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Category: Opinion

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.” [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]