• Buffalo herds roamed Oil Trough

    The late historian Ernie Deane wrote, “The name Oil Trough is one that arouses much curiosity.” It is always near the top of “unusual” place names in America. When Sallie Stockard wrote a history of this region in 1904, she interviewed elderly residents who had …

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  • More social than political

    The closer it gets to election, the more we are bombarded by news stories, ads, mailers, TV commercials and most of all (it seems) our social-networking sites. My main social-networking site is Facebook, although I love Pinterest, occasionally tweet and at one time had a …

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  • How to become an abused woman

    It all starts so innocently. First you meet what you think is the man of your dreams. His world revolves around you. What can he do for you? How can he make you happy? He tells you that you are the smartest, most beautiful woman …

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  • Debate: Illegal or ‘undocumented’ immigrants?

    Fifteen years ago, I embarked on an independent, personal mission to lift mainstream media immigration reporting up to the standards journalists set for themselves. By 1995, I had been a professional journalist for more than a decade. Immigration reporters’ utter failure to adhere to their …

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  • Recalling good times, George Carter

    George Carter was a heckuva bass fisherman. So good, in fact, that shortly after I went to work at this newspaper more than 30 years ago and was writing a weekly outdoors column, I had George in mind when I called the Bass Anglers Sportsman’s …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Dear editor: Over the last three decades: 20 years with Republican President 12 years with Democratic President 16 years with Republican Senate 16 years with Democratic Senate 14 years with Republican House 18 years with Democratic House Spending continues and grows. Debt continues and grows. …

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  • Professor shares secret on how not to name a baby

    Kevin hung around my desk after class was over, and I could tell he wanted to visit. When I turned to him to see if he had any questions, he said he would like to talk privately. Usually this means a student is concerned about …

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  • New World forgotten

    Monday. I got up at the regular time (no need for you to know what that is); stumbled across the hall to my office, and opened up the computer to begin another fun-filled exciting day of dealing with crashed cars, mangled people and all that …

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  • Concerns about HIV discrimination

    Even after 30 years of fighting HIV, health experts say that the stigma and discrimination faced by those living with the disease remains one of the most significant barriers to treatment and prevention. The unequal treatment can occur in employment settings, or in educational opportunities, …

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  • You come at Elmo, you best not miss

    The very rich are different from us. For one, their Etch a Sketches are better. The handheld toy I played with as a boy must be tiny compared to whatever Romney used to reinvent himself in the Denver debate. Gone was the “severely conservative” firebrand, …

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  • Immigration policy imports poverty

    Here’s more utter nonsense from Capitol Hill. Hoping to avert what legislators predict may be the road to a “fiscal cliff,” Senate leaders plan to use the upcoming lame duck session between the November election and the 113th Congress to reach a comprehensive long-term debt …

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  • Status of African-Americans unsure during war

    One hundred fifty years ago the status of African-Americans was unsure at best. While they were considered property in the South, they were not treated any better by their northern counterparts. Despite the mythological ramblings of current day historians, the Negro was seen as a …

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