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I’m about ready for fall and some cooler temperatures.

The only problem is we’re just at mid-June.


The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has some work to do right here in River City.

The cable barrier, which by the way is a real life saver, needs tending to.

By its looks, it has been getting a real workout.

But ODOT needs to shore it up.

Between here and Norman there are at least 20 spots where the barrier is damaged or down.

That’s simply not safe.


When it comes to intelligence gathering most of us think of the CIA and the FBI.

Those are definitely two of them but I learned from our congressional delegation at the Oklahoma Press Association meeting last weekend that there are 14 other agencies in the United States that gather intelligence.

Only three out of Oklahoma’s five congressional seats were present with Tom Cole and Kevin Hern absent.

The three present were Stephanie Bice, Markwayne Mullin and Frank Lucas.

They reported the biggest and most time-consuming portion of their briefings is about right wing terrorists while turning a blind eye to the rest of the world problems.

They also explained how we got into the mess of 8.58 percent inflation.

They said it was due to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), that was enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

That provided small businesses with approximately $800 billion in low-interest uncollateralized loans from April 3, 2020, through May 31, 2021.

The congressmen and woman said it flooded the market with cash to purchase goods and services but the goods and services were not as plentiful causing a supply and demand price increase.

Bice said the problem is two fold.

First, the current administration’s energy policies. U.S. oil production is hampered. That, coupled with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has them negotiating with Iran and Venezuela for oil land gas.

What a pair of nations to draw to.

She said it should be domestic oil we’re using and not from a dictator or socialist state.


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