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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 [...]

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 [...]

Open Letter to our Readers

Open Letter to our Readers

[ 1 ] January 22, 2014

John and Faith Wylie have prepared documents outlining their understanding of the controversies about publishing Rogers County Commission minutes and claims (payments). Here are those documents: This document was presented to the Commission at its special meeting on Jan. 15 by Faith Wylie. This document merely outlines concerns about possible mischarges for county legals. Any [...]

Double Blessed

Double Blessed

[ 5 ] December 31, 2013

REFLECTIONS By Faith L. Wylie, Co-publisher How can one person be blessed with so many wonderful friends, co-workers and family members? I have been overwhelmed by everyone’s support the last three months. My adventure started in October with what appeared to be routine case of lymphoma, a very aggressive but curable form of cancer. I [...]

Getting smashed with the girls

Getting smashed with the girls

[ 1 ] August 15, 2013

Be careful what you put on Facebook. I posted last week that the Leader office would close early so the office ladies could attend a mammogram party. I got a phone call. From a reporter. KJRH-TV Channel 2 wanted to come to our mammogram party. But it’s just three journalists getting smashed, I explained. No problem. [...]

Sweet conversations

Sweet conversations

[ 0 ] February 12, 2012

REFLECTIONS By Faith Wylie Twitter proves that an idea can be expressed in 140 characters. So what? The New England Confectionery Company perfected the art of short messages 152 years ago when the company started printing messages on candies. NECCO created the classic Sweethearts® Conversation Hearts in 1901. The smaller hearts contain two lines of [...]