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Newsletter for Veterans and active military

March 26, 2018:This is Veterans Appreciation day at the state capital in Oklahoma City. Veterans will be recognized in senate chambers at noon. If we want our state legislators to see that veterans … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

Honorable interment of indigent veterans program in Oklahoma:The purpose of this rule is to establish a program to provide assistance for the proper nine interment or cremation of honorably … more

Are truth and freedom getting flushed away?

“Captain Jack” Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures and was called “The Poet Scout.” This is the final stanza of his 1889 … more

Sunshine is always right, regardless of part

Open government is not a political platform.It is a basic American right.The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and … more

How would you react?

If you went to a Walmart store or a supermarket and were told by the manager at the entrance that you could buy anything you wanted that the store has in stock, but that you must also buy a can of … more

Respect for communications specialists

To the Editor:My husband passed away in January 2010. I needed something to do with my time and ended up taking a job with the city as a dispatcher for the police department. My history was primarily … more

Newsletter for Veterans and active military

Fort Hood PTSD study gives hope for faster recovery:At Fort Hood’s Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, researchers studied the effect of prolonged exposure therapy, in which patients … more

A $300,000 bond issue for buses and vehicles to transport students in the Blair Public School District will go before voters in a special election on Tuesday, Jan. 9.The Blair School District … more

How Altus alum Jerry King became an OU legend

When my University of Oklahoma former track teammates gather, we often talk about everything from specific races to how one teammate, Randy Wilson, made the 1980 Olympic team but didn’t get to … more

Why buying local reinvests in your own community

From all indications, the current cotton crop may set a record this year. With that in mind, you may feel the urge to pull a few more bills out of your pocketbooks this holiday season.When you do so, … more

How an Altus alum changed my athletic career

I owe a debt of gratitude to Altus, not because I bought the newspaper here, but because of Dr. J. Dan Metcalf, who helped change my athletic career in high school that led me to eventually run track … more

The truth about the trade deficit

Last month, the Trump administration issued its objectives for a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. There is much about the trade agreement that should be modernized, such as … more

Oklahoma editorial roundup

EPA director travelTulsa WorldIf we were supposed to be shocked to learn that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is going home on weekends, we’re not.A fishing … more

Expanding investments at small airports

As a certificated pilot with more than 11,000 flight hours, I know firsthand the needs of pilots, the general aviation community, and how to improve airport infrastructure. A robust general aviation … more

Small kindness on a small street

“There’s no such thing as someone else’s war.”This is a line from a song sung by Jason Isbell, an Alabama born songwriter, who I’ve been listening to lately.So much is … more

Oklahoma editorial roundup

Taxes on servicesThe OklahomanThis year, Gov. Mary Fallin called for applying the state’s 4.5 percent sales tax to numerous services, which would have increased taxes $839.7 million annually. … more

VA centers need more outside oversight

Our veterans fought to secure our freedom and security, and they deserve the best possible medical care. But for too long this care has not been provided. There has never been a more opportune time … more

A big ‘thank you’ to the APD

I’d like to take a moment this week to commend the Altus Police Department for their efficient work this week.We had a string of shootings over the weekend that rocked our community. I … more

A decision on North Korea

For more than fifty years the United States has had a contentious and adverse relationship with North Korea. Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, we have maintained a military presence in South … more

Rediscovering the magic of fireworks

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some fantastic fireworks displays in my life, and most of them happened by accident.When I was a kid living in Lawton, my parents took my brother and I to Fort … more
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