The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

May 10, 2014

Dr. Mike Pontious gets thumbs-up for award win

Thumbs up to Enid physician Dr. Mike Pontious.

Pontious, who has practiced here since 1989, was named by Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians as its 2014 Family Physician of the Year.

He will be honored next month for his dedication to patients, community and the OAFP, as well as his commitment to family medicine and the people of Oklahoma.

Congratulations to Pontious to his commitment to his patients.

Thumbs up to Mark Frye, an off-duty Enid Fire Department driver who happened across a house fire last week.

Frye reported the fire as he was driving by and then stopped to do what he could. He conducted a primary search of the house for occupants after he called the fire in.

A lot of people drive past the location in the 1500 block of West Randolph every hour of the day. Kudos to this public servant who got involved.

Thumbs up to Darrell Herndon, a longtime coach at Enid High School, who announced his second retirement recently.

Herndon, EHS tennis coach since 1973, retired for the first time in May 2008 after 40 years in the Enid Public Schools system. He returned to the tennis gig in July 2008, but his second retirement is permanent.

The EHS tennis program enjoyed success during his tenure as coach, with the girls team winning five state titles and the boys one.

Congratulations on a good job and best wishes for a great retirement.

Thumbs down to the antics of Al Gerhart, co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party.

He was convicted last week of felony blackmail and computer crimes charges for a threatening email he sent to an Oklahoma lawmaker last year.

This case has nothing to do with Gerhart founding the Sooner Tea Party. It had everything to do with Gerhart overstepping the bounds of decency when he told the lawmaker if he didn’t get his way, “I will make sure you regret not doing it.”

The political situation gets too dirty sometimes and it’s time to stop the nonsense.

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