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Category: Opinion

Spitting in the wind 2: Meaning

Spitting in the wind 2: Meaning

[ 0 ] January 28, 2016

By Jim Norwine A recent NY Times opinion piece2 explained that, “We’re doomed” because we now finally know with absolute clarity that the sourest possible lemon confronts us. It’s hard to describe this lemon in a word or two but for the time being let’s call it the “missingness” of something we always thought to [...]

Leader welcomes new columnist

Leader welcomes new columnist

[ 0 ] January 17, 2016

Spitting in the wind 1: Howdy. Glad you stopped by. This is the first installment of a new opinion column I’ll be doing from time to time for the Lake Leader—a column, yes, but in my mind more like letters to neighbors and other new friends. I had thought of calling them “Letters from the [...]

Grandma Henriksen’s Cinnamon Rolls

Grandma Henriksen’s Cinnamon Rolls

[ 0 ] December 24, 2015

The Great Cinnamon Roll Rising By Faith Wylie The great cinnamon roll rising is nearly complete, thanks to my new KitchenAid mixer. In the BC (before cancer), I would mix by hand and make about six batches in one weekend. Now AC, I have my mixer and did two batches each weekend. I plan two [...]

Domestic violence harms the victim and our whole community

Domestic violence harms the victim and our whole community

[ 0 ] October 21, 2015

Guest editorial by Matt Ballard, District Attorney Domestic violence harms the victim and our whole community. We are here to help, and regardless of whether a victim can find the courage and strength to confront his or her abuser in court we’re going to seek justice and protect the entire community by putting violent criminals [...]

Biased? You Bet!

Biased? You Bet!

[ 0 ] October 8, 2015

Reflections By Faith L. Wylie  The Newseum Institute™’s latest State of the First Amendment national survey, published on July 4, showed that 70% of respondents disagreed with the statement that “overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias.” Are we biased? Of course, and that’s what you expect of us. We’re biased [...]

An open letter from Faith Wylie

An open letter from Faith Wylie

[ 0 ] August 29, 2015

The Leader is not privy to the confidential personnel issues that have occurred involving the state agency that administers the birthplace. We do know that ranch manager is leaving. Generally, once a separation has occurred, it is best for both parties to move on to other opportunities. It is difficult to rebuild a working relationship [...]

An Editorial: AG’s Office cannot provide documentation of Helm indictment

An Editorial: AG’s Office cannot provide documentation of Helm indictment

[ 3 ] July 16, 2015

You may have heard news stories tonight that Rogers County Commissioner Mike Helm and former Commissioner Kirt Thacker have been indicted by the state Multi-County Grand Jury on charges of conspiracy and embezzlement. The Leader will NOT report this as fact, because the statement is based solely on a news release issued by Attorney General [...]

The right decision is ‘Yes’

The right decision is ‘Yes’

[ 0 ] March 22, 2015

LAKE VIEWS EDITORIAL By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor When we first heard about an Oologah-Talala School bond package that would raise property tax bills by about 9 percent a year for four years, we thought the folks behind it were nuts. Who would vote to pay over 9 percent more for anything without a [...]

Lakeviews: In honor of Cara Cowan Watts

Lakeviews: In honor of Cara Cowan Watts

[ 7 ] March 4, 2015

Lakeviews by John M. Wylie II, Editor We are sad that Cara Cowan Watts will not hold an elected office in the Cherokee Nation after the upcoming election. She gave up her Tribal Council seat to run for Principal Chief, then announced Monday that the best chance of advancing her goals for the Cherokee people—including, [...]

John, Faith and James at the OU Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

Reflections: Living with uncertainty

[ 0 ] December 20, 2014

  By FAITH L. WYLIE, Co-publisher If I can’t say something humorous and positive, I don’t write about cancer. Why share gloom and doom? Everyone knows cancer is horrid for both the patient and their family. What surprised me, though, was the uncertainty that cancer brings. Will this treatment work? Will the cancer ever go [...]