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 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    December 14, 2018 

Spiritually Speaking

One of the problems with being a Bible Thumper is having to watch TV commercials that unwittingly push your “that ain’t right” button. The other day, I was triggered by the tag line on the new Honda commercial – mind you, I drive a Honda and...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    December 14, 2018 

Safe at home-dwellers

Thousands of Americans reach retirement age each year. Many of them plan to “age in place.” If that brings up connotations of grab bars, toilet seat risers and access ramps, you’re not alone....

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    December 14, 2018 

Random Thoughts

According to several studies of American spending habits, many people in the United States are drowning in debt. They apparently don’t need any encouragement from the government to spend money they...

 

2019 Hall of Fame class announced; induction to be held on Feb. 9

Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Ranger Athletics is pleased to announced the 2019 class to be inducted into the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame. Kevin Robinson (basketball), Glen Piper (basketball), Ryan Hintergardt (baseball, sports...

 

Health Insurance Exchange open enrollment ends on Dec. 15

The end of the HealthCare.gov open enrollment period is just around the corner. Whether you are new to the HealthCare.gov exchange or returning, we want to make sure that Oklahomans who want coverage through the exchange are aware of the Dec. 15...

 

Murdock's Minutes

As we get closer to the 2019 legislative session, the activity continues to ramp up at the Capitol. The leadership team for the Senate Republican Caucus has been announced, and I will be serving as assistant majority whip for the 2019 and 2020...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    December 9, 2018

It was a good party

It sucks to be on the Mayor's bad side; he never calls, never writes, never asks for advice. Then to add insult to injury, he didn't put a stamp on my invitation to the city employee Christmas party,...

 

Interruptions

Life has many interruptions. The phone rings as we are trying to eat. Coworkers interrupt your work to talk. Our children have a sudden emergency. Some are unwelcomed, some are just a nuisance, and some are cherished. Remember the last telemarketer,...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    December 7, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I...

 

Christmas letters

Ann Hodgman, in Smithsonian Magazine, says, “This season, 65 percent of Americans will send Christmas cards or letters.” It’s a tradition for many and the bane of others. The custom of sending...

 

Random Thoughts

As we saw last week, sometimes the government takes actions designed to encourage consumer spending. Apparently, money (rather than love) is what makes the world go round! But I thought the U.S....

 

Dear editor

Well, it’s Christmas time again; it’s the time for small town feel of having the tree in the middle of Main Street in Freedom with all the decorations made by our Freedom students. Wait, never mind – we cannot do this due to liability...

 

Students speak out on Christmas tree issue

Letter to the Editor, Why kill a tradition just to avoid driving around a tree? Ever since I was a little kid, I loved seeing the Christmas tree up in town, because to every kid in Freedom that meant that Christmas was here and Santa Claus was...

 

Time for state to honor funding promises

In the past few weeks, our state's two largest newspapers have devoted coverage to a growing concern about the backlog in state funding for the endowed chairs program. This program was created in...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    December 2, 2018

Junkman's Gems

People Magazine is reporting that we lost 92 famous celebrities in 2017. Sad, but they didn't risk their lives for their millions. They neglected to mention the 139 police officers, 93 firefighters...

 

Desperation

Psalm 42:1-6a – For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Day and night I have only tears...

 

Spiritually Speaking

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things,...

 

Car insurance

Flooding in Houston, storm surge on the East Coast, fires in California team-up to raise insurance rates all across the country. The purpose of insurance is to spread the risk among the...

 

Random Thoughts

A few years ago, my employer (Northwestern Oklahoma State University) started depositing our income automatically into our bank accounts rather than giving us paychecks. I did not like it, but I had...

 

Lynn Says

I'm continuing to write about my experiences in battling cancer of the esophagus. You may be tired of hearing about this but two things have made me aware of high interest in this topic. I had no...

 

Another Thanksgiving in the memory bank

I hope you had a great holiday. A couple of people told me about great meals they got locally from different groups. Thanks to all who prepared and furnished meals. You are surely a blessing to the co...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    November 23, 2018

Getting rid of the fear of God

In his first epistle, the Apostle John has a lot to say about our relationship with God, which he describes as a relationship based on love, specifically God’s love for us. He writes that “we love him because he first loved us.” Our love for...

 

Spiritually Speaking

“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing” (1 Cor. 13:3, ASV). Let me be among the first to welcome you to the Christmas season. May your days be merry and bright! It’s Black Friday:...

 

Diamonds

“Is it live, or is it Memorex?” – a slogan from the days of recording tape. Is it a real diamond, or is it paste? Paste diamonds, also known as diamond simulants, have some of the same character...

 

Random Thoughts

Sports fans often refer to the Rose Bowl game as “the granddaddy of them all.” This is so because it is the oldest of all football bowl games played in the United States. Back in 1934 it was also...

 

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