I was having my fourth cup of coffee the other day, I think I might be drinking too much coffee, still thinking about something I learned the other day that has disturbed me ever since. It has to do with something I have probably strongly suspected for some time but never really acknowledged.
A week or so ago I found myself in Fort Smith, Ark., running some errands which included going by a favorite business of mine. I have been doing business with this particular company for probably 40 years or more. It is a family owned business in Fort Smith that has done very well over the years.
Kim Ross, Poteau Daily News editor, in a recent editorial, focused on the trash bag policy at the LeFlore County dump sites. I also have reservations concerning this policy. The voters of LeFlore County â€” through a tax initiative â€” set up a trash disposal system which would be an improvement over the previous trash collection and disposal system. However, additional fees, fines and regulations designed to limit trash disposal have been put in place without regard to need or reason for additional trash.
Do they actually do that at Patrick Lynch Public Library? Your modern community library has many more opportunities than just sitting and quietly reading. But should you want to quietly read, even that experience can be a treasure with a choice of comfortable reading chairs, private carrels or lighted study tables in the adult collection room or window benches, rugs, pre-school floor cushions, stackable benches or even a train for our smaller tikes in the childrenâ€™s library.
I have been extremely busy during the past two months due to holiday special sections and short press times. For that reason, I have had little to no time to write my column but now that the new year is here, my resolution is to make up for lost ground.
Starting in 1824, Sequoyah, the creator of the Cherokee syllabary, and his family moved from Alabama to northwest Arkansas and finally to Skin Bayou near Fort Gibson in what is now Oklahoma in 1829. The final move followed an 1828 treaty that led to the removal of 600 Cherokee families from Arkansas.
When the state of Oklahoma borrows money one thing the lending companies consider is whatâ€™s called unfunded pension liability. Studies show that Oklahoma has an unfunded pension liability of approximately $11 billion. What that means is, if ALL state employees, municipal police, teachers, and firefighters retired today, then the state would be $11 billion dollars short.
â€śJournalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.â€ť
â€” George Orwell.
So with the new year kicking off today and Orwellâ€™s saying in mind, I have to say I hope that some people can put the past behind them and get over themselves. For the past month I have heard from numerous people the negative comments made about me and the Poteau Daily News. Comments made by people who are in influential positions of city government and business, as well as their spouses.
Most people make at least three New Yearâ€™s resolutions. Statistics show that 93 percent of people break at least one of them. To lose weight, to exercise more, to eat better, to save more money and to spend more time with loved ones are among the top five resolutions reported last year.
Iâ€™m going to do things a little different this week. Mrs. Vicki Dorey has worked with Dr. Harrison for 41 years and with me for two. It is with much regret that at the end of the year, she will be retiring. I have asked Harrison to share about his time with Vicki.
With my second cup of coffee in hand, I took my dog Dixieâ€™s morning food out to the porch and checked on her water in her bowl. Some years ago I spent a little extra money and got Ms. Dixie a heated water bowl. The past several days of freezing temperatures sure makes the heated water bowl worth its value.