Thank you for Psalm Sunday Community Service

Dear Editor,

Thank you to Brother Kevin Causey and The Connection Church for hosting the Palm Sunday Community Service last night.  Brother Kevin did an awesome job in the message that God had given him about worship.  We thank you Kevin for being so involved in the Ministerial Alliance of Heber Springs.  Also a thank you to all of you who participated in last night’s service.  What a blessing to gather with other brothers and sisters in Christ.  I have heard so many great comments today from church members that were present from different denominations.  As Brother Kevin said last night it is about “Jesus”  and not us.  My prayer is that our church leaders will see a need to come together in the name of Jesus in this great community in which God has given us to live.

Please mark your calendars for April 17 for the next Ministerial Alliance meeting.  We will meet at 7:30am at the Smokehouse Restaurant.

Have a great day and a great Easter as we celebrate our Risen Savior.   Psalm 118:24

Elwin Ollar

Hope Not Handcuffs

Dear Editor, The 21st Century Opioid Epidemic in the United States started in Boston, Massachusetts. A doctor wrote an article for a Boston Medical Journal about how opioids, if given to a person suffering pain, would not produce addiction in the patient. This was and is hogwash. Where did this information come from? It was sponsored by an opioid manufacturer. The origin of this false idea is from the days of the American Civil War. Doctors then knew of the dangers of opioids and addiction. They were reluctant, even on the battlefield or in field hospitals, to administer opioids. A report and orders were created stating that if a person is in pain and you give them opioids (morphine or opium products) then they would not get addicted. This was enough for some and so opioids appeared on the battlefield. Following the Civil War addiction was a problem in the United States. In Massachusetts they, like the entire nation, have seen a spike in addiction and opioid deaths as well as deaths from other drugs. Over 64,000 last year. The numbers continue to increase. Massachusetts has responded with ‘Hope Not Handcuffs’. Are you or do you know someone struggling with addiction? In locations that practice Hope Not Handcuffs a person with a problem may walk into a police station and declare their problem and that they need help. They will not be arrested but will be provided access to treatment and services in order to assist them immediately. Doesn’t this make sense?

Alfred Brock

Wayne, Michigan