- Ada, Oklahoma


  • A song for the ages

    I watched part of the opening ceremonies of the London Summer Olympics: the End.  Sir Paul McCartney at 70 years of age, ever the consummate performer, performed “Hey, Jude” to a thrilled crowd.

    August 8, 2012

  • Smoke-free policies at home protect families

    Although most Oklahomans breathe easier within the comforts of home sweet home, things can turn sour in a hurry when it comes to secondhand smoke and its effect on indoor air quality.

    August 4, 2012

  • Government builds obstacles to business growth

    “It’s now easier to start a business in Slovenia, Estonia and Hungary — three former Iron Curtain countries — than in America.”  That’s the conclusion reached by the editors of Investors Business Daily in response to a study measuring the regulatory hurdles confronting entrepreneurs around the globe.  According to statistics compiled by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), even liberal Canada requires fewer procedures to start a new business than American entrepreneurs face. 

    August 1, 2012

  • The mother of learning

    I am trying to learn Spanish using Rosetta Stone. I started my column last week this same way.  As I can be obsessively focused on projects from time to time, this might be a recurring theme for a while.

    August 1, 2012

  • Failure to act costs defense


    Our military faces devastating reductions in capability unless the Senate and President Obama will join the House of Representatives in acting to prevent debilitating spending cuts — half of which were never meant to be enacted. 


    July 25, 2012

  • The squirrel is eating peaches


    I am trying to learn Spanish on Rosetta Stone.  I am enjoying it tremendously. I have a tendency to get a little intense when I am learning something and having a computer to interact with is better than worrying a teacher to death.


    July 25, 2012

  • Are you drinking enough fluids?

    July 21, 2012

  • Tom Cole in Ada April 2011 02 C.jpg Arms treaty needs thought

    The Arms Trade Treaty currently under consideration by the United Nations is rightfully the subject of growing concern. Typical of many U.N. initiatives, the treaty has an unrealistic but vaguely laudable goal.  

    July 18, 2012 1 Photo

  • Soy Americano

    It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been three years since I went to Paraguay. People will tell you that when you travel abroad, everybody speaks English, but that is not true.  People would begin speaking to me in Spanish and I would use my standard reply: “No habla espanol.”

    June 27, 2012

  • Jennifer Johnston Antiques and Automobiles

    I’ve been on the go the last few weeks traveling up and down not only Ada’s Main Street, but also on Main Streets across the state. Recently, I represented Ada Main Street at the Annual Oklahoma Statewide Preservation Conference in Tahlequah. Preservation and sustainability are crucial to the survival of downtown districts such as our Main Street. By making sure existing buildings are being maintained and being reused adaptively, we can be assured our downtown landscape will be here for generations to come.

    June 27, 2012 1 Photo

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