The concept of what physical pain is, or may be, evolves as we grow. As a young child, what is believed to be pain when we fall may often be simply fear, or surprise, and the calming voice of a young mother explaining reassuringly that it really didn’t hurt at all, solves the problem. A bit …

As overwrought as many Americans are over the upcoming election, it’s been months since this column has elicited a death threat. Even so, I got edgy the other night when an unusually loud pickup all tricked out for a demolition derby pulled up in front of our house.

Republican and conservative journalists and politicos need to avoid a trap when discussing the Hunter Biden laptop story. The trap might be called the “can’t prove untrue” maneuver that we saw from Democrats and their allies in the media when discussing the Steele dossier during the Trump-Ru…

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Your mindset determines your success, your ability to grow and to adapt. A closed mindset creates limits, places blinders on one’s eyes and hides a person’s true potential. The way we see a problem and approach our day and schedule can tell a lot about a person and the success they will achi…

The ugliness that we have recently witnessed including rioting, billions of dollars of property destruction, assaults, murders and grossly stupid claims about our nation has its origins on college campuses. Two websites, College Reform and College Fix, report on the despicable teachings on c…

Looking back on the unprecedented events, hardships, challenges and losses we’ve navigated this year, certainly everyone would agree that 2020 has been a roller coaster experience none of us asked for or wanted. While it will take time to recover and find our way back to normal, I want to en…

As Great Plains Tech moves further into the school year, little pieces of normalcy are beginning to creep back. We are pleased to be hosting our advisory committees again and gaining the insight that only comes from stakeholders who are invested in growing their future labor force. Each year…

I always cringe and hate it so when I read of police firing multiple rounds at a criminal suspect, often enough to truly make anyone wonder when enough is enough. Certainly, in the recent case of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, it would seem intuitive that even though taser had apparently…

It is often said that words matter. Historically speaking, this is often seen by using a particular word to connect to the past. The Whig Party chose that name because in the 1830s everyone knew that the Whigs in England were the ones who had opposed the King. By calling themselves the Whigs…

Every day, some new poll is published showing Democratic challenger Joe Biden with a big lead over President Donald Trump. Some Trump supporters ignore the news because some of the polls were wrong in 2016. They shouldn’t. The polls are real, and there is no doubt Trump is facing a serious c…

My child is by far my proudest accomplishment. They will always and forever be my pride and joy, no matter what they do or how they identify. Rabeckah will always be my baby, and I will always be the fierce mom who defends them to the end, to gently guide on their journey, and their biggest …

LAWTON, OK — We didn’t have STEM when I was in school. But I was in school when AOL was still a thing, so I suppose that’s not saying much. My point is I never learned to code as a kid. I could have, sure, but in the late 90s coding wasn’t nearly as accessible as it is today. But these days, anyone can learn to code with some patience. 

The violence, looting and mayhem that this nation has seen over the last several months has much of its roots in academia, where leftist faculty teach immature young people all manner of nonsense that contradicts commonsense and the principles of liberty. Chief among their lessons is a need …

Reluctantly, I scraped the last of the apricot jam out of the jar and spread it on my toast. My sister had made it the summer before. She made perfect apricot jam from fruit from her own trees. When she made this batch, she had no idea it would be her last but when she gave me a couple of pi…

Before the first Trump-Biden debate, moderator Chris Wallace listed the six subjects that would be covered:

The death of Breonna Taylor is tragic. The argument has been made for many of the recent shootings that if the victims had not broken the law or had not resisted arrest they would not have been shot. That issue is for each to decide. However, Taylor was asleep in her home and had done nothin…

For those sad, sad residents of Oklahoma whose continuous plight is “there’s nothing to do here,” I now officially am calling you out. When you have experienced all the surprises below, let me know and I’ll give you more. Oklahoma is fun and exciting — and surprising.

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Feeling run down, or run over, by 2020? Well, these may not be cures, but they might be salves. Something to soothe your anxiety for a few months until this year is done and dusted. Or at least until we find something new to worry about. 

It wasn’t too long ago that the news was filled with reports of violent protests in Portland, Oregon; Seattle; Washington, D.C., and other cities around the nation. And then ... silence. Networks and newspapers are going wall-to-wall with analyses of every syllable uttered by President Trump…

My dogs are my best friends. For years they have been my constant companions as I faced the many challenges life has thrown at me. I cannot tell you the number of conversations I have had with my dogs, or tears I’ve cried with them. No matter how rough my days were, I could always count on t…

If you happened to read the Albuquerque Journal recently you would have learned about a family who used their (galloping) goats to gobble up weeds and earn some extra money while keeping the city’s weeds and grass trimmed. In the Orlando Sentinel, you would have discovered that a man was att…

The United States Constitution’s Article 2, Sec. 2, cl. 2, provides that the president of the United States “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officer…

The leaves are changing, the 100-degree temperature days are behind us and the Friday night lights are on again.

