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Coffeetime

Several years ago, Andy contracted an illness that landed him in the isolation unit of our local hospital for two weeks. Visitors had to wear a mask, gown and gloves. He commented later that those...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 17, 2021 

De java moo

I've heard this bull before. Impeachment? Let's make it across the board in Washington, D.C. I went to Ponca City to promote my economy last Wednesday. The only station my radio picked up well enough...

 

From ugly to beautiful

I am tired of ugliness. This world we live in has forgotten how to be kind and compassionate. I have seen so much ugliness in how we treat each other. In the name of politics, Covid or toilet paper, we have seen the ugliness of humanity. When men...

 
 By Kim Barker    Local    January 15, 2021

Let's read the Bible – Week 2

Last week we began our journey through the Bible with the first 26 chapters of Genesis. This coming week we will read the rest of Genesis, chapters 27 through 50. Genesis means the origin, or the beginning of something. “In the Beginning God...

 

Random Thoughts

By Charles Dawes’s term as vice president of the United States ended in March 1929. The new president, Herbert Hoover, got along with Dawes much better than had his predecessor, Calvin Coolidge....

 

My experience with the Covid vaccine

A week ago, Jan. 5, I received the first of two vaccinations for coronavirus immunization. Since I’m a decade past the over-65 criteria, I called and booked my appointment the first day it was...

 

Senate Review

I think we can all agree that 2021 did not begin in the peaceful and happy way that many of us had hoped. The antics of 2020 have seemingly bled into the New Year, especially on a national scale. I was appalled by the actions of the people who...

 

Tinnitus

Buzzing, clicking, whooshing or chirping in your ears sound familiar? You are suffering from tinnitus. One in seven people worldwide experience some form of it and it can be constant or intermittent....

 

Random Thoughts

By the mid-1880s thousands of miles of railroad tracks crisscrossed the American West, making travel somewhat easier for the people who lived there. During the previous two decades the U.S. government...

 

Coffeetime

It was an absolutely beautiful brisk fall morning, and Sam just couldn’t resist making his trek to the downtown bank on foot, normally done by car. The idea was irresistible – some exhilarating fresh air, and much-needed exercise, plus the chance...

 

Saluting school board members

Dear Editor: The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month – a time to salute the important role and dedication of board members in their volunteer work and celebrate public education. In Alva Public Schools,...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 10, 2021

Holy bat cave Robin, our country has gone nuts

Concerned citizens, looters, rioters, and white supremacists descended on the capitol building Wednesday. To add insult to injury, our president either planned the attack, egged it on, or at the...

 

Holiness is not a white suit

Holy. It’s a word we shy away from. It seems too daunting, too strict, too boring, too demanding. We use it as a put down: “holier than thou,” as if holiness is a bad thing, something to keep well more than arm's length away. Even within the...

 
 By Kim Barker    Local    January 8, 2021

Let's read the Bible together

Family and community, these difficult times have disrupted our lives as we have never seen before. We are to be socially distant and stop all the hugs, and wear a mask and hide all the smiles. Love is all around, but harder to experience. Comfort...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    January 8, 2021

Elon Musk

If you don’t recognize the name, you may recognize the fame. Elon Musk has established himself as a leader in electric car technology, taking the Tesla name from anonymity to notoriety and the new...

 

Random Thoughts

Charles Dawes took the oath of office as vice president of the United States, serving under President Calvin Coolidge, on March 4. 1925. Unfortunately, the two men did not enjoy a good relationship....

 

Why your newspaper may arrive late

All across the U.S., newspapers are receiving complaints of slow postal delivery. The problem has increased recently with the seasonal surge in holiday mailing of packages and greetings. Covid-19 has...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 3, 2021

President Trump, this one is unforgivable

Over the last four years for good or bad you were the president, and unlike party conscious idiots I tried to give you the respect the office deserves. I defended you when you made stupid statements...

 

Have you ever been wrong?

There has been a lot of talk about light and dark this year. People have described this as a dark year when it comes to the pandemic. I hear the phrase “light at the end of the tunnel” from those referencing the vaccine and the return to...

 

Sen. Casey Murdock says restrictive Covid-19 mandates don't always work

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Casey Murdock says he agrees with Gov. Kevin Stitt that sweeping statewide restrictions are not the most effective strategy to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Murdock, R-Felt, said after looking at New Mexico, a state that has...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    January 1, 2021

Today's electric cars

When the mainstream includes a new Electric Mustang, you can see the future of the car. Technology that formerly trickled down to the masses, now floods the economy and electric cars have reached... Full story

 

Random Thoughts

Any time January 1 rolls around, it is typical for people to wish their friends, relatives, and acquaintances a “Happy New Year!” That tradition has perhaps never been more highly anticipated...

 

Healthy habits Covid has taught us

As predicted, Covid numbers seem to be increasing during the holiday season. Whether we blame it on too many large gatherings or a relaxing of preventative measures, the rising number of positive...

 

Coffeetime: Keep digging with a smile

Six-year-old Johnny longed for, prayed and dreamed about getting a pony for his birthday. In his eyes, he truly NEEDED a pony. Uncle Jim knew all about Johnny’s dream. But he also was very aware of...

 

Well, I hope you all had a good Christmas

This is the first year in probably the last 40 that there was no Christmas breakfast. The festive mood was lost when I tested positive for the Covid. I thought I had a cold for a couple of days, then...

 

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