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 By Max Ridgway    Local    February 15, 2019 

The Christ-centered life

Christianity is not about you and your work. It is about Christ and his work. The Apostle Paul seems to have felt it necessary to constantly re-orient his readers towards this fundamental truth. For example, this is what he wrote to the Colossians:...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    February 15, 2019 

Spiritually Speaking

I’m sure you’re familiar with that passage of scripture that calls us all to be “subject to the governing authorities.” As a middle-aged citizen in good standing with the City of Alva, County of Woods, and the State of Oklahoma, I rarely...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    February 15, 2019 

In My Corner

When the National Geographic subscription expires, I try to make justification for not renewing the $39 magazine when most other periodicals are $6-$10. The next issue contains an article that blows...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    February 15, 2019 

Random Thoughts

It makes all the sense in the world for employers to do some research on job applicants before hiring them. One way to do this, of course, is to talk to people who know the applicants. Some employers...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    February 14, 2019

What every caregiver should know about Medicare

The phone call can come at any hour. Your elderly parent has fallen ill and needs your help. If you haven’t gotten the call yet, chances are you will. About 70 percent of our parents will require some kind of personal care during their old age....

 

'Where am I?'

In writing about my husband Lynn’s cancer journey, I mentioned something called chemo brain. Chemotherapy can affect a person’s cognitive abilities, especially short term memory. Many factors...

 

The Coffee House Philosopher

In Doc Holliday’s day, most women chose to live out their lives as wife and homemaker, with a spouse and children. In the west after the Civil War, this type of life was generally regarded as rewarding, but highly labor intensive. In such times, a...

 

Praise the Lord

Two men have been arrested in the 2013 death of Alvan Charles Nieman at Boise City. May they be punished as they deserve. Thank you all for rewarding me for the great job I do as City Marshal by letti...

 
 By Paul Cole    Local    February 8, 2019

Powerful chastening

You may have had someone correct you many times as a child but you did not appreciate it. But as an adult, you may greatly appreciate it. The parent or adult that chastens you did you a great favor by helping you to see what is right and hate the wro...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    February 8, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

This morning in class, I was talking about myself again. Today’s story centered around the idea of the “weak will.” Most of us have found ourselves in a situation (or two) when we knew the right thing to do but just couldn’t come up with the...

 

White gold

“Up from the ground came the bubblin’ crude, black gold, Texas Tea.” Great news for the Clampetts, soon to be the Beverly Hillbillies. As the demand for alternative fuel vehicles grows, so does...

 

Random Thoughts

One thing I like about the internet is that it allows me to waste countless hours in the mindless pursuit of absolutely nothing! And I’m getting pretty good at it. Whenever I decide to retire, I...

 

Navigating the health insurance maze

As I write this, my husband Lynn is still at Share Medical Center in the swing bed program. The first time I heard the term, I visualized a bed suspended from the ceiling. I could not imagine how... Full story

 

The Coffee House Philosopher

Lottie Deno was an extremely cool customer at the poker or faro tables in the American West during the 1870s and 1880s. Even if things were getting out of hand around her, she concentrated solely on winning a pot. One time in a saloon in Fort...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    February 3, 2019

Junkman's Gems

Trump to start deporting Democrats. Mexico responds by starting to build border wall. A week ago last Friday Anne and I went to Shattuck for the tournament grandson Josh and the Alva Junior Varsity...

 

Love note to my wife

To my wife, I am writing this note to thank you for all that you have done for me. You have supported me in everything I have done and the decisions that were made. You supported me when I went back to school. You supported me when we were called by...

 

Groundhog Day

Last year’s calendar was weary with special days, celebrations, anniversaries and appointments while 2019 is stacking-up to be the same. February was, for the second year, the slowest month at the...

 

Random Thoughts

As we saw earlier, some advertisers create fictional characters and use them over and over in a series of television ads to help get their messages across to viewers. The familiarity of these...

 

An unexpected side effect of cancer

My intended column on husband Lynn’s cancer journey was sidelined last week. Lynn was more alert after cutting back on his pain meds, but over the weekend, all he wanted to do was sleep. Monday...

 

The fight for free speech on campus

(Editor's Note: The following op-ed was written by Jennifer Schubert-Akin, a 1975 graduate of Burlington High School. She resides in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she is CEO and co-founder of the Steamboat Institute (SI), which is in its 11th...

 

The Coffee House Philosopher

In December of 1878, Doc Holliday and “Big Nose” Kate Elder managed to complete their winter trip over Raton Pass in northern New Mexico, and headed further south to the luxurious quarters of the St. James Hotel in Cimarron. The St. James Hotel...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 27, 2019

Best political sign yet: Any Functioning Adult, 2020

I wish everyone would quit picking on the Democrats, but my elected officials are making it tough for the rest of us. Case in point: a sign on a billboard, “That awkward moment when a zombie is...

 

In God's image

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27 NIV). What does it mean to be created in God’s image? I remember as a kid being given the Sunday school answer that... Full story

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    January 25, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

This week's Newsgram contained the 2019 Basketball Special. Within its pages were pictures of several area junior high and high school teams, as well as photos and rosters for the current incarnation of the men’s and ladies teams at NWOSU (Ride...

 

Random Thoughts

The primary purpose of advertising is, of course, to sell the products being touted. The first objective of the advertiser, therefore, is to get our attention. Advertisers utilize various methods to...

 

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