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A4 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, February 7, 2019 Opinions Thank You Friends Thank you so much for the outpouring of love that you have shown to me and my family. Thank you for the food, flowers, cards, prayers, texts, hugs, and support. We have felt the love from so many of you. Frank fought a hard fight, but his body was just tired. He said that he was done, and was ready to live with Jesus. Our hearts are hurting, but we know that Heaven gained a sweet man! Words cannot express our thankfulness for the overwhelming ldve and support from our wonderful community! Judy Spillars Michael & Tracey Spillars Jeff & Michelle Spillars Going the Other Direction Our Founding Fathers gave this nation the First Amendment where you can say what you like with fear of recrimination. However, I've noticed in the last 30 odd years there are more tears, accusations both mutual and counter, fussing, fighting and the like because someone gets 'hurt' by what you've said. Buckle up buttercup, no one gets along with everyone and you may not like what someone says, or how they chose to act, or even does when taking a photo. Why don't we teach our young to walk away. Many times that's all it requires. The person who remarks about something you didn't like has that right. Let them put it on Facebook or lnstagram, social media isnot a friend to the unwise. A smart man knows when to keep his mouth shut, or knows when to turn and go the other direction. Shawn Crain Perkins DAVIS Page A 1 Lives Award from the Col- fromwhatistodaytheCollege lege of Human Sciences, the ofHumanSciencesandtaught OSU Distinguished Alumni home economics in Oklahoma Award and a 2018 induction high schools for 43 years, into the OSU Alumni Hall of 'q'his sculpture represents an Fame. And though she wasn't incredibly powerful and pro- allowed to live on the Okla- found moment for this hlstitu- homa A&M campus as a stu- tion. This is a commitment to dent, OSU named a residence inclusion that.is unwavering" hall in her honor in 2001. said Dr. Jason F. Kirksey, Davis was also recognized vice president for institutional in 2018 by the state, which diversity and OSU's chief named a three-mile stretch of diversity officer. Interstate 35 west of Stiilwater Throughout her life, Davis the Nancy Randolph Davis remained active in the civil Memorial Highway. She died rights movement in the state in2015 at the age of 88. including working as an OSUPresidentBumsHargis adviser to the Oklahoma City referred to the inscription on National Association for the the statue quoting Davis who Advancement of Colored said, "I didn't set out to make People Youth Council. In history, I just wanted to earn 2008, she received the Okla- my education." homa Human Rights Com- "Well, she made history,and mission Lifetime Achieve- we've all benefited from her," ment Award. Hargis said. "So, every time Honors from her alma mater we walk by the statue we need include the Enhancing Human to thank her for all she did." i ii iiiii!i iiii!ii:iiiiiiiiiii ;: ii: i!~iiiiiii~ii!ii!!!i!!i~i!ii!!!!!!i!iiiiii!!iiiiii!!i!!iiiiiii!!iii!i!!i!ii!!!~ It is 30 degrees on Tuesday morning at 6:30 am. It is a Science Fiction or Fact? little gray and foggy out. I am wl'apped in a cocoon of plastic warmth at my cottage. The temp listed on the dual heat and In 1943, when I was 12 years old, I preached my cool unit is just that a number. I have a new smallheater first sermon. After that, I figured I might someday be for thebathroomas of yesterday and thermometers in several a preacher or at least do a lot of teaching, so I began places. Thank God for Leila and Lyle who came with tools collecting stories and notes about all kinds of things to and plastic to cover my windows that leak out precious heat. use in my future lessons. Through the years I've drawn I am so grateful for this act of love and kindness, from them in sermons, writings, school teaching, and for For the first time this cold season,poople can come here and several years now, they have served as a basis for many not keep their coat and gloves on during a visit. I have been of my Love Lines. sick for some time from the cold as l live life in the "cold lane." Recently, I stumbled onto this intriguing story in I have great sympathy for those out in the cold; we are all my collection. Back in 1945 the world famous science prisoners of some traumatic circumstance. The goal is to fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke, made some interesting break loose from those bonds and fight until things chaqge in predictions about what would be happening in, let's say our older rental houses. We are still the Voice of the People! 2001 or thereabouts. He was paid $40 for his pioneering Jesus knew the price of speaking out. How can we teach the article, Extra-terrestrial Relays" in which he predicted children, our future leaders, morals and integrity if they don't that, around 2001, we would all be sharing information see them in action at home? None of us are perfect: we are all via communications satellites. Some 20 years later works of peace and honor in progress. wrote an article titled, "How I Lost a Billion Dollars in I am grateful to Cory Williams and his employees as we My Spare Time" and mused about the money he had lost work on problems they inherited on taking over this property by not obtaining a royalty for telephone, as the leasing agent. I can tell you they have a heart like His TV show. and radio comnmnications satellites. But, let's while still doing business, not worry too much about that because he went on to write Jesus and I prayed for the safety of our govemment, that over 100 short stories, 40 books and TV shows, and he power not be abused, a more caring way is found in dealing was well paid for those. with people coming over illegally at the border, for safe places Science fiction is very popular, but some in the scientific as the homeless numbers grows, and the need for changes in community frown on it. When Clark received the distin- criminal