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 By Marione Martin    Local    November 25, 2020 

Assessing the Thanksgiving risk

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? When my daughter asked a month ago if I wanted to go to her house for Thanksgiving, I said, “I’d like to.” We both realized a lot depended on the health of...

 

Coffeetime: Deep seat and a tight hold

January 2020 gave no indication just how rough a ride it was going to get for everyone on this planet. We had fairly-run-of-the-mill problems and successes the first couple of months. Little did we...

 

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone

We are going to err on the side of caution and not gather the family this year. One possibility that sounds like fun is to have an outside celebration. If the Covid calms down and the weather is good...

 

The power to tax is the power to destroy - PPP deductibility must be fixed now

The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back – but a bright spot made the disaster less crippling than it might have been. That is the Paycheck Protection Program, which funneled money to workers through small...

 

An attitude of gratitude

There is no doubt that this has been a challenging year. By February, our nation was starting to face a pandemic that seemingly will not go away. Within nine months, we have learned to wear masks,...

 

LRAD

The federal government threatened to use an unorthodox method to disperse the Black Lives Matter protesters at the White House this summer. Sonic Warfare. I am aware of concussion grenades used by...

 
 By Jack Fisher    Local    November 20, 2020

NWOSU students serve community

Many individuals and groups like to do community service and I saw some students who saw a need for leaves. These students decided to collect leaves. They were not doing this to get rich and famous...

 

Random Thoughts

Fans of baseball’s New York Yankees were happy to see their team make it to the World Series in 1976 after an absence of 11 years. That was, however, where their joy ended as the Cincinnati Reds...

 

As football playoffs continue, basketball gears up

With high school football playoffs underway, basketball season is on the horizon. Alva Middle School has already begun play, and Alva High School begins basketball on Dec. 1 with home games against Chisholm. Special protocols will be in place for...

 

Coffeetime In a fizz

While working in my front yard the other day, I noticed the mailman zip past our house without stopping. Not too unusual and my only thought was, “Evidently had no mail today.” But just a few...

 

I wish the Democrats would hurry up and get control

Because of Trump and the Republicans, everyone has made so much money nobody needs to work, creating a help shortage. At least it seems that way if you are looking for help. Part of this shortage of...

 

Sometimes we fear because we doubt

As I have thought about all the world around us and the extreme ideas that have been released, whether true or false, it seems that fear has been the motivating factor for those that want their sides heard and followed. It doesn’t really matter if...

 

Poisonous snakes

After the experiences of shock and awe created by the pandemic of 2020-? I am not surprised by much but I was startled when a small gopher snake curled up in the doorway of my car museum. It may come...

 

Random Thoughts

In 1976, the New York Yankees, once one of the most successful major league baseball organizations, broke out of an 11-year slump. The team made it into the World Series for the first time since...

 

Lessons learned from sports

Back in my school days, I paid very little attention to sports. My parents weren’t interested and didn’t attend games. My older brother liked basketball, but the fast pace caused him some breathing difficulties. He settled for photographing the g...

 

Coffeetime: How to simply not live

A few years ago, we were introduced to a book titled “How Not to Die” by Dr. Michael Greger. This physician wrote an excellent book chock full of advice for keeping your body as healthy as you...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    November 8, 2020

Another embarrassment for our country

Happy Birthday, Cleo! Monday is the wife's birthday. I’m not sayin’ she may be getting older, but she can remember when the rainbow was in black and white. Happy birthday to my most favorite...

 

Burlington School News: Pig business

I have done it before, but it will be different this time. On Oct. 22, my pig arrived all the way from Illinois. I felt excited, a little scared, but ready to take on the responsibility. My...

 

It's not over

As of the writing of this column, the election for the next president of the United States is not officially over. And as many of you are probably aware, they kept reminding us on election night, “It’s not over.” And I’m sure when the moment...

 

Mirrors

“You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you!” – Carly Simon, 1972. Haven’t we always had mirrors? According to an article in Smithsonian Magazine, no, but their use can be...

 

Random Thoughts

One of the most storied franchises in professional sports history has been the New York Yankees baseball team. For years the Yankees dominated the American League and would – as often as not – cap...

 

Letter From The Commander

Volunteers have consistently continued to beautify the Legion between the warm spurts of weather the last couple of weeks, mending fences and getting the building ready for new gutters to be installed. There have been many monetary donations made...

 

Have you seen Hamlet?

Alva has a new social media star. He might even be termed an “influencer.” The debonair young fellow has been spotted all over town and is creating quite a stir. His name is Hamlet Houdini, and he...

 

Coffeetime: Whaddya mean – I owe money?

When Andy was an 11-year-old boy, he and his 8-year-old brother decided they were old enough to buy some calves to raise. This meant feeding, watering and daily maintenance – freezing temperatures...

 

Ice storm and home insurance: Are you covered?

Many Oklahomans are cleaning up after the ice storm that swept through the state this week. But the clean-up is just part of the recovery effort. Navigating through the insurance claim process during this time can be confusing and stressful. Here...

 

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