Columns/Opinions

Tue
25
Jul

Pet Corner

De De Young

If you are trying to teach your dog something new and he keeps laying down refusing to get up, he’s probably just confused. Dogs will lay down out of not knowing what to do.

Get him up and play ball, tag, or even take him for a walk, this will get his mind on something else. Then try again.

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Tue
25
Jul

Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve heard that there are free online search tools that can help people look for lost or forgotten money left behind by deceased relatives. Can you refer me? When my father passed away his financial affairs were in such a mess, I’m wondering if there was anything he left behind.

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Tue
18
Jul

Home Country

By Slim Randles

Billy had to get his chores done early. It was the heat, of course. Now that it’s summer, he no longer has to escort the kids across the street while Martin holds the sign. No kids at the crosswalk for a couple of weeks now.

So Billy, being the official town dog, was still kind of feeling his way along in this business, because he was not quite a year into his reign and he was learning to roll with the seasons.

He got up from his bed under the elm tree before it was even daylight and went on down to the Mule Barn truck stop and coffee shop, because they turned their lights on first. Well, except for the police station, and nobody needed him there, really.

 

Tue
11
Jul

Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it’s a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn’t the government supposed to stop putting Social Security numbers on Medicare cards?

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Mon
03
Jul

ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

By: Max J. Nichols

From the small farms and ranches of the early 19th century Oklahoma settlers to the creation of rural communities and a booming economy in the 20th century, agriculture has played a major role in the development of the state of Oklahoma.

The story of this remarkable growth is told historic sites, museums and spectacular exhibits in Oklahoma.

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Mon
03
Jul

Work Remains To Be Done After Challenging Session

By Governor Mary Fallin

With a nearly $900 million budget gap, this session was indeed one of the most challenging. Keep in mind, it comes on the heels of having to deal with a $1.3 billion budget gap last year the largest budget hole in state history.

It hasn’t been easy dealing with these ongoing significant budget challenges we face. It is definitely not an ideal budget. But we did prevent draconian cuts to critical services and kept government from shutting down.

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Tue
27
Jun

Pet Corner

by De De Young

We all spray our lawns for weeds and fertilize our garden and grass. Please use caution around pets, some of that stuff is harmful. Read the warning signs on the label and follow them to the letter.

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Tue
27
Jun

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Higher education officials in Oklahoma have the Legislature over a barrel and they know it.

If we don’t give every bit of funding requested any given year, they threaten to raise tuition on students and parents.

The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and A&M Colleges as well as OU, did this recently, approving a five percent tuition and mandatory fee increase for in-state undergraduate students and 5.9 percent increases for out-of-state students. I’m sure other universities are not far behind in this pursuit.

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Tue
20
Jun

Home Country

By Slim Randles

Bert and Maizie were down at the swimming hole on Lewis Creek the other day. Saturday it was. The sun was bright hot and these two lovers had found a nice patch of shade near the tire swing tree where they could sip iced tea and watch the youngsters.

The little kids were in the shallow wading area, some in underwear, some in nonederwear, and all of them squealing and splashing.

The kids who had turned 13 or 14, however, waited their turns at the tire swing. One by one they swung out, flashing in the sun, arching and stretching and knifing into the water. The boys wanted to be seen and impress the girls, and the girls … well, same thing.

It is coming a time of muscles for the guys and curves for the girls, and fun watching for those who aren’t that curvy or muscular any more. Like Bert and Maizie. Maizie looked over at her husband of 40-some years and smiled.

 

Tue
20
Jun

Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior,

My husband and I are interested in getting a couple of bicycles for leisurely exercise and fun, and would like to get your recommendation. We’re both approaching 60 and are a little overweight, and it’s been a while since we rode. Easy Riders

Dear Easy,

If you’re interested in leisurely, recreational riding for fitness and fun, a great option is a “comfort bike,” which is very popular among baby boomers. Here’s what you should know about this option, along with some tips to help you shop and choose.

 

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