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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.

What Bumpers was

In 1992, I interviewed the late Sen. Dale Bumpers while working my first reporting job for the Arkadelphia Daily Siftings Herald. As we sat on the hood of his gray Pontiac Bonneville outside Ouachita Baptist University’s football field, I asked him why he had never run for president despite once being included as a possible contender on the cover of Time magazine. He looked wistful for a moment, munched some popcorn, said I didn’t have enough space to print the reasons, and then talked about the strain that being president would cause for his family.

2016 – A new Brenda

I spoke with my crazy friend Deb on New Year’s Eve morning and she asked if I’d made resolutions yet. I said I’d thought about a few and shared them. She gave a few of her own and, by the time our conversation ended, we had gotten down-right silly. As usual. So, the following is a collaboration with my friend as we discussed the resolutions we INTENDED to make before giving serious thought to the outcome…

Husband’s drinking likely problematic

Q. My husband’s doctor told him to slow down on his drinking. He has slowed down, but he still drinks too much. Over the holidays he had at least three glasses of wine most nights. Some nights, he would consume an entire bottle. Then he would go a couple of days without drinking. He says that he’s not dependent on alcohol, so he doesn’t have a problem. I say he does. What is your opinion?

Beyond Christmas

Every Christmas season, Christians give thanks to God for his love and grace, showered upon us through the birth of Jesus. We give to those in need, and we watch heart-warming movies about family and romance. We sing beautiful carols such as “Silent Night” that point to the joy of our salvation through Jesus’ life, death resurrection and future coming.

Gay man shouldn’t have to choose between husband, sister

Q. I am a 45-year-old gay man who moved away from home about 20 years ago. Recently, I married my partner of 15 years. I have always visited my sister, with my partner, for a week after the new year. She told me that if I brought my “husband” this year neither of us would be welcome. She suggested that I come alone and not mention my marital status. I’m really torn. I love my partner, but my sister and her children are the only family I have. Suggestion?

Your Best Life - Can exercise make up for a poor diet?

In this column, I have dedicated many words toward convincing readers that exercise is critical to optimum health. Only a few weeks ago I dedicated the entire article to listing some of the numerous benefits. While every one of those benefits is valid, there is something that exercise cannot do. Exercise cannot make up for a poor diet. Although exercise can help offset unhealthy eating by burning more calories than a sedentary lifestyle would, healthy eating will help you achieve your BEST results. An unhealthy diet will undermine your efforts toward better health by making you feel lethargic, and it can cause a variety of health problems.