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The political season has descended upon us, with a rash of TV and other media ads that would lead one to believe that guns, God, and Oklahoma values are on the ballot, and if you don’t vote for that candidate, you are against those issues.

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It’s summer again, which means travel for families as they load up their cars and make trips cross country.

However horrific, the assault rifle murder of 19 fourth-graders and two beloved teachers in a rural Texas classroom has become so tragically familiar.

If you asked me to open or close an event in prayer, I’d be quick to tell you I’m not qualified to lead a silent prayer, much less deliver one out loud.

The governor and all of the Oklahoma Republican leaders in the state have been telling us that Oklahoma is in very good financial shape, which is certainly good news. However, as legislative leaders begin to work on the final negotiations for the budget as the session winds down, we can expe…

It’s National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize the billions of hours that Americans selflessly give every year in service to others. Because most volunteers work quietly and out of the spotlight, it’s a time to fully appreciate everything they do to keep society running and functional.

On Friday, the filing period for the 2022 elections occurred. In total, 569 candidates placed their names on the ballot for a variety of state offices. This was the fewest number of candidates seeking state office since at least the 2000 election cycle.

In the spring, people clean up homes, yards and other areas in a yearly event referred to as “spring cleaning.” It is a time to refresh, declutter and refocus and prepare for summer months.

When I went to the doctor last Thursday expecting to be told my allergies were acting up, I really should not have been surprised about what the test told me. After a year of avoiding COVID-19, I was diagnosed with the disease. It should not have been surprised; after all, we remain in a glo…

Did you enjoy the recent free trial of living in Alaska? The sub-zero temperatures in the entire region challenged our families, our first responders, our churches, our nonprofits and our energy infrastructure. The weather tested our resolve and our power framework. The first was proven agai…

A minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is an insult to hard-working Americans trying to support families. That base figure should have been raised years ago, but a successive cadre of self-serving politicians saw to it that working-class folks were kept in their “rightful place,” as they did the bi…

Small town living has many ups and downs, but one of the most positive aspects is growing much closer to those who live around you compared to city living.

Being a football fan, I love bowl games. This past week I got to watch my alma mater play in the Cotton Bowl against a very talented and highly ranked Florida team.

Caring for others takes many forms. In 2020, doctors and nurses found themselves filling unexpected roles, including facilitating final goodbyes via iPad. The pandemic has forced difficult choices, but getting vaccinated against COVID-19 should not be one of them. Being immunized is a way of…

We finally made it to December of 2020. Many people I know have said, for several months, that they want 2020 to be over, and it will be very soon.

The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived, and it kind of feels like we should have a subdued celebration.

Throughout American history, millions of brave men and women have selflessly answered the call to protect our freedom and preserve liberty by serving in the military. While numerous individuals have fought for the great cause of freedom, it wasn’t until after World War I that the United Stat…


Amid the multitude of hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it is very important to keep in mind that bad actors are out there looking to take advantage of vulnerable targets during this unprecedented crisis.

Sooner or later, every political columnist quotes George Santayana, and this is my week. If you have a problem with that, then go back to Podunk with the other nimrods.

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.

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.

This Week's Circulars


Barbara Ruth Turner of Maysville passed away at the age of 63 on Thursday, June 16, 2022, after a short, yet courageous, battle with cancer. She left this world peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Wayne Poyner, 93, faithful servant of the Lord, was taken to his heavenly home when his Master called on Sunday evening, June 19, 2022.

Earl Hugh Gibson of Pauls Valley passed away at his home on June 17, 2022 at the age of 87 years, 11 months and 17 days.

Freda Mae O’Neal, 72, of Wynnewood, Oklahoma passed in peace on June 15, 2022, surrounded by family at her daughter’s home in New Mexico.

Jason Mowatt, 45, was born June 7, 1976 in Wichita Falls, Texas and passed from this life on June 6, 2022 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.