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The good old days

My garden is flourishing. I took some squash and tomatoes to my friends, Joe and Sandra, who are two more of the reasons why I call our neighborhood “Lake Woebegone.” more

Shall we stop flying the American flag at half mast?

In times of mourning, the United States has traditionally responded to memorial days and to national tragedy by flying the American flag at half mast or half staff. more

Pride month and allies

June is Pride Month, a time for celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, and a time to call attention to their need for allies in the fight for equality. more

Juneteenth—a day about food, fun, and horror

The fact that the holiday that we now know as Juneteenth National Independence Day, June 19th, is coming up reminds me of what I thought about the day when I was a kid in Fort Worth. more

‘Truth never hurts unless it should’

My brother was a Certified Public Accountant who specialized in oil and gas taxation. Jack lived in Abilene, Texas, and was respected not only for his knowledge of the complex I.R.S. regulations, but … more

Tantrums have no place in government

As adults, we often observe children throwing temper tantrums. Faces turn red, eyes squeeze shut, fists clench, feet stomp, and screams pierce the air. The reaction to such childish outbursts should … more

Ryan Walters is a disaster

Ryan Walters was elected Superintendent of Oklahoma Public Instruction in 2023. He is following Governor Stitt in promoting vouchers to compensate the families that send 5% of the state’s children … more

The updated game of choices

I really wanted to name this article “You’d Better Say What You Think Because You’re Going to Think What You Say”—But we all know that’s too long for a title in this fast-paced world. So … more

Fear and hatred in the Oklahoma Legislature

I just heard a video clip of Representative Justin Humphrey (R-District 19, which includes part of Bryan County) promoting his and Rob Standridge’s (R-District 15) push to pull state funding from … more

Is locker room talk really ‘just talk?’

Although E. Jean Carroll’s sexual assault lawsuit against former President Donald Trump has renewed interest in his use of the old phrase “locker room talk,” my topic here is not what Mr. Trump … more

Politics Or relationships?

If you had walked along the cobblestone streets of Herzogenaurach, Germany, as late as the 1970‘s, you would have been puzzled by the way everyone stared at your shoes. You also would not know this … more

Good news amid the gloom

There’s plenty to feel gloomy about these days: Mass shootings of innocent people in schools, churches, shopping malls, movie theaters, happening almost daily. more

Authoritarians want authority over you

American soldiers fought bravely in WWII to defeat the authoritarians Hitler and Mussolini and the fascist governments they established in Germany and Italy. But authoritarianism keeps rearing its … more

About courts minding their own business

Let’s get started with a little imaginary scene that doesn’t directly deal with the American court system. more

America needs a functioning Republican Party

Our nation’s short history is marred by past failures of various political parties, including the Democratic Party. However, it is not the Democrats who now threaten democracy. more

Can we find common ground on gun policy?

Percy Foreman (1902-1986) was a well-known trial lawyer in Houston, Texas. He was famous for his ability to win acquittals for clients. more

Memories of Memaw’s home

Sometimes I get an emotional jolt when driving by this house. more

When beliefs prove untrue

From the time we learned that Santa and the Easter Bunny were not real until our adult years, we have discovered that some things we thought were true turned out to be false. more

Read all about it? But what if there’s nothing to read?

A number of times recently, we have published, here on the forum page, articles about the importance of small-town newspapers and, in these articles, cited examples to make our point. more
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