As others have noted, at a time when some Americans are dying, this was not a time to engage in surreptitious leveraging to secure pet legislation. It’s akin to pulling up a truck to the backdoor of the Capitol in the middle of the night and loading it up with goods. At least toilet paper hoarders didn’t hide their intentions.

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It's a saying in the journalism world that people love to hate their local newspapers, and it's the prime topic when a gripe session ensues at the coffee shop. I've been thinking about the lack of appreciation for our profession ever since I read a story about a once-thriving newspaper that went from 250 employees in the mid-1990s to just two or three today.

Life has certainly taken a turn for the interesting in the past several weeks, and it looks like it'll continue to be that way for the foreseeable future.

Despite the two-party system in the U.S., there have been times in our nation's history when some third parties have become quite popular in the midst of the dominance by the two major parties. While it has been vilified by many, socialism was very appealing as an ideology in Oklahoma prior to the outbreak of World War I. Oklahoma's political history is one in which the Democratic Party, especially in rural Oklahoma, held dominance in the state legislature, as well as that of the state executive branch.

What a difference a week makes! Life is very different today than it was just a few days ago, and things continue to change. It's easy to feel that the world is spinning out of control.

With the outbreak of COVID-19 across the globe, there are seemingly limitless “tips and tricks” that can be found online for helping prevent the spread of the virus.

It seems to me this inequality nonsense has gone on long enough. Lord knows we have done a pretty good job of fouling up this old world, and that was largely with the guys in charge. Let’s let the ladies have their shot, shall we?

Oklahoma is one of 24 states that has an initiative petition process. It allows citizens to bypass the Legislature by collecting signatures from registered voters and get issues on the ballot. The number of signatures required is tied to the total number of votes cast in the gubernatorial elections. Currently, 177,958 signatures are required to get a question on the ballot that would amend the state constitution, and 94,911 for one that would place a new statute on the books. The signatures must be collected in a 90-day period.

Yes, Democrats are divided over Bernie Sanders' revolution versus Joe Biden's restoration of status quo Obama. Yes, they are divided over what that means in terms of policy, like Sanders' Medicare for All versus Biden's tweaked Obamacare.

LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- It happened again this morning. Just after dawn my youngest daughter was whisked away in a yellow bus to spend the day at one of the most socialist institutions on our city: Lockport High School. 

In 2016, candidate Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with "something terrific." The replacement never materialized. The repeal, however, had been making progress in a piece-by-piece fashion. President Trump has made a frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike it down altogether. As it happens, Obamacare has become popular, and so, with the next election approaching, Trump badly needs a replacement.

With its recent history of problematic attempts at carrying out prisoner executions, one could surely expect the state of Oklahoma to be transparent if it endeavored to jump back into doling out ultimate justice.

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.

This Week's Circulars


Edna M. Jackson of Pauls Valley was born January 3, 1922 in Okmulgee, Okla., to Clossie Elgin Henley and Hattie Helen Henley. She passed away on March 24, 2020 in Pasadena, Texas at the age of 98.

Margaret Ann Johnson, age 68, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at her home in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. She was born January 1, 1952 in Grandfield, Oklahoma to Johnny Satterfield and Francis Liz Oliver.

Edna M. Jackson of Pauls Valley was born January 3, 1922 in Okmulgee, Okla., to Clossie Elgin Henley and Hattie Helen Henley. She passed away on March 24, 2020 in Pasadena, Texas at the age of 98. Edna was married to Ben A. Jackson on January 28, 1967 in Houston, Texas. She was an independen…

Gearline “Jeri” Sissons of Pauls Valley passed away March 20, 2020 in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 81 years.