Opinion

Just vote

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On Tuesday, June 30, the 2020 Primary Election will take place and voters in Payne County will head to the polls to determine, in some cases, who will represent their political party in the November General Election, in other races, to elect candidates into office because no Democratic candidates filed to run, and in still other races, voters don’t get to decide at all because only one candidate filed and their victory was sealed by default.

Celebrate Dad

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While the world spirals into chaos, I’m going to hit the pause button. For just a little while, let’s forget about COVID-19, social distancing, wearing (or not wearing) masks in public. Not having a buffet to eat at, and no NBA playoffs or Summer Olympics to enjoy.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Now this isn’t to the editor, but to the supposed macho men who pulled up in the pickups in the 1200 block of East Maple at the little creek crossing and threw in a litter of baby kittens.

What exactly are we afraid of?

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I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a good scare sometimes. While I’m not a horror flick junkie, I do find certain scary movies mildly entertaining and have been know to jump a little at the startling parts, but what is fear, exactly?

Senate Review

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While the constitution mandates that the Legislature must conclude its business for the regular session by 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to condense the work of the session and prioritize the bills that absolutely needed to be heard this session, and wait to deal with others in the 2021 session. We met one last day on May 22, but it was anticipated we’d not act on any further legislation after that date.

Searching for duck breast in a post-COVID world

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Before we get too far into my column, let me first say that any flippancy, intended or perceived, should not be interpreted as me being insensitive toward the realities and dangers of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. I do get it. It’s real. But when everything you see on the news is virus this, quarantine that, mask up and calm down; and everything you see on social media is how all this suffering needs to be blamed on someone, anyone, depending on your politics — I need a break, so (spoiler alert) I’m going to be a little flippant and callous, and I’m going to make a few attempts at my own brand of sick humor and of course, I’m going to rant, because what would this space be without a good rant?

We need more options

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My home town was a mining town. My dad worked in the mines. Most of my friend’s dads worked in the mines — drilling and blasting, digging priceless uranium ore from open stopes, mucking it down chutes into underground railcars, loading it onto skips and lifting it to the surface.