Civility in the face of strife for the common good

In February 1861, Abraham Lincoln traveled secretly through Baltimore en route to his inauguration. He had received only 1,100 of the more than 30,000 votes cast in the Maryland city in the preceding election. Baltimore was the home of the country's largest African-American population, but also a large number of southern sympathizers. Lincoln's unpublicized travel itinerary was based on the fear of an assassination plot and infuriated his political opponents. He was inaugurated in Washington on March 4, and the fabric of American politics had been stretched to its limits. On April 19, 1861, a group of secessionists and supporters of slavery who called themselves the National Volunteers attacked the Sixth Massachusetts Militia as the militia marched through Baltimore. Exactly 31 months later, in a speech that lasted just over two minutes, President Lincoln concisely delivered the most famous and enduring statement of national purpose given to any people, anywhere. Without doubt, the charge given to those assembled at Gettysburg on Thursday afternoon, November 19, 1863, eloquently paraphrased a bedrock concept of our constitutional government. The President's plea that we all be united in the preservation of a nation that was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal was not just lip service. His mandate of purpose that the "government OF the people, BY the people, FOR the people, shall not perish from the earth" is not simply a catchy phrase. As citizens, it is our solemn duty to ensure, that a balanced relationship between the government and the people be preserved, eternally, forever, without fail. President Lincoln recognized that the preservation of this balanced relationship resulted in bloodshed on the battlefield at Gettysburg and that future bloodshed would likely be unavoidable. Lincoln recognized that the nation was divided against itself and that large numbers of people believed that the relationship was out of balance. He understood that the American Civil War would not vanquish all domestic strife, however, the President had hope that in his future those conflicts could be resolved at the ballot box. For the most part they have been. In some instances they have not. Twenty years ago this month, also on April 19, Oklahoma City was thrust into a global spotlight as a young man chose to act on feelings that the relationship was out of balance. Call him deranged or call him evil, his motivation was rooted in the same hatred of the federal government harbored by the Confederacy and John Wilkes Booth as he discharged the firearm in the presidential box at Ford's Theatre 150 years ago last week. In fact, when Timothy McVeigh was arrested and booked into jail in Perry, Oklahoma, the front of the tee shirt that he wore showed Abraham Lincoln's picture with the following subscript: "Sic Semper Tyrannis," or "thus always to tyrants," Booth's famous proclamation as he leapt from the presidential box to the stage. It was inflammatory rhetoric and hate that brought Timothy McVeigh to Oklahoma City. This week we pause to remember those who were lost in his senseless crime. But it is only when we are "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" that others like him will be kept away. Thank you for allowing me to serve as State Representative. If you have questions or comments about this issue or any other matter, please contact me at David.Perryman@okhouse.gov or 800-522-8502.

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Civility in the face of strife for the common good

In February 1861, Abraham Lincoln traveled secretly through Baltimore en route to his inauguration. He had received only 1,100 of the more than 30,000 votes cast in the Maryland city in the preceding election. Baltimore was the home of the country's largest African-American population, but also a large number of southern sympathizers. Lincoln's unpublicized travel itinerary was based on the fear of an assassination plot and infuriated his political opponents. He was inaugurated in Washington on March 4, and the fabric of American politics had been stretched to its limits. On April 19, 1861, a group of secessionists and supporters of slavery who called themselves the National Volunteers attacked the Sixth Massachusetts Militia as the militia marched through Baltimore. Exactly 31 months later, in a speech that lasted just over two minutes, President Lincoln concisely delivered the most famous and enduring statement of national purpose given to any people, anywhere. Without doubt, the charge given to those assembled at Gettysburg on Thursday afternoon, November 19, 1863, eloquently paraphrased a bedrock concept of our constitutional government. The President's plea that we all be united in the preservation of a nation that was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal was not just lip service. His mandate of purpose that the "government OF the people, BY the people, FOR the people, shall not perish from the earth" is not simply a catchy phrase. As citizens, it is our solemn duty to ensure, that a balanced relationship between the government and the people be preserved, eternally, forever, without fail. President Lincoln recognized that the preservation of this balanced relationship resulted in bloodshed on the battlefield at Gettysburg and that future bloodshed would likely be unavoidable. Lincoln recognized that the nation was divided against itself and that large numbers of people believed that the relationship was out of balance. He understood that the American Civil War would not vanquish all domestic strife, however, the President had hope that in his future those conflicts could be resolved at the ballot box. For the most part they have been. In some instances they have not. Twenty years ago this month, also on April 19, Oklahoma City was thrust into a global spotlight as a young man chose to act on feelings that the relationship was out of balance. Call him deranged or call him evil, his motivation was rooted in the same hatred of the federal government harbored by the Confederacy and John Wilkes Booth as he discharged the firearm in the presidential box at Ford's Theatre 150 years ago last week. In fact, when Timothy McVeigh was arrested and booked into jail in Perry, Oklahoma, the front of the tee shirt that he wore showed Abraham Lincoln's picture with the following subscript: "Sic Semper Tyrannis," or "thus always to tyrants," Booth's famous proclamation as he leapt from the presidential box to the stage. It was inflammatory rhetoric and hate that brought Timothy McVeigh to Oklahoma City. This week we pause to remember those who were lost in his senseless crime. But it is only when we are "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" that others like him will be kept away. Thank you for allowing me to serve as State Representative. If you have questions or comments about this issue or any other matter, please contact me at David.Perryman@okhouse.gov or 800-522-8502.

