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The boy who said 'Yes, sir'

Subscriber onlyThe young man stood beside the gravel road and watched the car approach. He saw two men inside. Further down the road, where the mine was starting operations, the young man knew they were hiring workers. The same car passed by each morning on its way to the plant. Every morning he stood beside the road at the stop sign, hoping to speak to someone, wanting a job. Continue reading...

Quotable quotes: Legislature is full to overflowing

Subscriber onlyOnce, back in antiquity, only a few members of the General Assembly were heard or seen in print and on the early versions of electronic media. Continue reading...

Gratefulness in springtime or any time

Subscriber onlyIn Arkansas and in many other states throughout this region, the weather in the springtime can be unpredictable, sometimes fluctuating wildly from one day to the next, or even from one hour to the next. Continue reading...

What's my purpose?

Subscriber onlyI believe that everything that we do, every experience we have, has purpose. Sometimes purpose immediately reveals itself in grand fashion, and sometimes purpose hides in the crevices of the mundane trivialities of what I facetiously refer to as "ordinary" life. Continue reading...

Cut lawmakers off state-backed health insurance

Subscriber onlyIn 2014, 59 House members and 23 senators in the Arkansas Legislature were covered by the state of Arkansas in the state's employee health insurance program. Wouldn't it just be fair if anyone -- not just lawmakers taking care of themselves -- in Arkansas had the opportunity to participate in a state-managed health program? Instead, the legislators are poised to cut off health insurance coverage for Arkansans who, unlike legislators, do not otherwise have access to group plans paid for by Arkansas taxpayers. Continue reading...

Protesters not doing Democrats any favors

Subscriber onlyWhen Barack Obama was elected president twice, there were a number of us who did not vote for him, yet we accepted the results of the elections. Yes, there was gridlock in Congress and not much of value got accomplished. Congress' approval rate tanked as it should have. However, those of us who did not vote or support Obama did not riot, damage private property, start fires, block major roads and highways, disrupt public meetings and town halls much like the anti-President Donald Trump crowd is doing today. I know not all members of this crowd are Democrats, but I suspect the majority are. Continue reading...

What time is it? New time or old time?

Subscriber onlyBy the time you are reading this we will have changed from Central Standard Time to Central Daylight Time, and hopefully we have all our clocks set forward by one hour. A few people may not have gotten the word about the change, and may have arrived at church just in time for Sunday School to be over, and worship time beginning. (As a pastor, I always kind of enjoyed it when in the fall, we went off Daylight Saving Time and a few people would show up for Sunday School when they didn't intend to!) Continue reading...

We have a serious problem; the church is in deep trouble

Subscriber onlyI recently encountered a man wearing a T-shirt that stated, in bold letters, "Worn by someone who doesn't like the church." I had never seen something like that before, but I did know that there are many people in our country who are down on the church. Continue reading...

Leadership insights from Cheryl Bachelder

Subscriber onlyOn March 2 I got to meet Cheryl Bachelder, the outgoing CEO of Popeyes restaurants and author of the 2015 book "Dare to Serve." Continue reading...

State set to kill eight killers over 10 days in April

Subscriber onlyYes, soon, Arkansas will begin killing the killers on the infamous Death Row. Continue reading...

Three things about Obamacare on which Americans ought to agree

Subscriber onlyIt seems there is little agreement at the federal level regarding healthcare for the American people. Some want to repeal Obamacare and some would like to amend it. And, yes, there are many who want to keep the Affordable Care Act and are angered that President Trump and the Republicans threaten it. Continue reading...

Letter to the Editor

Subscriber onlyFellow penny-pinchers Continue reading...