There are many events occurring in LeFlore County this month. I would guess there is something for everyone to enjoy. I thought I would include a list of events on our website for the convenience of our readers.
â€˘â€‚Feb. 11â€‚â€”â€‚Annual school board elections in Poteau, Bokoshe, Panama, Wister, Whitesboro, Red Oak and Smithville; special school bond election in Poteau. Polling places open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
â€”â€‚[CANCELED] Chocolate Decadence Party, 5-6:30 p.m., Patrick Lynch Public Library.
A couple weeks ago Jen and I went to the Wrightslaw Conference in Edmond. This is the second time we attended the event, and Iâ€™ve talked in the past about it, but I will briefly tell about it again for new readers. Attorney Pete Wright speaks to families, educators, and other professionals about education law. He gives advice and tips to help parents navigate the world of education and Individualized Education Plans. Something he said at that conference gave me an idea of what to discuss this week. Itâ€™s about labeling children with disabilities; especially those with autism.
I was sitting on my porch having my second cup of coffee and thinking about a conversation I had with an acquaintance of mine the other day.
My friend made the comment that she was really tired. When I asked her more about why she was tired, she said that she was getting too old to be doing the job she was doing. I asked her what was â€śtoo old,â€ť she replied being old meant different things to different people. She went on to say she was 58 and that was just too old for the activity she was doing.
I was having my fourth cup of coffee the other day, I think I might be drinking too much coffee, still thinking about something I learned the other day that has disturbed me ever since. It has to do with something I have probably strongly suspected for some time but never really acknowledged.
A week or so ago I found myself in Fort Smith, Ark., running some errands which included going by a favorite business of mine. I have been doing business with this particular company for probably 40 years or more. It is a family owned business in Fort Smith that has done very well over the years.
Kim Ross, Poteau Daily News editor, in a recent editorial, focused on the trash bag policy at the LeFlore County dump sites. I also have reservations concerning this policy. The voters of LeFlore County â€” through a tax initiative â€” set up a trash disposal system which would be an improvement over the previous trash collection and disposal system. However, additional fees, fines and regulations designed to limit trash disposal have been put in place without regard to need or reason for additional trash.
Do they actually do that at Patrick Lynch Public Library? Your modern community library has many more opportunities than just sitting and quietly reading. But should you want to quietly read, even that experience can be a treasure with a choice of comfortable reading chairs, private carrels or lighted study tables in the adult collection room or window benches, rugs, pre-school floor cushions, stackable benches or even a train for our smaller tikes in the childrenâ€™s library.
I have been extremely busy during the past two months due to holiday special sections and short press times. For that reason, I have had little to no time to write my column but now that the new year is here, my resolution is to make up for lost ground.
Starting in 1824, Sequoyah, the creator of the Cherokee syllabary, and his family moved from Alabama to northwest Arkansas and finally to Skin Bayou near Fort Gibson in what is now Oklahoma in 1829. The final move followed an 1828 treaty that led to the removal of 600 Cherokee families from Arkansas.
When the state of Oklahoma borrows money one thing the lending companies consider is whatâ€™s called unfunded pension liability. Studies show that Oklahoma has an unfunded pension liability of approximately $11 billion. What that means is, if ALL state employees, municipal police, teachers, and firefighters retired today, then the state would be $11 billion dollars short.
â€śJournalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.â€ť
â€” George Orwell.
So with the new year kicking off today and Orwellâ€™s saying in mind, I have to say I hope that some people can put the past behind them and get over themselves. For the past month I have heard from numerous people the negative comments made about me and the Poteau Daily News. Comments made by people who are in influential positions of city government and business, as well as their spouses.