Columns/Opinions

Tue
22
Jul

Fall Gardening Season Has Arrived

Even though the temperature is hot and there are still summer vacations on the calendar, it is time to start thinking about planting your fall garden. Most Oklahoma gardeners are still reaping the rewards of their spring gardens, said David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, but it is not too early to plan for fall gardening crops.
 
Tue
15
Jul

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Entrepreneurs, business owners and managers: How you conduct the interview process directly affects the quality of your ultimate hire. This is something I took for granted before I entered into the job market a year ago. But I might not be working for the Cordell Beacon today if not for the interview process.
 
Tue
08
Jul

Education Beyond High School Is The "New Minimum"

By Governor Mary Fallin.
 
Here’s a fact: today’s economy is more competitive and more complicated than it was 50 years ago. Oklahomans entering the workforce today are not just competing against Texans; they are competing against Americans in all 50 states, and workers in Mexico, India, Europe and China.
 
Tue
08
Jul

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Almost ten months ago, I wrote my first article for the Cordell Beacon, talking about my first impression of the town of Cordell. I’ve had plenty of opportunities for impressions since that time, but none were quite so powerful as the fireworks display on Independence Day. For hours, Washita County residents put on a show that was beautiful in its chaos and utter fearlessness. A mortar explodes too close to the ground? Oh well!
 
Tue
01
Jul

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Independence Day: A special holiday I rarely got to experience as a teenager thanks to football camp. Generally, people spend the day celebrating the beginning of the United States’ independence, perhaps not paying as much heed to the political and literary consequences of the event. Even though that independence is a cause worthy of celebration, I would like to take a moment to point out the beauty and power of the document that made it possible.

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Tue
01
Jul

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ.
 
On the threshold of summer now, we are beginning to follow the results of the 2014 legislative session. Already, an issue has come up with the budget. In order to address this year’s tight budget, state lawmakers drew from many agency reserve funds. The budget crafters also drew from the Revolving Fund of the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program.

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Wed
25
Jun

AROUND THE WORLD AGAIN

After his Around The World flight, Wiley Post became sole owner of the Winnie Mae. Conflicting information exists as to the manner of how this came to pass. One account states that he had a “falling out” with F. C. Hall and bought the plane from him, while another account says that a gracious F. C. Hall gave him the plane as a gift. 
 
Wed
25
Jun

Washita County Museum News

This week in our interview with Chief Kias, younger brother of Cloud Chief, the Indians land is divided and the Indians select their allotments.  “The agency superintendent, whom the Cheyenne’s called Short Pompadour, from the way he combed his hair, or Big Head, called the chiefs together. My father was among those assembled.
 
Tue
17
Jun

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
After the Thunder lost Game Six of the Western Conference Finals, I have to assume many local Thunder fans stopped paying attention to the NBA except maybe to gripe about Kendrick Perkins or Scott Brooks one more time. Even I would be guilty of no longer paying attention. I watched bits and pieces of every game, but only Game Five did I watch the majority.
 
Tue
03
Jun

Your Senator

by Mike Schulz.
 
The 2014 legislative session has come to an end. In the final weeks of the session we forged an agreement that balances Oklahoma’s budget in the midst of a $188 million shortfall. Our budget provides important funding increases for education and pay increases for high-need state employees like front-line corrections workers and state troopers.

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