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Opinion

November 3, 2013

Chili just keeps on getting better

NORMAN — The chili at the CSBI Chili Cook-off and silent auction seems to get better each year. My judging talents had taken a year off but were recalled this year and there were some fine chili cooks.

The event raises money for the United Way of Norman. It also gets community folks inside the CSBI building on east Main Street, formerly the Norman Veterans Center. The old building is home to dozens of non-profit agencies.

Fellow chili judge Bob Usry recalled the days of Dunn’s Dairy Queen and their special chili made just down the street at Malone’s Chili. They had a special blend for those Dairy Queen footlong hot dogs.

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No Shave November is back, just in time to help push the United Way of Norman towards its goal.

The campaign has raised thousands of dollars in recent years. Those band of brothers who put down the razor for the month are asking donors to contribute towards their stubble. You’ll be able to spot them around Norman.

I’ll pass on the offer to skip shaving again this year. The last time I let it grow was for two weeks on a bicycle trip across southern England. They nearly didn’t let me back in the country.

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Former Cleveland County District Judge Bill Hetherington was among friends Friday at the swearing-in of the state’s newest District Judge. Hetherington, now a state Court of Civil Appeals Judge but a longtime Norman resident, had some advice for Judge Thad Balkman.

He said to remember that when parties come before him in the courtroom it is an important day in their lives. They will often rate the justice system not by whether they won or lost but by whether or not they believed they were treated fairly in the courtroom.

Good advice from a seasoned judge who has spent some time on the bench.

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