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Pause to remember their sacrifice

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Friday, May 15 was observed as National Police Memorial Day.

This day was set aside by Congress in 1962 to honor the memory of law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the performance of their duties. Each year, that day is recognized in Oklahoma as well as in Canadian County and in communities across the nation by a solemn ceremony where we reflect on the dangers and sacrifices of those who dedicate their lives to keeping their fellow citizens safe.

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The life-changing love of an incredible mother

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If you would have known me growing up, your money would not have been on me to amount to much of anything.

I was a self-conscious kid who was constantly teased for my small stature and my academic failings.

I was regularly taken out of class in elementary school for special education classes to remediate my reading ability and other academic deficiencies.

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Why would Gov. Andrew Cuomo even go there?

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I recently published a piece on Andrew Cuomo and other pro-choice Democrat governors who fight for life in their states against COVID-19.

This also includes Pennsylvania’s Tom Wolf, New Jersey’s Phil Murphy, Connecticut’s Ned Lamont, Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer and Virginia’s Ralph Northam.

As for Cuomo, I noted that few Americans have battled the virus quite like the governor of New York, a state under siege. I noted that I feel for him. I also said that I wish he would fight to stop the loss of innocent life from abortion.

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Embers of kindness can become a blazing inferno of goodness

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Going through some online news the other day, I came to a couple of realizations. Obvious ones that we seem to forget as we’re going about our lives.

If you spend any time at all on the Internet, you’ll realize what a cesspool some of it can become. I didn’t have to look very far - I simply read public comments on a news article.

Digital learning during and after the crisis

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Digital learning and home-schooling have hit K-12 education like — well, like a pandemic. As in so many other sectors, from politics to business to the movies, people are asking to what extent things can ever return to normal from the drastic changes imposed by our public health emergency. Now that millions of families are experiencing digital learning and home-schooling, at least in a way, will these alternatives come out stronger on the other side of the crisis?

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When man replaces God as God

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When man denies the existence of God, or even believes himself an agnostic, he, in effect, replaces God with himself as the highest entity of intelligence. This impacts his political thinking in virtually every way.   

If God does not exist, then he cannot be counted on to manage the planet, thus puny man must. Without faith that God oversees everything for the benefit of man, the following could not be understood: the rotation of the planets, sunsets and sunrises, the consistency of gravity, wind speeds and temperature variances — even oxygen levels.

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Some memories tied to April 19 too strong to ever fade away

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I left early that Easter morning. I had a two-day drive ahead of me.

The wife at the time and our two children, Aliki and Jack, were already in London, Ontario. We were scheduled to baptize 5-month-old Jack the following Sunday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

I pulled out of El Reno about 5 a.m. I had made the drive to London several times before.

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Career of beloved teacher ends before kites can fly

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Today a man making a delivery to Riverside School said, “I bet your teachers are happy about having a longer summer break.” My immediate response was no. Then I recommended that he not ask teachers that question.

Some people just don’t get teachers. Teachers are not jumping for joy about an extended summer break. In fact, most teachers use normal summer breaks to plan, attend education conferences and spend their own money to purchase classroom supplies.

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Surprise: New York City, Boise City, are very different

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New York City and Boise City, Okla., are very different places.

That’s not a news flash to most, but it is to some who want COVID-19 responses implemented nationwide as though there’s no difference between one state and the next.

An important debate is under way about our nation’s federalist system, which gives states great latitude to adopt different policy approaches based on differing local conditions — including how states work to reduce the spread of COVID-19.