justice, guished UNESCO Kaligna Prize for science writing, he I want to share an event that deeply touches my heart right commented that, although many scientists believe 90% here in Stillwater. The Methodist Church with the help of of science fiction is rubbish, they ignore the fact that 90% the Tim Tebow Foundation will bring a Special Needs prom of ALL fiction is rubbish. to Stillwater. It is called A Special Night to Shine. The prom Clark predicted that tourist flights to the moon would itself will be held at the First Methodist Church and the par- be available by 2001, and "ordinary people" would think ents' prom with dinner provided by The Texas Road House no more about going to the moon than they would about willbeattheFirstPresbyterianChurch.ThisisloveinactionI jetting across the Atlantic Ocean. He believed the uni- Among our sad news is the gang shootings, the bomb squad verse is full of intelligence, but he thought it was very going into action yesterday, and the alcohol-related accidents unlikely that there are men like us anywhere else in the and injuries on the highways. Universe. He said, "I'm pretty sure we are pretty low There are somany fires this season and child-abuse injuries in the pecking order. But, I also think it's unlikely that every day. Many have drugs involved, anywhere in space is anything you would mistake for a Governor, Stitt gave his first State of the State address man, except on a very dark night." He considered the yesterday. Dancing With Daddy will be a very special event chance of a spaceship evading discovery today about the in Stillwater soon. What a beautiful way to see love in action same as that of a dinosaur hiding itself in the streets of between daughters and daddies. Manhattan. Clark also predicted that, in the future, we Have an open mind, be a person who can share friendship would have 6 day weekends and more leisure time. He with those broken in the world. Smile. Love unconditionally, said extra vitamins would keep us from getting gray hair, Valentine's Day is coming. Be some one's knight-in-shining we would be eating synthetic foods, and we might even armor to bring joy and happiness into their lives. Sew a dress, find a cure for death itself. bring a card to an elderly person in a rest home, or involve Speaking of things to come, let's always be polite to your life with kids and art after school. As Jesus would have people who disagree with us. After all, they have a right said,"Be a Light in the Darkness." to their ridiculous opinions. i=i~| payment, and mail to: TIlE JOURNAl. P.O. Box 667 i~:i Perkins, OK 74059-0667 I I o, ce to provide eater accoun bi, and, ,sparency of taxpayer dollars. A non-partisan, independent office would assist the legislature by providing accurate and independent budget and performance data. As to why this is needed, what happened last year with the $30 million Address ~iII City -- State------ Zip :,;:~ Rates: One year in Oklahoma ~0 One year out of state $35 ~'i!~l BE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 !;!!~:;, off of the rates listed above if you are a current paid subscriber. i!i Use the form above for your =friend" and list your name ere: [i '17 The 2019 legislative session officially gets underway on Monday, February 4. But we began preparing for the session months ago. Throughout the interim there were meetings and interim studies to examine issues our con- stituents had interests in for the upcoming session. We had leadership meetings and gathered information to determine how best to move Oklahoma forward and began writing and filing the legislation needed to achieve those goals. This past week, Senate Republicans unveiled our agenda aimed at strengthening our state and building on the foun- dation we've created during the past few sessions. The first item on the agenda is the creation of a legislative budget Health Department debacle is a perfect example. Having I accurate, independent figures and analysis of agencies and their programs will help us be better stewards of public !!: resources and services. We also support legislation to give the governor the authority to appoint the directors of executive branch agen- cies. This will ensure agency heads are held accountable by the Governor, who is in turn held accountable by the public, whatever their political party,the Governor should be able to select the leaders they believe will best carry out their vision and agenda. Last year we approved the largest teacher pay increase in the history of this state. There is more to be done to improve public education in Oklahoma, and how the rest of the country sees us. One critical item we want to address is restoring 5-day school weeks to enhance student outcomes and repair our state's reputation. The Senate Republican Agenda also makes criminal justice reform a top priority for our caucus. We've made critical reforms in recent years, but this is yet another area where we must do more, particularly in the area of diver- sion and treatment programs. We've seen states succeed in lowering prison populations and crime rates through such programs. Far too often, when nonviolent offenders are sent to prison, it simply becomes a revolving door. When you get them the help they need, including access to treatment programs, these individuals are much more likely to turn their lives around and become productive members of society. It's far less expensive than incarceration, and a far more effective way to actually achieve rehabilitation. On Monday, we'll hear Governor Kevin Stitt deliver his first State of the State address. I believe the goals he'll outline mirror those our caucus has highlighted. We have a tremendous opportunity to create positive changes for our state in the coming months--changes that will benefit Oklahoma for years to come. I thank you for the privilege of being your voice at the State Capitol. If you have any questions or concerns about legislation or other issues at the s(ate level, please feel free to contact my office b), calling 405-521-5572, or email dugger@oksenate.gov.