November Ballot Measures, Part Four – Arkansas

Twice, in recent years, the Arkansas legislature has passed laws requiring individuals to present a valid photo ID to vote. Both times courts have ruled that the laws are unconstitutional. In November voters in Arkansas will be asked to vote on “Issue 2” a measure that would amend the state’s constitution to require individuals to…

Plant-Based, Whole Foods, Three Weeks, Part One

Can three weeks of healthy eating make a significant impact on one’s cholesterol levels and other health factors? This is what I am about to find out since a few days ago I embarked on a three week, plant-based, whole foods diet. To say that there are many confusing health-promoting diet suggestions and plans out…

November Ballot Measures, Part Three – Arizona

In 2011 Arizona established Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA’s) to allow parents of children with disabilities to opt out of public schools and instead receive funds from the state to provide education for their children from other sources.┬áParents or guardians who enrolled in the program and followed its strict guidelines would receive a prepaid bank card…

November Ballot Measures, Part Two – Alaska

According to the Alaska Department of Fish And Game, the 2017 Alaska commercial salmon fishery all species harvest was 224.6 million wild salmon with an estimated preliminary value of $678.8 million, a 66.7% increase from 2016’s value of $407.3 million. In terms of pounds of fish, the wild salmon harvest of 1,041.0 million pounds ranks…

November Ballot Measures, Part One – Alabama

As of August 14, 154 statewide ballot measures had been certified for ballots in 36 states for the general election on November 6, slightly below the average of 173 state ballot measures in even-numbered years since 2010. This is part one of a series of blog posts on some of the ballot measures that voters…

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, Part Two

This is part two of an eight-part series of posts based on a selection of readings from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. There was once a woman who, due to advanced age and some pretty significant health issues, ended up becoming homebound. The pastor of her congregation would come to visit her regularly.…