Today's Opinions

  • Race Riots in the Navy

    Last week, I wrote about my first immersion into cultural awareness. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was to go through many more seminars with the same black chief petty officer facilitating the discussions as a result of race riots on at least two Navy ships.

    I joined the service in February 1972. By the time I got out of boot camp, graduated from Class “A” (job training) School and arrived at my ship in December, the riots were over, but they had a direct impact on my career, and they still impact my thinking.

  • Schaefer faults comprehensive plan

    By John Schaefer

    President, Marion County Audubon Society

     Marion County Comprehensive Plan No. 2045 proposed removal of the portion of Marion County extending south and west from the Farmland Preservation Area to the Marion County boundary

  • Advent and Facebook

    My wife posted something on Facebook the other day that I thought was sweet. I wish I’d thought of it, but she is more spiritual than me. I try to be sympathetic but often stumble and stutter. My wife really is compassionate and relieves the suffering of others through an empathetic ear. She instinctually knows what to do and say or give to others. I believe all of us have a gift from God and I believe compassion is her gift.

  • Sigh ...

    Walking is good for a person’s health. Friday, I walked on a treadmill, and I felt great afterward. My cardiologist said I should feel even better after my bypass surgery.

    Sigh. (I think I’m only teasing).

    I could be a hypochondriac just like my maternal grandfather with just a little more effort, I could be good at it. It wouldn’t take much.

  • My hometown made national news, but not why I had hoped

    TIME ran a story about my hometown! Woohoo! Achille, a small farm town tucked away off the beaten path in Southeastern Oklahoma, made national news!

    The news wasn’t the type I hoped it would be. It was about a small school trying to accommodate a 12-year-old transgender student in the seventh grade.

  • What? What? What?


    I was glued to the television Thursday – scheduling the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh was the only thing the Republican senators did right because that’s the one day I have to myself. Moreover, of course, it’s all about me.

    Neither party is blameless in getting us to this point because both parties want to win the midterm elections and more than a few on the Senate Judiciary Committee aspire to run for president in 2020 – including Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

  • Senate Judicial hearing

    Generally, when I have writer's block as I professed to last week, it's because there is something else on my mind of which I do not want to write.

    This week, I caved and am writing about the nomination process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh — not about the judge — but the process.

  • My military career

    One thing about being in the military is that when there is nothing else to write about, there is always the Navy.