Columns/Opinions

Tue
05
Aug

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Maybe I am just getting older or maybe there really is more conflict in the world, but I am more aware of the difficulties facing U.S. foreign policy than ever before. This is a big moment for the United States. The United States’ biggest ally in the Middle East (Israel) is currently in the midst of a controversial war. Russia has been further descending into belligerence, encouraging a civil war in Ukraine and possibly even participating.

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Tue
05
Aug

My Point Of View

By Zonelle Cox Rainbolt.
 
One of the perks of my job is to write the Away Back When column each week. It often takes much longer than it should because I find myself reading all of the articles in the issues I’m looking at, even the articles that don’t make it into the column. (And don’t get me started on the hours I have spent reading from the very, very old copies of the paper when I was supposed to be doing a “little” research!) It is so fun to see the names of people I have known “forever” even if it is a little disconcerting to realize most of those names are in the 50 Years Ago section!

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Tue
29
Jul

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Last week, I posed the question why the United States, as one of the most religious industrialized countries in the world, is so undecided about an increasingly religious issue, the environment. In my studies, the answer I have best been able to come up with is this: While one’s religious orientation is a major deciding factor in one’s political orientation, faith’s impact on political issues seems limited largely to social issues.

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Tue
29
Jul

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton.
 
Final preparations are underway for the beginning of the school year. Where has the summer gone? The excitement of a new school year will soon be evident throughout our community as school activities will begin once again. During the month of August, you will hear discussions on the proposed bond issue for Cordell Schools. I would like to take this opportunity to provide some basic information. The vote for the bond issue will be on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

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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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