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Wed
16
Jan
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Energy Production Benefits All Americans

In just a few months, energy companies may begin exploring for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Environmentalists warn this will destroy the remote area’s pristine beauty and endanger local wildlife.

Thankfully, their fears are unfounded. Opening ANWR to energy development will enrich nearby communities and the nation as a whole -- without noticeably disrupting the local environment.

ANWR, usually pronounced “Anwar,” is a 19.6-million-acre wilderness area in northeastern Alaska -- about the size of South Carolina. The federal government established ANWR in 1980 and decreed it off limits to energy exploration, except for a 1.5-million-acre section known as Area 1002.

Wed
16
Jan
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Kicking the Can Down the Road is a Bipartisan Sport in Congress

The science on climate change is clear: All countries desperately need to restructure fossil fuels out of their economies.

Naturally, the Trump administration has recklessly ignored this evidence. In every way, it’s tried to make it easier to extract and burn fossil fuels — and harder to hold polluters of all stripes accountable.

But what about the other side in Washington? Unfortunately, Democratic leaders are also acting like they don’t understand the urgency of the problem.

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Wed
02
Jan
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Washita County OHCE Meeting Update

By Lowayne Piercey

The Washita County OHCE County Council met at 2:00 p.m. Dec. 11, 2018, for a fall council. Lowayne Piercey opened the meeting with a welcome. Lois Johnson led the group saying the flag salute.

Lois Johnson gave the thought of the day. Lowayne Piercey called roll and all four county clubs had representation. Minutes were not available due to the passing of our secretary.

Jane Shull gave a treasurer’s report and suggested that due to funds getting low we should think about having a fundraiser in the near future.

 

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Wed
02
Jan
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It’s A New Year at The Beacon

By Bob Henline

You may have noticed a few changes in The Beacon over the course of the past month. We hope you like what you’re seeing!

One of the big changes we’re working to implement is a more robust opinion page, but that can’t happen without you, the reader.

I believe the opinion page of a community newspaper should be a catalyst for community conversations. It’s a place where we can discuss issues facing our community, give thanks to those who are working to make a difference, or to call attention to local concerns.

 

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Wed
26
Dec
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Americans Must Stop Imposing Loyalty Oaths

Bahia Amawi works as children’s speech pathologist for the Pflugerville Independent School District in Texas. Or, rather, she used to work as a children’s speech pathologist for the district. After nine years, Glenn Greenwald reports at The Intercept, the district’s administration declined to renew her contract because she refused to sign a loyalty oath. Not a loyalty oath to the United States. Not a loyalty oath to the state of Texas. Not a loyalty oath to Pflugerville Independent School District, nor to its students. A loyalty oath to Israel.

Texas is one of 26 states (with similar legislation pending in 13 others) which requires state contractors to certify that they

Wed
19
Dec
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Methane Rollback Will Actually Help the Environment

When the Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal last month to ease Obama-era restrictions on methane emissions from oil and gas facilities, green activists turned bright red with anger.

Unfortunately, their biggest worry seems to be the effect the proposed methane change will have on Obama’s legacy, not the environment. If they were actually interested in keeping the earth green, environmentalists would be championing the EPA’s proposal, not protesting it.

Why? Because the amended rule would at last give oil and gas firms adequate time to prevent methane leaks via thorough inspections and repairs.

Wed
12
Dec
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Gossip is Destructive

A rumor is an unconfirmed, widely spread story or statement. Rumors may or may not contain elements of truth, but their veracity is anyone’s guess—rumors carry no factual certainty. Rumors are also known as gossip, which is nothing short of the devil’s Ponzi scheme for sowing disunity. In politics, spreading rumors is a stock in trade. Politician operatives delight in using a ‘whisper’ campaign to discredit a client’s opponent. Like Willie Nelson they tell people they hear things when silence is all they hear. Will Rogers aid, “The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.” Everyone loves a good rumor, especially if it presents them as being part of an exclusive group. It’s just part of our fallen nature, but the fact is deliberately spreading rumors- either true or unsubstantiated- is unethical and unchristian.

Wed
14
Nov
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A Word from the Superintendent

The arrival of Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. The holiday season is a very busy time at the school, but it also means that Christmas and the Christmas break is right around the corner. In my article this week I would like to talk about the meaning of Thanksgiving.

Most people look at Thanksgiving as a time to be thankful for family and health as well as the other positive things in our lives. I am thankful for all of these things as well; my family and I have been blessed beyond measure. However, I would like to point out some other areas in which we should be thankful but often we don’t think about.

Wed
14
Nov
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From the Desk of the Superintendent

BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY

Well, they did it again. Our high school girls’ cross country team has won the State Academic Championship for the fourth consecutive year. What an amazing feat! Obviously, we want our athletic teams to do well but it is extremely satisfying to see our students flourish academically too. I want to commend our faculty as well as these students’ parents on a job well done in support of these young ladies.

Our high school football team is also to be congratulated for making the playoffs for the first time since 2007. After playing a very difficult non-conference schedule, they were able to finish in third place in the district. I appreciate how well they have represented us throughout this season.

Tue
30
Oct
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My Point Of View

By Zonelle Cox Rainbolt

One of the many things I love about living in Oklahoma is the changing seasons. When the heat of summer gives way to the cooler days of fall (my personal favorite season), I’m ready for that change. And who doesn’t appreciate the change when the “bundle up to your ears” weather of winter finally gives way to the warmth and color of spring.

I don’t generally view change as a negative. In most cases, I think change is good and I enjoy experiencing new places, tastes and opportunities.

One of those opportunities has presented itself for me and, after giving the idea a great deal of thought, I have decided to do something different in my professional life. That means changes are coming, both for me and the Beacon

 

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