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Dishonoring our dutiful shepherds

In the wake of the Pine Bluff City Council’s decision to revoke any commendations for officers who participated in the standoff and justified killing of Monroe Isadore, some perspective is warranted. Despite an amazing transformation over the last three years, many people believe the PBPD is biased and broken. This decision is emblematic of those feelings.

When cops kill, and when cops die

Most interactions between American police and citizens are routine, civil and no worse than briefly unpleasant for those involved. But among some cops and some populations, the relationship is fraught with chronic distrust and fear. The result is an intractably toxic climate that spawns deadly consequences.

The promise of rest remains

“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it…” (Hebrews 4:1-10).

The ‘simplicity’ of getting fit

I’ve NEVER heard anyone say “You know, I’d like a really pretty house, but I don’t care if it has a refrigerator or bathrooms”. But I hear “I just want bigger arms” or “I only want to work on my waist” quite frequently. From a fitness professional’s perspective, they mean virtually the same thing.

Our Father’s Love

We’ve recently celebrated Father’s Day by showing our fathers just how much they mean to us. In so many ways, fathers are the under-recognized keys to the success of families.

YOUR BEST LIFE Tips for Living Healthy in South Arkansas

The food labels we see today are a result of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990. In attempting to better inform consumers about what’s in their food, the Act attempted to standardize the labeling guidelines of packaged foods. The NLEA requires each label to include the serving size, number of servings per container, the nutrient composition of food, and the list of ingredients, among other things.

Work, work and more work

It is an awesome thing to have a strong work ethic throughout life’s journey because the harvest is very plentiful but the workers are so few. Jesus Christ had an outstanding work ethic with the ministries He was called to while here on earth.

Your legs have a second chance at JRMC

Many Americans suffer with Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), which refers to any disease of the circulatory system outside the brain and heart, and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which happens when arteries become narrowed due to build-up of fatty material called plaque. You’ve probably also heard this referred to as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Plaque deposits cause the arteries to stiffen and become blocked, which limits the supply of oxygenated blood throughout the body. This can cause different types of health problems, depending on the arteries that are blocked.

Tips for fighting holiday depression

Q. I have a tendency to be depressed, but I get even more depressed as soon as Thanksgiving is over and people start the Christmas holidays. Everyone always seems so happy except me. I’m alone, and it seems that even my family forgets that I exist. Can you give me some advice from a psychologist’s perspective? I’ve read the silly magazine suggestions.

Your Best Life - The Chicken or the Egg

Something must come first, right? Well, this week we’re going to talk about which should come first in your workout, cardio or strength training. Humans need both, and it’s only through the combination of these (along with sound nutrition and adequate sleep) that we can ever hope to achieve our best health. In the health and fitness world it’s a cliché that “runners don’t lift and lifters don’t run.” Don’t be like this.

The greatest gift

The birth of Jesus Christ marked the beginning of the most important sequence of events of all history. His birth, life, death and resurrection are all part of the greatest gift. Jesus was God in the flesh.

To reduce prison growth, remember Texas

There’s much that policymakers don’t agree about these days, but something like a consensus is emerging about one issue: criminal sentencing reform. Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, moderates, President Obama, people who don’t like President Obama — many of them agree the United States imprisons too many people, and they even agree why that’s bad. Liberals agree with conservatives that locking up 2.3 million people nationwide is a waste of money. Many conservatives agree with liberals that it’s a waste of lives.

Cranberry sauce demands order

With Thanksgiving now in the rearview, guests gone and belts re-buckled, I have realized a few things about my family’s annual observance. Of course there are the memories, both saccharine and sad. There are the traditions and stories to be told.

Rookie’s bill would shine light on campaigns

Rep. Janna Della Rosa, R-Rogers, is a rookie, and she admits she made some rookie mistakes. During this past legislative session, her self-described rookie-ness got in her way as she tried to pass a bill that would have required legislative and statewide candidates to file campaign finance reports online in a searchable database. It failed in the House, 48-33, with 19 not voting, and never made it to the Senate.