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Letter to the editor

Recently I commented on phone scammers and advertisers who were stealing local phone numbers to insert in their caller ID systems to trick people into answering the phone. That same problem was happening all over the country but the good news is...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    September 24, 2017 

The car show is history

I had a great time and hope you did, too. Jack brought both his '63 Falcons, Cleo had her Ranchero and Justin brought his fire truck from California. All were hits with all that passed by. One of my...

 

One common event

Humanity is truly a diverse lot. We come in different shapes, sizes and colors. We come from different backgrounds, we have various degrees of beliefs and values, each of us has a different set of circumstances that determines everything from our per...

 

Spiritually Speaking

Growing up, I never really wanted the world to be quiet. I woke up to the radio, spent hours on the phone and watched a ton of TV. My parents were always trying to convince me that I could do a better job of studying if I turned off the radio, TV,...

 

Random Thoughts

On Sept. 9 Sloane Stephens defeated Madison Keys to win the women’s singles title at a tennis competition known as the United States Open. This tournament is one of four played annually that...

 

Women and money

Getting Women to Talk About Money is the subject of an article in Kiplinger’s by Janet Bodnar. She and I have both noticed that many women leave finances up to their significant other, only to disco...

 

Can you fix the school?

Can you fix the school? In its simplicity, the question implies that the education system needs to be fixed and is based upon the belief that everyone wants the best school. When we see a headline that perpetuates the belief that our schools could...

 

Lynn Says

(This was sent to me by former Alvan Richard Miller.) Jeanne Louise Calment had the longest confirmed human Lifespan on record: 122 years and 164 days. It seems that fate strongly approved of the way...

 

'This is what your $5 gets'

There was a picture of the street corner at 13th and Flynn on Facebook. The sign beside the hole read: This is what your $5 gets. I have no idea why it has been so long on being repaired. I had...

 

Busy days at the senior citizen center

Two weeks into the month of September and it is a very busy time at the senior citizen center with daily activities, education, family reunions and more. This week a crowd of seniors made a huge batch of homemade noodles and will be at it again next...

 

Change your mind, not your culture

One of the many mistaken notions of the modern church is that the goal of Christianity is to change the culture; that the culture should somehow be forced into conformity with Christianity. However, this is certainly not the message of the New...

 

Spiritually Speaking

Our daughter, Elizabeth, is a bibliophile (a lover of the written word). I have no idea how many books she owns or has read in her life, but she would quickly tell you that the number simply isn’t large enough. Perhaps she inherited the trait from...

 

Food wars

Perhaps you have mistakenly bought artificial cheese slices. It’s quite a let down from American, but, after all, real cheese is made from milk, not plastic. Another attempt at a substitute was a...

 

Random Thoughts

Saturday, Sept. 9, was the most important day of the second week of the 2017 U.S. college football season. Many sports fans attended college football games that day while millions more watched on...

 

To any and all concerned parties

(Editor's Note: Kiowa Police Chief Steven Johnson wrote this letter, distributed it Monday night to Kiowa City councilmembeers at their September meeting and approved it to run in the Newsgram.) Last council meeting our city council discussed the...

 

Lynn Says

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb visited Woods and Alfalfa counties last Friday reinforcing his intention of running for governor. Lamb dropped by the newspaper office and agreed to an interview and a video cut (se...

 

The Coffee House Philosopher

As was true of the vast majority of pre-teens, my siblings and I spent a great deal of time trying to avoid disciplinary issues with our mother, and naturally we compared notes with fellow classmates. I was particularly impressed with one classmate...

 

How busy our lives have become

Cleo, Justin and I went to Kiowa to the car show to meet up with Jack, last Sunday. I rode back with my brother (top up on the Falcon convertible in the sun) and had a safe trip home. There were...

 
 By Paul Cole    Local    September 8, 2017

In pursuit of excellence

On Aug. 29 we had some men come to repair the gutters on the church. I said to the owner of the company, “Do us a good job.” He said that he always does a good job, “that is why you see my signs all over Alva.” They put in a tremendous...

 

Spiritually Speaking

René Descartes is not on my short list of guys I’d like to invite to dinner. For one thing, he died 300 years before I was born. Of course, one could forgive him for that. It’s not like he could have waited around for the invitation. But Descart...

 

Youth sports

Has the great American pastime gotten out of hand? With so many opportunities to play, so many sports to choose from, so many levels of achievement; it’s fair to say that some kids suffer from...

 

Random Thoughts

Writing some recent articles with athletic themes got me to thinking about a time years ago when I followed sports more than I do now. That, in turn, got me to remembering some of the players and the...

 

Lynn Says

I was thinking about my childhood the other day and some unique jobs I had and privileges that came my way. Everything I did pointed to a career in electronics and engineering. Of course, as a kid, I...

 

The Coffee House Philosopher

Where our mother’s wrath over our misbehavior was concerned, it was totally a different matter from the way Dad dealt with it. She would not give warnings, but would merely state in matter of fact terms that we had earned a spanking, and that we...

 

A busy start to September

My good friend and birthday sharer (Aug 2) Sarita Simon retired from the courthouse. Her retirement party was Thursday. Senile Jim forgot to go, so have a great time doing nothing (Ha Ha Ha), and...

 

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