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Category: Opinion

Mickey Thompson will be missed

Mickey Thompson will be missed

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014

Can one person with no local roots really make a difference? If you enjoy having a brand-new grocery in town–a project that took 15 years to complete—you already know the answer. His name was Mickey Thompson. A committee met regularly for at least five years trying to figure out a way to make it happen. [...]

A great little town

A great little town

[ 0 ] August 6, 2014

  LAKEVIEWS • JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor and Publisher “And after it rains, there’s a rainbow, and all of the colors are black. It’s not that the colors aren’t there. It’s just imagination they lack. Everything’s the same, back in my little town. Nothing but the dead and dying, back in my little town.” [...]

Forget Ebola—Oklahoma faces worse

Forget Ebola—Oklahoma faces worse

[ 1 ] July 30, 2014

JOHN M. WYLIE II Editor and Publisher   We have read a great deal lately about Shingles, Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever, West Nile Virus, Ebola and other horrible diseases. But Oklahoma is facing a disease far more pernicious—Transparency Deficiency Disease. It is caused by government officials at all levels who believe the people are [...]

We are community

We are community

[ 1 ] July 23, 2014

REFLECTIONS • BY FAITH L. WYLIE, Co-publisher  I suffered culture shock when I moved to Oologah—a town of 800 people—from the Kansas City suburbs. People talked to me in the grocery store and at the cafés. Whether I had met them or not. Why are they so rude? Doesn’t anyone have any privacy? Those were [...]

An open letter to our family

An open letter to our family

[ 2 ] July 16, 2014

John M. Wylie II and Faith L. Wylie, Publishers When we came to Oologah more than 30 years go, we vowed to provide the best newspaper you had ever seen. We’ve succeeded–we are the most honored community newspaper in Oklahoma, with 16 Sequoyah awards as best newspaper of our size in the state–a state record–and [...]

Work ethic is right here

Work ethic is right here

[ 0 ] July 16, 2014

JOHN M. WYLIE II  Editor and Publisher We always gain insights when we spend time with Larry Rice, president of Rogers State University. A recent conversation involved the evolution of RSU from a junior college to a full service university. It is gaining an increasingly impressive reputation in part because of graduates who have been [...]

Environmentalist is tough job

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014

LAKEVIEWS • JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor and Publisher   We were among the nation’s first full-time energy and environmental writers. We were charter members of the Society of Environmental Journalists. We’ve studied environmental issues, and written about them, for four decades. We’ve always admired most environmentalists because, especially in Oklahoma, their positions aren’t always [...]

Faith Wylie accepts the sweepstakes award for column writing from Cherokee Ballard, communications manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas. The two discovered that both have survived Lymphoma cancer.

More fun with the girls

[ 1 ] June 18, 2014

Reflections by Faith Wylie We had fun getting smashed with the girls. Writing about it was even more fun. Winning the state column contest with my humorous account has topped the entire experience. The girls have had quite an adventure since I wrote that column in August. We scheduled the party because one of the [...]

Our Endorsements

Our Endorsements

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014

How politics have changed in the last three decades. For 20 years we endorsed in Democratic primary races locally because just having a thought of a Republican primary would likely earn you a stay at Vinita. Today, exactly the opposite is true—we’re endorsing in Republican primaries because there’s not much in the way of Democratic [...]

Faith, James and John Wylie in 1984

30 years of Oologah news

[ 0 ] April 30, 2014

REFLECTIONS By Faith L. Wylie, Co-publisher We published our first issue of the Oologah Lake Leader 30 years ago on May 3, 1984. We thought we knew everything needed to publish a weekly newspaper. Boy, were we wrong. We were right, though, that Oologah would be a great place to raise our son and publish [...]