- Ada, Oklahoma


July 29, 2013

John Adams only needed an AC

Ada —

Personal sympathy hit the skids a couple of weeks ago when CBS television’s nightly news lead story concerned the horrible heat wave nature was forcing on our neighbors in the Northeast.  

Scott Pelley, news anchor, looked as if he had sucked on two lemons before relating the details of temperatures that reached, gosh, 91, 92 and even 93 degrees in Boston and New York! 

Really? Am I supposed to feel sorry for these people for temperatures we Oklahomans generally consider a mild summer day’s heat? Most of us here don’t even bother complaining until the mercury tops out north of the triple digit mark. What’s the big deal?

Truth in advertising mandates admitting it has never been my lot to visit Boston or New York. Most of my life has been spent in the South and Midwest. These more southern climes are, generally speaking, regions in which residents have long since invested in air conditioning because they know it’s going to get hotter than the anteroom of Hades at some point during the summer. 

This is apparently not the case in Boston and New York. 

The only person of my acquaintance who lives in either of those cities is my son in Boston. He grew up in Ada so I called him to get his take on the “brutal” Northeast heat wave. “How am I supposed to feel sorry for you when the heat there is only in the lower 90s?” I asked him.

“Look,” he explained, “no one here has an air conditioner and when the temperature reaches 93, due to humidity, the heat index is well over 100. It’s pretty bad.” That was only the tip of the iceberg regarding weather related complaints of his new home. 

Not that he doesn’t enjoy living there, he does. For one thing, there is so much history in Massachusetts. But in his darker moments – which is to say the winter - he wonders why our Founding Fathers didn’t move. “During the winter it’s always days of freezing rain or sleet or snow coming down and it’s cold as the dickens.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Can I ever be like Jesus?

    Have you ever heard someone considering an intimate relationship with God balk at the opportunity with such statements as, “I could never live up to the standard Jesus set with his life,” or  “When I get my life more together, I will commit my life to Him”? Jesus came for several reasons.

    July 30, 2014

  • Trouble

    It has been a long time since an American president has had to deal with as many simultaneous crises as Barack Obama is trying to handle right now. There has not been this much trouble across the globe since the end of the Cold War and probably not since the Vietnam era.

    July 30, 2014

  • 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

AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies 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

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

     View Results