As fast as the wind blows in Oklahoma, we find ourselves in the last nine weeks of the 20-21 school year! Wow, has time flown by, and I am proud to say that we have served our students in our buildings and virtually since day one of the school year.

When the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines first proved their efficacy, preventing nearly 95% of coronavirus infections in those who got the shots in test trials, a vexing issue immediately arose.

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It was a day like any other day when you have to write two checks out of your hard-earned savings to pay your income tax. In other words, awful. Depressing. The pits.

Possibly one of the most important fights of this new century is being waged right now in the halls of Congress, in state houses across the nation, and with lesser significance on social media. The question is about voter accessibility and who has the right to determine it.

If you want to live in Oklahoma as we all certainly do (or should), no matter what you are looking for, there’s a place for it. Literally, there’s something for everybody…If you love animals and wildlife you can move to

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Facebook data has once more been leaked onto the internet, this time with over half a billion users affected. So what can be done to protect users privacy before the next leak inevitably occurs?

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The older I get the less I care what others think. It’s a freeing feeling, a weightless existence which allows me to make better decisions, to understand what the best decision is for me, and then move forward. A few years ago, I did not have this skill, I was weighed down daily by what othe…

It is almost redistricting time in Oklahoma. Last year the United States conducted the census. The census matters politically because the population of the State of Oklahoma compared to the population of other states determine how many representatives we send to the U.S. House of Representat…

The Lawton-Fort Sill community has weathered a long year of starting and stopping suddenly on literally historic events. A once-in-a-century pandemic was joined by an historic snow storm that placed the community at a standstill. It has sometimes felt as if there were no foreseeable future t…

If Joe Biden’s American Jobs Program, outlined in Pittsburgh, is enacted, then the federal government will take a great leap forward toward irreversible control of the destiny of the Republic.

William Faulkner wrote a story in which he answered the question, “How do you keep boys out of trouble?”

We know that the beloved Fort Sill is a National Historic Landmark. That’s a designation of buildings, sites, structures and objects that have been determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be nationally significant in American history and culture. Many of the most historic properties i…

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In early March, President Joe Biden met with a group of seven historians in the East Room of the White House. One topic of conversation: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. “He’d like to be [FDR],” Axios’ Mike Allen reported in an inside account of the meeting. “Biden’s presidency ha…

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I have spent a lot of time thinking about age lately. I find myself in a new category, while not so young as to lack experience, I am not yet considered mature, or older. I seem to exist in a vague bridge hanging between youth, adulthood, experience, miles, vanity, and acceptance. In this od…

The recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado have reignited an all-too familiar and deeply disturbing American political ritual featuring politicians, activists and talking heads from across the country. They express grief for the victims and outrage over the violence, then make outland…

I once read a story about a group of amateur adventurers who crossed Greenland on foot. Prior to their journey, they trained intensely, preparing for every conceivable situation. Conditions were harsh, and at times they questioned their decision to walk across a barren snowfield as big as Te…

During a joint interview with Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian secretary-general of NATO, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, fresh from his bout with the Chinese in Anchorage, took on Angela Merkel and the Germans.

Every time I see an advertisement showing an attractive woman smiling happily while doing some difficult chore — doing something that any woman who’s ever done the same thing knows from experience is absolutely false advertising — I don’t just smile to myself. No. I snort and laugh out loud.

My St. Paul-based sister is a retire public librarian, a consultant to editors of children’s books (as a national expert in that field I might add), who in her retirement has gained yet another field of expertise (yes, she’s the smart one in the family). And that would be genealogy, the stud…

With the beloved children’s author Dr. Suess being the latest on the chopping block of what is being called “cancel culture,” it is once again worth taking a look at things historically.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas summed up our border crisis in a statement he released March 16: “We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.”

Change, power, and fear probably do not seem as though they fit together, or even work together, yet throughout my career, I have seen these emotions come together, and for better or for worse, work to strengthen an organization or defeat it. The lesson I have learned, through heartache, str…

Recently Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed an executive order that repealed the statewide restrictions that were imposed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to some confusion among my friends, family, and students about what this means about various restrictions on gathering an…

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have become accustomed to wearing masks, social distancing, virtual schooling and remote working. We have all made sacrifices to protect ourselves and one another, but there is another very important step you can take to help end this pandemic …

A recent article I came across discussed one British newspaper which proposed paying its reporters based on how popular it was. Basically, how many “clicks” did it get online?

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Asked bluntly by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is “a killer,” Joe Biden answered, “Uh, I do.”

Is there something missing from press coverage of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have illegally crossed the U.S. border from Mexico and are now in the custody of the Biden administration? Yes, there is something missing — pictures.

There are some things that people of a certain age never really forget. Awful things which cling to memory and you simply can’t shake them. For me such memories include the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his brother Bobby, and Martin Luther King Jr. All in such a horribly short …

Growing up I never gave much thought to this holiday. During my elementary years, the holiday was an excuse to wear festive pins, giggle, and hope the boy we liked would dare to pinch us. For students in a Catholic school, this was a wild day, and a much-needed respite from the strict rules …

Three hundred sixty-four days after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, I stood with fellow citizens inside an abandoned Dillard’s in downtown Lawton. We had gathered to receive vaccinations for the virus and seeing dozens of people wearing masks in lines that …

If you’ve read today’s editorial, you already know it’s “Sunshine Week”. It recognizes laws that assure transparency and openness in government, in its various forms, throughout the nation.

As the U.S. House of Representatives voted recently to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of all her committee assignments, I was reminded of two sections of the Constitution. The first is Article 1, Section 5, which reads, “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members…

I had high hopes for spring break 2020. My child, a sophomore at the time, was still interested in spending time with me. I am always grateful for the moments we share; I know how precious they are, and that as she gets older, the less cool time with mom will seem. I arranged to have the maj…

Last week some rather unusual parts of the federal government were in the news: the Parliamentarian of the United States Senate and Reconciliation. Neither of these are well known aspects of our government. They were neither sung about on “Schoolhouse Rock” or in “Hamilton”. At issue was an …

I’ve got a cousin who routinely tells people to “Hug your people.” In her 30s, she’s already buried a child and a husband. The message? You just never know when it will end.

There has been lots of discussion the past few weeks regarding the Life Ready Center and its location and purpose within the district and community.

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