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IVAN ELAND: A slippery slope back into Iraq?

November 14, 2013

Despite having an increasingly autocratic and sectarian Shi’ite government that allows overflights of Iranian arms to a Syrian government opposed by U.S.-supported rebels, President Obama has pledged to increase military assistance to Iraq — reversing a five-year trend of disengagement and aid reduction. The Obama administration will increase intelligence support to the Iraqi government and push Congress to send it missiles, helicopter gunships, and other military equipment.


November 8, 2013

Oklahoma is known for its Native American heritage — a heritage rooted deep in tradition. If you look around our great state, you will see countless representations of our diverse history.
As a member of the Cherokee tribe, the value of hard work and the importance of family were instilled in me at a young age. The Cherokee Nation are a proud people. We take pride in being Cherokee, but also take pride in being American.

ANGELA COOPER: Changes on the horizon

October 30, 2013

Last week I had my continuing education meeting. As an Oklahoma optometrist we must have 18 hours of continuing education to renew our license. I thought I would share some of the things I learned last weekend.
It seems like the medical field is always changing, and this is a good thing. New and better drugs are being approved and new surgery options are becoming available.
There are new topical antibiotics to help treat eye infections, and there is a new steroid eye drop that is stronger and lasts longer.

ED CANNADY:Pension negotiation on the horizon

October 30, 2013

In my last column I addressed the possible change in the traditional pension system for new state workers.

KODEY TONEY: I put a spell on you

October 18, 2013

Halloween is upon us again, and I always write some tips for parents dealing with autism during this season. I had a picture sent to me recently that had some good advice, not just for children with autism, but other disabilities and for the others in the neighborhood who hand out the confections to the kids. I thought that I would share it with you.

LEE HAMILTON: It's time for intervention

October 15, 2013

The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?
Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches — reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis. It shut the government down over a temporary budget. Now it’s threatening the financial credibility of the U.S. government and the security and safety of the American people. Three years of last-minute spending decisions have culminated in a television standoff with no actual negotiations.

JIM ZACHARY: Your community, your newspaper, your life

October 8, 2013

As newspaper executives struggle over whether the news should be digital first, tablet first, SMS first or print first, readers know exactly what they want their local newspaper to be — community first.
Reading a newspaper is not like reading a novel, a magazine, a history book, poetry, prose or any other type of literature.
Newspapers are not about what has happened in the past, what is happening some place else, or what happens in an author’s imagination.
Newspapers are about us.

ROBERT SHEARON: Coming to a realization

October 3, 2013

I had an epiphany Sunday. I was at church, although I’m not sure that had anything to do with it.
I’ve been watching the jockeying the Republicans and Democrats have been doing over the Affordable Care Act. The Republicans seem nearly rabid on the subject of stopping it from taking effect.
It finally dawned on me why.

CAROLE GILL: New events at new library

October 2, 2013

What a delight it has been to escort our friends and neighbors through the new Patrick Lynch Public Library, recalling as we do the many generous individuals and groups that have made this outstanding facility a new and permanent part of the Poteau landscape, available to not only this town, but the surrounding areas, offering so many expanded services. We will discuss these more in a future time together, but to learn more now, come in and explore the Lynch Library on your own or ask for a walk-through from an employee.

DEWEY HARRISON: Random thoughts

September 20, 2013

General Petraeus is telling us action is necessary in Syria, but was unwilling to use force against Islamist in Benghazi, Libya, while Americans were being murdered. Petraeus, while CIA director, also participated in the fabrication of talking points to mislead (lie) Americans about the Benghazi debacle. Can anyone explain to me why Petraeus can be trusted to give advice on any issue?

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