Fly away


This flu season is no joke. We have a short bit in the paper about availability, but, seriously, go get a flu shot if you haven’t already. And please, while we’re talking, ignore those “Why you shouldn’t get a flu shot” so-called reasons on social media. Honestly, paying attention to somethings can kill you, in this case literally.


Slide away


It is that time of year, no? Minding our own business, enjoying the occasion maybe-not-warm-but-at-least-not-as-cold-as-it’s-been days, when the thermometer takes a dive south and ice shows up.


We notice, however and in turn, that the state just keeps getting better at making sure the major highways are treated before the weather turns and, more to the point, the day after when the temp’s back up and the ice has melted, we have less to talk about with area law enforcement.


That means two things: One, less people are sliding off the roads and two, more people are driving responsibly - or deciding not to drive - than in times past.


There you go: Social evolution. We’re getting better at not hurting ourselves on the ice.


Keep up the good work.


Which away


A couple relatively minor points you might otherwise miss in this week’s issue.


Rumblings, and that’s all they are, about ambulance service at the Fairfield Bay City Council. We recall when the new contracts were bid last year the discussion about the number of ambulances and the quality was a big issue. These weren’t the only rumblings we’ve heard in the last couple weeks, but we are paying attention to ambulance service. If you think we’re missing something, let us know: editor@vanburencountydem.com or 501-745-5175


Yes, we will keep who’s talking to us confidential, and no, we will not bother with unsigned poison-pen letters. (These are both long-established policies.)


But wait, one more thing: Fairfield Bay is looking hard (for lack of a better term) at putting a wet/dry vote on the 2020 ballot. This paper has long come out in favor of “wet” as a way to generate much-needed revenue for the county and we will continue to pay attention to this issue.


Oh, and did you see in Clinton City Council report? They’re gutting the old chicken plant. These times gone by, no?


John 3: 22-36


John Testifies Again About Jesus


22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”


27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”[h]


31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sentspeaks the words of God, for God[i] gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.