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KIM ROSS: Never forget the day America wept

September 11, 2013

Unable to fathom what I was seeing, reality slowly sinking in with fear and sorrow for company, I watched the plumes of smoke billow into the air like a black flag signaling the forthcoming death toll.
Beam by beam, brick by brick the walls of the Twin Towers came down, to slumber as a tomb encasing more than 2,700 people. It was truly one of the most horrific things to ever occur before my eyes as, like many in the world, I stood glued to the television on Sept. 11, 2001.

DONNA BRAZILE: War weary and rightfully so

September 9, 2013

The advice of The New York Times’ thoughtful and sometimes controversial foreign affairs columnist Tom Freidman became a matter of discussion between Secretary of State John Kerry and a conservative Republican congressman during House committee hearings on President Obama’s proposed strike on Syria. Friedman’s advice was, instead of military strikes, the U.S. should arm the rebels and shame Syrian President Bashar Assad.

ANGELA COOPER: Common Optometric terms

September 9, 2013

I realize when you go to the doctor he or she uses a lot of terms that sound like a foreign language. I thought I would discuss some common terms optometrists and ophthalmologists use.

JOHN WHITEHEAD: Miley Cyrus and the pornification of America

August 28, 2013

I often have parents ask me what they can do to help their teachers understand their children more. They say, “I don’t feel like they really know my child.” We all know that we have exceptional children with great traits, but that seems to get lost sometimes when people focus on their disability. This is why writing a letter to your teacher is important.

KODEY TONEY: My baby wrote me a letter

August 28, 2013

I often have parents ask me what they can do to help their teachers understand their children more. They say, “I don’t feel like they really know my child.” We all know that we have exceptional children with great traits, but that seems to get lost sometimes when people focus on their disability. This is why writing a letter to your teacher is important.

DEWY HARRISON: Beware the security v. freedom debate

August 23, 2013

NSA....no, that’s not the National Snooping Agency staffed by President Obama’s Chicago-way advisers. The National Security Agency is an organization within the Department of Defense which collects and analyzes data on foreign and counter intelligence.
Following World War II (1949), the Armed Forces Security Agency was formed to collect and analyze intelligence data, but AFSA’s failure to share and communicate data with the CIA, FBI and State Department led to its centralized reorganization as the NSA in 1952 under President Harry Truman,

BILL SAMPSON: Interesting people

August 20, 2013

I was sitting on my porch enjoying the wonderful weather we have been having. My second cup of coffee was particularly good that morning. I was thinking about people. I mean, those people you see when you are out and about.
Some people you come in contact with you remember for quite some time. On the other hand, there are those people who stand out like a white wall and you cannot seem to recall them at all.

DEWEY HARRISON: Who is Ben Carson

August 16, 2013

Ben Carson came to town [Ft. Smith, Ark.] last Friday. Some of you are probably asking, “who the heck is Ben Carson?” Ben Carson, a man who could have been trapped by his environment, believes passionately in the promise of America and the American dream. He was here to tell his story.
Growing up in a single parent home, Carson experienced poverty, poor grades, temper issues and low self esteem. However, Carson had a dream of becoming a physician and his mother, who had only a third-grade education, challenged and required her sons to strive for excellence.

JAMES LOCKHART: Traveling quilt makes veteran history

August 16, 2013

The Ladies Auxiliary in Spiro made a quilt a few years ago.  It was raffled off and Keith May of Spiro won the quilt. 
At first, May put the quilt in a box under his bed, but after a while he got to thinking the quilt should be sent overseas to the troops. 
After some phone calls the quilt was sent overseas where it was passed from soldier to soldier. When one soldier’s tour of duty ended, it was given to another. 
Sunday, the quilt was returned home to Spiro. The stories that were shared by those who used it are stories I will never forget. The soldiers even named the quilt “Stars.”

BILL SAMPSON: I'm confused

August 13, 2013

I was sitting on my front porch the other day, having my third cup of coffee and marveling at the terrific weather we have been having lately. Looking out over my yard, I am amazed at how lush and green it is, and this is the beginning of August for heaven’s sake!
I believe I had mentioned in an earlier article we had gotten eight inches of rain in the month of July and we have started August with almost an inch already. I can’t really say when we last had such nice weather this time of year. Needless to say, I’ll take all of this weather we can get.

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