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Category: Opinion

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 [...]

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 [...]