Columns/Opinions

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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Tue
03
Jun

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Occasionally, I venture into politics in my writing, though I am always reluctant to do so. Divisions are so fierce and emotions run so hot that I only discuss politics here when I am completely confident in my grasp of the subject. But I propose one grand compromise, one we can all agree on. Liberals, conservatives, libertarians, populists and any other offshoot not represented. The use of the word commonsense as an adjective has got to go.

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Tue
27
May

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Taylor Swift (an artist whose music I generally try to avoid) wrote a song called “22,” and while I hate to give her too much credit, she actually captured the feelings associated with my age pretty well. To be honest, I struggled finding a topic for this week. This editorial is a platform for my opinions, but only the opinions I hold that are grounded in at least some expertise on my part.
 

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