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GARY S. SMITH: America’s civil religion: Presidents and Memorial Day

May 19, 2014

Throughout American history presidents have often used religious rhetoric for various reasons: to provide comfort and consolation, argue that God providentially directs our nation, celebrate our Christian heritage, defend democracy, hold citizens and the country accountable to transcendent standards, help accomplish their own political aims, justify America’s actions, foster traditional morality and justice, promote prayer and Bible reading, call for national and individual repentance, unite Americans, and satisfy citizens’ expectations.


May 17, 2014

Don't be alarmed by my headline. I'm still here, and, of course, I may have made a lot of Roy Orbison fans happy by mentioning one of his many hits.
What I meant is that my 2013-14 LeFlore County high school and college athletic season is now over. It officially ended at about 9 p.m. Thursday when the Spiro Bulldogs baseball team lost in the Class 3A State Tournament quarterfinals at Edmond Memorial High School.
Now, it's essentially three months of ease, but don't fear folks. There's still enough local events happening to keep local content in the sports section.

GLENN MOLLETTE: Speech is not so free in America

May 15, 2014

Have we lost free speech in America?
Our First Amendment right for all Americans is free speech.
Protesters, journalists Civil-rights advocates, street preachers and all Americans
have enjoyed the right of free speech.

KODEY TONEY: Room for one more

May 13, 2014

My wife and I decided to take a trip to Kansas City this weekend to visit with family and catch a Royals baseball game. I’m a die-hard fan, and have been since my days of growing up in KC as a child, so I decided it would be a good idea to introduce my kids to the major leagues with a visit. When we arrived at the hotel that we would call home for a couple nights my wife asked me to do something that sparked my interest for this week’s article. She said, “See if they can put us on the first floor.

CAROLE GILL: How blessed we are

May 8, 2014

Our “German daughter” came to visit us this past weekend along with our daughter, and a tour of Patrick Lynch Public Library was at the top of our activity list. 

DAVID SEELEY: Quite a Thursday for LeFlore County Ball Teams

May 2, 2014

On Facebook, Thursday's are known as "TBT" — standing for "Throw-back Thursdays" — where people put old pictures on their wall.
Thursday in LeFlore County, as far as baseball and softball, was concerned, it was "Terrific Thursday."
Four high school baseball teams won district titles — Poteau, Heavener, Panama and Pocola. All will play next week in their respective regional tournaments.
Two softball teams — Heavener and Wister — made state, which will be next week in Shawnee.
Read all about in Saturday's edition when it comes out tomorrow morning.

BYRON YORK: Why Elizabeth Warren should run for president

May 1, 2014

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is on a publicity tour for her new campaign-style book, “A Fighting Chance.” As she talks to the press, Warren is repeating previous statements that she will not run for president in 2016. But her denials aren’t really denials, and her party’s unique presidential circumstances give Warren plenty of room to run. Judging by what she has said publicly, there’s no reason to rule out a Warren candidacy.

BENJAMIN POWELL: Affording Tesla the freedom to fail

May 1, 2014

New Jersey recently joined Texas, Arizona, Maryland and Virginia in banning direct auto sales to consumers. That touched off an uproar on the left and right, and many consumers remain confused. They can be grateful for one clear statement of what the ban is really about.
“If you allow someone to come into the market with no overhead, that’s an unfair advantage,” says Deborah Dorman, president of the Eastern New York Coalition of Auto Dealers. She represents traditional automakers who use a dealer network to distribute their cars.

DAVID SEELEY: Postseason heating up

May 1, 2014

It's now getting hot and heavy in the world of high school and college athletics as just about all of the LeFlore County teams are now into the playoffs — or, unfortunately, some teams have seen their seasons end in early postseason play last week.
It's hard to believe that the 2013-14 athletic season is about over. It just seems like yesterday I was working on the 2013 Fall Diamond Tab and the 2013 LeFlore County Gridiron Preview gearing up for the fall sports.
Now, in about 2.5 weeks, it will be complete over. How time flies when you're having fun.

DAVID SEELEY: Nearing the End

April 23, 2014

When the high school spring sports begin postseason play, that's the sign that the school year is nearing an end.
In about three weeks, there will not be any more high school or college athletics going on in LeFlore County as all of them will come to a close.
While there's enough summer activities to keep some local things popping up in the physical paper, it's also the time when this ol' timer can think about some R&R — albeit for a brief time.

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