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Category: Opinion

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 [...]

Steve Hendrix Watch Party

Our District 2 taxpayers deserve representation

[ 0 ] August 24, 2016

Since Sept. 8, 2015 one third of Rogers County’s residents have been paying county taxes with no say in how that money is spent and no say in county policies that directly affect them. That’s how long the residents of District 2 have been without a voting county commissioner, and it is time for that [...]

John and Faith Wylie, Leader publishers

A letter to our friends

[ 0 ] August 17, 2016

By John and Faith Wylie, Publishers John wrote the brief biographies of our ten new teachers this week. Almost all of them agree about why they are coming here—this is such a caring community and the school is incredible because it has such an amazing staff and public support. Faith and John can certainly relate [...]

Leader/Carolyn Estes.  Honoring those who served on the Will Rogers Memorial Commission. The “partnership” celebration brought Will Rogers Memorial Commission members from the past to join the most recent members. The group dedicated a tree on the grounds in honor of Commission’s contributions. Past Commissioners Argene Clanton of Vinita, Paul Johnson of Tulsa, Pat Crume, Judge Steve Pazzo, Ted Jones and Cara Cowan Watts, along with Steve Turnbo of Tulsa, Philip Hixon of Owasso, Phil Albert, Bill Baird and Jack Spinks of Claremore and Jennifer Rogers Etcheverry of California were among celebrants.

Fond memories, a bright future

[ 0 ] July 13, 2016

LAKEVIEWS By JOHN M. WYLIE II, EDITOR Last Thursday brought a mixture of nostalgia and excitement to Rogers County as preserving Will Rogers’ legacy was formally reassigned from an independent commission to the Oklahoma Historical Society. The reception that drew about 200 to the Will Rogers Memorial had some bittersweet moments but also offered bright [...]