For many educators, fall break is the best break because it marks the end of the hectic march connecting school years. Since spring break, we have ended one year (with the endless reports) and started another. Then in August, school starts again, and a new generation of reports begins. Virtu…

The COVID 19 pandemic has had impacts far beyond threats to public health. You’ve likely seen the stories about people dealing with increased stress on all sorts of fronts.

The biggest news in Oklahoma politics is in the 2022 Oklahoma governor’s race. Joy Hofmeister, the current Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced that she is running for governor of Oklahoma. That is interesting but not groundbreaking. What makes Superintendent Hofmeister’s…

When sorrows come,” said King Claudius, “they come not single spies but in battalions.” As the king found out. So it seems with President Joe Biden, who must be asking himself the question Merle Haggard asked:

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…

In the current environment of race sensitivity, I think it is necessary to ask certain questions. I think the best way to move forward as a nation is to have a dialoged.

A few weeks ago I was able to meet a reader and have a conversation. After more than five years of writing for publications, you would think I would be accustomed to meeting readers, or hearing praise for my work, but I must confess I am not. I am happy that I have reached a point where I do…

People should pay their bills. It’s a simple idea, isn’t it? We teach our children to be fiscally responsible, to balance income and expenses, and to avoid getting into too much debt. We expect anyone who owes us money to pay on time, and in turn we are obligated to do the same by corporatio…

What does it truly mean to be a leader? In its simplest form, a leader is anyone who has followers, which is technically true. Yet if we simply look at leaders as people with followers, we place Adolph Hitler in the same category as Nelson Mandela. To better understand what a true leader is,…

A state official visited the city of Lawton a few years ago and was impressed with the number and type of manufacturing companies in our west industrial park. Our local community is fortunate to have four viable industrial plants in the park as well as several companies that provide support …

Could there ever be two daily breaks for elementary school kids to go outside, play on equipment, work out disagreements and learn to socialize and be sociable? We could call it “recess” and watch classroom productivity increase.

Facebook went down for six hours, and if it proved anything, it's that Facebook is too big to continue as is. 

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The storms of life seem to never stop, not even for a moment. Just as we start to recover from the last storm, sort out the pieces, take assessment of our injuries, and start to think about a plan, the next storm hits. And so and so on, creating the rhythm of life.

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Going back to the first term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, the party of first-term presidents gained seats in House midterm congressional elections only twice.

I see my role in this column as an educator. One of the most important things you learn about being a professor of Political Science is that you never, ever, EVER tell your students your personal politics. The students will not care. You will not change anyone’s mind. All you do is turn off …

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The assault on Columbine High School was the turning point that forced schools to examine the safety of their campuses in different ways. The realization that something bad could happen at any school became evident and forced all school leaders to take steps to prevent and prepare for the po…

I have figured out what I need in my emergency kit. You know — the one we’re advised to keep handy in case of, say, tornadoes, fire, flood, an invasion of aliens.

As we continue to watch events unfold in Afghanistan and see what many consider a failure to exit properly, it is important to remember that, historically speaking, failure is common. Many of the men that we consider our greatest presidents experienced failures. What sets apart some presiden…

Captain Bill Reeder was my section leader in 1973 when I attended the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, now called the Captains Career Course, and it was six months long. Bill was a Field Artilleryman and a senior captain. That was before aviation was an actual branch of the Army. For…

I don’t know about you, but maintaining my motivation throughout a journey can prove to be quite a challenge, especially when we are living in a pandemic. The days are a combination of long, stretched out, dry spells, and moments passing faster than I can blink. Time has lost all meaning, go…

There’s a new iPhone out. It seems like there is always a new iPhone out, always some new gadget to buy, always some new technological marvel worth shilling out an exorbitant amount of money for. It can be overwhelming and if I’m being honest, tiresome.

Zealous political party members often struggle with two ideas. The first is that their views may not align with those held by others within their party. The second is that political parties must evolve over time or risk becoming irrelevant to voters.

Most of us are aware of and perhaps have visited the Fort Sill Post Cemetery on Macomb Road. It was created some 152 years ago and upon its creation was the only established cemetery until the 1880s, some 11 years later. During those 11 years civilian, Native Americans and soldiers were buri…

Being happy is a choice. It’s a choice we make with our thoughts, words and actions. Each and every minute of every day it is up to us if we will choose to be happy.

Recently an executive order by President Biden has been in the news. The executive order is a next step in the Biden Administration’s fight against the ongoing pandemic and it requires vaccinations. Like literally everything related to the pandemic this has become extremely polarized. Can th…

August was a month filled with the hustle and bustle of staff moving to and fro getting things lined out for the arrival of students to include drivers preparing their buses, teachers setting their rooms up and support staff putting the finishing touches in and out of the buildings. All this…

I’ve had the pleasure of attending a couple of “legacy” events of late. They’re legacy events simply because I’m older and, as the saying goes, that’s a privilege denied to many.

Steve Cohen is a 65-year-old from New York. He grew up in a Jewish family there where his mother was a piano teacher and his dad a dress manufacturer in the garment district in Manhattan. He is one of seven brothers and sisters, and he loved playing poker and credits the game with teaching h…

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If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, E-sports is the official term for competitive gaming. The industry is worth over $1 billion with an estimated audience of over 500 million — and it only keeps growing.

I have never been good at finding a place I fit in. I have always struggled to fit in, to be like everyone else. I was always the outsider, the new person, and quite frankly, I still am. As a child we moved often, and even though I was friendly, it seemed like I was never quite able to find …

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In case you haven’t heard, Great Plains Technology Center will celebrate our 50th anniversary on Sept. 17 with several alumni and community events. We have been privileged over the years to partner with our schools, community leaders, parents, students and staff to create a successful model …

Historians have long understood that national catastrophes seldom create new fault lines within societies. Instead, they typically expose or deepen those that already existed. It should therefore come as no surprise that we in the United States find ourselves shamefully bungling the greatest…

When the hijacked planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that first 9/11, the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan and providing sanctuary for al-Qaida.

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