Commentary

Thu
19
Oct

Barber Shops

By Bunny Baker

Remember barber shops? They were sacred places men wen or a haircut and to talk about politics and baseball.

They were not at all like beauty parlors where women had their hair done and men wondered what they talked about as few ladies liked baseball and politics. It wasn't considered lady-like to be interested in such things, this was a man's world. There was a clear distinction between the two businesses. Birds had to fly, fish had to swim, never the twain should meet.

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Thu
19
Oct

Another Red River rivalry

By OCPA President
Jonathan Small

Each year in October, Oklahoma’s eyes turn south of the Red River to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas for the annual football rivalry between OU and Texas. Texas has won 61 of those games, OU has now won 46, and five were ties. Unfortunately, thanks to the tax, regulatory, and policy advantages Texas holds, we’re nowhere near that record when it comes to economic, versus athletic, competition with our southern neighbors.

We’ve heard the sad story for years now. The gross domestic product of Texas is an astonishing $1.6 trillion. Ours is barely more than a tenth of that. Forbes says Texas has the number one business climate in America, which may explain why there are 109 of the 1,000 largest companies based there.

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Thu
19
Oct

Thunder season

By J.D. Meisner

It's on; the 2017-18 season of the Oklahoma City Thunder, perhaps the greatest reality television show on earth – rife with personality conflict, drama, excitement and favorite characters.

The star of the show again this year will be last year's mega star Russell “Triple Double/MVP” Westbrook.

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Tue
17
Oct

Stop the Victimization

By Shirley Todd

We seem to hear nightly in the news, reports of children being abused by an adult. It makes me ill when I hear a story about a grown man sexually assaulting a baby. I don’t understand how a person can look at a child and cause him or her harm.

I read a story of the young woman whose dad molested her when she was a little girl. She bravely took the stand and shared in detail what he did to her, in hopes he would be put away for a long time and not hurt her or anyone else.

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Fri
13
Oct

What day is it?

If you're reading this, you've already found some luck on this so-called unlucky day because if you haven't yet realized it, it's Friday the 13th.

Do not misinterpret that last sentence to imply that you are simply a lucky individual because you are now reading this award-winning column, because only a select one or two editions of this (occasionally) carefully-written prose is worthy of accolades and today's Chaos Theory is probably not going to be among them.

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Tue
10
Oct

Walmur Theatre

By Bunny Baker

A cigar store, operated by Mrs. A.W. Keller, was the odus for those who attended the Walmur Theater, whose Western side was shown. It was the entertainment site of the Main Street with its movies, vaudville shows and an occasional boxing match.

This was later stopped and all food banned by the order of then manager, Jess Patton. However, patrons found ways to smuggle in food.

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Tue
10
Oct

Our Fur Babies

By Shirley Todd

Besides our two human children, we have two fur babies, who are in constant need of love and attention. Our oldest is half Chihuahua and half wiener dog, she looks more like a fatty from BurnCo.

Her name is Ellie and she is so round and lazy. The other night I watched her jump off the arm of the couch and was worried she would break her legs with all that weight coming down on them.

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Thu
05
Oct

Focusing the Special Session

by Jonathan Small

Here we are, preparing for a special legislative session (at $30,000 per day!) to maintain total government spending levels while the state is in a recession. Some are focused only on where to reach into your pockets with tax increases.

Working Oklahoma families, faced with $13 billion in lost income during the recent recession, have arrived at the solution. It’s called cost-avoidance, as in spending only on critical needs, and not counting on being able to hijack more from someone else’s wallet.

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Thu
05
Oct

Runnin' down a dream

By J. D. Meisner

As a teenager, I remember having my blue metal flake Rogers five-piece drum kit set up in the basement of Mom and Dad's house along with a couple Peavey amps, a couple cheap microphones, mike stands, some black light posters, a strobe light and other groovy 70s stuff.

It was the summer of 1979, I was going to be a junior in high school and three of my high school band mates and I had formed a little rock band. The lead singer/lead guitarist's first name was Johnny. Like the heartless high school boys we were, we started calling him Johnny Panic because he had anxiety attacks, then shortened it to Johnny Pan when we became close friends – you know, after Peter Pan.

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Tue
03
Oct

Is there hope?

By Shirley Todd

What a sad weekend we had. I was first saddened to hear about a Broken Arrow High School student falling from the top of the bleachers after the football game. The mass shooting during the Jason Aldean concert. Then the senseless murder of a dad and husband who was defending his family from a kid who broke into his home.

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