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I make no excuse for rioting and looting. And I continue to pray for peace. But until we undertake the hard work of addressing the root causes of unrest, we will continue to see the symptom of violence arise from our national cancer of systemic racism.

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“Be still and know that He is God/Be still and know that He is faithful/Consider all that He has done/Stand in awe and be amazed/And know that He will never change/Be still”

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Please, think before posting anything hateful toward another person. You don't know what they are dealing with in their lives. If posting something vile makes you feel good, then re-examine your own motivations.

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Wednesday will perhaps mark a pivotal moment in United States space travel, when astronauts are launched into space from U.S. soil after a near-decade-long hiatus.

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I apologize for being late with my Memorial Day article. I am from the old school and forgot that special time is now the last Monday in May, and not May 31.

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Those old, worn-smooth bricks that saw tens of thousands of individual shoes and boots use them, who were there when I was a little kid sitting on them out front of our print shop, watching ants and bugs scurry about, are gone now — covered and replaced by smooth concrete.

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OBI provides more than 90% of the blood provided to patients in the state, requiring 1,200 donors each day to meet the demand.

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We are called to a passionate, bone-aching kind of love, that centers our being, our efforts, our passions and our last breath, on the one and only true source of our life and worth — our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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The Framers of the Constitution ... were men of faith. But, they left provisions of faith — and government mechanisms to protect and advance faith — out of our Constitution ... They did so not because they wanted faith to flounder in our republic. They did so because they knew the only way to ensure religious liberty was to keep government out of the matter entirely.

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The cold, harsh fact is that in today's fast-moving news environment, Americans are understandably turning in more frequent numbers to online platforms as the traditional national media choices have nearly rendered themselves irrelevant for little more than firing partisan potshots either at one party in particular, or at each other.

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Chesapeake Energy Corp. has weathered many economy-related challenges during its 31 years in existence. The latest one, however, may prove too great to overcome and deal a potentially awful blow to Oklahoma City.

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The best thing to do when getting reacquainted with the night sky is to look for familiar star patterns and gatherings. Good thing there are several that can be readily found no matter what season you are in.

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Let the pandemic and living sheltered MAKE you, NOT BREAK you. You will be stronger later when the confusion and illness is settled and we can get back to whatever normal is. It will make us into the person we are today. 

I would like to say a personal thank you to Mr. Darrow for his work and dedication to the young adults he has been charged with directing.

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For the past few years rallies have come after harvest, but were short lived and difficult to capture. Storage is a silent enemy that is likened to paying interest to own wheat.

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 Something flipped, flopped or lurched, deep down in both my chest and my psyche. Was it love? I don’t know. All I know is that I couldn’t stop staring at her, thinking how lucky I was to have this dark-haired beauty actually talking to me.

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Unless you are among them, do you think of farmers when you eat, stockers in groceries, truckers, people who toil behind the scenes in hospitals and clean up after us and on and on — did you really think about these unsung heroes much before COVID-19?

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What other ways can we take this dark time and pass it on as love and light to our children? I am sure I have only scratched the surface. I invite you to reflect on this, and to put into action those small things that will transform crisis into the balm of compassion.

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Americans, fortunately, are not fond of living their lives under the thumb of autocrats, and it is good to see that independent spirit has not been completely lost.

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Keeping the pool and splash pads closed during the summer is seen by many as harsh, but given the facts as they stand now, may be the best move to make. Safety needs to be a priority. But, the situation could change. We will all have to wait and see what happens.

Mothers truly are special people. If your mother still is with you, and you can, give her an extra special hug today.

Mothers teach, nurture, feed (both souls and bellies), correct, guide, discipline, inspire, challenge, lead, protect, clean, organize, defend, comfort and heal. They build us up when we are low and they will take us down a notch when we are getting just a bit too big for our britches.

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This loving, gentle man, who was not only ready, but eager, to come face-to-face with God, summed up in 10 simple words the faith I strive to live:

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There is no way for white Americans to completely understand what it means to live black in America. But, if we truly desire our nation to ever become a land of equality, freedom and justice, we must take off the comfortable lenses of our white privilege.

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We long to remember these little slices of our past, the fleeting moments we get when good memories flood over us, and we wish the feeling would last ... but it doesn’t. And we are disappointed.

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Apologize for disrespecting elected officials? Excuse me, your honor, but disagreeing with public officials has long been an American right and has even frequently taken on the form of a "concept of liberty" called civil disobedience.

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The night sky really is more alive than you think. Those 10 seconds you spend walking from your car to your door might as well be like judging a movie based on five minutes of content.

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We cannot always control our circumstances, but we can control our reaction to them.

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ENID - Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., Stittsworth Memory Chapel, Pastor Lester L. Lowry officiating. Burial will follow in Enid Cemetery, under the kind guidance of Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service. www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com