Commentary

Tue
23
May

Showing Patriotism

By Shirley Todd

Monday, May 29, is Memorial Day. This is a day we honor the men and women who died while serving this country in the military. I found this phrase online and I think it fits well with this holiday weekend, how many tomorrows would have been lost if nobody had stepped forward to do something about it yesterday?

Memorial Day first began in 1868, after the American Civil War, and was known as Decoration Day. Union veterans would decorate the graves of the fallen Union soldiers. As the 20th century began, Decoration Day became Memorial Day to honor all fallen soldiers.

 

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Thu
18
May

Commencement

By J. D. Meisner

I have never been asked to deliver a commencement address... probably for a good reason.

The graduation of my youngest daughter this past week got me wondering, what would I actually say if someone did ask me to deliver the keynote address at a high school graduation?

I think I'd look out across that fidgety sea of shiny square mortarboard hats balanced on those bright young heads and meet the eyes of the crowd of people sitting in the bleachers behind them and say, “I'm not gonna lie; y'all look tired... really tired... you educators, parents, grandparents, families and friends of these young graduates amassed before us.

 

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Thu
18
May

145-percent tax hike a bad idea

By OCPA President Jonathan Small

Tax increases are often a twoedged sword, and that is especially true of the proposed 145-percent cigarette tax increase ($1.50 per pack) currently being pushed by some tax-consumers. In this case, especially, it is a glaring warning to be careful what you wish for.

The justifications are obvious: smoking is bad for you, and the state budget needs money. A perfect solution, we are told. Except for its dramatic imperfections.

This tax increase is not just imperfect policy; it would also be a huge windfall for Oklahoma’s Indian tribes, which under a state compact get half of state cigarette taxes from cigarettes sold on their land. Those Indian smoke shops that already get a lot of business would boom, and it is estimated that as much as $120 million annually would be paid by the state to the tribes to sell cigarettes.

 

Tue
16
May

Feeling Sad

By Shirley Todd

 

My heart is heavy as I write this. I found out on Monday morning, a man who I respected had passed away. Not many high school students have positive memories of their former principal, but I do. Mr. Ernest Wayland was my principal all through high school.

He was larger than life as he walked down the halls. He was pretty intimidating. I didn’t ever want to be sent to his office. I was in high school in the 80s, when students were disciplined at school. I’m sure Mr. Wayland could swing that paddle pretty hard.

 

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Thu
11
May

Third and final graduate

By J. D. Meisner

This has been a crazy week. Those of you who have kids graduating will understand it. Youngest daughter is getting her diploma Friday along with one of our exchange students and we have been in graduation celebration planning mode all week. Announcements went out (later than we had originally planned) but the short notice did nothing to deter either side of the family from deciding this graduation event would be a good excuse to travel to Oklahoma and renew those old family ties.

Yes, both the Greek (Wife's side) and the Italian (my side) armies will be at our place this weekend and we have aired out the travel trailer, pitched tents and kicked the teenagers out of the house to accommodate them all.

 

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Wed
10
May

Ice Cream Time

By Shirley Todd

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Remember that saying? Summer is just around the corner. This month is almost half over, it is ice cream time. Of course for me, anytime is ice cream time.

It is safe to say, I love ice cream. To me it is the best snack, no matter the time of year.

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Thu
04
May

Seems an obvious choice

When the voters defeated State Question 779 last November and killed the plan for a one-penny sales tax intended to fund a $5,000 annual raise for Oklahoma's teachers, Legislators at the state capitol misinterpreted the message taxpayers were sending.

Some said the people of Oklahoma were saying they did not want to give teachers a pay raise.

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Tue
02
May

April showers bring May flowers

By Shirley Todd

All I’ve got to say is we better see some beautiful flowers this May. I thought after this past weekend, I needed to get a boat. I can’t believe we have had more rain this week. Hopefully this weekend will be clear.

I brought back my Barney watching days and sang Rain, Rain, Go Away. The best part of rain on the weekend is snuggling on the couch watching movies and eating popcorn.

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Thu
27
Apr

Count Down

By Katy Herman

It’s hard to believe that the 2016-2017 school year is coming to an end. Our students, faculty and staff have worked hard and achieved success all throughout the year. Our seniors are counting down the days until graduation night, just fifteen more days to go until May 13, if you were counting.

Our teachers are planning their end of year room clean out. Our administration and faculty are already gearing up for 2017-2018 school year. And our students are all feeling a touch of spring fever and awaiting summer freedom.

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Thu
27
Apr

Habitual eating

By J. D. Meisner

I feel it coming on. Any day now, Wife is going to crack down on my eating habits.

A year and a half ago, I quit smoking and took up eating (in many ways, a habit as unhealthy as cigarettes).

How can eating be a bad habit? We have to eat to survive, right?

Besides, why can't Wife just accept me as I am? I mean there's actually more of me now than there has ever been.

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