The Duncan Banner


October 20, 2013

Notebook clutter clean again

DUNCAN — Odds and ends, bits and pieces and an opinion or two from a bulging notebook in need of cleaning…

Organizers of the Nov. 9 Veterans Day parade are heavily involved in development of this year’s lineup and encourage bands, car clubs, motorcycle groups, social clubs, scouts, church groups, dance teams and other organizations or individuals to join in a show of appreciation for area vets…call VFW Commander Tom Morse or parade chairman Daniel Leal at 255-1192 or 255-9935 if you’re interested…the parade will start at 10:30 a.m.

…Also busy in the planning stage are members of the Duncan Rotary Club…the 56th annual community auction that benefits youngsters in need of clothing and funds college scholarships – an original project sponsored by the Duncan Jaycees – transfers to leadership of Rotarians this year…

Count me among those wishing he saw St. Louis win the National League Championship Series Friday…still hope Cable One and Turner Broadcasting can work out a deal…TBS, CNN and Headline News had many followers here and are missed.

…Before we praise congressmen too much for ending the partial government shutdown and avoiding the country’s potential financial default, let’s remember they’re the folks most responsible for the mess…the time is long overdue for elected leaders to address real problems like out-of-control debt, health care costs and under-funded pension and benefit programs…

Are you ready?An AT&T official, speaking here last week, not only said Dick Tracy-like wristwatch communication devices are being perfected, he predicted the likelihood of communication chips being implanted in our bodies…now, that’s a wrong number we should avoid.

…I’ve enjoyed covering high school football games at Marlow and Comanche this season…what great environments, facilities, teams, cheerleaders,bands, dancers, fans and community support…and I’m delighted the fall break pushed last week’s games to Thursday…I don’t know about you, but I thought Friday’s 34-degree, damp weather bordered on being simply miserable…

Take note: Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.

…Yes, I think Gov. Mary Fallin will be re-elected and probably without strong Democratic opposition…yes, I understand area legislator Joe Dorman’s concern about the re-writing of the title on an initiative petition he supports for funding school storm shelters…155,216 signatures are needed by Dec. 16 for State Question 767 to get on the ballot…and yes, it will be interesting to see the level of Duncan support former school superintendent Jack Herron gets in his bid for the state superintendent’s position…

How Duncan and area educators view the most recent release of the still-controversial A-F grading system for state schools will be interesting, too…reports full of errors were released – curiously – just before fall break when most school officials were away from their jobs…a 10-day evaluation period follows the grading release.

…Schedule carefully your Thursday plans…Good Shepherd Lutheran’s bratfest, the Stephens County Humane Society’s Yappy Hour, Duncan Regional Hospital’s memorial service and candle lighting and Chris Lane Night at the Ballpark are all on the agenda…

Words to the wise: If you can’t have what you want; want what you can have.

…Not certain if Lynn Latham, Dale Whipple and Jerry Farris knew each other, but their recent deaths leave large community voids…all were good men…

Early reports indicate Black Friday, the huge shopping day after Thanksgiving, will begin Thursday afternoon this year as retailers seek added opportunities to make their cash registers ring…and on a related note, it’s likely too early still to tell if the new Lawton “box’ stores have impacted business in Duncan and Stephens County.

…It’s not too late to select a site for a large, community Christmas tree in downtown Duncan…now that the recycling program is in operation, is it time to consider the elimination of a trash pick-up day and the reduction of monthly fees?...

More narrow seats on airplanes will probably add passengers and make more money for the airlines, but my guess is the flights will soon seem longer…and I’m certain it’s just me, but there seems an obvious shortage of representatives from the South on the newly named 13-person College Football Playoff selection committee.

…Our annual FYI, Stephens County magazine will arrive Oct. 31. Work on our November edition of Duncan…the magazine is under way…

Finally, if you worry about what people think of you, it’s because you have more confidence in their opinion than you do your own.

Have a nice day!

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  • Governor, state Legislature have misplaced priorities

    If the Oklahoma State Legislators and our Governor spent less time interfering in women’s rights to manage their bodies, creating ways to lay more taxes and fees on the middle class in order to generate more tax breaks which benefit only the wealthy while also conceiving methods with which to fill Oklahoma’s for-profit prisons, they would be doing all of us a favor. Instead, why not work to enhance funding for our schools and wage increases for all school employees? While reforming the state’s educational budget, why don’t they approve wage increases for our Oklahoma State Troopers and enlarge their Academy to insure qualified individuals are ready to fill the upcoming vacancies as many of the older force retire?

