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A4 - THE ,PERKINS .JOURNAL, Thursday, June 10, 2010 Opinions Thanks to the Iowa Tribe Police A friend of mine called me late one night out of gas in Perkins. Since they didn't have a debit card they were unable to purchase gas (had the cash to buy gas but no debit card for the automatic gas pumps). I called the Iowa Tribe and they helped my friend out as soon as they were able. We should all be grateful for the Iowa Tribe. They go out of their way to make our community safe. Even during ice storms in the past, I have seen the Tribal Police out delivering water to those who were without. Small things like this are why I am so thank- ful to be in their area where help is always only a call away. Also about a week age, my friend was broke down on a country road south of Perkins. We had a trailer to load the car on but were going to have to push it up there by hand. Then here comes an Iowa Tribal police officer and helped us get the car on the trailer using his winch. I really don't know if we could have done it without his help. I just want to say thanks to the Iowa Tribe for all they do for our community! Jon Barrett "...gO, K FAULT I00-,IE, WOI00T 00:NVlIaONI00:NT00 19r--0000'a00R IN U.g, No IN glOWER'lIE-s, DONE Wffl4 n:,"" By Cecil Acuff A ventriloquist puts words in the mouth of a dummy; writers put words in the mouths of actors - smart people, but essen- tially dummies until they speak the writer's words. The worlds of communi- cation and entertainment have people in front of the camera who may become wealthy celebri- ties. Behind the camera; technicians, directors, and producers - dozens of "necessary" people. Blacksmiths, Tin- smiths, Gunsmiths, and others were the Artisans or Craftsmen of the past who met the needs of the marketplace• So, those who work with words are the Wordsmiths of society. One such person is James J. Kilpatrick, who retired at age 88. Alan McDermott, Kil- patrick's editor for more than 30 years, wrote of James' retirement in The Tulsa World, Feb. 1, 2009. "I began edit- ing Kilpatrick's political commentary in 1970. I was a young, green, mostly untrained editor of 17, he a widely syndi- cated columnist with 400- TO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, fill out this form and mail with l remittance to: The Perkins Journal, P.O. Box 667, Perkins, OK 74059-0667 Name ill Address City State  Zip I Rates: One year in Oklahoma.. $30 One year out of state ...... $35 BE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 off ofthe rates listed above if you are a current paid subscriber. 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Kilpatrick' s Writer's Art began as a separate column in 1981, as a way of spreading the gospel of good writing; it never sold as well as the commentary; it was a column often posted on newsroom bulletin boards. But, it received a passionate response from readers who cared about language and enjoyed reading a master word- smith expound on the good and bad of newspa- per writing." "In the spirit of his beloved Strunk and White (titled 'The Ele- ments of Style,' in the Foreword, by Roger Angell), "writing is hard, even for authors who do it all the time. Less frequent practitioners ... students, business people, or letter writers, often get stuck in an awkward passage or find a muddle on their screens, and then blame themselves. What should be easy and flow- ing looks tangled, feeble, or overblown - not what was meant at all; 'why can't I get this right'? "We jousted during our weekly conference call. He would say, 'And what picky nits do you have today?' I once threatened to write an editor's note that laid out my disagree- ment with him; he replied in language not fit for a family newspaper. But we always parted friends ... when we met in person over the years, we always found things to laugh about. I salute him for the grace and wit of his writing, for his irasci- bility (mostly feigned) and spirit, for his love of newspapers and their writers .... I will miss him." This scribbler's note -shouldn't this relationship between these two men be a model for spouses, fam- ilies and every relation- ship between and among people - even nations? Writers can't casually take pen-in-hand and start, "Once upon a .... "The reader's attention must be captured quickly, lest other options are chosen, or the web. Writers must know their audience - dif- ferent strokes for differ- ent folks, then, there's research, and writers must decide about sentences, short or long (columnist George Will once wrote a 63-sentence sans period). And redundancy, full stop, free stop, etc. Although, at times, writers may use this emphasis. Scribblers must mind split infini- ties- X told the dog to instantly stop barking. He should write ... stop barking, this instant. Then there's the who-that mis- use; who for people - that for things. There are too many synonyms. The one used should convey the same nuance to writer and reader• Gobbledygook can be claptrap, garbage, gibberish, nonsense, or officialese. And, the commas and colons, dot and dashes which will say what's meant in the Lynn Truss book, Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. " A woman; without her man, is noth- ing." "A woman; without her, man is nothing." The world of TV has demanded pilots for the "Tlwse ,.h(.,s ttn fim.u146 yanls fr, m Ihe enth c,a.sed hy a du.k drie; (Jariz I)ca,on ,s tlm)n 30 ymls mad nol eve. her lder, a d(.;tol', €ouhl sine her. Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk. 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During the legislative session, I worked with state leaders and other stakeholders to pass a measure that increases accountability in our classrooms and creates new evaluation systems for determining how well our schools are performing. Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and State Superin - tendent Sandy Garrett have worked hard tO put together Oklahoma's application for $175 million dollars of the $3.4 billion in federal funds available through the Race to the Top competition. A panel of experts will review the applications and award the grants to the boldest plans for educational reform. With the groundwork laid this legislative session, Oklahoma will be competitive in the second round of funding. The Race to the Top grants offer states like a Oklahoma to think critically about how educational systems can be improved, and then it provides the resources to turn those ideas into real reforms. That education reform is vital for the future of our state• Our ability to be prosperous in the years to come depends on our state's ability to grow and attract high-paying jobs. A highly educated work force is a must. Furthermore, I believe we have a moral obligation to offer Oklahoma children the best education possible• Great jobs increasingly demand a great education and I, like so many other Oklahoma parents, want our students to have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. If you have questions or comments, please write me at the Office of the Governor, Room 212, Oklahoma City OK 73105 or visit the "Contact the Governor" section of my website, www.governor.ok.gov. past half-century - upfront presentations from which to choose next fall's crop of television programs and advertisers. TV's pilot need is insatiable and time-sensitive. Scripts for comedies and dramas are gathered in January by studios from hundreds in development. By the end of April, each finished product is delivered to a network. In mid-May, the networks unveil their fall lineups. Network execs say everyone accepts the system, but it's hectic, with scrambling for the same time-slots and the same people• A stately house in a quiet neighborhood of Burgton, USA has been vacant until just a few days ago, then trucks, trailers, actors, and crews gathered - there's a bee- hive of activity. A pilot is being made for this fall. There are dozens of this scenario; few will be seen. All the dreams and hopes of each partici- pant, from idea people, to crews and actors, to distribution people, will vanish into thin air. For next fall's TV viewers, which show, present and projected, is safe? 26 shows have been renewed, 12 shows are in no danger, 9 have been cancelled, 3 are ending their runs, 3 are unlikely to return, and 20 are on the bubble. The viewing public has little knowledge, and no input. The network moguls decide the demographics of which pilot will bring the most viewers and advertisers. And then, the production costs; it may not be a great show, but it costs so little, or it costs a small fortune, but 10ok at those demographics. Finally, which shows will be watched, and renewed for next year? Then, which will be cancelled after a few episodes, to join the hundreds of disappoint- ed people of yesterday's Burgtons, USA? May all your Favorite Pilots sail happily into next year, and last season's pleasures reach port this year! J .1