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Carl's Capitol Comments

I have changed what I wanted to share with you this week because I have a concern on something that could have a major negative impact on our area. As many of you have heard, the governor and the director of the Department of Corrections is...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    January 29, 2020 

Do you count?

An important deadline is about two months away. I’m not referring to tax day on April 15. Everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories should receive an invitation by April 1 to respond to the 2020 Census. Each...

 

The Coffee House Philosopher Wonderful Aunt Blanche – Part 3

During the day, Aunt Blanche pretty well ran all selection of TV shows at her house in Wichita, Kansas. But at night she turned control of the set over to us youngsters, and we soon found that there were some great spook shows, such as...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 26, 2020

I am thinking about joining an old people's motorcycle gang

It is not as famous as the Hell's Angels. The name of the gang is The Sons of Arthritis. I would be a member of the Ibuprofen Chapter. Sometimes the mother instinct doesn't run as deep as it should....

 

Loneliness

Loneliness: Such a sad word, and one that adds almost $7 billion a year to the cost of Medicare. According to AARP Magazine, symptoms include physical illness, depression and dementia. “Retirement...

 

Letter to Editor

I recently attended Eldon Easterly's funeral service. Upon arrival, I observed two firemen in the chapel clad in their beautiful uniforms. I had forgotten the 91-year-old we were putting to rest was a volunteer fireman. Many of the family members...

 

Random Thoughts: A unique football game – part 1

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, perhaps the time is right to look at a unique football game that constitutes an interesting anomaly in the evolution of the most popular sport in the United...

 

Senate Review

The Capitol has been busy the last few weeks as legislators have been finalizing bill language and preparing to file their legislation by the deadline, which was Jan. 16. The final count tallied 840 Senate bills and 19 Senate joint resolutions filed....

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The legislative session is just a few short weeks away, so it’s time for me to get back to writing my regular column to inform you of what is going on at the State Capitol. We’ve had two years of increased revenues to fund state services. This ye...

 

Rough week at the newspaper

It was a rough time for our newspaper family last week. On Tuesday night as we were printing the Newsgram and getting it ready for distribution, we learned one of our Tuesday night employees was in an auto accident. Marvin Pshigoda was on his way to...

 

The Coffee House Philosopher: Wonderful Aunt Blanche – Part 2

Otto Spradling, as Aunt Blanche’s husband, was living proof that opposites attract. Uncle Ott was a very quiet demure man who rarely said anything in the presence of others. Each day at 7 a.m. he would quietly disappear to make his bus commute to...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 19, 2020

You remember the impeachment, don't you

Well, the assassination of the Iranian general is old news now because I saw a news feed talking about the impeachment again. You remember the impeachment, don't you? I am on pins and needles waiting...

 

Recognizing the contribution of school board members

As citizen leaders, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of board members' responsibilities. All Oklahoma citizens should recognize the vital...

 

Man and machine

“User friendly” is a term that can work wonders when man and machine cooperate. If not, it leads to creating cataclysms, according to Clay Chandler in Fortune Magazine. When a machine is...

 

New year, new you

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If your goal is to get in shape or quit smoking, you might be able to get some help from your health plan and the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID). OID is partnering with healthcare organizations...

 

Losing the stress-eating weight

Some days it seems like my to-do list multiplies with each hour. The things I planned to accomplish that day keep being pushed aside by more pressing matters. For instance, I accidentally dumped half a diet soda on my desk and phone Monday. Dealing...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 12, 2020

Was 'The Donald' an idiot for spilling the beans about his mob style hit?

I bet if “The Donald” has had any affairs, the first thing he didn't do was tell the wife and all his friends. Before his car blew up, I had never heard of the Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani. I...

 

The Coffee House Philosopher: Wonderful Aunt Blanche – Part 1

While growing up, just about everyone needs an older person who makes them feel special. For me that person was an elderly relative named Aunt Blanche who loved to talk about, fuss over, and do numerous things for her relatives. Aunt Blanche must...

 

Billionaires

According to Fortune magazine, 15 years ago the ultra-rich were admired by the American public. Headlines detailing their influence, abuse of power and agendas have weakened the opinion to the point...

 

Random Thoughts Good but not perfect

Every year on Dec. 31 media outlets are full of stories of celebrities who have died during the year that is drawing to a close. Then the page of time turns to a new era – and celebrity deaths...

 

Resolutions or goals for 2020

There’s a lot of talk about New Year’s resolutions in January. My resolutions have involved weight loss or exercise, but now I don’t make them. I have decided to improve my diet starting this month, but it was more a reaction to overdoing the...

 

Murdock's Minutes

The holidays are behind us now, and the new year has begun. I wish each of you health and happiness throughout 2020. As we get closer to the start of the new legislative session in February, I’ve continued holding town hall meetings throughout the...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 5, 2020

Well, we've made it to 2020

Unfortunately for me, it seems like only yesterday we started the year 2000. Cleo had a breakfast gathering with some of her friends New Year's Day, so after making sure she was fed and the coffee...

 

Senate Review

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a safe and enjoyable New Year celebration. As we ring in a new decade, I encourage you to join me in filling out the 2020 census, which aims to count every person living in the United...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    January 3, 2020

Annoyances

What annoys you? Some annoyances are specific, some are universal, but all are a distraction. Is there some scientific principal that applies? Joe Palca in National Geographic says, “Annoyance may...

 

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