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"The Way It Works!!"

Decisions are made daily by teachers, students, administrators, and everyone on the planet. Sometimes School administrators and school board members have to make decisions that in their view is best for the children of the school district. This process is necessary for school districts to run smoothly and efficiently. Most of the decisions are mundane decisions; however, sometimes the decisions are more than mundane. Regardless all decisions are well thought out and the letter and intent of the law is followed. Sometimes decisions involve personnel. These decisions have to be made. The administration gathers information and makes a decision to hire, terminate, or assign extra duties to a perspective employ or present employee. After this decision is made, you take your decision to the employee or perspective employee and let them know if they will be hired, terminated, rehired or assigned an extra duty etc... The final step is the superintendent makes a recommendation to the board of education to hire someone, terminate someone, assign an extra duty to someone, or to not assign an extra duty to someone. The board has the authority to accept the recommendation or to not accept the recommendation of the superintendent. School administrators and school board members have parameters set forth by state law that control what we can say about personnel. The board nor superintendent cannot publicly comment on the reasons why someone is not assigned a duty or terminated or not hired as a new employee. Schools are like other places of business. We have to make decisions based on facts and information. We make the best decision we can, and we simply can't elaborate the reasons why publicly or to anyone in the public. That is confidential information between the employer and employee. The way it should be!! In closing the administration and school board at Minco does its due diligence to make the right decisions for its children. We follow the intent of the law and often seek legal counsel in these decisions. We do what we deem is the right thing to do for our children. This is the way it works!

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CV TECH REBRANDS, LAUNCHES NEW LOGO

Canadian Valley Technology Center has upgraded its brand to include a new logo mark. The school has featured roughly the same logo for the past quarter-century.

Superintendent Dr. Greg Winters sought a new brand to reflect a renewed spirit of commitment and camaraderie after the recent construction of a new building at the Chickasha Campus and in time for the re-opening of the El Reno Campus, which was destroyed by a May 2013 tornado.

"We're aligning our marketing efforts behind a strong and consistent look, feel and experience," Winters said.

Research conducted by Tulsa-based marketing firm Schnake Turnbo Frank in conjunction with the school's communications and marketing department revealed that people at Canadian Valley are the biggest strength.

Words such as resilient, close-knit, adaptable, market-driven and student-focused were used repeatedly by stakeholders to describe the school with campuses in Chickasha, El Reno and Yukon.

The resulting word mark features a clean, modern look that is progressive, innovative and supports a shortened name. The unique "V" in the logo symbolizes the transformation students experience through CV Tech and the transformational change that is happening for CV Tech as an organization.

The colors were maintained, though have been brightened slightly.

"I'm very proud of the work that our former employee, Susan Hardy Brooks, who is now with Schnake Turnbo Frank, has done in leading this project," Winters said. "Susan involved our marketing department and helped us create an image that is reflective of who we are and what we represent."

CV Tech opened in 1970 with a continuing mission of preparing people to succeed through quality career and technical training programs and services.

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Safe exercise tips

Dr. Tariq Niazi, Orthopedic Surgeon at Five Oaks Medical Group encourages his patients to exercise safely. "When people begin a new exercise program, they often push their bodies too far and put themselves at risk for injury. The common notion that exercise must be really hard or painful to be beneficial is simply wrong. Moderation is the key to safe exercise. Safe exercise programs start slowly and gradually build up in intensity, frequency, and duration." In addition, if you have an existing health problem, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, a history of heart disease, or are a smoker, you should contact your doctor before beginning any vigorous physical activity. Safe Exercise Guidelines - Use Proper Equipment. Replace your athletic shoes as they wear out. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that let you move freely and are light enough to release body heat. When exercising in cold weather, dress in removable layers. - Balanced fitness. Develop a balanced fitness program that incorporates cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility. In addition to providing a total body workout, a balanced program will keep you from getting bored and lessen your chances of injury. - Warm Up. Warm up to prepare to exercise, even before stretching. Run in place for a few minutes, breathe slowly and deeply, or gently rehearse the motions of the exercise to follow. Warming up increases your heart and blood flow rates and loosens up other muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. - Stretch. Begin stretches slowly and carefully until reaching a point of muscle tension. Hold each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds, then slowly and carefully release it. Inhale before each stretch and exhale as you release. - Take Your Time. During strength training, move through the full range of motion with each repetition. Breathe regularly to help lower your blood pressure and increase blood supply to the brain. - Drink Water. Drink enough water to prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Drink 1 pint of water 15 minutes before exercising and another pint after you cool down. Have a drink of water every 20 minutes or so while you exercise. - Cool Down. Make cooling down the final phase of your exercise routine. It should take twice as long as your warm up. Slow your motions and lessen the intensity of your movements for at least 10 minutes before you stop completely. This phase of a safe exercise program should conclude when your skin is dry and you have cooled down. - Rest. Schedule regular days off from exercise and rest when tired. Fatigue and pain are good reasons to not exercise.

