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Coffeetime: Don't do that if it hurts

Several years ago, Andy developed a “hitch-in-his-get-along,” as his mom used to call it. Back when he was playing racquetball on a regular basis, while competing in a heated game he had run full...

 

What is a 522 District and why is it on my ballot?

When the coronavirus pandemic was raging around the world, everyone felt grateful for healthcare workers. Although COVID-19 is still a concern, we’ve settled into a calmer time. We probably don’t...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    September 27, 2020 

Responsibility has gone by the wayside in modern times

I try not to dwell every week about COVID-19, elections and the Boy Scouts' problems because I am sure you are already getting all you can stand on the news. A legislator has proposed legislation to...

 

Show your work

The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” [Wisdom, pleasures, folly, toil, advancement, and riches are all meaningless] Now all h...

 

Spiritually Speaking

Six short years ago, Lynn Martin posted a picture on the back page of the Review Courier that offended some people. As a result, several local ministers refused to take advantage of Lynn’s invitation to post articles in the Friday edition. The...

 

Following directions

Following directions is a lifetime skill. For those of a certain age, “close cover before striking” was an early example. It referred to a book of matches that had a flap to cover the package...

 

Get ready for uncertainties

The pandemic has caused anxiety, depression and a feeling of restlessness for most of us. We worry about our health, family, jobs and finances. No one knows what the future holds and most of us feel powerless during these unique times. However, there...

 

Random Thoughts

Once Ruth Brown began openly supporting racial equality in Bartlesville, city leaders wasted no time plotting to fire her from her job at the town’s public library. For one thing, the city commissio...

 

How much are you costing your neighbors?

How much are you costing people in your county? Every person not counted in the 2020 Census causes the county to lose out on federal funding. It’s estimated that each person is valued at $1,675...

 

Spike in Alva positive cases comes from BJCC

Several of us at the newspaper office subscribe to a daily email from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Each morning we check to see how many new people have tested positive for...

 

Senate Review

I’d like to applaud several businesses across the district that were recently recognized by the Potts Family Foundation as a “Family Positive Workplace.” These are businesses and organizations that institute policies and practices that promote...

 

Cofffeetime: Dense … or just different?

We went for our daily walk together that evening, just like always. As we passed a neighbor’s home a few houses down from us, Renie remarked, “Hey, look, they are evidently redoing the flower bed...

 

Visiting a store that sells rocks

A while back we were in Waynoka and Cleo saw a rock shop there, but it was closed. Last Sunday they were going to be open, so Justin took Cleo and me on tour. Granddaughter Jaylyn and her friend went...

 

Peace, peace

“They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14 NIV). Peace! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to grab a little bit of peace right now? Who knew that the year...

 

Spiritually Speaking

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have the challenging honor of caring for my 1-year-old granddaughter. We drop “Gaga” off at the school and head for the office at Shamrock Church of Christ. To say the least, I need to rearrange that office space to...

 

Modern maintenance

For the last 40 years, improvements (changes) in automobiles have taken them from maintenance little more complex than a lawn mower to a rolling computer with more technology than the first lunar...

 

Random Thoughts

As we have seen, Ruth Brown, the long-serving librarian of the Bartlesville public library, was a staunch believer in providing reading materials of all kinds to the townspeople who used that...

 

Tracking COVID-19 on college campuses

Several of us at the newspaper have signed up to receive daily emails from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) listing statistics on COVID-19 cases. You can sign up at c...

 

Letter from the Commander

Our Hometown Hero articles will resume next week. It has been very fun and interesting sitting down with those family members to learn and write about their veterans. If you have a veteran who has passed from the Freedom area please contact me at...

 

Coffeetime Above all – don't let Daddy down

As a kid, Andy was outdoors during much of the summer months. And not lying by the pool with a Coke in one hand and a fetch-it stick for his dog in the other. His dad started him at age nine to help...

 

'You just thought we were gone'

In the Godfather movie one of Michael Corleone's famous lines is, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." That's how I feel about the weeds. If it had not rained this past week, I was f...

 

Screws

Screwdrivers, component of every handyperson’s tool kit, have been around for at least 150 years. We wouldn’t need them if it weren’t for the plethora of fasteners we refer to as screws. Nails...

 

Stay grounded

I watched an interesting video the other night on YouTube called “Ascension” starring the magician David Blaine. He is known for his magnificent and unbelievable stunts and magic tricks (seriously, you could spend hours watching his videos...

 

Spiritually Speaking

In Genesis 6, as the author is describing the state of the world just prior to the flood, we are told that the thoughts and intentions of men’s hearts were only on evil all of the time. As a result, we learn that “It repented God that He had...

 

Random Thoughts

Ruth Brown, the head of the Bartlesville public library from 1919 to 1950, believed that the library should provide all kinds of materials for its patrons to read. These included two journals that...

 

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