Columns/Opinions

Lessons to learn after a faceplant in the snow

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Andy stepped outside after the recent huge snow storm in our city to meet our postman halfway. Our street was too clogged with snow and ice for him to navigate safely, so our mailman had wisely parked his van at the end of the street. Then this valiant servant of our U.S. Postal System gathered everyone’s mail in his arms and began the tedious job of hand delivering to each front door. He was working for the company known for its old slogan, “Neither rain nor snow, nor heat, or gloom of night stays these couriers from their appointed rounds.”

For the Children: Moving beyond the numbness

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Numb. That was the one-word answer I submitted to a group call on an online meeting platform last week. The question, “How are each of you feeling?” was likely asked in a kind gesture with the expectation of a standard answer of feeling okay, frustrated, or some other comment made in passing.

Guess Where?

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How well do you know Washita County? Here’s a partial photo of something pretty recognizable. HINT: This photo was taken just outside of Cordell. Guess what it is and where it was taken. Send your guess to us at editor@cordellbeacon.com or call us at 580-832-3333. Several people correctly guessed the last photo of the purple martin bird hotel. Donna Skaggs was selected randomly and will be entered into the month’s end drawing for the February prize.

For the Children: Vow to work to make things better

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Over the past four and one-half years that I have been the chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, I have heard tragic stories regarding child abuse and neglect. I know it is frustrating for those who share these stories of their lives with us, and I can assure you it is heartbreaking for us to not be able to wave a magic wand and immediately fix these challenges.