The Duncan Banner

October 20, 2013

Notebook clutter clean again

Ed Darling
The Duncan Banner

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!

edarling@duncanbanner.com

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