Remembering fire victims, nearly a century later
The night watchman smelled smoke in the linen room of Oklahoma State Hospital Ward 14 at 3:45 a.m. on a spring Saturday morning in 1918. He quickly sounded the steam whistle at the hospital’s power plant to wake the sleeping patients. ...
A mixed bag of food labels
The U.S. Food and Drug administration broke new ground in consumer protection when it required, more than 20 years ago, the now-familiar nutrition labels on virtually every bit of packaged food. Now, the labels are being revamped — in ways ...
Some renovations require professionals
Few countries outside of the U.S. make it so easy to change or renovate a home. To cut expenses, homeowners often do a lot of the work themselves....
City ordinance needs to be abolished
This regards the ordinance of no more than three unrelated persons may live together. Our group of 53 property managers/landlords want this ordinance abolished. A group member has called this law “offensive and appalling.” This law was ...
Idealist who loved Kashmir: Revisited
Despite the diatribe, “quiet diplomacy,” negotiations, has the political landscape of Kashmir, the nuclear flashpoint in South Asia, changed at all since 1953? How seriously do the governments of India and Pakistan take current regional ...
Women unravel dreams to dismay
I have this recurring dream where — have you stopped reading yet? If you’re a guy, I bet you have....
What’s seriously wrong with Kansas
Kansas might as well start producing “Only Heterosexuals Served Here” signs for businesses and government offices....
Exhibit chronicles state’s civil rights struggles
Tucked conveniently between two historic buildings near the OU campus’ front door, a quiet monument reminds visitors of a more turbulent time in Norman. The soothing sound of the fountain is testament to calmer days, not anything like the ...
Merger doesn’t have to be bad
The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the country’s two largest cable TV operators, generated a predictable wave of outrage from opponents of corporate consolidation. With about 30 percent of all pay-TV customers ...
Snowballs and other winter things
A grandfather tells this winter’s tale about two sisters collecting wood for the family stove. They also collected new-fallen snow for snow cream. When they went back inside, the 5-year-old sister also carried snowballs....
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