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MANDY CLINTON: Who is to blame?

September 20, 2013

With yet another tragic shooting in our midst, I have to wonder why people seem to blame everyone except the shooter. Gun control will again be the main issue for a while. Video games, movies and music always come up. And blame needs to lie somewhere so people always question the upbringing. And lastly, mental health is under fire when we have these circumstances.

BILL SAMPSON: Have you lost it?

September 13, 2013

I was sitting on my porch having my third cup of coffee and wondering, “Have I lost it?” Have you ever had those occasions when you wonder whether or not you have lost it?
Are you wondering just what is lost? Well, let me give you an example. Some weeks ago I was in Oklahoma City and needed to drive south to Waurika. It was a Saturday and I needed to be in Waurika by 9 a.m. so I left the hotel where I was staying around 6 a.m. I would much rather arrive at my destination early rather than late so I left before I had any breakfast figuring I would grab a bite on the way.

KODEY TONEY: Maybe I'm amazed

September 13, 2013

I had a long discussion with Konner this weekend. While I have many long discussions with him they usually are about Thomas trains, track dimension, Minecraft issues, zombies or something else that interests him, but I have no idea what they really are all about. I wish I could tell you this conversation was different, but it really just ended up with the same subjects.

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.

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