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BENJAMIN POWELL: Affording Tesla the freedom to fail

May 1, 2014

New Jersey recently joined Texas, Arizona, Maryland and Virginia in banning direct auto sales to consumers. That touched off an uproar on the left and right, and many consumers remain confused. They can be grateful for one clear statement of what the ban is really about.
“If you allow someone to come into the market with no overhead, that’s an unfair advantage,” says Deborah Dorman, president of the Eastern New York Coalition of Auto Dealers. She represents traditional automakers who use a dealer network to distribute their cars.

DAVID SEELEY: Postseason heating up

May 1, 2014

It's now getting hot and heavy in the world of high school and college athletics as just about all of the LeFlore County teams are now into the playoffs — or, unfortunately, some teams have seen their seasons end in early postseason play last week.
It's hard to believe that the 2013-14 athletic season is about over. It just seems like yesterday I was working on the 2013 Fall Diamond Tab and the 2013 LeFlore County Gridiron Preview gearing up for the fall sports.
Now, in about 2.5 weeks, it will be complete over. How time flies when you're having fun.

DAVID SEELEY: Nearing the End

April 23, 2014

When the high school spring sports begin postseason play, that's the sign that the school year is nearing an end.
In about three weeks, there will not be any more high school or college athletics going on in LeFlore County as all of them will come to a close.
While there's enough summer activities to keep some local things popping up in the physical paper, it's also the time when this ol' timer can think about some R&R — albeit for a brief time.

KIM ROSS: Morning Mumbles

April 21, 2014

Good morning everyone, hope you had a great Easter. It's going to be a busy morning as today marks the day the county comnissioners will decide whether or not to pass a resolution to place a one half of 1 percent sales tax on the ballots to financially assist Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center.
The hospital is in need of the money from the tax to complete renovations required by Oklahoma Health Department to reopen the surgical and obstetrics wings of the hospital. Without the tax, the changes may be hindered after the price jumped to $1.2 million.

GARY L. WELTON: Forgiveness incarnate

April 18, 2014

On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.
Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, the failure to forgive is described by Christ in the most serious of terms. “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15).

DAVID SEELEY: County Tournament

April 9, 2014

Well, we're almost through the two weeks of LeFlore County Tournaments on the diamond. Thursday night, the slow-pitch softball queens will be crowned.
Saturday afternoon, we had new county baseball champions crowned as Spiro beat defending champion Poteau in back-to-back title games to claim county supremacy for 2014.

DAVID SEELEY: Final Four

April 4, 2014

As I write this Friday night, we're on the eve of the men's and women's Final Four. The men's national semifinals will be Saturday night, followed by the women's national semifinals on Sunday. The men's national title game will be Monday night, while the women's championship game will be Tuesday night.

Trayce's Thursday Thoughts

April 3, 2014

I am going to start sharing some of my thoughts with you on Thursday now and just so you all know I have never blogged before so bare with me....
I am amazed at how fast time flies now compared to when I was young and it seemed like, for instance, it took forever for me to reach 13 then 16 then 18 then 21 and now a days I can just turn around and 5 years have passed.
My daughter will have one more year before she starts high school and only yesterday in my mind she was starting her first day of kindergarten....!

DAVID SEELEY: County Tournament Fever, catch it

April 3, 2014

If you're a fan of LeFlore County Tournaments of any kind, this week and the next were made for you.
This week, we're in the middle of the LeFlore County Baseball Tournament, and the LeFlore County Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament will begin Monday at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
So, catch LeFlore County Tournament Fever!

KIM ROSS: Morning Mumbles

April 1, 2014

Oh what a day — can we get some sunshine please! We were teased ever so slightly with the promise of a warm sunny spring day but no — we get rain and storms instead. Uggghhh.
Anyway, Pocola and Talihina voters remember to get out and vote as today marks the election of school bonds for both districts.

I must warn area drivers that travel on old Oklahoma Highway 112, there are idiots out there. This morning seems to be a Mario Andretti day for the majority of people driving. Guess their alarm clocks failed to sound at the right time and the whole world is late.

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