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Investing in military infrastructure keeps Altus and our nation safe

President Ronald Reagan said during his 1986 State of the Union address that “spending for defense is investing in things that are priceless — peace and freedom.”If we do not invest … more

US editorial roundup provided

The New York TimesDefy party, fight forvoters on health careWe do not know a lot about what is in the health care bill that Republicans are trying to rush through the Senate, but what we do know … more

Use extra caution in foggy weather

Most of the time when we hit the road in our part of the world, the weather is either scorching hot or freezing cold. There only seems to be a few weeks of perfect weather for us every year.There are … more

Warmest thanks and gratitude expressed

Editor,On behalf of the entire Balque family, we would like to thank everyone who helped us during the passing of our loved one, Dorsin Balque. We are grateful for the support and assistance we … more

Brand while the iron is hot

Let’s talk about branding.There’s a lot of different ways to brand calves — electric, fire, or propane fired brandin’ pot. And there’s other methods, too, such as freeze … more

Blank canvases are opportunities

It’s no secret that I like to create art. There’s something wired inside of me that enjoys throwing colors around and moving them into shapes and images. I’m a creative and … more

Things to do on spring break in Frederick

Let me just start by saying thank you again to the many people who volunteered and attended the oyster fry March 4.It truly was a fantastic day in Frederick. We served roughly 950 people a generous … more

Another piano, vocal contest season begins

Another piano and vocal contest season began for my children Saturday.I think it’s pretty cool how hard they work to get ready for these things. William and Aiden have been taking piano lessons … more

Illegal drugs act noble but misguided

I attended this past Friday’s legislative luncheon to hear updates from Sen. Mike Schulz (R-Altus) and Rep. Charles Ortega (R-Altus) about the current workings at our state capitol. While most … more

Their view

The OklahomanDNA vital to coldcase investigationThe wheels of justice can grind slowly, but that doesn’t mean justice will be denied forever.That was the case this week when police arrested … more

State funding for proposed teacher pay raises is difficult issue

Life is all about balance.If I go to an all-you-can-eat buffet, then I have to be careful what I eat or maybe skip a meal later. If I spend long hours at work trying to get better on my job, I still … more

Trade selfishness for godliness

So, if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with … more

Oklahoma editorial roundup provided

The Norman TranscriptLawmakers should focuson existing responsibilityState legislators have filed more than a dozen bills aimed at “reforming” the state judiciary, particularly … more

US Senate and Electoral College are the epitome states’ rights

Sometimes it amazes me the that there are so many different points of view in the country.Primarily, how people from our rural areas see life and the different facets compared with those from the … more

The walk to Emmaus is an incredible journey with Christ

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and … more

Their view

Tulsa WorldMore monuments aren’t neededAgain, an Oklahoma legislator is flouting the expressed wishes of Oklahoma voters within months of a statewide vote.In November, voters overwhelmingly … more

Are you dying to live?

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he … more

Military veterans should get respect but need to act honorably too

Something that has been heavy on my heart are the times when military veterans are arrested for allegedly committing or panning potentially violent crimes.A recent shooting at the Fort Lauderdale … more

Their view

Enid News and Eagle“We will never forget.”Oklahomans made that solemn pledge after the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.Originally assumed to be the work … more

Try a themed cruise ship getaway

I recently had the opportunity to go on vacation.After many years of skipping the chance or using one or two vacation days at a time to do other work, in 2015 I took a leap into a new … more
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