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If nothing else, the internet has exploded the myth of human rationality. Remember when Al Gore was going around talking about the "information superhighway"? Twenty years down the road, it's more like the Freeway of Delusion.

It has been clear from Day 1 of the Trump presidency he was beset by those with nefarious intentions who were retained from the previous administration. The lesson going forward for any newly elected president is to clean house and put in place those who don't have separate agendas.

The Democrats who impeached President Trump knew they did not have a prayer of removing him from office. But they also knew impeachment might have another effect - to weaken the president and reduce his chances of winning reelection in November.

After the dust cleared on Senate Republicans' nullification of impeachment punishment, then Trump took a victory lap and set about terminating federal employees who testified per mandatory, legally-enforceable congressional subpoenas.

Some Dems have been quite upfront that they will not stop investigating Trump even after impeachment fails. While the comedy has been a nice diversion, it is safe to say America is not clamoring for an encore performance.

In 1940, novelist Thomas Wolfe’s best known work, published posthumously, made a strong claim in its title: You Can’t Go Home Again. During a 10-day November visit to Texas, now Kansan Ray Hildebrand proved him wrong.

At a May 2016 campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Donald Trump, the presumed GOP nominee for president, told the faithful: “If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back. You’re going to be so proud of your president. For those miners, get ready, because you’re going to be working your asses off.”

With the passing of T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday, we immediately reflect on the kind of impact he had on Stillwater and the Oklahoma State University family. He is well known for his success in the oil industry. He built a few startups into an eventual powerhouse, earning billions along the way.

It is, sadly, the cost of loving an animal. It is a high cost, to be sure, but in truth a small price to pay for the years of love and companionship our pets give us.

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller's lengthy testimony before two U.S. House panels Wednesday revealed little the country didn't already know regarding his conclusions about Russian interference into the 2016 elections.

WASHINGTON – The Democratic presidential circus pitches its tent in Detroit this week. It will be especially entertaining if the presidential aspirants are asked some questions like these:

Warnings abound concerning the danger of saying “never again.” Most of us are guilty of making false promises on topics such as New Year’s resolutions, diets and exercise.

Brits have long been viewed as folks who seem bent on probing details of “whys” on many topics, some of them unlikely. Maybe it’s because they’ve been around a long time.

A minister friend--aware of ever-growing complications and mounting tonnage at the trough of trivia--often used the expression from the pulpit, in staff meetings and in conversation.

We’ve heard about the chances of being hit by lightning, winning the lottery or scoring a hole-in-one on the golf course, but nothing about the probability of two distinguished educators meeting up at a rodeo.

In wildest dreams, it never occurred to me that one day I’d write a piece referencing three bigger-than-life personalities. This day, I am.

It was bound to happen, and finally, it did. I overheard the words “artificial intelligence” and “fake news” mentioned in the same sentence.

A common practice when decision-makers arrive in Washington, D. C. is to check common sense at the door. There’s daily evidence of “bonehead” decisions that make us wonder about competencies.

Many Texans--and no doubt some abiding outside our borders--have used the expression for years: “He’ll do to ride the river with.”

They met in college at a time of comparative innocence. Father Knows Best was the rage on TV; Ken and Barbie weren’t yet a couple.

If a union organizer at a convention of robots urges “them” to unite, the rep might learn that “they” already have. Or, so it could appear.

If Walmart can offer the best-ever recipe for turning out world-class lemonade from lemons grown in their own orchard, folks will line up to buy it, whether or not they’re greeted at the store door.

For most of my adult life, I’ve bought into the “balance of nature” thing, perhaps ignited by reasonable absorption of elementary school “book learnin’” about plants, oxygen, carbon dioxide, tides and other stuff.

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Linda Joyce Scroggins of Pauls Valley passed away February 17, 2020 in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 78 years. Linda Joyce Springer was born May 5, 1941 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma to Callie Mae (Holt) and Lee Roy Springer. Linda was raised in this area and is a graduate of Pauls Valley High …

Catherine "Cathy" (Peel) Perkins of Pauls Valley passed away February 14, 2020 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 54. Cathy Peel was born November 29, 1965 in New Iberia, LA. She married Jeff Perkins in 1989 in Pauls Valley. Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Ann and Rober…

Funeral services for Jackie Don Sadler were at 2 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Davis with Pastors Johnny Tonihka, Lance Whaley and Craig Abla officiating.