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 By Karen Koehn    Local    November 22, 2017 

Letter to Editor

On behalf of over 175 sixth-graders and their teachers, I'd like to say THANK YOU to everyone who made our 21st Sixth-Grade Career Fair a HUGE success! The hours of preparation and committed passion for this activity certainly do not go unnoticed....

 
 By Randy McMurphy    Local    November 22, 2017 

Letter to Editor

I would like to tip my hat and say, “Thank you,” to Northwest Oklahoma Representative Murdock, Representative Sanders and Senator Peterson for their “No,” vote on the budget proposal last week. The legislators have been running red lights...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

After numerous attempts to raise revenue over the past eight weeks of special session, the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Senate passed a budget bill last week and sent it to the governor’s desk. The bill keeps 12 agencies flat and...

 

First things first

However your next games turn out, thank you for a great Goldbugs-style football season. You are fine representatives for our town on and off the field. Let's all have a great Thanksgiving Day this...

 

Lynn Says

Frequently, I observe posts on social media about how much someone hates cancer. Usually, the message is posted because someone lost a beloved parent or grandparent to cancer, often after a long and...

 

Shame on you all

If you have missed it, the “Never Ending Story” is alive and well at the Capitol. The governor said she would make them stay until Christmas if necessary to fix the budget. Well, DUH! Why would...

 

Hugh Heffner eulogy (Part 2)

The following is a continuation of the eulogy I gave to Hugh Heffner back in October. Mr. Heffner, you taught the world that a woman’s value was defined by her looks. Worse yet, you made an idol out of women’s beauty, but no woman could live up...

 

Spiritually Speaking

Pop quiz. What was the difference between Saul of Benjamin (the first king over Israel) and his son-in-law (and successor) David of Judah? On the physical side, Saul was tall – everyone looked up to him because he was usually the biggest guy in...

 

Kelp

The ocean: a vast, unexplored realm, home to more fish than ever came out of it, and nursery for the most famous seaweed, kelp. As the population grows, arable land becomes increasingly scarce, but...

 

The centennial of America's entrance into WWI

Veterans Day is an important moment for us to reflect on and cherish our family, friends and neighbors who answered the call to serve our country. This year is unique in that it marks the 100th anniversary of the first unit of American combat troops...

 

Random Thoughts

In the 1896 presidential election, the most significant issue was whether the U.S. would stay on the “gold standard” or use silver money as well. Putting more money into circulation was one of the...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The Oklahoma House of Representatives took several positive steps last week to fill the $215 million shortfall facing three state health departments. House members passed five bills last week which take care of nearly three-quarters of the funding...

 

CORTNEY LYLE (Cory) WASHBURN

Memorial services for Cortney Lyle (Cory) Washburn will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Alva First United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. Carol Cook Moore officiating. A private family interment will be held under the direction...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    November 5, 2017

Set your clocks back and bring on Turkey Day

There is a song by Cher, “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Only the government can do that. Don't forget to set your clocks back today. Cleo's birthday is Thursday. Between arm strength and her taser,...

 

Love

I’ve been thinking a lot about love recently. Last week the lectionary text was Matthew 22:34-46, where Jesus teaches that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and that the second is like it, to love our...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    November 3, 2017

Spiritually Speaking

Perhaps you’re familiar with the untimely death of John the Baptist, but for the sake of this article, please allow me to remind you. John the Baptist was not the sort of fellow to pull his punches. No matter the circumstances, John was willing to...

 

Lies

Time magazine featured an article on why you shouldn’t punish your children for lying! It certainly is a sad state of affairs when we hear lies over and over again with the perpetrators unwilling...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

When I decided I’d run for office, I did so because I believed Oklahomans deserved better schools, better jobs, and better economic projections. When I took the oath of office last year, I was excited about the opportunity to impact our state....

 

Random Thoughts

The late 19th century was a time of great growth and expansion in the United States. Our population more than doubled, additional states came into the Union, and new businesses and industries led to...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    November 2, 2017

Don't take any chances. Get your flu shot now

The flu is nothing to sneeze at, especially if you’re an older adult. Anywhere from 140,000 to 710,000 Americans are projected to land in the hospital this year as a result of the flu and its complications, and 12,000 to 56,000 are expected to die...

 

Lynn Says

Last week, I wrote a brief summary from a 16-page Atlantic Monthly article about the problem of depression and loss of personal contact that is occurring because of teen addiction to cell phones. I received a LOT of positive comment about that... Full story

 
 By Jack Fisher    Local    October 29, 2017

Ups and downs to watch

Here is some stock market advice I have observed. And I will give you some advice on stocks. I thought I had it made when my brother-in-law left coaching and became a stock broker in Chicago. So I discreetly asked if he had any special advice. He...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    October 29, 2017

It is history and nothing more

Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Isaac Stand Waite: all names of generals of the Confederacy, men who fought for what they believed, whether it was right or wrong. They are also the names of...

 
 By John Clapp    Local    October 27, 2017

Scary words

Fall has arrived in full force. The cold is now here and the leaves are starting to turn. Soon we will all be raking the yards. Fall brings a lot of different experiences: football, hayrides and, of course, pumpkin spice on everything. Soon...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 27, 2017

Spiritually Speaking

The 2017 edition of Warmth for Winter has begun in earnest! Each day, we find more bags and boxes filled with warm winter clothing, quilts, shoes and ... well ... other stuff. And by “other stuff” I don’t mean the crown jewels of merry old...

 

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