WASHINGTON — “Like grave robbers opening King Tut’s tomb, Congress can’t wait to get its hands on America’s retirement account assets,” the Wall Street Journal warned taxpayers last year.

The average age of a soldier is 19 years. He is a short-haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances, is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, but old enough to die in combat.

LAWTON, OK — Poems remind columnist Mary McClure of her husband's love for her.

LAWTON, OK — Columnist Lee Baxter shares some of his favorite restaurants in Oklahoma City.

LAWTON, OK — Columnist Sara Orellana-Paape shares how she dealt with the grief of losing her father.

Can a septuagenarian socialist who just survived a heart attack and would be 80 years old in his first year in office be elected president of the United States? It’s hard to believe but not impossible.

LAWTON, OK — Lawton columnist Mary McClure was intrigued by a brochure promising to get ride of brown slime on the brain.

For the non-baseball fan, Yogi Berra passed away in 2015, an 18 time all-star who apeared in 14 World Series as a member of the New York Yankees and won 10 of them. As one of baseball’s greatest ever, perhaps Yogi’s even greater contribution was what he contributed to the English language. Y…

New Year’s is a time for resolutions. It’s also the time for many of us to make new goals. Often times it is about health, which is certainly very important. Many of us set a goal to increase the number of books we read or travel more. Another goal is often to simply save more money and do l…

It is said, that to continue to do the same thing will get you the same result. Let’s look at where we are and see if we want to stay here. Whenever you read in social media or a newspaper or hear on radio, TV, “housing starts are up,” or “ housing starts are down,” you are getting informati…

About the impeachment of President Donald Trump she engineered with her Democratic majority, Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday: “It’s not personal. It’s not political. It’s not partisan. It’s patriotic.”

I’ve heard people talk about the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as if it’s a black hole for time and productivity, schedules nonexistent and people lazing about in a holiday-induced coma.

LAWTON, OK — Humor columnist Mary McClure suggests some changes for those watching football.

Some things you can learn then quickly do a memory dump (like geography class) and you will experience the classic “no harm, no foul,” unless of course someone asks you in public what the largest river is that runs through your state. By the way, in Oklahoma that’s the Arkansas River if you …

Former national security adviser John Bolton shook up the Trump impeachment standoff recently with his announcement that, if subpoenaed, he is “prepared to testify” before a Senate trial. It’s still not clear, of course, when or even if a trial might occur, since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi i…

A new year has started and with the new year I have a goal of spreading as much positivity as I can. Many of us in Lawton are working to combat the negative reviews and comments about our community by sharing positive stories, I intend to make this a focus of 2020.

While the law says Domestic Abuse is a non-violent crime, Oklahomans and your Oklahoma district attorneys know better. The reality: domestic abuse is violent. It is an act of physical harm or threatening imminent physical harm of an intimate partner or a family or household member. That incl…

Having seen Elton John in Las Vegas three or four years ago and again recently in Tulsa on his final World Tour, I paused to imagine how such a talent could remain popular and relevant across generations for over 50 years. And as a gay, flamboyant man who appeals to so many, the mystery deepens.

As the old year pushes its way slowly toward its close, that often-repeated phrase: “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” rings in our ears. The usual suspects immediately spring to mind – eat better, exercise more and improve our skills to establish or advance our careers. The question is o…

My New Year’s resolution for 2020 is bound to be a great relief to my family, friends, casual acquaintances and various innocent bystanders. It is the same one I made in 2011and 2014 but I have relapsed.

The holiday season is here. Most of us have been bustling through shoppers to fill stockings and find that “just right” present for someone in our lives. However, the education community has not forgotten those who may not be able to fill the dinner table, let alone a stocking. Lawton Public…

LAWTON, OK — Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland reflects on the true meaning of Christmas.

December used to be my favorite time of the year, holiday and birthday celebrations filled every day, the time was magical. Now, I find myself dreading the month. I wonder how far will I be stretched this year, how many moments will I miss because of life?

This year’s education scandal saw parents shelling out megabucks to gain college admittance for their children. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people with participating in a scheme to get their children into colleges by cheating on entrance exams or bribing athletic coaches. T…

I was practicing a paper to give to my Shakespeare Club titled, “Treatment of Women in Titus Andronicus.” Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, his first revenge tragedy, and in it are 14 killings, (nine of them on stage), six severed body parts, one rape, one live burial,…

The week before Thanksgiving I spent the day learning more about our community and the social services offered. One of the most important things to take away for many of us was behavior is a form of communication, bad behavior typically is not a form of rebellion, rather it is the only way a…

The world of work is tough. Sometimes it is difficult for people entering the workforce to understand success is more than just having a skill or credential or diploma. Employers routinely report the number one cause of failure in employment is lack of job retention skills.

LAWTON, OK — I know it's December and not exactly the season for plants, but bear with me for a moment as I wax poetic on exploring the vegetation of southwest Oklahoma.

Reflecting over the past year and taking the time to pause and be thankful, I will share it has been an honor to serve as the president and CEO for the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce.

A week from now, the 29 member states of “the most successful alliance in history” will meet to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Yet all is not well within NATO.

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