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The image of God

By Pastor Steve Ellison Is human life special? Different from other forms of life? Different from the rest of creation? When the Creator decided to write a book revealing Himself to His creatures, He began this way, "In the...

A growing list: 2019 threats to first amendment freedoms

By Gene Policinski First Amendment threats and defenses have, for much of the past 100 years, largely focused on protecting individual speech -- the rights of any one of us to express ourselves without interference or punishment...

Giving options to every Arkansas family

By Laurie Lee Chairman of The Reform Alliance As the old saying goes, if you give a person a fish, you've fed that person for a day--but if you teach someone to fish, you've fed them for a lifetime. As the proverb implies, our...

Seniors, can we talk?

Do you like to have a re-cap and look back at last year so you can hopefully learn something or avoid making the same mistakes over and over again? Sure cannot hurt and might even help! Whether you reviewed your Medicare. . .

Alas Jericho

By Rick Baber Look. I'm aware that I'm no expert on the subject. And I'm aware that, at least here in my little corner of the world, there are more people who disagree with me than there are those who agree ”¦ on pretty much...

What would Jefferson think of the government shutdown?

WASHINGTON -- It was a perfect post-Christmas day, as I watched tourists move in concentric circles around the Jefferson Memorial at the far edge of the National Mall. Jefferson's famous exhortation about the nature of. . .

Cooke saw tragedy, triumph in battle

Charles Cooke started his life in Fort Smith, Arkansas, far from the sea. But Charles Maynard Cooke would come to master the oceans as a naval officer. A highly intelligent and patriotic man, Cooke had graduated from both the...

The mirror reflects only what it sees

Many of us find ourselves each morning at least for a few minutes peering into a silver backed piece of glass which reflects back towards us the mirror image of ourselves. We see the teeth as we brush, the pores of our skin as we. . .

Vacationing in winter

It was cold in Idaho that year when we left for California for the Christmas break. The thermometer read fifteen below zero. This vacation was going to be a big event for our children since we planned to take them to one of the...

Bingeing makes an unhealthy TV diet

In 2019 I resolve to cutback on bingeing. Not at the dinner table - although that would be wise - but at the TV. I believe TV programmers and viewers will come to regret serving up a show's entire season at once, enabling viewers...

”‹Son of flake

What's with Mitt Romney, the newly minted Republican senator from the great red state of Utah? Mitt hadn't even been sworn in yet and he put his name on a New Year's Day op-ed column in the Washington Post bearing the headline. . .

Will Washington change?

The Republicans couldn't do it when they controlled Congress and the White House. Ok, "controlled" may be overstating any kind of management in Washington. Now the House has a majority of Democrats, meaning the Speaker and all...

Did I not save you?

By Pastor Steve Ellison How many gods do you serve? Perhaps you think that is a question that you need not bother with, but I can assure you that is a false assumption. Every human struggles with idols. Some are just more...

After-Christmas gift wish list

It's way past time to congratulate the baby Jesus on the anniversary of his birth. While all those annoying unending ads for the Christmas sales have blessedly come to an end, they've been replaced by all those annoying unending...

Kiwanians hear request for 'oral history' support

Longtime Batesville attorney, former state senator, and current president of the Independence County Library Board, Bill Walmsley told the Batesville Kiwanis Club Friday that he has special goals for 2019. "We have paid off the...

The new space race has begun

For the short term, Jan. 3, 2019, will be thought of, at least in the states, as the day the Democrats officially took back control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Long term, though, I think we may look at it as the day. . .

Hospitals guard prices like the CIA guards secrets

Way back in 2017, before we were on the road to Nuremberg With Donald Trump, the Washington Post was outraged that hospitals were trying to make a profit. Like most stories involving reporters, economics and healthcare it was...

State Capitol week in review

From the Arkansas State Senate This is the year for legislative action. The elections are past and it is now time for newly elected and re-elected state officials to begin the 2019 term in office, as the 92nd General Assembly....