By Butch Morris
I went to the political speaking last Friday evening. Getting to know the candidates you know. Afterwords, on the way home, it hit me, â€ś I donâ€™t get to vote in the next election anyway.â€ť Iâ€™m a member of the other party.
This is fundamentally wrong. All local offices should be no-partisan. At the very least if there is no opposing party candidate, everyone should get to vote.
The way it is now, all Republicans and Independents are effectively deprived of their voting rights.
If there was ever an issue that you need to call your congressman about, this is it.
Act of Valor by Dick Couch. A novelization based on the movie inspired by true events. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt.
By Carey Ammons
Antlers Public Schools, like most public schools, is in the middle of state testing. Many of us remember these tests as Achievement tests. However, the stakes from the results of these tests are higher than we have ever seen.
For example, twelfth graders will be the first class to have to pass 4 of 7 EOIs (End of Instruction) tests in order to graduate. Progress for each student will now be measured in order to gain a consistent grade for our schools with the new A-F grading system.
By Butch Morris
Liberals and conservatives. Two terms you hear a lot these days. What do they really mean? A lot of people donâ€™t really know.
Letâ€™s look at what the dictionary says. Liberal (1) Characterized by or inclining toward opinions of policies favoring progress or reform, as in politics or religion (2) Not intolerant or prejudiced, broad minded (3) Characterized by generosity or lavishness in giving.
Conservative (1) Inclined to preserve the existing order of things, opposed to change (2) Moderate, cautious, a conservative estimate.
By Butch Morris
Get to know your candidates for office. I know thatâ€™s kind of tough for national candidates such as presidents but for local candidates there are plenty of opportunities. Take advantage of them.
These people are asking us for a job so interview the,. At least go to a political speaking and get a feel for the man or woman as the case may be.
Betrayal by Danielle Steel. Thirty-nine-year-old film director and single mother Tallie Jones, having experienced a large amount of success in her career and recently undertaken her most ambitious project yet, finds her ordered life is chaos after an audit reveals someone close to her is embezzling large sums of money from her and she must take it upon herself to trap the person responsible.
By Southeastern Oklahoma Interlocal Cooperative
SOIC/Region 6 Regional Prevention Coordinators, Choctaw County Coalition and Pushmataha County Coalition would like to encourage community members to observe Alcohol Awareness Month to help prevent alcohol abuse in our community. This is an opportunity to help raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol dependence and encourage people to make healthy and safe choices when it comes to alcohol. Alcohol is the fourth leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24, as reported by SAMSHA.
By OSU Extension Services
With warm temperatures on the horizon, many gardening enthusiasts are making plans for their spring and summer gardens.
With consumers facing rising costs in just about every area of their lives, some gardeners may wonder if it is OK to reuse potting soil.
Kim Toscano, host of Oklahoma Gardening, said generally there is nothing wrong with reusing potting soil.
By Butch Morris
I overheard a lady say that she had invited people to attend our meetings and their comment was â€śThose are just a bunch of Republicans.â€ť True, there are Republicans at the Tea Party meetings. And Democrats and Libertarians and Independents.
Tea Party participants are people who are about the direction our country is headed and wish to be informed. not only about the issues, office holders and candidates but what they can do as average citizens to make a difference.
By OSU Extension Service
When some people think about agricultural crops in Oklahoma, wheat is the crop that comes to mind first. However, there are a number of crops that can be grown commercially and do not require hundreds of acres.
Jim Shrefler, area horticulture specialist for the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension, said some crops are well suited to small scale commercial production, and a pair of upcoming workshops will help provide valuable information to those who are interested in this business.