Opinion

It’s all chicken and booze

While my wife and I were watching a football game on television the other day, Bethany made an interesting observation. “There have been ads for fried chicken during every commercial break!” That tidbit may not be of any interest to you, but to a person such as my bride who suffers from an allergy to

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Popcorn balls and spooky photos

Halloween a half-century ago was as much a neighborhood celebration as it was about spending big dollars on costumes and enormous bags full of candy. Halloween at 5148 Harvard street in my Oklahoma town of 30,000 was certainly about the costumes – as an 8-year-old, you were either an astronaut, a cowboy, an OU Sooner

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We Can do Better – Me Too

Since last weekend, women (and men) have been posting the phrase “Me too” on their social media accounts if they have ever been the victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault. The purpose of this exercise is to illustrate just how pervasive these crimes are in our society. The inescapable fact of the matter is

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Seven reasons we need Costco

Why not a Costco? It wasn’t that long ago the rumors were running hot and heavy that Cabelas was going to put a store at the airport, but those rumors have quieted now that Bass Pro Shop has completed the purchase of the other big box outdoor store. But….what about Costco? Besides the City of

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It is time to stop the madness

I’m just going to say it. No one should have access to weapons or weapon accessories that make it possible for an individual to shoot over five hundred innocent human beings in less than 12 minutes. No one. Yet the evil monster who perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in modern times—a man who possessed dozens

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A Toast to the Defiant Ones

If you know Southern Boone resident Vicki Kemna, you should consider yourself lucky. If you have ever sat and listened to songs written and performed by Tom Petty – I mean, not heard them in passing while in the car on the highway, but really listened – you would be equally as lucky. Vicki is

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Time for state elected officials to get things done

Missouri Republicans have long been the party of less government, less bureaucracy, less…..hassle from the state. Now is the opportunity for Republicans to ride onto the scene like the cavalry coming to the rescue of the oppressed settlers in their covered wagons, beseiged by wild Indians. It is not a scene from an old Hollywood

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What I Learned in Econ 101

I remember exactly three things about the economics class I took in high school almost three decades ago: One is my teacher Mr. Bogue, who should have been granted sainthood for putting up with my nonsense while I was his pupil. Two, the Playboy centerfold I affixed to the projector screen in Mr. Bogue’s classroom

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Going to a cashless nation will save money and more

If you have been reading this column for very long, you know that I’m an editor who likes the idea of getting rid of the penny and the one-dollar bill. “Put Lincoln’s solemn mug on some other coin,” I’ve said, “or just tell him he’s going to have to be happy with the $5 bill.”

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Unsolicited advice for my sister

Although she is younger than me by a full two decades, my baby sister Karah is not a baby anymore. She has a college degree, she’s an accomplished photographer and baker, and now she even has her first “big girl” job. I’m proud to say that my sister has joined the family business: education. Like

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