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January, 2018

  • 22 January

    What Can Be Learned from the Logic of an Illogical Shutdown

     by Congressman Bruce Westerman –   September 30 is an important date in our nation’s capital.  It’s the end of the fiscal year for the federal government and about 30% of Uncle Sam’s programs depend on new congressional discretionary appropriations each year to remain operational.  The list includes Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Interior and other departments that are funded through 12 ...

  • 3 January

    Family Fitness

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Fitness and health always top the new year’s headlines and resolutions. Gym memberships sharply increase as people make a year long commitment to exercise and improve their overall physical health… sadly, the year long commitment most of the time results in a month long commitment before it begins waning as other priorities seem to seep in. ...

December, 2017

  • 20 December

    The Spirit of Christmas

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Christmas is truly my most favorite time of year! My sweet daughter said months in advance of the holiday this year that she couldn’t wait for this time of year because it just ‘feels different.’ When I asked ‘how,’ she explained everyone was ‘just a little nicer and more generous.’ So true, isn’t it? As the ...

  • 13 December

    The Hustle and Bustle of Christmas

    BY LEANN DILBECK – I am the calendar keeper of the home and everyone in it. My husband simply says each morning, “What do we have tonight?” because we have accepted that this season of life and this season of year is full of recitals, parties, practices, games, banquets, and so on and so forth. Occasionally, there is a break ...

  • 6 December

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    BY LEANN DILBECK – R-E-S-P-E-C-T… Aretha Franklin sang it… some live it… and some completely disregard it but lately, I feel it is at the core of so many troubles within our own families, corporately, and even nationally. It crushed my heart when I heard a young mother publicly berate her 9ish year old son who was trying to assist, ...

November, 2017

  • 29 November

    Enjoying the Moment

    BY LEANN DILBECK – I’ve admitted it before… I used to be a worrier… and that was an understatement when it came to absolutely anything that remotely was related to my children. Over the years, I’ve learned to relax a bit and trust that He has it all covered! I probably missed some priceless moments by not being ‘in the ...

  • 22 November

    Nothing Brings Family Together Like Food!

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel days of the year, as families come together to give thanks and enjoy time together. Traditions that vary from one family to another are continually passed down from one generation to the next, from watching the parade, to playing a competitive game of football, to enjoying a ...

October, 2017

  • 8 October

    Everyone’s a Critic

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Criticism doesn’t feel good. It just doesn’t. It hurts and it may even make us mad. Everyone is a critic these days and with the convenience of the internet, it’s no longer left to the “professionals” who have a column like “The Critic’s Corner” in the newspaper, critiqueing movies, restaurants, or plays.  Everyone with an opinion ...

September, 2017

  • 21 September

    It’s hard to see Hurricane Maria through all this smoke

    Our forest fires are going to keep getting worse if we can’t reform the way we fight fires. By Ken Fisher and Bruce Westerman, Opinion contributors The following opinion piece, co-written by Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04), originally appeared in the September 20 issue of USA Today. Earlier this month, standing on a hill overlooking the Columbia River that runs between Oregon and ...

  • 8 September

    Preparing for the Unexpected

    SUBMITTED BY U.S. SENATOR DR. JOHN BOOZMAN –  The worst of Mother Nature brings out the best of the human spirit. We witnessed the bravery and heroism of first responders, emergency officials and volunteers who saved the lives of Texans trapped by Hurricane Harvey’s devastating flooding. Arkansans mobilized efforts to assist our neighbors in need. The Arkansas National Guard responded ...