LAWTON, OK — With the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the United States is entering a new judicial and policy era. 

I was eating breakfast and reading the paper when I dropped on the floor the slice of toasted sourdough bread smeared with butter and thick orange marmalade out of which I had taken only two bites.

In their first debate, the president of the United States, challenged by the former vice president, performed poorly — even by his own estimation.

Nancy Sinatra, in her youth, sang a best seller while wearing her thigh-high white leather boots, entitled “These Boots are Made for Walking,” in which she clearly inferred those boots were intended to stomp all over some unfaithful or bored boyfriend.

A friend of mine recently pointed out how little the average user takes advantage of the internet. The more I thought about it, the more I began to see their point. We often talk about how we have the breadth of the world’s knowledge in our pockets, but how much of that knowledge are we really accessing?

I cannot believe this year is almost over. It has simultaneously flown by and dragged on. I have come to learn a minute, especially when working out, can feel like 10 years and a day can feel like 5 minutes.

With less than five weeks to go before Election Day, two top House Republicans — Jim Jordan, ranking GOP member on the Judiciary Committee, and James Comer, ranking Republican on the Oversight Committee — have released a report warning that widespread dysfunction with mail-in voting could “p…

Seventeenth-century poet and intellect John Milton predicted, “When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation.” Gore Vidal, his 20th-century intellectual successor, elaborated saying: “As societies grow decadent, the la…

This long and winding road that leads to career and technical education in the age of pandemic is starting to show some real light at the end of the tunnel. As we reluctantly adjourned in March to work from our homes and into our students’ homes, we took a bit of time to survey our students …

Birds twitter. Twits twitter. Apparently everyone is twittering now except for a few of us neanderthalic Luddites. The president of the United States twitters — and twitters — and twitters. Congresspersons twitter. Tweedledum and Tweedledee twitter.

As everyone knows, I made it clear that my first choice for the Supreme Court will make history as the first African American woman justice.”

One of the things that happens to you early on as the Commanding General at Fort Sill is, when convenient to them and with rare exception, national level members of Congress descend upon you and your office to pledge their unflinching support for the military in general, Fort Sill and Southw…

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One question I like to ask my students is who are the greatest American presidents? After I gather the list of usual suspects, I then ask what makes these presidents great. What I tend to find is that the greatest usually get us through some sort of crisis.

Using a mouse properly can seem like an ingrained skill when you have spent your whole life around computers, but for new computer learners it takes time and practice to get right. 

In a few days, we’ll know who President Trump wants to be the next Supreme Court justice. Republicans will praise her qualifications, her intellect, her judicial temperament. Democrats will oppose. There will be an opportunity for a real debate: Should the president’s nominee be confirmed to…

This year has been a year of challenges, forced change, and hurt feelings. The arrival of a pandemic to our country rocked us to our core. As a nation we are not accustomed to being limited in our actions or requested to perform particular tasks. Rather we relish our personal freedoms, our a…

Paul Kengor is a professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He has just published “The Devil and Karl Marx,” a careful look at the diabolical side of Karl Marx. The book has come out during an important time in our history since so many Americans, parti…

Voting is one of our most important rights as citizens and exercising that right starts by submitting your voter registration. For many of us, we choose to vote for various reasons, whether it be for supporting policies that align with our beliefs, establishing programs and services that ben…

There are a just a few areas where I would dare claim to be extremely knowledgeable, or for lack of a better description, an expert. One is public education. From educating and motivating students as a teacher to now as an assistant superintendent, I feel comfortable referring to myself as a…

Having presided over the recognition of Israel by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, President Donald Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize amid talk of peace breaking out across the region.

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Things we blurt out when we’re surprised, startled, scared, annoyed change over the years. What our parents said, we don’t say. What we say, our kids don’t say.

The Gulf War, August 2, 1990 – February 28, 1991, was codenamed Operations Desert Shield until January 1991 for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and an annexation of Kuwait arising from oil pricing and production disputes. It became Operation Desert Sto…

This summer, I have focused on reading more, for work, for professional development, and for fun. Recently, I came across the question, “What happens after happily ever after?” This question stuck with me, what does happen?

Last fall, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a member of the National Security Council staff, was a star witness against President Trump at House impeachment hearings. Since then, he has left public view, left the White House and left the Army. Now, with an election approaching, he is launching wh…

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