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The Fourth of July — a day for Americans to put aside for one day our differences, our prejudices, accusations, intolerance — and celebrate our oneness in being Americans. A day when the answer to that querulous question: “Can’t we all just get along?” is “yes” instead of no.”

A national newspaper company recently advised its papers to cut back on opinion pages, determining they didn’t need to be a daily feature. And, when they are run, they should be community conversations, and not include syndicated columnists writing from a national perspective.

The Fourth of July is coming up soon. I’m fortunate to sing and play drums for a local band that’s booked the 2nd (in Medicine Park, OK) and 3rd (private party) of July. There are fireworks planned for both events. I’ve already explained to my bandmates why I’ll be in my truck, my head on th…

This summer has proven to be both hot and expensive. Prices are continually rising, and incomes are staying the same. Let’s be honest, there are only so many things you can cut or make do without. Maintaining a great attitude, while economizing can definitely be a challenge. But, B and I hav…

The cries from the left predicting the end of the world in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is a familiar sound.

Last week I was reminded of a story from a few years ago. One time I beat my daughter in the board game Life. She was 6 years old at the time and I just crushed her. I made some savvy spins, became a medical doctor, and ended up winning the game. She threw a gigantic fit. She screamed and fe…

The upcoming elections illustrate why Oklahoma educators do not vote consistently. We are simply weary of voting either for or against what’s happening in faraway places like Seattle. Lately, statewide elections seem more driven by national educational trends than by Oklahoma issues. Thankfu…

I was feeling pretty low a week or two ago. I’d been working on a number of major projects, each one important to the newspaper, and couldn’t seem to make any significant progress on any of it. To say the least, I was frustrated.

A newspaper article listed the eight secrets of happy families: Traditions; eating, playing and cleaning together; enhancing egos; nurturing spirits; giving hugs — and laughter.

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Per a new report from Gallup, the percentage of Americans now saying they believe in God is the lowest since they first started doing the survey.

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The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It inclu…

Love is something that I have thought a lot about lately. And I have come to a few conclusions. While I have suffered through more than my fair share of broken hearts, felt my heart shatter, crack, and break, I still believe in love, believe it exists, and with a little effort can be found.

During the last 11 months, the United States House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol interviewed more than 1,000 people and amassed enough evidence to announce that it can recommend that the Justice Department indict former President Donald Trump.

If you are of a certain age, you remember the old 3-D glasses with one blue lens and one red lens. You also remember the disappointment of wearing them outside the theater. Instead of “comin’ at ya,” the world was fuzzy and confusing. At an early age, we learned that we cannot always make se…

Watergate, whose 50th anniversary is upon us, is remembered for the question: “What did the president know and when did he know it?” But in our age of post-truth politics, the question loses its punch. The Jan. 6 committee devoted the second of its public hearings to demonstrating beyond dou…

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Congress has an opportunity to pass legislation that benefits all local citizens, businesses and even protects our democracy. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, LJSA for short, should be included as part of any upcoming reconciliation bill that Congress is considering. The LJSA is a we…

It is almost election season here in Oklahoma. I know, you may have been unaware of it but it is true. On June 28 (that is two weeks from today) we are going to have a statewide political primary. Primaries are interesting elections. Primaries are a vital part of American politics despite ma…

Local rivalries abound in public schools, where parents and students rally around their local mascots. Likewise, collegiate supporters bleed the colors of their alma mater. Such wholesome rivalries create a sense of community and an opportunity to cheer on our kids and the corresponding cart…

The untold story about “green energy” is that it can’t possibly be scaled up to provide anywhere near the energy to replace fossil fuels. (Unless we are headed back to the stone ages, which is what some of the “de-growth” advocates favor).

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Of all the things I have ever set out to do, hoped to accomplish, or identified as a personal goal, writing a newspaper column was not exactly in the top 10. In fact, writing a newspaper column wasn’t on my “things to do list” at all … but hey, I’m always up for a challenge. As well, I have …

For most of my life I have functioned off of a school calendar. In some fashion, I have been in school or my child has been in school for most of my life. This coming fall, is the first fall in almost 20 years that I will not be preparing for the start of a school year. While I am choosing t…

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Over the course of this year I have had several conversations about what it means to be a good parent. The conversations have been interesting, some moving me to make changes to my parenting style and others feeling like a high five for a job well done. In honor of Father’s Day, I would like…

Being a child in America means being reminded that you face the risk of being shot to death. Your teachers remind you from pre-school onward because 95 percent of our public schools conduct annual active shooter drills. Your doctor reminds you, because most pediatricians ask whether there ar…

A close friend of mine was sent to “reform school” as a young child. The conditions were abusive, and his “crimes” as a 9-year-old certainly did not warrant incarceration. As I understand it, it was child prison but with the potential for abuse and violence multiplied due to the vast differe…

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