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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 ...

  • 8 September

    ‘Renewed Hope’ Report Shows Hope for Foster Care System

    SUBMITTED BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MADDOX –  Often times, it takes years to see the full impact on legislation we pass. But then there are times, like this week, that we see how just a few changes in the law can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children in a matter of weeks. The Arkansas Department of ...

  • 8 September

    State Studies Results of ACT Scores

    SUBMITTED BY THE OFFICE OF SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE –  LITTLE ROCK – The ACT is the most important standardized test for high school students in Arkansas, and every year parents and educators anticipate the releasing of test scores to see how our students are performing. In the past decade Arkansas students have shown steady improvement because more of them are ...

  • 6 September

    Through the Eyes of a Child

    BY LEANN DILBECK – This week is a very special week for our family. This week will mark five years that our family was restored after three years of brokenness.  Five years ago this week, our children’s and parent’s faithful prayers were answered. You all have allowed me to share our story so many times before so on this anniversary, ...

  • 1 September

    Use it… or lose it

    BY LEANN DILBECK – Ok, fellow mommies, we are now back into the swing of back to school schedules and I don’t know about all of you, but it’s a double-edged sword at my house. The return to routine and schedule, both welcomed … but I think we would all agree, schedules are so very unforgiving. Busyness seems to take ...

August, 2017

  • 2 August

    A Predator Among Us…

    BY LEANN DILBECK – I’ve generally always been an early riser, but over the last year, an insanely, frustratingly early riser… 4 a.m. early riser. My beloved Sophie girl, my fluffy, perky, adoringly loyal shih-tzu of almost 10 years was not… except for this one particular morning. I was cleaning out my refrigerator and she just looked at me with ...

June, 2017

  • 27 June

    Birthday Blessings, America!

    BY LEANN DILBECK – A nighttime aerial view of our nation’s capital was my first glimpse of this great city as the plane prepared for landing in Washington DC and made quite an impression on a young, bright-eyed, ambitious, and very southern 24-year old. My welcome crew took me for a nighttime site seeing tour of the National Mall. I ...

  • 13 June

    At the root of it all…

    BY LEANN DILBECK – I sunk my bare toes into the dirt. Ahhh… therapy. A busy life with a job full of deadlines and demands, two energetic teenagers and an even more energetic husband that all love to work hard and play hard, who would imagine that sinking my toes in fresh dirt would be so therapeutic? God knew. My ...