My Own Opinion



A weekly column by Citizen Publisher David Reid.
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1/18/2017 Like many, a good deal of my training in advertising and working derived marketing with smart clients. I had one client many years ago in Weatherford that taught me, “If you don’t have anything to say, keep your mouth shut. If you do have something to say, holler louder than anybo...read more
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1/11/2017 He could afford to live in the biggest house, drive the nicest cars and take the most lavish vacations. What did he choose? Work. Lionel Harris died early Monday morning at the age of 89. He got as far as completing the eighth grade before he went to work. His work was pumping g...read more
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1/4/2017 Hope: a reasonable expectation for a better future. While visiting with Dr. Kolm McCauley at a New Year’s Eve gathering, he said that we have reasons to begin 2017 with hope. It’s always good to begin a new year with hope. The following are a few of the reasons we should have an a...read more
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11/2/16 Reprinted from Whistleblower-newswire. Enjoy. On Sunday in America at the Church of The Compassionate Conservative, Beloved Whistleblower Publisher, the right-wing Rev. Charles Foster Kane was asking his political parishioners to understand how God talks to us. But first Kane tol...read more
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10/26/2019 I wrote last week about economic development. I wrote that bringing dollars from outside Cushing into Cushing is economic development. The Cushing Citizen and staff is all about bringing more money into Cushing helping to bring sales tax revenues in Cushing and other communities ...read more
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10/19/2016 Do you want a wallflower or a fighter? Often a question like this comes up when one is referring to a lawyer they choose. “I want a lawyer with an office in the back of the building and they throw a piece of raw meat to from time to time. I want one who will come out fighting to...read more
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10/12/2016 Cushing’s new economic developer, David Hinkle, knows economic development. He told Rotarians recently that economic development is braces on a little girl, a pair of glasses on the face of a child that needs them, new uniforms on the high school band, a decent car in the drivewa...read more
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10/05/2016 Dr. Jim Garlow is minister of Skyline Church in San Diego, California, and has written several books. We have confirmed that he authored these comments and observations. On occasion, we will reprint comments from outside columnists who say it better than we can. Enjoy. I have ...read more
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9/28/2016 Our good friends Bob and Sally Felts are moving today to a retirement village in Oklahoma City. It’s difficult to say “goodbye” to such a nice couple and such valuable community servants. When Bob and Sally moved to Cushing, some 20 years ago — an estimate — he was already white-h...read more
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9/21/2016 On Nov. 8, voters will vote on each of seven state questions. Some have been high-profile issues while some have not been. I have read and studied them and are providing in this column my explanation and point of view on the following state questions: State Question 776 deals ...read more
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9/14/2016 I recently had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with Caryl Talley and her sister, Carrie Hulsey. Caryl is candidate for Oklahoma House of Representatives District 33 running on the Democratic ticket. It’s a rather interesting combination. Her husband, John, is a Republican and...read more
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9/7/2016 Republic Services, the company contracted by the city of Cushing to handle solid waste management for the citizens of Cushing, may be a very large company. It is quick to respond to public pressure. Following last week’s column about our service at the local transfer station, we rece...read more
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8/31/2016 If it is not corrupt, it is certainly mismanaged. I am referring to the Cushing solid waste transfer station just south of Main on Luella. Here’s the story. In the back of the Citizen office, I had some boxes and other trash beginning to pile up that either would not fit in the...read more
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8/24/2016 It’s been right at 10 months since Jeremy Frazier came to work in Cushing as assistant city manager. He took time to visit with us to bring us up to speed on the performance of basically his first year on the job. We still do not have a copy of his official written job description...read more
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8/17/2016 The issue of selling strong beer in convenience stores and grocery stores has come up before. We’re in the Bible-belt — we’re going to have to say that’s much of the reason why historically Oklahoma has not had laws particularly favorable to alcohol consumers or the alcohol indus...read more
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8/10/2016 Action needs to be taken to make our downtown look better. Recently, a friend from another state was visiting our home. Early one morning, he took off on a walk. This walk took him east and west of our home at the corner of Harrison and Moses. He was stunned by the difference in t...read more
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8/3/2016 Hillary has been a member of Congress since 1992. I, while looking at all candidates for president at the beginning of this lengthy campaign season, eliminated as prospects any candidate who had experience serving in Congress. Why? Marco Rubio, a good person, a polished speaker, an...read more
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7/27/2016 During a recent visit with a good friend and client, we were reminded of something: We’re not “from here.” You’ve been there. Someone walks into a store and asks a question. They talk somewhat differently than others in the store and the store clerk or owner responds with, “You ai...read more
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7/20/2016 We’ve witnessed Day One of a four-day Republican National Convention. It appears clear that Donald Trump, CEO of the Trump Organization will be the presidential nominee and Mike Pence; governor of Indiana will be the vice president nominee. An effort to derail what the people want...read more
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7/13/2016 Recent decisions of our city commission cause me to have some questions. I hope you will see these as questions and comments worthy of consideration as I am pondering how’s the best way to structure our community for future development. I would speculate that if the average, fairl...read more
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7/6/2016 You guys done good! I have noticed some activity in the vicinity of the AT&T tower near Walmart. We can’t call it a cell tower, though it looks like one, because there has, heretofore, been no efforts and no equipment installed in two years and 11 months, which would make this ...read more
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6/29/2016 We read about Stewart Arthurs’ retirement. He has been an icon at the city commission meetings and at other public city functions for a generation. We pray he enjoys a healthy and happy retirement. Well deserved. Faces change at the city commission meetings. From time to time, we ...read more
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6/22/2016 It appears, for voting on Tuesday, Democrats and Independents in the Cimarron Valley don’t have choices to make. Republicans and Libertarians vote Tuesday. Republicans have choices to make very important to the Cushing area while Libertarians may make a feeble effort to unseat Jam...read more
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6/15/2016 It’s Tuesday night in Tokyo. Our Wings of Rotary 2016 has enjoyed our last full day in Japan with a full day at Disney Sea, guided by Hiroshi Sasaki from Kurikoma. The weather cooperated. It was cool and cloudy most of the day. Our team got here early and enjoyed as many attractio...read more
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6/8/2016 June 1, 2016 Today is Wednesday. We left the office at about 1 p.m. Myra forgot her rings and earrings but noticed before we got to Agra. We were in no hurry so we returned home. While there, I topped off my memosa. In Oklahoma City before 3 p.m. Stopped by Apple Store in Penn Squ...read more
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