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Best Things About Oklahoma Part 1: Landscape

Best Things About Oklahoma Part 1: Landscape

[ 0 ] February 10, 2017

My Correct Views on Everything1 By Jim Norwine2 Best Things About Oklahoma Part I: Landscape  We all know about Oklahoma’s shortcomings–tornadoes, ice storms, mediocre teacher pay, and all the rest. All true, even if there is something manic about how we are bombarded with incessant reminders as though our license plates and welcome signs should [...]

A hackberry tree has grown up through an old, twisted oak. It is now taller than the original tree.

Blending the generations

[ 1 ] January 5, 2017

REFLECTIONS By Faith Wylie, co-publisher A twisted, gnarled oak stands in the southeast corner of our acre. I expected it to die soon when we bought the home in 1985. A few years later, a volunteer sprouted near its base. I left it there. When the oak died, I figured I would have a replacement [...]

A bedtime story

A bedtime story

[ 0 ] December 16, 2016

REFLECTIONS By Faith Wylie, Leader Writer Once upon a time, there was a mama who snuggled little Jamie into bed and read stories. Jamie loved “Good Night, Moon.” Johnny laughed at Dr. Seuss when Mommy read to him at bedtime. Ethan’s daddy made engine noises when he read him books about cars. Valerie always requested [...]

Whatever Happened to ___?

Whatever Happened to ___?

[ 0 ] November 20, 2016

My Correct Views on Everything1 By Jim Norwine2 Spitting in the wind: Whatever Happened to ___? “We used to look more sober and serene. People speak without the modulation I grew up on. And so much faster. These ordinary things about living now are stranger than moon walks or cell phones.”3  “It drives me nuts [...]

Give peace a chance

Give peace a chance

[ 0 ] November 18, 2016

LAKEVIEWS By John M. Wylie II, Editor and Publisher Ev’ry body’s talking about Revolution, evolution, flagellation, regulation, integrations, Meditations, United Nations, congratulations All we are saying is give peace a chance All we are saying is give peace a chance –John Lennon, 1970 Almost 50 years have passed since John Lennon wrote and recorded the [...]

O-Zone fans help the McLain cheerleaders cheer for the Titans. Photo courtesy Kellie Capps.

Oologah teens are titans

[ 1 ] November 3, 2016

REFLECTIONS By Faith Wylie The mythical Titans were ancient divine beings of incredible strength. Our Oologah teens also showed incredible strength of character when they crossed the football field to cheer for the underdog McLain Titans at Friday night’s game. Just a few adult fans sat in the visitor stands. Seems that a student fan [...]

Why Trump? Part III

Why Trump? Part III

[ 0 ] October 10, 2016

By JIM NORWINE, Oologah To the reader: I begin this conclusion of my Why Trump? series with 3 brief excerpts, all slightly paraphrased. The first is nearly 2,000 years old. It is taken from a Greek philosopher’s contemptuous descriptions of the early Christians of Palestine. The other two, eerily similar to the first, are recent [...]

Why Trump? Part II

Why Trump? Part II

[ 0 ] October 2, 2016

Spitting in the wind. Why Trump? Pt. II By Jim Norwine, Oologah “There is no “real” America!” Jon Stewart I subtitled the first part of this series “Now the Cowboys are the Indians!” to try to draw a parallel between the European invasion and near-annihilation of Native American civilizations and the current dispossession of “Old” [...]

Okla. Polling, Fundraising Data Hints at Tighter Trump Win

Okla. Polling, Fundraising Data Hints at Tighter Trump Win

[ 0 ] September 23, 2016

By Trevor Brown, Oklahoma Watch Recent polling and fundraising numbers seem to confirm that Donald Trump will likely win Oklahoma’s seven electoral votes this November. Trump has now outraised Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the state for the third consecutive month. And a statewide poll out this month shows Trump leading Clinton by 15 percentage [...]

This week’s newspaper: Joys and concerns

This week’s newspaper: Joys and concerns

[ 0 ] September 15, 2016

To the community: In 33 years of publishing the Leader, we cannot remember an issue with the roller coaster impact of this week’s. It has heart-warming stories—a beloved teen recovering from terrible injuries helped by enormous community support, Mustang athletes showing skill and class on and off the field, fun community events, local residents being [...]