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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.

DEWEY HARRISON: Ayn Rand’s warning of collective socialism

July 12, 2013

Ayn Rand, at age 12 witnessed the revolution and expansion of socialism in 1917 Russia.
Rand, who was opposed — from the beginning — to the Bolshevik insurrection, was taken aback by the political upheaval following the revolution that gave rise to power of Vladimir Lenin and Communism. Communist behavior and socialist policy would shape Rand’s political beliefs until her death.
Rand, born into an educated bourgeois family of hardworking parents who had acquired wealth, witnessed confiscation of the family pharmacy business by Communists and the collective socialism that followed.

CAROLE GILL: Local lore and trivia

July 9, 2013

The week ahead will be a busy one for Buckley Public Library. Today at 11 a.m. our toddlers and pre-schoolers will ‘Dig Into Reading’ for about half an hour. We had a fun time last week, and it was great to see the younger kids again. Wednesday at 10 a.m., the Magic Archaeologist will be passing through Poteau to share his finds with our elementary school kids. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, magician and entertainer Steve Crawford, who seems to know the Archaeologist well, will have a magician’s workshop for our teens.

CLINTON"S CONUNDRUMS: Small town thinking in a big world

July 5, 2013

If you have been watching the news you have noticed that more and more crime is happening in your local area. And crime does not discriminate between sizes of towns or how good the people are in it.
I live in a town with a population of approximately 3,415 people. But the crime rate has risen each year by at least 20 percent over the last 10 years. Some people blame the local drug issue but that has not been proven at this point. Others believe that low income is to blame. Both are viable points and very likely to be an influence in crime rates rising.

BILL SAMPSON: Summertime

July 3, 2013

Well, I was out early the other day, having my third cup of coffee and thinking about the fact that summertime is really here. The wind was still, it picks up later in the morning, the sky was clear. It is warm, some would call it hot, and really humid. This got me to thinking about a summertime years ago that was very similar in nature to what we are experiencing today.

KODEY TONEY: Temple is my body

June 26, 2013

I sat down to write this column about something else, but as I began to research I found an interesting site with quotes from Temple Grandin. I have used some of these in the past, but I realized that I needed to share some more. This woman has so much information and knowledge to communicate that will help us as parents and advocates understand a little more about the spectrum of autism.

BILL SAMPSON: Family Reunions

June 25, 2013

I was sitting on my front porch having my first cup of coffee, thoroughly enjoying what the morning had to offer. Beautiful day today with a very light breeze, temp around 80 and clear skies. I was thinking about the past few days and a trip my wife and I made to the Ardmore area for a family reunion.

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