advertising to do: they promote the candidate in the most positive spotlight possible.

Those on television lately, however, have been one sling and arrow thrown after another that don’t necessarily promote one candidate so much as tear the other one apart. It makes one want to spend the majority of time on Netflix, where there are no commercials and one can binge-watch “Scandal,” or “House of Cards,” which might not be too far off what Washington D.C. would be like, if we are to believe these ads.

But worse than the general tone of the commercials is the fact that Faulkner County has been dragged into the fight. It’s not something we ever asked to be a part of, but now the events in April have led to the political ads of July.

In the hotly contested U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, the effects of the tornado that swept through Vilonia, Mayflower and other parts of the county are the center of mudslinging over who “cares more” about the good people here at home.

Pryor’s campaign is asserting that Cotton has voted against federal aid for disaster relief more than any other elected representative in the state. Politifact.com rates that statement as “half-true,” noting the times Cotton voted for federal aid in early versions of bills that did not make it to final passage.

Cotton has returned the volley using a local face claiming he has been with Faulkner County “the entire time.” Cotton’s ad and the voice coming from it blames Pryor for politicizing the tragedy, while doing their best to politicize the tragedy.

What really matters is what both of these elected officials are doing to help the people who are still reeling from the aftermath, whether it be in monetary aid or hands-on help. Pointing fingers at one another and expecting us to care isn’t helping anyone at all.

And to the person who was elected to his position in May, please spend your time doing the job you were elected to do instead of appearing in commercials claiming to speak for the entire county.

(The Editorial Board consists of Publisher Zach Ahrens, Editor Ricky Duke and Reporter Joe Lamb)

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lachowsj
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lachowsj 07/26/14 - 08:36 pm
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Pryor & Cotton

Tom Cotton opened the discussion about aid to farmers by putting himself out front in announcing the disaster relief for farmers. The fact is that he was the only one out of the all Republican Arkansas delegation to vote against the farm bill that authorized relief payments. And he did it twice. Of course Mark Pryor is going to jump in and point that out.

Tom Cotton is not a mainstream Republican. He comes down somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun. It could be argued that Mark Pryor is not a mainstream Democrat either. The difference is that he is in the middle rather than on the fringe.

Raving Bear
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Raving Bear 07/28/14 - 06:20 pm
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Given that Attila had

Given that Attila had multiple wives (re-defining marriage), and robbed rich Romans and Goths to give to poor Huns and Goths (redistribution, welfare and multiculturalism), didn't care about Rome's borders or immigration laws (immigration reform)and spent much of his time pillaging (fund raising) by your standards to the right of Attila the Hun is where you would find Obama....

ctce
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ctce 07/28/14 - 06:45 am
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ruined

It doesn't matter what side your on. Politics will ruin a nice guy any day. It not just people running or in office either. It goes from a little kid over hearing his parents discuss things to the locals at the cafe. Its all over every where and unstoppable. It is also religions and personal beliefs that are being attacked. The supreme court also tells us where we can talk about it and where we can't. It will never end.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 07/28/14 - 09:21 am
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in other words

This has been your "vote for the Democrat" commentary from another newspaper.

The problem is, neither candidate cares about Faulkner County, or they wouldn't be in D.C. in the first place.

The first candidate that donated their millions in campaign contributions to the disaster relief fund or another local charity would get my vote.

That ain't gonna happen, though.

alipage72
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alipage72 07/28/14 - 09:49 am
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"shame on anyone...

for using our tragedy..." that came out of the mouth of our very own sheriff in an ad for Tom Cotton, however it would seem that's exactly what he is doing. Oh and let's not forget the big Tom Cotton sign off I-40 right amidst the rubble of the destroyed RV center in Mayflower.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 07/28/14 - 12:25 pm
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Cotton sign

Perhaps the RV center feels the same way about Pryor as Cotton does, maybe that's why the sign is there.

Unless you suspect trespassing?

alipage72
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alipage72 07/28/14 - 04:29 pm
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maybe

but without anyone knowing that, that's the appearance that is given.

Zweck
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Zweck 07/28/14 - 12:15 pm
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whole thing

whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth for this race. County politics should not endorse either candidate if they don't want to take on the stench of that campaign. I think this could turn into a lesson in "do not tarnish your shine by redirecting your spotlight"

I think the sign at the RV center is placed there by the RV center owners which is their right to do so.

alipage72
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alipage72 07/29/14 - 08:53 am
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again.........

without knowing that, it still makes him look like a hypocrit.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 07/29/14 - 10:29 am
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are you dense?

Cotton is not going to just put a sign that large on a commercial property without permission.

It's a statement by the RV group, not Cotton.

My goodness....two people on here have already explained this and you're still harping on it?

If you want to vote against him because a tornado victim supports him, go for it, it's still a democracy.

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