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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.

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.

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