The Duncan Banner

August 12, 2012

Cluttered notebook empty

Ed Darling
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Odds and ends, bits and pieces and an opinion or two from a notebook that seems to fill quickly each week.

Count me among those surprised to learn Plato Elementary, which this year celebrates its 100th year, was not named after the philosopher Plato. It was named for Mr. Plato, who years ago either donated or sold the land. That made unnecessary the planned donation of a pewter statue of the philosopher during the special year.

…Made me wonder why Lee Elementary is still referred to as Lee instead of Cary Elementary since school officials suggested the change to honor longtime educator Andy Cary years ago. Seems the humble Mr. Cary himself made that decision…

Some enterprising state legislator ought to introduce a bill requiring adult Oklahoma motorbike and motorcycle riders to wear helmets. A state law was repealed in 1976, but recent statistics support safety over personal freedom. I don’t remember, but personal freedom may have been a point used by those against automobile seat belts years ago and just think of the lives saved.

…Did you know Helen Keller inspired the International Lions Club to adopt its Sight program? …Appears time for the group that paints house addresses on street curbs to revisit their earlier work…Remarkable things happen every day at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute…Old but still great quote: Football is not a contact sport. It is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport..

Don’t you just love all the studies that direct our actions these days? One says a middle income family, identified as one making between $59,406-102,870 annually, spends $235,000 to raise its first child from birth to age 17…that includes, food, shelter, education, health care etc….and seems like a bargain to me…

…Another suggests spending less than three hours seated each day extends your life by two years…and a third reports babies who grow up in a house that has a dog or cat in its first year of life are more likely to be healthy…

Don’t be surprised if Gov. Mary Fallin was including Stephens County as she hoped for voluntary consolidation of school districts as a cost-cutting, shared services and increased efficiency move…we have seven separate systems in a county of 45,197 people…there are, incredibly, 522 districts in the state and most everyone agrees, a reduction makes sense…as long as we adjust their system and not ours.

…Kelsey Avants’ new Edward Jones office on North 10th in the old Duncan Water Works Pumping Station is an early favorite to earn the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual Community Improvement Award…the new Holiday Inn Express and the soon-to-be-built Applebee’s will likely provide competition…

High school football’s first big weekend is only 19 days away…it’s the best time of a season…all teams are undefeated…good luck to players, coaches, managers, trainers, bandsmen and directors, cheerleaders, pom squads and leaders, drum majors and majorettes and everybody involved in one of each community’s most shining moments.

…Get this: American Airlines had a record second quarter financially and is in bankruptcy. Or this: Airlines may soon offer early plane exits for an additional fee. They figure if folks will pay more to board early, they’ll do the same to get off faster.

I know Ron Howard is, technically, a Duncan native, but good guy Andy Griffith may be more popular in the Deep South and his recent death was a jolt…Mayberry clubs are popular there with sheriff Andy, deputy Barney and barber Floyd among the most imitated characters of that treasured television series…parties often include replicas of the old black-and-white police car as well.

 …If Oklahoma City’s Sky Dance Bridge on I-40 is the city’s answer to the St. Louis Arch or the Seattle Space Needle, it fails…inspired by the scissor-tailed flycatcher, it looks more like somebody needed something to do with their leftover erector set parts…

Recent deaths of Dr. Rob Miller, Tom Goodner, Quanah Cox and Don Grantham made clear several points…the city has lost some enormous talents…leaders can contribute in many different ways…and behind every successful man does stand perhaps an equally successful woman…thanks Darlene, Linda Mac, Mary Frances and Pat for sharing and supporting.

…Touching moment…Mike and Jimmy Grantham escorting their dad’s casket out of the First Christian Church sanctuary…

…Colorado is responsible for finding the national Christmas tree this year. It must be at least 65 feet tall and will be on display at the U.S. Capitol…Equestrian Karen O’Connor of Florida was the oldest U.S. Olympian at age 54; swimmer Katie Ledecky of Maryland the youngest at 15…Roger Bannister, who broke the four-minute mile barrier 56 years ago, is 83…

Finally, my favorite philosopher, Anonymous, says we can learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp. Some are dull. Most have weird names. All are different colors. And they all have to live in the same box.



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