Former President George H.W. Bush will be praised for his service to our country during a national memorial service today in Washington, D.C.

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With the arrival of December comes the arrival also of the Christmas season and with it the traditional songs, stories and TV specials of the holiday season.

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We’re hard pressed to think of anyone who has had as powerful an impact in Kansas as K-State football coach Bill Snyder, who announced his retirement over the weekend.

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Friday night’s tornado that ripped through approximately 60 miles of eastern Oklahoma should be a cautionary tale to all.

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Robert Frost said, "If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane." Have you had a good laugh and then thought, that felt good, I really needed a good laugh? Laughter really is a great medicine.

With the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, one senses a growing void — something missing, perhaps, from our culture, certainly from our politics.

Up until now, pretty much all Mars missions have dealt with things going on above the surface. But now, scientists and astronomers are trying to find out what lies below.

For many, many years, I was a slave to the late-November-through-New-Year’s-Day yearly cycle where everything seems to be hurried, seems to be rushed, seems like there is not enough time to do holiday things and work and sleep.

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The January 1973 cover of National Lampoon magazine featured a photo of a freaked-out dog, with a human hand holding a gun to its head. The teaser was: "If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog."

If a country isn't allowed to control its borders, is it really a nation at all? That's a question that seems begging to be asked and answered as chaos ensues on our southern border.

Ever since a left-leaning online website indicated Gov.-Elect Kevin Stitt empathized with parents who oppose mandatory vaccinations, the issue has re-emerged at the forefront. Stitt says he had his children vaccinated, and sees no reason to change current state laws, but the fact that the allegation was used against him in a pejorative fashion is telling.

President Trump signed a major tax code overhaul bill in December 2017. The president has referred to this tax-cut law as an "economic miracle." Are there any current indicators within our economic picture that would lend any validity to that statement?

This is the season of thanksgiving, of showing our gratefulness for all our many blessings. I googled the origin of our Thanksgiving Holiday. As you might expect there was no clear historical story to reference and/or it depended on who you read. The holiday has evolved to be a time to join with family, eat well and give thanks. As usual, how we got here is full of good and not so good American baggage. We hopefully acknowledge and learn not to repeat.

Even if you're not a fan, someone else in your family is - and chances are good you've purchased a few pieces of apparel in the color of a "house" at the imaginary Hogwarts School of Wizardry - red, blue, gold or green. Perhaps you were "sorted" into a house by some online quiz, the most authentic of which is at, sanctioned by author J.K. Rowling. Or maybe you just declared yourself to be in the house you find most appealing.

Would you trust the marketing director of a corporation to announce, without prompting, that her CEO was under investigation for embezzlement? Would you expect the communications liaison of a state university to acknowledge every mistake made by that institution's president, without offering plausible excuses for the errors? Can the public relations staff for a municipal government, national organization, law firm, hospital group or any other entity be relied upon to tell the unglossed truth about those who sign their paychecks?

If you have ever found yourself looking at your outdoor Christmas lights sometime around Labor Day asking “should I take them down, or just go ahead and leave them up for this year,” you know what level of holiday un-coordination I bring to the table.

During the month of November, VA celebrates National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) to recognize and honor caregivers of Veterans: our nation’s unsung heroes. Family members, friends and neighbors who care for veterans play a critical role in ensuring the health of our veterans, and their efforts may often go unnoticed.

Recently, Jeff Sessions resigned as the U.S. attorney general, at the request of President Trump. This has been seen by some as an action that could threaten the independence of the special counsel's investigation into the Trump White House.

Pinch me, is it really Muskogee? I’m sitting at a window on Main Street, sipping coffee, working on this column and it doesn’t seem possible. Here I am enjoying the view from a coffee shop, inside a bike shop, inside a hardware store, and it’s perfect.

A candid Roy Blunt, in a Sunday interview on "This Week," made it plain that he thinks the ongoing special investigation over alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election needs to be allowed to go forward and come to a conclusion.

 NORMAN — Oklahoma will certainly be fans of Southern California, Auburn and Ohio State on Saturday as it looks at its hopes to reach the Final Four for the College Football Playoffs.

Bruce Campbell has always worked tirelessly to give our area kids the recognition they have deserved, to give them their brief slice of fame during their high school athletic careers. Bruce’s byline undoubtedly graces the pages of many scrapbooks lovingly put together by mothers and grandmas in Northwest Oklahoma and beyond.

In Oklahoma it is easy to find things to complain about in state government. Not included in that list is the state election board and the 77 county election boards. 

American history is replete with life-altering events that have molded and shaped this nation over its 242 years in existence.

Every year during the holiday season, tragic reports of suicides are on the rise. Though it's generalized as "the most wonderful time of the year," it's not so for everyone. In fact, a surprisingly large portion of the U.S. population is depressed, rather than merry, in the time from just before Thanksgiving to just after Christmas.

Back when I was a kid, the day after Thanksgiving was exciting, but not because of the shopping. 

In this world’s terms, the “greatest” is the one who has acquired the most stuff. Money. Property. Power. Followers. But, Christ calls us to a fundamentally different meaning of greatness.

If you oppose gun regulation, you’re an ill-educated gun nut who values guns more than children’s lives. If you favor gun control, you’re an ill-educated snowflake who hates liberty and wants to seize all firearms with the grip of a socialist, tyrannical government. Both generalizations are wrong.

It's not that unusual for vote counts elsewhere to continue well past the date Oklahomans are used to seeing election results certified. A prime example is Florida, where the infamous "hanging chads" helped land George W. Bush in the White House.

In Oklahoma it is easy to find things to complain about in state government. Not included in that list is the state election board, and the 77 county election boards.

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