Commentary

Tue
17
Jul

Cowboy Talk

By Bunny Baker

The is no Sunday west of St. Louis and no God west of Fort Smith. This referred to the irreverent behavior on the wild west frontier in general and the widespread lawlessness found particularly in Indian Territory, which later became Oklahoma.

The nighthawk on a cattle drive was the luckless cowboy whose job was guarding the driver’s saddle horses during the day.

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Tue
17
Jul

Trash goes in the trash

By J. D. Meisner

Trash. It is literally everywhere. In the US, we have become such a throwaway society that perfectly good items eventually end up in landfills and our refuse, litter and other waste ends up everywhere else.

Nowhere is that more evident than right here in the Sooner State.

 

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Tue
17
Jul

Reactions, good and bad

By Shirley Todd

What is a reaction? A reaction is an action performed or a feeling experienced in response to a situation or event. We all react, we just react differently.

We first learn about reactions in chemistry. We learned that when you mix two chemicals together you get a reaction; either a positive or negative.

 

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Tue
17
Jul

Board of Health taking on Legislative duties

by J.D. Meisner

Following the passage of SQ 788 by a landslide margin on June 26, the Oklahoma State Board of Health last week approved a 76- page set of rules governing medical marijuana – a set of rules that contained at least three measures contrary to the original language of the question.

One major exception in the rules is a limit on the number of dispensaries that will be allowed in the state.

 

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Tue
10
Jul

The ice cream truck’s on our street

By Shirley Todd

It’s another hot afternoon and you are trying to keep cool. You are wanting something, anything, to cool you down that also tastes yummy.

Suddenly, you hear a faint sound in the distance. You listen closely and you recognize a familiar tune. Your eyes widen, your heart begins to beat louder, you are excited for the ice cream truck.

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Tue
10
Jul

We record the history you make

By J. D. Meisner

On June 28, five people were murdered inside the newsroom of the Capitol Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, at the hands of a disturbed and disgruntled man who had recently lost a defamation lawsuit against the paper.

Anyone who follows the news regularly is aware of the details of the story and I will not go into them here, this editorial is not about the incident, nor the actions and circumstances leading up to it. It is not about gun control, nor is it about mental health awareness.

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Tue
10
Jul

San Francisco and the Golden Gate

By J. D. Meisner

As promised – either your extreme delight, or utmost chagrin – here is the conclusion of my road trip across the Southwest, undertaken with my wife late last month.

As mentioned last week, Wife and I took her little two-seat rag-top roadster on an eight-state, 3,766-mile odyssey to visit Oldest Daughter in Sacramento. After overcoming mechanical failure (times two) and a couple missed turns in the central Sierra Nevadas, we arrived in Sacramento, met our new stepgrandkids and got a little taste of the place Oldest Daughter now lives and works.

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Thu
05
Jul

California or bust - it was touch and go

By J. D. Meisner 

Ten days, 3,766 miles, eight states, a failed water pump and a burned out a/c blower relay, and all Wife and I have to show for it are numb backsides, a couple shiny rocks, three souvenir hoodies – a ton of new knowledge, family love, and a thousand amazing memories.

We left Tinytown Oklahoma before the sun rose, driving Wife’s itty-bitty, two-seat, rag-top sports car, a.k.a. Draco, who was literally packed with clothes and other road-trip essentials, stuffed wherever we could find a nook or cranny – destination: Sacramento, California, and Oldest Daughter who we had not seen for far too long – nor had we yet met our two new “step” grand kids Roland and Evan.

 

Thu
05
Jul

Medical bud not likely until 2019

When Tom Bates was appointed as interim health commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Health on April 1, he knew that Oklahoma was headed toward the legalization of medical marijuana and he put his agency to work developing rules and regulations that, since the passage of State Question 788 last week, will have to be in place sometime in the next 60 days in order for the law to go into effect on schedule.

According to Bates, emergency rules will be considered July 10 by the state board of health and application information is expected to be available by July 26.

He added that the agency plans to begin accepting applications no later than Aug. 25.

 

Thu
05
Jul

A summer full of brithdays

By Shirley Todd 

I don’t know how this happened, we didn’t plan on us all being born around the same time. But three out of four of us in my little family have July birthdays, the fourth’s birthday is on Aug. 1.

In my home, we will be celebrating for the entire month. I hang up a birthday banner on the mantle and leave it up to celebrate each of our special days.

In my extended family, I have one other birthday in July and three in August. It is a big birthday summer in my family. In August, I have my brother’s birthday along with one of my nieces and a great-niece.

 

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