My Own Opinion



A weekly column by Citizen Publisher David Reid.
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6/1/2016 Friday is the last day to register to vote. You can Google “Payne County Election Board” and download a voter registration form. To speed things up, you could complete the form in advance then take to any public location such as Payne County Election Board, post office, tag agencie...read more
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5/25/2016 Nationwide, this is a year of change. I put in this space recently, “This is the year of the Donald.” The changes this year certainly go much deeper than just Donald J. Trump. We’re changing presidents, thank God, but which way will the winds of change blow? There was a time when ...read more
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5/18/2016 The editorial below was published in the Oklahoman and I was invited to publish it. This is a complicated issue. Reading the editorial, it is notice the typical conservative point of view of Tom Coburn. Although he was right with his conservative politics and fiscal views, in all...read more
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5/11/2016 WWDS What would Donald say? Mississippi and North Carolina are in the news today. Mississippi’s governor signed legislation folks with religious objections to deny services to gay couples. North Carolina’s governor ruled transgender people cannot use bathrooms that match their “...read more
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5/4/2016 I had the occasion to visit the new Cushing Car Wash today. It was a pleasant experience and the equipment did what it was designed to do. What more can anyone ask for? It was a little puzzling, at first; to determine which nozzle the spray was going come from. The new owner has tw...read more
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4/27/2016 Donald Trump had 845 delegates following the New York primary. He needs 1,237 to secure the Republican nomination for president of the United States. At the time of this writing, the April 26 primaries including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have no...read more
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4/20/16 The filing period has closed for those seeking to become elected for the position to be vacated by Rep. Dr. Lee Denney, who, because of term limits, is prohibited from seeking another term. Denney’s constituents must believe her to have done at least an admirable job because during ...read more
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4/13/2016 The Stillwater Area United Way is soon to become either the United Way of Payne County or the Payne County United Way. Either way, this organization is consuming what was once Cushing United Fund. At first, this notion was detestable to me. I was initially angered that new young l...read more
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4/6/2016 Bad habits are difficult to break. Bad policy is also difficult and takes too long to change. Recently, a new Cushing business owner arrived at the city of Cushing utility office to get utilities turned on. He was advised the deposit required to turn on the utilities was $3,000. Wh...read more
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3/30/2016 On the table at the Oklahoma Legislature is SJR 68. It’s a proposed Constitutional amendment seeking “alcohol modernization.” This measure has passed the Senate and is up for consideration in the House but as yet has not been heard in committee. Though it may be premature to make ...read more
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3/23/2016 Prior to the Tuesday primaries in Arizona and Utah, Trump has 680 of the required number of delegates he needs of about 1,200. If he does not get the required number of delegates to claim the nomination, anything can happen at the Republican National Convention. His overwhelming p...read more
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3/16/16 A close international friend sent this to me via email. I think you will find it invaluable.  Juval Aviv was the Israeli Agent upon whom the movie “Munich” was based. He was Golda Meir’s bodyguard, and she appointed him to track down and bring to justice the Palestinian terrorists w...read more
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3/9/2016 A pragmatist is someone who is pragmatic, that is to say, someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal. A pragmatist usually has a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach and doesn’t let emotion distract him. Thats’ a dictionary definition. Have I had enough campaignin...read more
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3/2/2016 Response from AT&T 3:33 p.m., Friday, February 19: “We are continually reviewing options for future upgrades across the state, including the Cushing area. In fact, we invested more than $1 billion in our Oklahoma wireless and wireline networks from 2011 through 2014, and continu...read more
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2/24/2016 Following last week’s column on AT&T, I had one reader advise that she was a read-headed stepchild. We also had a number of calls on the issue. One reader is on the Cushing Board of Adjustment, the body that grants variances. He wrote of requirements before the location for t...read more
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2/17/2016 It’s amazing how a company, to whom we write checks for hundreds every month, can treat a customer like a redheaded stepchild. My apologies to any redheaded stepchildren. In an attempt to be responsive to comments from readers, we checked with AT&T today to see how things wer...read more
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2/10/2016 Monday evening, while setting in the easy chair watching television, I subjected myself to some torture by watching C-Span. Someone might ask, “Why would you watch C-Span?” Good question. I was were curious about New Hampshire primary and what candidates, particularly Bernie Sande...read more
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2/3/2016 Iowa caucuses have come and gone. We’re all still here. No problems have been solved. No solutions have been reached. The caucuses did, however, bring some enlightenment. Ted Cruz left the event overconfident. Marco Rubio left for New Hampshire loaded with new life and new hope. ...read more
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1/27/2016 This is one of the best explanations of the Muslim terrorist situation I have seen. His references to history are accurate and clear. A dear friend in South Africa sent this message to me. His name is John Carter and he once ran the businesses owned by Dr. Hastings Banda when he w...read more
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1/20/2016 Already it has been a long campaign season. Reality probably has not hit most of us. You hear people asking the question, “If you had to vote right now for president, who would you vote for?” I am 10 weeks — 2 ½ months — from having a pretty good idea who will win the nominations...read more
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1/13/2016 I was reading the personal column I published in About US 2015. In it, I lead with the prediction that the crude oil price by the end of January 2016 would be $75 per barrel. Two others, much closer to the industry than me, predicted $75 and $105. It’s going to have to hurry. Has...read more
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1/6/2016 Often travels can encourage one about hometown. They also often challenge me. I got some of both during recent travels to Southwest Arkansas. This was my first time to visit a particular city. My expectation was that were the town clean and green, it would show signs of prosperity...read more
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12/30/2015 Despite low crude and natural gas prices, 2015 was a year of progress and success around Cushing. Early in the year, the makeup of the Cushing Board of Commissioners changed. Commissioner Terry Brannon was solidly in position and when election time arrives, voters were ready for ...read more
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12/23/2015 Cushing Pride came to mind this morning as I was picking up trash the waste management company allowed to fly away as they were dumping poly carts. Trash flew all over our yard to the east and into the yard of our our neighbor, Wells Fargo Advisors, to the east. Sure, the carts ...read more
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12/16/2015 Obama’s ridiculous history lesson The Heritage Foundation’s publication, “The Daily Signal,” recently published a column titled, “Obama’s Ridiculous History Lessons on Climate Change.” By Kim R. Holmes, a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation, who oversaw the think ta...read more
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