Columns/Opinions

Tue
14
Jun

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

When the Oklahoma House of Representatives adjourned for the year on Friday, May 27, 2016, we did so with a mix of pride and disappointment. On one hand, we avoided severe cuts to core services, made life easier for our educators and improved the criminal justice system. 

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Tue
14
Jun

Rural Healthcare Realities

By Landon Hise

My father doesn’t tolerate stupidity, especially when it comes to local politics. With Father’s Day approaching, I’ve been thinking about what my dad would say about what I witnessed last month at the Capitol in Oklahoma City.

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Tue
07
Jun

Pet Corner

by De De Young
 
Tricks are a fun and challenging way to play with your dog. They love to learn, and anything they can do to interact with you is AOkay in their world. Training is a great time to bond and work with your dog. If you are teaching them new things it will wear them out, literally.
 
Tue
31
May

Washita County Museum News

By Lonnie Yearwood

One of the manuscripts at the museum is “Carrie's Cook Apron” by Birdie Smith Hamrick, who was born in Cordell in 1905 to Charles Thomas Smith and Carrie Lee McCoy. On one page in this story on her family, Birdie provided sayings her mom made. Among these are the following:

 

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Tue
31
May

ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

By: Max J. Nichols 

Since the passage of the National Preservation Act of 1966, the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) has entered into federal, state and local partnerships to preserve historic sites across Oklahoma, including research projects to bring structures back to their original states and rehabilitation of  structures for adaptive reuses. The stockade at Fort Gibson, which was established in 1824 at the crossroads of the Three Forks where the Arkansas, Verdigris and Grand Rivers converged south of the Ozark Plateau, was reopened on April 22. The Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City and the Frank Phillips Home in Bartlesville also display major restorations.

 

Tue
24
May

Washita County Museum News

Sometimes when I am finishing an article, I come across something that does not seem right or is inconsistent with information from another source. Resolving the issue can be a big problem since I habitually do things at the last possible moment—and, more often than I care to admit, well beyond the last possible moment.

 

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Tue
24
May

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ 

On Thursday, May 19, I joined a number of Oklahoma representatives and senators in meeting with state Attorney General Scott Pruitt regarding the recent Obama Administration directive instructing schools across America to “… let transgender students use bathrooms, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity …” After hearing from concerned citizens from across the state, we wanted to know what we can do to protect the safety of students in our local schools.

 

Tue
17
May

Your Senator

By Mike Schulz

It’s spring time and proud moms, dads and grandparents are ready to honor the achievements of high school and college graduates across Oklahoma. The annual rite of passage honors graduates’ hard work and signals the start of a new and exciting chapter in the lives of young men and women.  

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Tue
17
May

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

Here we are at the end of another school year. The last day of classes will be this Thursday. This has been a great school year with smooth sailing the entire year. Every school year seems to go a little faster than the last; the school years just seem to fly. As you know, the school year is full of activities and events which keep us busy.

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Tue
10
May

Rural Healthcare Realities

By Landon Hise

I’ve never understood people who cut off their nose to spite their face. But when it comes to passing the Medicaid Rebalancing Act, I’m afraid that’s what state legislators are doing. When I talk to state legislators about doing the smart thing for state healthcare and the state’s economy and encourage them to accept federal Medicaid funds by passing the MRA, I’m usually told that accepting the money “doesn’t make financial sense.” 

 

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