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 By Glen Mulready    Local    October 20, 2019 

Get ready for electric scooters: Who is responsible?

Fall is finally here in Oklahoma. Between the golden leaves and cool crisp air, you will begin to see electric scooters flooding the city streets. These rental scooters can be found along the curb in hundreds of U.S. cities including Oklahoma City,...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    October 20, 2019 

Congratulations to the Alva Kiwanis members on their longevity

Jack Fisher and Richard Ryerson have been members of the Alva Kiwanis for 59 years. The Kiwanis do a lot of good in the community. I never got to be a member because I couldn't master the secret...

 

Scary words

Fall has arrived in full force. The cold is on the way, and the leaves will soon turn. Soon we will all be raking the yards. Fall brings a lot of different experiences – football, hayrides and, of...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 18, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but the Bugs (dealing with lots of injuries) couldn’t chalk up the W last Friday night, the NW Rangers lost their home game on Saturday, Texas couldn’t quite keep up with OU and the Dallas Cowboys got beat by the...

 

Random Thoughts

Back when the United States was a collection of British colonies, punishment for violators of the law was often harsh. But unless someone committed a terrible crime, punishment often did not mean time...

 

Retirement savings

An article in AARP Magazine by Allan Roth is labeled “Saving for Retirement May be Wrong.” It certainly got my attention and here is his rationale. The first statement is so true: “Wealth is...

 

Changing college majors

As a preschooler, one of my granddaughters said she wanted to be a dog when she grew up. Luckily that ambition was never realized. Her wedding was last weekend, but she’s still somewhat undecided...

 
 By Jack Fisher    Local    October 13, 2019

Why is that funny?

"My polyester dress had been carefully chosen to complement the sanctuary carpet and matching upholstered pews." This is in the first page of the book "The Red Dirt Hymnbook" by former Alvan Roxie Faulkner Kirk. So what about that made me laugh out...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    October 13, 2019

Where's my help, Donald?

President Trump has given farmers upwards of $16 billion in aid for the damage to them the China tariffs have caused. While I know some farmers will be affected and need help, it is not a fair gift....

 

First Amendment binds all American freedoms

Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment. The blood of patriots is the seed...

 

Breast cancer

You’ve seen the advertisements, witnessed the heartache, made aware of the billions of dollars spent on research, but women continue to die from metastatic breast cancer, some 40,000 Americans...

 

Random Thoughts: Cruel and unusual punishments – part 1

One of the provisions of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from subjecting we, the people, to “cruel and unusual punishments.” When most people hear that phrase, they believe that a d...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 11, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

We have entered that time of year that my Pop might have called “good sleeping weather.” I’m not a fan of severely cold conditions but crisp mornings and cool nights will do just fine. The change in the temperature also reminds us that it’s t...

 

Medicaid expansion is needed now in Oklahoma

Many rural areas of the U.S. are experiencing a healthcare crisis. Meeting even the most basic healthcare needs means a long drive in many sparsely populated areas of this country. In Oklahoma, we...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

I’ve been attending weekly meetings at the Capitol this interim as a member of the joint House and Senate Healthcare Working Group. We are looking at all aspects of Oklahoma healthcare from behaviors that contribute to poor health outcomes for Okla...

 
 By Kathy Kiely    Local    October 6, 2019

Times may change, but the need to support a free press has not

Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    October 6, 2019

Well, it worked

I tell lots of people "Pray for rain and cooler temperatures," and it finally worked. Trouble is, I don't know which of my friends had that kind of pull with the Big Guy to get it done. Anyhow, I am r...

 

Knowing your role

What is your role? What is your official title? What do I call you? These are all questions people ask me on a regular basis, but especially since I’ve been the new minister at the First Christian Church of Alva. Now, some people don’t ask....

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    October 4, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

As I began my senior year at Harding University (go Bison) I was invited to join a service organization known as Alpha Gamma Omega. It’s actually a Greek word meaning “I lead.” I was honored. Then we arrived at the day of the inductions. Early...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    October 4, 2019

Guitars

“Guitars, Cadillacs and hillbilly music are the only things that keep me hangin’ on.” –Dwight Yoakam, 1986 The modern guitar was developed by Antonio Torres Jurado in 1850, and in 1930 Adolph...

 

Random Thoughts

Bass Reeves, a former slave, became a deputy U.S. marshal who helped bring law and order to Indian and Oklahoma territories from 1875 to 1907. During that time, he earned a reputation as a...

 

Building on youthful experiences

In 1960 Dave Eagleston spent a memorable summer working on a farm west of Alva. He learned to drive a tractor, do farm chores and bathe in a water trough. He also learned about Alva and the German...

 

Great fun last weekend

Jack brought his three Falcons, son Jerry brought his Fairlane, and Bill Delaney from Albuquerque, New Mexico, brought a nifty S10 pickup. I brought the '79 Ranchero down after rescuing it from the...

 

What does God require?

Jesus was asked this very question in the sixth chapter of John’s gospel. The people asked him, “What shall we do that we might work the works of God?” The Amplified translation makes their question even more clear: “What are we to do to...

 

Spiritually Speaking

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step” – Chinese philosopher Lao Zing. I remember the occasion well. Lynn was having some trouble getting ministers to participate in writing articles for the Courier. Some of us are not writers. Some...

 

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