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March, 2020

  • 4 March

    Reflections from History and Faith The Call to Citizenship

    By Jeff Olson The Church is defined, in Greek, as “to call out [from the world and to God].” An important point to understand about this calling is that it applies to each and every member of the Body of Christ, the Church – not just to the Church in general or to only some of us within the Body. ...

February, 2020

  • 26 February

    New Policies, Positive Outcomes

    LITTLE ROCK – In the past two years, the number of youths in state custody has declined by nearly thirty percent, and today I’d like to discuss some of the changes we have made to achieve that. During my first campaign for governor in 2014, I became concerned about the quality of care at our state’s juvenile detention centers and ...

  • 26 February

    Reflections from History and Faith: Restoration of Church and State

    By Jeff Olson According to Aristotle, metaphor consists in giving the thing a name that belongs to something else. Metaphors, while a primary mode of expression and comprehension, are based on premises and if those premises are false then the success of the metaphor serves only to perpetuate the falsehood. Such has been the case with the metaphor, “wall of ...

  • 19 February

    Reflections from History and Faith – Iwo Jima Remembered

    By Jeff Olson America loses hundreds of World War II veterans every day and with each death passes a special chapter of America’s history. This month is the 75th anniversary of one of the most notable campaigns of the war and one of the most iconic moments in American military history. The place was Iwo Jima, a tiny island 660 ...

  • 12 February

    Reflections from History and Faith: Susan B. Anthony

    By Jeff Olson One-hundred years ago this week, February 15, 1820, Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. She was one of the first pioneering leaders in championing women’s rights. She came from a Quaker family, and a part of their belief was the equality of men and women. Quakers also strongly supported other major reforms such as the ...

  • 5 February

    Reflections from History and Faith – Tolerance: Genuine or Counterfeit?

    By Jeff Olson English is an interesting and unique language. Not only can one word have more than one meaning, but the meanings can change over time. For instance, words such as joint, mouse, family, and even family values have changed or expanded in their meanings in recent history. Have you ever stopped to think just how and why this ...

January, 2020

  • 29 January

    Reflections from History and Faith – The Final Frontier

    By Jeff Olson “Space, the final frontier…to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Sound familiar? It should to many of you because it was the opening lines to the original Star Trek television series back in the mid-late 1960s. It also reflected the spirit of ...

  • 22 January

    State of Arkansas House of Representatives Weekly Column

    Research tells us that 61% of low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their homes. Middle-income homes have an average of 13 books per child. On average, children in poverty have been exposed to only 25 hours of one-on-one reading, compared to middle-class children who have been exposed to 1,000-1,700 hours of one-on-one reading. Only 48% of young children are ...

  • 22 January

    Reflections from History and Faith: Choosing Life or Rights?

    By Jeff Olson Forty-seven years ago this week, January 22, 1973, the “Roe v. Wade” Supreme Court decision was issued. The history of abortion in our country is quite lengthy and complex. According to common law tradition inherited by United States from England, abortion before “quickening,” (or when the baby’s movements could be felt) was not a crime. In 1821, ...

  • 15 January

    State of Arkansas House of Representatives – House Committee Discusses E-waste

    In an age where technology moves at a rapid pace, electronic devices often become e-waste in only a few years after manufacturing. Electronic waste is commonly known as e-waste. It is defined as used electronics that are nearing the end of their useful life, and are discarded, donated or given to a recycler. The amount of worldwide e-waste generation in ...