Opinion

For AT&T, customer service is an oxymoron

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“Hello, welcome to AT&T, please enter, or say, the phone number or account number you are calling about.” With these words, anyone who has ever dealt with the giga-corporation known as AT&T, embarks on a nightmare odyssey through a labyrinth of sales, service, technical support, customer retention and a myriad of other departments in an unknown number of third-world countries. Yet today, I have to thank AT&T for the inspiration provided by their customer service.

Senate Review

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This past week a meeting of our state’s Legislative Offi ce of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) was held, both in person and virtually, at the state Capitol. LOFT was created by legislation authored by House Speaker McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Treat in 2019. LOFT is an independent offi ce to provide the Legislature and the public with objective data on agency budgets and programs. LOFT is overseen by bipartisan committee of Senate and House members. Some 40 other states have an offi ce similar to LOFT.

Hatch green chile

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It’s high time for another food column because even though you wouldn’t know it by looking at me, I love food. This time we’re going down little known, but rapidly expanding rabbit hole — a cultural phenomenon known as New Mexican cuisine.

Finding your happy place

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I’m sure those of you who don’t know us are wondering who this Meisner family is. We like to fi sh. We have three kids. Justin, he is the oldest, is a Federal law enforcement offi cer with a beautiful wife and two boys. Courtney is an interior designer in California. She is our middle child and has given us two beautiful grand kids, a boy and girl. I let JD pet my car once in a while and I am a fanatic gardener.

Newspapers, the last line of defense for freedom and democracy

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Just last week, MaryLee and I purchased the Yale News and the Drumright Gusher newspapers from their long-time owner Barbara Vice. Just like the Citizen when we bought it six months ago, the last thing we wanted to see was those two community papers fall into corporate hands where they would be absorbed and shut down, leaving their respective communities without a voice.

Tammy Bozarth carries

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Tammy Bozarth carries milk to a waiting car Monday, at the First Christian Church on Moses Street. The church, in conjunction with Celebrate Recovery, distributes 300 gallons of milk to anybody who needs it, on a first come,first served basis.

Aug. 25 runoff deadline looming

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The deadline to register to vote or update your voter registration for Oklahoma’s August 25 Runoff Primary election is Friday, July 31, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said today. Applicants can fill out an application using the OK Voter Portal's voter registration “wizard.” The registration “wizard” makes it easy for voters to complete the application, then print, sign, and mail it to their County Election Board.

Destination Downtown

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Thank You Cushing – you have now named the downtown area to be the Broadway District! Another step forward where we all can plan to showcase our dedication and community pride. All of us can market our branded area (which does include a large area in the central downtown district) to investors and developers who can see we have a unified, themed area in our community.

Cushing man killed in motorcycle crash

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A Cushing man was killed when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle in Northeast Oklahoma Sunday. According to the The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just after 11 a.m.