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BILL SAMPSON: Anticipation

December 17, 2013

With my second cup of coffee in hand, I took my dog Dixie’s morning food out to the porch and checked on her water in her bowl. Some years ago I spent a little extra money and got Ms. Dixie a heated water bowl. The past several days of freezing temperatures sure makes the heated water bowl worth its value.

BILL SAMPSON: De Ja Vu all over again

December 10, 2013

There I was, standing in front of the picture window, drinking my second cup of coffee and looking out on the snow and ice that visited us Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I got to thinking about another time with the same scenario.
It was Dec. 25, 2000, and the snow and ice storm hit our area with a vengeance.
I can well remember the sounds of the tree limbs breaking off the trees. Now, these were not little limbs, these were limbs that were 6-8 inches across at the base of the limb and 15-18 foot long! When those limbs broke off the tree, it sounded like gun shots!

BILL SAMPSON: Giving Thanks

November 26, 2013

I was sitting on my rocker on my porch having my third cup of coffee and thinking about this season of Thanksgiving. Yes, it’s that time of year again. You know, more food to eat than one should ever hope for or deserve. It’s that time to see friends and family and spend time having wonderful conversations with folks you might not see more than once or twice a year.

LEE HAMILTON: Dogged journalism is a blessing, not a curse

November 21, 2013

Let’s start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what’s happening in the world — and understand the plans of allies and enemies — to keep the nation prepared and secure.
If intelligence work is going to be effective, much of it has to be done in secret. “National security” is not merely an excuse for keeping intelligence activity under wraps: often, the only way to protect our collective well-being is to pursue many national security activities, including intelligence-gathering, in the dark.

DEWEY HARRISON: Serial prevaricator or incompetence?

November 15, 2013

Luke, having been imprisoned for acts of petty crime was not a cooperative inmate. Always waiting for the right moment to escape his prison chains, Luke did escape for short-lived freedom on more than one occasion.
Captain, the warden of a tough prison would make an example of Luke following each escape while other inmates were forced to watch. The Captain prefaced his punishment of Luke with “some men you just can’t reach.”

ED CANNADY: Outstanding recognition of veterans

November 15, 2013

As a veteran (25th Infantry, 1959-62), I am proud of District 15 for its recognition of veterans at this time and the dedication to such efforts.

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.

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