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Say thank you and mean it

How often do you say thank you or good job? I mean really tell someone thank you or good job and be specific about what you mean. I hope it’s a lot. I try my very hardest every day to tell … more

Back to school safety and upcoming events

School will begin in a week or a few days for many in the area. I’m not sure if it is school or the wonderful reprieve from the heat that Mother Nature has been so kind to give us but … more

Investing in military infrastructure keeps Altus and our nation safe

President Ronald Reagan said during his 1986 State of the Union address that “spending for defense is investing in things that are priceless — peace and freedom.”If we do not invest … more

US editorial roundup provided

The New York TimesDefy party, fight forvoters on health careWe do not know a lot about what is in the health care bill that Republicans are trying to rush through the Senate, but what we do know … more

Use extra caution in foggy weather

Most of the time when we hit the road in our part of the world, the weather is either scorching hot or freezing cold. There only seems to be a few weeks of perfect weather for us every year.There are … more

Work together to stop bullying

Bullying is a huge issue. I’ve read in different news reports lately that it’s a new epidemic. But is it? I don’t think it is. Bullying has been around as long as there have been … more

Warmest thanks and gratitude expressed

Editor,On behalf of the entire Balque family, we would like to thank everyone who helped us during the passing of our loved one, Dorsin Balque. We are grateful for the support and assistance we … more

Brand while the iron is hot

Let’s talk about branding.There’s a lot of different ways to brand calves — electric, fire, or propane fired brandin’ pot. And there’s other methods, too, such as freeze … more

Blank canvases are opportunities

It’s no secret that I like to create art. There’s something wired inside of me that enjoys throwing colors around and moving them into shapes and images. I’m a creative and … more

Things to do on spring break in Frederick

Let me just start by saying thank you again to the many people who volunteered and attended the oyster fry March 4.It truly was a fantastic day in Frederick. We served roughly 950 people a generous … more

Another piano, vocal contest season begins

Another piano and vocal contest season began for my children Saturday.I think it’s pretty cool how hard they work to get ready for these things. William and Aiden have been taking piano lessons … more

Illegal drugs act noble but misguided

I attended this past Friday’s legislative luncheon to hear updates from Sen. Mike Schulz (R-Altus) and Rep. Charles Ortega (R-Altus) about the current workings at our state capitol. While most … more

Their view

The OklahomanDNA vital to coldcase investigationThe wheels of justice can grind slowly, but that doesn’t mean justice will be denied forever.That was the case this week when police arrested … more

State funding for proposed teacher pay raises is difficult issue

Life is all about balance.If I go to an all-you-can-eat buffet, then I have to be careful what I eat or maybe skip a meal later. If I spend long hours at work trying to get better on my job, I still … more

Trade selfishness for godliness

So, if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with … more

I go to church the way I am

Have y’all ever been to one of them churches where they expect you to be a certain way if you are going to be in their presence?It’s kind of like my articles. Y’all may notice a … more

I love the craft show that accompanies the oyster fry in Frederick

I love the craft show that accompanies the oyster fry. I love supporting small business, and I love seeing how creative people are.I’m not a fan of oysters, in the paraphrased words of Joey … more

Where is our creative village in Frederick?

They say it is easier to stay inspired when you are surrounded by those who are inspired.It’s why some of the most innovative companies are formed by like-minded college students. It’s … more

Oklahoma editorial roundup provided

The Norman TranscriptLawmakers should focuson existing responsibilityState legislators have filed more than a dozen bills aimed at “reforming” the state judiciary, particularly … more

Military veterans should get respect but need to act honorably too

Something that has been heavy on my heart are the times when military veterans are arrested for allegedly committing or panning potentially violent crimes.A recent shooting at the Fort Lauderdale … more
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