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LEE HAMILTON: Dogged journalism is a blessing, not a curse

November 21, 2013

Let’s start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what’s happening in the world — and understand the plans of allies and enemies — to keep the nation prepared and secure.
If intelligence work is going to be effective, much of it has to be done in secret. “National security” is not merely an excuse for keeping intelligence activity under wraps: often, the only way to protect our collective well-being is to pursue many national security activities, including intelligence-gathering, in the dark.

DEWEY HARRISON: Serial prevaricator or incompetence?

November 15, 2013

Luke, having been imprisoned for acts of petty crime was not a cooperative inmate. Always waiting for the right moment to escape his prison chains, Luke did escape for short-lived freedom on more than one occasion.
Captain, the warden of a tough prison would make an example of Luke following each escape while other inmates were forced to watch. The Captain prefaced his punishment of Luke with “some men you just can’t reach.”

ED CANNADY: Outstanding recognition of veterans

November 15, 2013

As a veteran (25th Infantry, 1959-62), I am proud of District 15 for its recognition of veterans at this time and the dedication to such efforts.

IVAN ELAND: A slippery slope back into Iraq?

November 14, 2013

Despite having an increasingly autocratic and sectarian Shi’ite government that allows overflights of Iranian arms to a Syrian government opposed by U.S.-supported rebels, President Obama has pledged to increase military assistance to Iraq — reversing a five-year trend of disengagement and aid reduction. The Obama administration will increase intelligence support to the Iraqi government and push Congress to send it missiles, helicopter gunships, and other military equipment.

MARKWAYNE MULLIN: Native America

November 8, 2013

Oklahoma is known for its Native American heritage — a heritage rooted deep in tradition. If you look around our great state, you will see countless representations of our diverse history.
As a member of the Cherokee tribe, the value of hard work and the importance of family were instilled in me at a young age. The Cherokee Nation are a proud people. We take pride in being Cherokee, but also take pride in being American.

ANGELA COOPER: Changes on the horizon

October 30, 2013

Last week I had my continuing education meeting. As an Oklahoma optometrist we must have 18 hours of continuing education to renew our license. I thought I would share some of the things I learned last weekend.
It seems like the medical field is always changing, and this is a good thing. New and better drugs are being approved and new surgery options are becoming available.
There are new topical antibiotics to help treat eye infections, and there is a new steroid eye drop that is stronger and lasts longer.

ED CANNADY:Pension negotiation on the horizon

October 30, 2013

In my last column I addressed the possible change in the traditional pension system for new state workers.

KODEY TONEY: I put a spell on you

October 18, 2013

Halloween is upon us again, and I always write some tips for parents dealing with autism during this season. I had a picture sent to me recently that had some good advice, not just for children with autism, but other disabilities and for the others in the neighborhood who hand out the confections to the kids. I thought that I would share it with you.

LEE HAMILTON: It's time for intervention

October 15, 2013

The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?
Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches — reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis. It shut the government down over a temporary budget. Now it’s threatening the financial credibility of the U.S. government and the security and safety of the American people. Three years of last-minute spending decisions have culminated in a television standoff with no actual negotiations.

JIM ZACHARY: Your community, your newspaper, your life

October 8, 2013

As newspaper executives struggle over whether the news should be digital first, tablet first, SMS first or print first, readers know exactly what they want their local newspaper to be — community first.
Reading a newspaper is not like reading a novel, a magazine, a history book, poetry, prose or any other type of literature.
Newspapers are not about what has happened in the past, what is happening some place else, or what happens in an author’s imagination.
Newspapers are about us.

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