“As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?”

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Once in a while, I drop into the Petco at Second and Bryant. This is in part because our dogs like to eat, and in part because I enjoy all the personal time I get for introspection at that intersection. There was a time when the youngest child had a fish and I had to go more often; fish food, filters, heaters, gravel, plants, and, most often, replacement fish. Several died of unknown causes. One committed suicide by leaping out of the tank. At least we think that’s what happened; there was no fish in the tank but no sashimi on the floor, either. We surmised one of the dogs handled the corpse removal before we got home but we can’t be sure.

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With the obsession of Democrats over Russian collusion and other such matters, have you ever wondered if the real double agent may just be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi?

It should be the aim of all of us when we attempt a job that we finish it and do it better than is required and better than it has ever been done before. Then there is progress, growth, and personal satisfaction in a job well done.

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Know how recent columns have touched on the topic of supernovae — explosions of stars? Well, it just so happens Betelgeuse is probably the next star in our galaxy to go supernova.

I believe that the sooner a child grows up with the understanding that there's a universe out there that's so much bigger than anything they could possibly imagine, that could put things in perspective.

Since The Edmond Sun receives press releases from not only our coverage area, but also from across the state of Oklahoma, we see many reports of fatalities.

Benjamin Franklin said about the New Year: “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” About 50 percent of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions this year but statistics find only eight percent will ultimately accomplish them. Most modern resolutions are health and prosperity related. Sadly, most resolutions are a ‘wish list’ and not based in reality. 

A republic of free citizens demands for its survival that we form and propound opinions about how our nation should be guided, and that we engage in constructive, mutually respectful discourse on our differences of opinion.

We all know the dangers that smoking and using other forms of tobacco pose to your health. It just makes good health sense to quit.

The big issue is on the national front. The impending impeachment trial of President Donald Trump looms over everything in Washington, D.C.

The latest attempt at getting recreational marijuana on the ballot was withdrawn. We’ve seen a couple of those attempts fail in infancy, but this one never really had a chance. It was doomed from the start for one very important reason – it didn’t even have the support from the burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

I've found throughout life that the most intriguing things happen when you least expect them.

The problem with this is if we’re not careful we can put off and limit ourselves and our service to Christ to some future date, in some far-off land.

We say goodbye this week to the first fifth of the century, and people who were wearing diapers while I was worrying about Y2K fallout will vote in the coming presidential election.

In 1978, Eva began lecturing and teaching about her experiences. But what stunned many, and at times angered other survivors, was her message of forgiveness. Many could not imagine how she could forgive. But to hear her tell it, forgiveness was the final liberator for her.

With Christmas one day away, we pause to remember our blessings and to remember that Christmas is about giving and sharing.

An Oklahoma Watch review of thousands of gifts and meal purchases during the first six months of 2017 found it’s impossible to confirm through records who was bankrolling efforts to influence policymakers.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

WELLING [mdash] Lester Wayne Fox, 84, died Friday January 15, 2020. Viewing will be held Tuesday January 21 from 12p-8p. Funeral services will be held 11a Wednesday January 22 at the Hart Funeral Chapel.

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] age 55. Carpenter. Died Tuesday, January 14, in Tahlequah, OK. Funeral Services Tuesday, January 21st at 1:00 pm at Reed-Culver Chapel. Visitation Monday, January 20th, from 1:00 PM- 6:00 PM at Reed-Culver Funeral Home.

TAHLEQUAH[mdash] NAME: Patsy Peters AGE: 83 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: Ministry Secretary DIED: January 15, 2020 SERVICES: 2:00 PM January 21, 2020, Oakdale Baptist Church, OKC, OK

TAHLEQUAH[mdash] NAME: Richard Bertelle AGE: 81 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: Meat Processor DIED: January 10, 2020 SERVICES: No services

TAHLEQUAH[mdash] NAME: Jeanette Sunday AGE: 78 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: Insurance Bookkeeper DIED: January 11, 2020 SERVICES: 3:00 pm Thursday, January 16, 2020, Green Country Funeral Home Chapel