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July, 2013

  • 24 July

    Finding Your Voice

    By LeAnn Dilbeck When you hear that first shrill cry of a newborn baby, it seems, in fact, that the first instinctive skill we find at birth is our voice. Although unable to speak words, we are given a distinct way to communicate and convey when we need something … the fun part is for everyone to figure out just ...

  • 24 July

    Detroit – The Failed American Experiment

    By Michael Reisig Well it finally happened: Detroit went under, gurgling and gasping like The Titanic, lost to bankruptcy. We did everything we could to prevent this from happening – not strictly from a humanitarian or an economic standpoint, but because Detroit represented a portion of the great experiment. Many years ago, we were a nation with burgeoning minorities and ...

  • 24 July

    State Capitol Week in Review

    By Senator Larry Teague LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4. The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011.  The intent was to help families with children in school, and was popularly called the “Back to School” sales tax holiday when it was ...

  • 24 July

    House of Representatives Weekly Report

    By Nate Bell   The first weekend of August is our annual Back to School sales tax holiday in Arkansas. State and local taxes are not assessed on purchases of certain items typically needed when returning to school. This year the average Arkansas parent will spend over $250 on school clothes and an additional $100 for supplies. Clothing items and shoes ...

  • 17 July

    Waves of Mercy…Waves of Grace

    By LeAnn Dilbeck For seven beautiful mornings, I was able to sit and enjoy my morning coffee while listening to the ocean waves…so incredibly relaxing. One wave after another rolling in. Never ending. I, like many other writers for hundreds of years, felt inspired by the ocean. I thought of the plethora of writings that have been inspired by the ...

  • 17 July

    Six Courageous Women

    By Michael Reisig Through a week of passionate, sometimes choleric, testimony from both sides, and brawls between attorneys, or attorneys and the judge, the six brave women of the Zimmerman trial jury stood their ground. They refused to be intimidated by the possibility of raging segments of our populace, the prejudiced testimony of friends and relatives, or the bullying by ...

  • 17 July

    State Capitol Week in Review

    By Senator Larry Teague LITTLE ROCK – The state attorney general challenged state elected officials and policy makers to overhaul Arkansas death penalty procedures. In a speech before the Arkansas Sheriffs Association, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel called the current system of capital punishment in Arkansas “completely broken.” Arkansas uses lethal injection to execute people convicted of capital crimes. However, the ...

  • 17 July

    House of Representatives Weekly Report

    By Representative Nate Bell There have been lots of questions, media reports, opinions and other discussion of Act 746 of 2013. As a sponsor of the bill, I’ve decided to share my point of view with those of you I represent. The new Act results from passage of HB1700. The bill passed the House 82-1 after passing the House Judiciary ...

  • 3 July

    WHAT WE NEED IS REVIVAL Part 4 of 4

    Revival of this Great Nation… By LeAnn Dilbeck When My people, who are called by My name, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 It seems there has never been a time in American ...

June, 2013

  • 26 June

    WHAT WE NEED IS REVIVAL – Part 3 of 4

    Revival in the Church… By LeAnn Dilbeck A nation in need of a new direction seems to be at the heart of so many debates and discussions. Are the problems too big to correct/change? How did we get this far off course?  There’s a lot of finger-pointing in all directions in an attempt to lay blame but as the saying ...