Columns/Opinions

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.
 
Tue
20
May

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
“Net neutrality” has been on the news frequently, but most Americans only have a vague understanding of the term at best. Even though I studied politics in college, I needed to do significant research before I completely understood the term. There are two things you need to know about net neutrality. It refers to the concept of an open Internet in which Internet service providers and governments treat all legal data equally.

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Tue
20
May

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton.
 
As you are reading this article, school is out for the summer. This is a joyful time for our students and staff alike; I think we are all ready for a break. In my article this week, I would like to update you on a couple of important items. First, I would like to talk about high school graduation. This past Monday Cordell Schools sent another group of graduates out into the real world.

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Tue
13
May

EDITORIAL

Production of oil and gas wells in Oklahoma is taxed at a rate of seven percent with the exception of horizontal wells, which are taxed at a rate of one percent for the first 48 months of production. This tax break was created in the 1990s as an incentive for drillers to consider and use what was then an experimental process known as horizontal drilling. The incentive worked. Horizontal drilling is now the new normal. In 2013, 73 percent of all new wells drilled in the state were horizontal wells.

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Tue
13
May

My Point Of View

By Zonelle Cox Rainbolt.
 
It is graduation season in Oklahoma and across the state students are preparing to begin new phases of their lives. In a special section inside this edition readers can see photos of every Washita County high school senior, and read a brief biography. This keepsake treasure is made possible through the support of area businesses and is a tradition that goes back many years. Each graduating class has looked forward to the May when they are spotlighted for their accomplishments.

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