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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.

R. DARRELL WEAVER: Prescription drug abuse; untangling the harm

August 13, 2013

Prescription drug issues have recently become a plight that has garnered much concern and it is largely due to the steady and unacceptable rise of overdose deaths from prescription drugs. Both illicit and legal drugs must be examined by four major factors that influence their dynamics:
• The availability of the drugs
• The pricing of the substances
• Risk adversity
• Public acceptance
Based on these criteria, there is no mystery why prescription drug abuse is a troubling challenge, especially when it comes to the unused and unwanted drugs in our cabinets.

STEPHEN FRUEN: Time for school

August 5, 2013

Just a friendly reminder that it is back to school time. I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of our obligation to the safety of our children, faculty, and motorists traveling to and from school during this busy time of year. The Poteau Police Department needs drivers and pedestrians to be extra careful as the new school year starts. We are asking students to exercise caution when walking to and from school. The police department will have a special emphasis around each of the schools to help with traffic congestion, to slow down drivers and increase safety.

KODEY TONEY: Quality control

July 31, 2013

When I’m looking for topics to write about for my column each week I have gained ideas from several different areas. Songs, Facebook posts, and everyday stories have been sources for ideas lately, but this week I found one in a classic book. I was reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens when I came upon a passage that I found very inspirational in a slightly different way.

DEWEY HARRISON: The road to tyranny

July 30, 2013

Eric Blair, born in 1903 in India, was the son of a middle-class English diplomat.
Upon his return to England as a child, Eric witnessed class warfare directed at him from upper-class students at the prep school which he attended. Nonetheless, the teasing and snobbery he experienced during his school years did not deter him in his pursuit of a quality education. Blair would later be accepted at the esteemed Eton in England, but would attend only for a short period of time.

CAROLE GILL: End of summer events

July 30, 2013

This is our last week for children’s and teen summer activities, so we want to give you invitations to these events first, then we’ll share what could be profitable reading for older children and tweens during these last days of summer vacation.
Today will be our last pre-school and early childhood summer story time at 11 a.m. We had dinosaur stories and songs last time and that was such a hit, we’ll repeat that subject with our “Dig Into Reading” theme programing again this week.

JANET SHORT: A new perspective

July 26, 2013

The recent rash of motorcycle accidents and tragic loss of life reported in the Poteau Daily News has made me think again about Oklahoma’s helmet laws.
There seems to be an unwritten rule of the universe: if a person rides a motorcycle for 30 years, he will crash. And we do all acknowledge if a person flies through the air, he needs head protection when he lands. It doesn’t really matter then if he’s 18 or 21 or 59, male or female, riding in Tulsa or Los Angeles or a back road of LeFlore County.

DEWEY HARRISON: I'm gonna be rich

July 19, 2013

My truck-patch tomato farm is losing money due to drought and heat. I’m at a loss as to what to do.
And then.....right there, on the evening news stood our president, declaring that we could spend ourselves into prosperity. The thought hit me, if that works for the largest enterprise in the world, why would it not work for my truck patch?

KODEY TONEY: Looking for answers

July 17, 2013

I was honored to be interviewed this week by an educator taking a class about teaching children with disabilities. This was such a great opportunity for me because, as I’ve said before, it’s important for teachers to try and understand these children or inclusion doesn’t work. I’m glad to see teachers getting an education about integrating these pupils into their classroom.

BILL SAMPSON: More on a summertime trip down the Mississippi

July 16, 2013

I was sitting on my front porch having a glass of tea, too hot for coffee, and continuing to remember the trip I took down the Mississippi River in September of 1995. As I have said before, I was working as a financial consultant at the time. It was a pretty stressful job. I did love doing what I was doing but I was continually working under a great deal of stress.

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