- Ada, Oklahoma


June 11, 2014

Humans need dog love

Ada — During admittedly rare sane moments, I reject eye-for-an-eye justice.

 Just do the math and it turns out to be a counterproductive tool. The revenge has to be avenged, and that revenge has to be re-avenged, and so on and so on...

 You never make any headway. Everybody just gets to feel that "gotcha" emotion for a minute or two.

 Therefore the death penalty must be wrong, though there are moments when I want to dust off Old Testament justice. Like most people, I couldn't wait to see Timothy McVeigh get the needle. 

 From the moment I heard him say, "collateral damage," I wanted him dead.

 That can't be a good thing and yet...

 McVeigh killed 168 innocent people and injured more than 680 others trying to make a statement about government, then he ran off and hid until his car got pulled over. He should have to pay with his life, right?

 If he really had something to say he should have shown up at the carnage and said it in person. He'd have been shot, of course, but some of us would have felt better, sooner.

  I know I sound flippant — okay, obnoxious — about a serious subject, but this persistent hypocrisy has disturbed me most of my life.

  If all we have is revenge, it just stands to reason we'll eventually wipe each other out, won't we?

  Shouldn't there be more love where hate exists? Wouldn't we be better people? Just saying...

  A story I was assigned recently on a prisoner titled "Saved by the DOGS," got me to thinking about my hypocritical stance on the death penalty. 

 When we throw a person in prison, he's subjected to a life of negative behavior on a daily basis. Violence is always near. He may get used to it after awhile. It's likely more of what he's heard most of his life. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Do I have to be numb to serve?

    How well do you do watching the channels on TV that show sick and starving children in other countries?

    July 23, 2014

  • Too much sodium can be a health risk

    Salty potato chips. Salted popcorn. Salt on French fries. We are a nation that loves salt. Although it enhances the flavor of foods, too much sodium is not a good thing.

    July 19, 2014

  • Working cattle during summertime heat

    Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool for summertime in Oklahoma.   


    July 19, 2014

  • NASA says life on other planets is no longer a fool’s errand

    It has always seemed unlikely to me that this universe, the size of which renders you and me microscopic, could contain only us. Then again, it could, and certainly authors of “The Privileged Planet” make a strong case for it.


    July 19, 2014

  • Historic icon raised to celebrate Capitol's 100th birthday

    It was with great fanfare nearly a century ago that Oklahomans crowded into cars or horse-drawn buggies and paraded to 23rd and Lincoln.


    July 19, 2014

  • Jerry Duncan Are there absolutes that can be trusted?

    Back in the 70s there was a film series with the philosopher Francis Schaeffer titled, “How Shall We Then Live.” He described how every nation that became the leading nation of the world had a discernable and predictable rise and fall.


    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ukraine is a personal tragedy for one Ada resident

    Democracy is the worst form of government, the sage has said, except for everything else.

    July 14, 2014

  • Franz case raises troubling questions

    Dear Editor,

    What kind of law and judges do we have in Ada?

    July 14, 2014

  • Fourth of July celebration capped week of fun events

       Over 380 eggs, over 100 water balloons, over 40 turtles, boxes of ice cream bars, unlimited prizes, rope and a creek, judo, longest standing 5K/10K race in Oklahoma, cans of whipped cream, colored powder celebration, motorized train, Bernoulli’s Principle, miniature golf, shaved-ice snow cones, fire truck hose wars, and a most awesome fireworks display that scared the ducks all the way to Wapanucka. 

    July 14, 2014

  • Common Core: The untold story

    Oklahoma public school educators may be forgiven if they liken themselves to a soccer ball in a World Cup championship match.

    July 14, 2014

AP Video
Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins

Are you pleased that Oklahoma has repealed Common Core standards for public school students?

     View Results