    April 9, 2014

  • Self government key to keeping politicians in check

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that federal campaign laws that limit the total amount of money donors can give to political parties, committees and candidates for federal office (U.S. House, Senate, and President) was unconstitutional. The ruling will not increase the current $2,600 limit on how much a donor can give to a federal candidate in each primary and general election or the $32,400 limit that can go to a national party committee. Those limits are still in place.  The ruling will instead remove the limit on how many candidates/committees to which a donor can contribute.

    April 9, 2014

  • Legislative goals crucial to priorities in education

    I am a member of several professional organizations where I attend regular meetings, network with colleagues, and stay abreast and informed on education best practices.  The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, better known as CCOSA, is a nonprofit organization that establishes close and continuous communication and cooperation between educators, taxpayers, and legislators to improve the effectiveness of professional school administrators and to communicate the needs of schools. Attendance this time of year is especially critical because legislators are in session.

    March 28, 2014

  • An impressive ranking that could be better

    That Duncan was named one of the best 15 communities in Oklahoma by Movoto, a national Real Estate company, is news worth celebrating.
    Of 43 places with population of 10,000 or more, as determined by the U.S. Census data, Duncan finished 15th. Norman was first, Edmond second, Yukon and Moore tied for third and Bethany was fifth.

    March 9, 2014

  • Kids shouldn’t have to pay for having punster parents

    Friends and neighbors, I’ve been cloistered in my Thought Chamber for the past few days, contemplating many high-brow philosophies and haughty hypothesis that we who think on a different level use to exercise our finely-tuned minds and remain intellectually superior to the Great Unwashed.
    As you see, the time alone has been intellectually beneficial. I just composed an opening sentence (what we in the journalism dodge call a “lead”) that’s 46 words long.

    March 9, 2014

  • The blissful serenity of No-TV Land

    Life without TV is possible. Maybe you should try it. I did. It’s a do-able thing, I tell you. I’m still here, no worse the wear, no oozing wounds, no serious loss of brainwave activity except for the slow, inexorable downhill decline that already started when TV viewing was a daily occurrence.

    Granted, two months without the tube is quite likely not a scientifically acceptable sample from which is to hold forth. But it’s the best I can do, so deal with it.

    March 9, 2014

  • Cooper’s message is to remain active

    Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the Dallas physician who coined the phrase “aerobics” more than four decades ago, who has become a world leader in physical fitness and who has saved, literally, thousands of lives by promoting the value of an active lifestyle, shared his philosophy of life here last week.

    March 9, 2014

  • Time to take the “B” out of the “Three R’s”

    Our young folks are hitting the stretch drive toward the end of another school year, during which they’ve been taught “Three R’s”, which are not really “r’s” at all.
    In case you missed it, reading is the only one of the “Three R’s” that actually begins with the letter “r.” Writing starts with a “w” and arithmetic begins with the letter “a.” There are two reasons we drop the “w” from “writing” and the “a” from “arithmetic”: 1. For poetic flow in the age-old saying; and, 2. many people have a secret yen to talk like the Beverly Hillbillies.

    February 23, 2014

  • Thank you for lettin’ me be myself again

    Friends and neighbors, hope I don’t sound like the biggest egomaniac since Donald Trump, but you know, I am the most interesting person I’ve ever known.
    Forgive me if — on first blush — that sounds like the most totally self-aggrandizing statement you’ve ever heard. And if you’ve headed to the restroom to express an editorial opinion about the statement above, I’ll stop for a couple minutes.

    February 15, 2014

  • Buzz misfired in Vanity Fair body slam of Duncan

    As the new kid in town, I’m reluctant to leap atop the ramparts to defend the honor of Duncan, Okla., my new adopted hometown.
    But to heck with that. When an out-of-towner comes into your house and soils your rug, it’s on.
    I speak, of course, about the article in Vanity Fair magazine about Duncan and the  killing last year of Chris Lane, the Australian who was gunned down in August.

    January 24, 2014