Columns/Opinions

Mon
03
Jul
Edgar's picture

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.

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. http://etypeservices.com/Cordell%20BeaconID392/

Tue
27
Jun
Edgar's picture

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.

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. http://etypeservices.com/Cordell%20BeaconID392/

Tue
27
Jun
Edgar's picture

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.

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. http://etypeservices.com/Cordell%20BeaconID392/

Tue
20
Jun
Edgar's picture

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
Edgar's picture

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.

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. http://etypeservices.com/Cordell%20BeaconID392/

Tue
13
Jun
Edgar's picture

Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like house keeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn’t require personal/ physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone?

Looking for Mom Dear Looking, Getting your mom some help at home to handle some of her household chores can make a big difference keeping her independent longer. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips to help you find someone reliable for your mom.

Home Helpers

For seniors who could use some help at home – but don’t need a caregiving aide for personal care – there are a bevy of personal assistance/home helpers out there that can help make life a little easier.

 

Tue
06
Jun
Edgar's picture

Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend any services that help pre-retirees decide when to start drawing their Social Security benefits? My wife and I are approaching retirement age and want to carefully weigh our options to make sure we’re maximizing our benefits.

Approaching Retirement Dear Approaching,

Deciding when to begin collecting your Social Security benefits could be one of the most important retirement-income decisions you’ll make. The difference between a good decision and a poor one could cost you tens of thousands of dollars over your retirement, so doing your homework and weighing your options now is a wise move.

Tue
06
Jun
Edgar's picture

ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

By: Max J. Nichols, Oklahoma Historical Society

Aviation pioneering in Oklahoma goes back to August 1917, when the Henry Post Army Airfield was established at Fort Sill as part of nationwide military preparations for World War I. Company A of the 1st Balloon Squadron arrived from Omaha on Sept. 5, 1917.

That led eventually to the building of the Balloon Hanger, which served the needs of Post Field until 1943, when other pioneer aviation innovators blazed new trails in the skies.

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. http://etypeservices.com/Cordell%20BeaconID392/

Tue
30
May
Edgar's picture

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

The Legislature approved a state budget this week to run the state for another year. The final amount knitted together is $6.9 billion. This allots the same funding levels as last year to 15 core government services. These include common education, healthcare, veterans and the military, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Corrections, Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and others.

Tue
23
May
Edgar's picture

Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you tell me how to go about replacing important lost documents? My wife and I recently downsized to a retirement community, and somewhere in the move we lost our Social Security and Medicare cards, birth certificates, marriage license and passports.

Worried Ron

Dear Ron,

Replacing important documents that are lost, stolen or damaged is pretty easy if you know where to turn. Here are the replacement resources for each document you mentioned, along with some tips to protect you from identity theft, which can happen if your documents end up in the wrong hands.

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. http://etypeservices.com/Cordell%20BeaconID392/

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Columns/Opinions