Dr. Tariq Niazi is available for all of your Ortho needs through the Orthopedic department of Five Oaks Medical Group along with fellow Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Jordan and Dr. Kumar. Appointments can be made by calling 405-224-2100.

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New Safe Room program for Grady County

The Grady County Home Finance Authority agreed today to finance another safe room project for residents in Grady County. The program will be the same as last year's program according to Dale Thompson, Director of the Grady County Emergency Management Agency. Thompson said the program will kick off with a public meeting sometime after July 1st of this year. We will have program guidelines and applications for any homeowner in Grady County along with the time lines for the applications to be turned in, time for installation and rebate requirements. As in years past the rebate will be 75% of the cost up to $2,000.00.

We will announce the public meeting place and time sometime in June as soon as a facility and materials are obtained. This program is open to all residents County-Wide as long as they own and live on their property. Rental properties and businesses are not eligible to apply. Watch for the date and time as it will be published in local newspapers as well as announced on KOOL 105.5 radio. Social media users can follow the Grady County Emergency Management and Tuttle Emergency Management Facebook page for the dates and times as well as other information on weather and other county activities. The Grady County Emergency Management will administer this safe room project as in years past working closely with the Tuttle Emergency Manager Sean Douglas. There is no need to call our offices until we have the date and times for the public meetings set.

Any questions on this press release please contact:

Dale Thompson, Director, OCEM

Grady County Emergency Management

405-222-2339

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Red Cross Launches Powerful New App with Everything You Need to Know in an Emergency

Information on 14 Different Emergencies with 35 Customizable Alerts

Oklahoma, Thursday, April 16, 2015]- The American Red Cross announces the release of its new Emergency App which gives people instant access to weather alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for mobile devices.

This all-inclusive app provides expert advice on what to do in case of disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, home fires, wildfires and more. The free Emergency App is available in app stores for smartphones and tablets by searching for the American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.

"When an emergency occurs, it's important for families to stay safe and connected," said regional spokesman Ken Garcia. "Our Emergency App does that. It covers 14 different types of disasters and lets users customize more than 35 emergency alerts so that they will know what to do no matter where they live or travel."

"Family Safe" is a new, unique feature that allows the app user to notify loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster. The recipient can instantly see the alert details as well as specific "what to do now" steps, and then respond with either "I'm safe" or "I'm not safe." This feature works even if the recipient has not downloaded the Emergency App.

The Emergency App has many features, including:

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Chickasha Police Department Activity

04.15.2015

Marquise Ellis was arrested in the 600 block of West Grand Avenue on an outstanding Caddo County Warrant.

Kristen Charlson was arrested in the 600 block of South 15th Street around 0326 hours on charges of public intoxication and assault and battery on a peace officer.

Alexander Aparicio was arrested for driving with a license suspended/revoked or cancelled in the 1600 block of South 18th Street.

More information on these arrests may be found on the chickashamugs.com website.

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Art Class just for 4, 5 and 6 year olds CAAC’s FREE 3rd Saturday Morning Art Class

Art Class just for 4, 5 and 6 year olds CAAC's FREE 3rd Saturday Morning Art Class

The Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC) is pleased to offer a special art class ... just for 4, 5 and 6 year old children!

The class is Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10:00-11:00 pm in St. Luke's Parish Hall, 124 S. 6th. Children and parents are to enter the Parish Hall on the south side of St. Luke's on Kansas Street, across from the First Christian Church.

Ms. Tabitha Black, Dibble School Art Teacher and Artscope summer camp teacher, will be leading the class.

Children will experience making a 'Crayon Resist Ocean Animal Scene using a Tempera Paint Wash'.

This is a FREE arts class and is sponsored by the Chickasha Area Arts Council, a non-profit 501c3 all-volunteer arts organization. Children, ages 4 to 6 years, may register for the April 18th class. Adult caregivers are to accompany their children.

The class is limited to 10 children and pre-registration is required. A 'wait list' will be made.

Reservations are to be made by calling Susan G. at 405-222-4797 or emailing info@chickashaarts.org.

Give the (1) name of child, (2) birth date of child, (3) name of person accompanying the child, (4) a contact phone number and (5) an email address, if available. An email confirmation will be returned to those registering by email.

The CAAC is extremely grateful to the First National Bank and Trust Company of Chickasha, the Junior Social Workers of Chickasha and the Oklahoma Arts Council for funding and supporting the CAAC's Saturday Art Classes for children.

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