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December, 2019

  • 11 December

    Reflections from History and Faith – Glenn Miller – In Memoriam 1944-2019

    By Jeff Olson In his seminal volume, The Big Bands (1967), George T. Simon writes, “Of all the outstanding popular dance bands, the one that evokes the most memories of how wonderfully romantic it all was, the one whose music people want to hear over and over again, is the band of the late Glenn Miller.” This is still true ...

  • 4 December

    Reflections from History and Faith – Polk County – Part II

    By Jeff Olson In last week’s column, I payed a small but sincere tribute to our Polk County in honor of her 175th birthday. I wrote about her early history and how her intrinsic natural beauty and people attracted other people from around our country to move here and and make Polk County their home. However, I wasn’t able to ...

November, 2019

  • 27 November

    State of Arkansas House of Representatives Weekly Column

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas is one of 16 states whose legislators are working to help families gain access to medical care for a debilitating disorder that can afflict children after a bout of strep throat. It is a neuroimmune disorder commonly known as PANDAS, which stands for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections. Symptoms may include trouble sleeping, ...

  • 27 November

    Reflections from History and Faith – Happy Birthday, Polk County!

    By Jeff Olson The next three or four days will be busy ones for most of us, as we celebrate Thanksgiving and invest time in other activities with family and friends and perhaps even do some hunting, take in some football, and I hope participate in worshiping God. In addition to these, this Saturday we can also recognize the 175th ...

  • 27 November

    Giving Thanks and Showing Gratitude: An Opportunity and Privilege

    By Senator John Boozman Once again, the holiday season has quietly and rapidly descended upon us. Arkansans are getting into the holiday spirit and preparing to share meals and extended time with their loved ones. We will also be looking for ways to give back and pay it forward. Thanksgiving’s history within our nation is rich, if not complex. While ...

  • 27 November

    Giving Thanks and Showing Gratitude: An Opportunity and Privilege

    By Senator John Boozman Once again, the holiday season has quietly and rapidly descended upon us. Arkansans are getting into the holiday spirit and preparing to share meals and extended time with their loved ones. We will also be looking for ways to give back and pay it forward. Thanksgiving’s history within our nation is rich, if not complex. While ...

  • 20 November

    Reflections From History & Faith: Thanksgiving and Thanksliving

    Contributed by Jeff Olson As we approach Thanksgiving 2019, I wish to share some history and thoughts about this great American holiday – as it is again at least somewhat overshadowed by the early commercialization of Christmas. The historic truths of Thanksgiving’s Christian origin and biblical foundation in America serve to remind us of God’s blessing on us as a ...

  • 13 November

    State of Arkansas House of Representatives Weekly Column

    Arkansas is home to over 219,000 Veterans. They live and work in every community throughout our state. Our men and women who served are an extraordinarily selfless group. They worked as a team and looked out for one another. We must look out for them. In 2017, the General Assembly passed Act 141 which exempts military retirement benefits from state ...

  • 13 November

    Reflections From History & Faith: Two Great Physicians

    Contributed by Jeff Olson Throughout her history, America has been a unique and exceptional nation in many ways. I believe that one aspect of this can be seen in the role humor has played, not just within personal relationships but also on a broader scale in permeating our culture through literature, art, music, and entertainment. During good times and bad, ...

  • 6 November

    Reflections From History & Faith: Profession Without Confession

    Contributed by Jeff Olson Today, church buildings are usually occupied several times a week by many people, some of whom have experienced the new birth, who are a part of the church, the family of God, the Body of Christ. Their conversion was likely expressed through a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, probably a public one. By definition, the ...