Tahlequah Daily Press

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September 23, 2013

Tuesday supplement to focus on cancer

TAHLEQUAH — A week from this Tuesday, on Oct. 1, the Daily Press will inaugurate a special series unlike any other we’ve done before. But it’s one we feel will have a significant impact on many people in Cherokee County.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, providing ample opportunity for Americans to pay tribute to the survivors, and to remember those who fought valiantly but lost the battle. All of us have friends or family who have been affected by breast cancer or other forms of this dreaded disease, so the topic is timely and critical.

As a way of honoring those who have struggled with cancer, and to educate the public and get more folks involved in the fight to find a cure, every Tuesday in October, we’ll be publishing a six-page “jacket” for our regular paper. This means the Tuesday papers will contain anywhere from 16 to 22 pages, filled to the brim not only with our regular assortment of news, but also with valuable and comprehensive information on cancer. The supplement will wrap around the regular paper. In many ways, the cover will look like the normal front page of the Press – but it will be very different. We’ll have some surprises in terms of design, and each week, we’ll focus on a different theme.

In keeping with the national motif, we’ll kick off the month Oct. 1 with a package on breast cancer. But we won’t limit ourselves to that. Early on, when our leadership team was developing this five-week project, we decided our readers would benefit more if we profiled other types of cancer, as well as their treatments, their causes, and other aspects of the many health issues that fall under the cancer umbrella.

The broader scope has special significance for the staff of the Daily Press. Our publisher, David Compton, is himself a cancer survivor. In summer 2011, he was diagnosed with a rare but very aggressive type, but he and his doctors acted quickly enough that we’re pleased to say he’s been cancer-free since that time. David and his wife, Brianne, are strong supporters of efforts to bring cancer awareness to the forefront, and the newspaper itself joins them in their dedication.

Each week, then, will have a different theme. Oct. 8’s will be Diagnosis: Cancer, and for the Oct. 15 edition, we’ll take a look at treatments. Oct. 22 will focus on preventative efforts, and Oct. 29 will be dedicated to what happens after cancer, both survival and end-of-life issues.

Within these pages, you’ll see profiles on survivors and their families. We’ll explain the nature of cancer, and have reports on state-of-the-art treatments and local projects to promote education. We’ll tell you how to get low-cost mammograms, and preview the annual Relay for Life event. You’ll learn about treatments throughout history, and the most common types of cancer in this area.

We’ll also talk about cancer services offered by local medical facilities, and explain how changing your lifestyle can help you avoid cancer. We’ll reveal where to find survivors’ groups, and detail the challenges people in certain professions face when it comes to cancer. By the end of the month, you’ll know about equipment and supplies for survivors, how to get  your life back on track after treatment, and hospice care.

Set aside $2.50 to pick up a copy of the Press every Tuesday in October, and tell your friends. We care about our community and its health, and this is the best way we know how to help.

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    But let’s assume Gov. Mary Fallin really isn’t deluded enough to place her powers on the level of a deity. What rationale would a woman who has championed smaller government and local control use to explain her hypocrisy in banning individual Oklahoma cities from raising minimum wages in their jurisdictions?

    April 18, 2014

  • Community cleanups a good way to ensure our collective success

    This is our community – and it’s no better than what we make it. Let’s make it look great.

    April 16, 2014

  • Attack at school in Pennsylvania: Mental illness root of problem

    Washington’s crusade against guns was dealt a severe blow on Wednesday. No, it wasn’t the Supreme Court curtailment of the Second Amendment right of all Americans to own firearms. It wasn’t an executive order handed down by the administration. It was the brutal assault by a high school student in Pennsylvania against his fellow students – with a knife.

    April 14, 2014

  • People with faulty zippers should be booted from office

    We may forgive, but we shouldn’t forget, because there’s serious work to do in Washington. That work will never be accomplished as long as flawed zippers - literally or figurately – are a pervasive problem.

    April 11, 2014

  • Do your part to fight animal and child abuse

    It’s hard to change the habits of an abuser, especially when mitigating factors – such as alcohol or drugs – are involved. And these patterns tend to repeat themselves in successive generations. But all of us can take one small step to help eradicate this epidemic, and that is to report it when we see it.

    April 9, 2014

  • NSA head lies to Congress, and seems to get away with it

    Is there an obvious pattern of criminality within these governmental agencies? If so, why isn’t the Judicial Department investigating?

    April 7, 2014

  • Pass for rich kiddie rapist proves that justice isn’t blind

    Someone in Wilmington, Del., needs to keep an eye on Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden for the next few months, because she might improve her standard of living due to a sudden influx of cash.
    There’s no other way to explain why Jurden would have sentenced an ultra-wealthy heir to the du Pont fortune to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter. It’s an outrageous miscarriage of justice that once again proves when it comes to the U.S. justice system, the elite get a pass almost every time.

    April 4, 2014

  • Maybe it’s not $3.2B, but state should still account for tribal cash

    In an editorial published last week, the Daily Press said that through tribal compacts, the state of Oklahoma received about $3.2 billion in annual revenue, partly attributable to the 117 casinos (or 118, in some reports) run by 33 tribes in the state. The information we accessed for that piece was confusing, and had a typo or two, which may have led us to overstate – to a considerable degree – how much money the tribes actually give the state.

    April 2, 2014

  • Tribal compacts should mean state has money to perform its functions

    Oklahoma should be rolling in the dough. The statistics bear that out. Thirty-three American Indian tribes operate 117 casinos in this state. Thanks to “compacts,” these tribes have been sharing the wealth with the state of Oklahoma. And thanks to the casinos, that wealth is substantial.

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  • It’s time to turn in your candidate announcements

    If you are running for a political office for which Cherokee County voters can cast ballots, it’s time to turn in your announcement. We’ve already run a few, and expect several more. The primary elections are Tuesday, June 24, with the registration period to vote in this election closing Thursday, May 30.

    March 24, 2014

Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
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