Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences by Mary Mélon The tragic situation that now faces the Oklahoma City Public School System, and other districts across the state on April 2nd, 2018 is becoming very real and has far reaching consequences for the students.  Public union strikes are always difficult.  Teachers’ strikes are particularly so, because the ones most harmed are […]

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Okla. Digital Prairie – Library Services

Library Services – Susan McVey One of the most valued services libraries provide to customers today is online access to information.  A new statewide contract with our major content vendor is allowing us to increase ease of use by removing requirements for remote access.  Read more about to how to benefit below: Do you need access to […]

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A Historical Perspective – Pat Rooney

A Historical Perspective by Pat Rooney In an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Willick, we get to hear from a famous American historian, Gordon Wood. Mr. Wood is a professor emeritus at Brown University, a noted history scholar and is often cited as the “dean of the 18th Century historians.” Upon graduation from […]

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4th of July – Dick Hefton

“4th of July” – Dick Hefton March is capable of throwing atmospheric belly-punches at us. Those golf and outdoor days, however, overpower to promise holidays and vacations on the way! There’ll be Easter, Memorial Day then Independence Day – and from there we’re full blower to Labor Day! Me? My favorite of all – UP […]

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The Pigeon Pie Episode – Ron Page

The Pigeon Pie Episode By Ron Page Reynolds Church and its parsonage lie far out in farm country surrounded by a flat and featureless plain – black soil in the spring, tall green corn in the summer, turning to brown stalks before harvest in the fall, and often white with snow in the winter. Situated […]

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Childhood Memories Turn to Donuts

Dr. Laura Garrett Childhood Memories Turn to Donuts Over the years I have kept an eye on the old bank property on the corner of Dewey and 23rd Street. I have great memories of the bank because my father was the President of Mutual Federal Savings and Loan whose headquarters was located there for many […]

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Job Interview – 1958 – Leonard Sullivan

JOB INTERVIEW 1958 Leonard Sullivan There was a must have book for those planning to graduate from college in 1958 and seeking that first job interview. I still have the book “Career for the College Man-1958”. The book contained a brief synopsis of most regional, national and International companies. Two things vividly show changes in […]

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Criminal Justice Advisory Council

OKLAHOMA COUNTY CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADVISORY COUNCIL – Roy Williams In 2015 the Oklahoma County Commissioners were facing a crisis situation relative to the ever growing and highest ever county jail population of approximately 2,600 on a daily basis. The 1,250 bed facility was vastly overcrowded and the United States Department of Justice had cited over […]

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Grateful Attitude 2018 – Lauren Branch

Grateful Attitude- 2018 – Lauren Branch Every year seems to go by just a little bit faster than the year before, and for me, this past year was no exception. Days quickly turned into weeks, and weeks morphed into months. Before I knew it, I was looking at 2017 in my rear-view mirror and preparing […]

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Lessons from being a clown

Lessons from being a Clown – Ted Streuli About every third icebreaker someone asks for a self-fact that the others in the group don’t know. Thankfully, that is not a Rotary tradition. But it happens enough that I have a few default answers: I shave with a mug and brush and an old school safety […]

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The Last Frontier

The Last Frontier by Pat Rooney “An orgy of graft and exploitation,” Indian Rights Association, 1924. While this quote does not exactly sum up David Grann’s new book Killers of the Flower Moon it is not far off the mark. In this well written and documented book, Grann delves into the early sordid boom town […]

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Two Systemic State Problems – Bart Binning, Ed.D.

Two Systemic State Problems (and potential solutions) by: Bart Binning, Ed.D. By this time in the State’s history, it should be apparent that there are systemic problems in governance.  At the state level, I would point to two issues, and suggest solutions:   We have a system that encourages the election of politicians, and discourages […]

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