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weekdays to sound off on any topic. You need not give your name. All responsible comments will be recorded and considered for publication, but we reserve the right to edit them. Items criticizing individuals won't be used unless the person has involved himself or herself in a public issue. Signed letters are welcome for the Letters to the Editor section.

Believes priorities misplaced

I'm calling about this racial situation that's going on at Haworth. It started last month. A little kid got on the bus with a stick, and he said it was a (n-word) beater. Well, it was reported at school. The principal didn't do anything, but instead, they're harassing kids about wearing headphones before school starts. I think the racial incident is what needs to be addressed more than headphones before school.

Some medical costs soaring

That was a brilliant response in Call the Editor Tuesday. I'd like to hear more from you. I had a pacemaker and defibrillator put in five years ago, and they charged $43,000 for the unit, doctors and hospital. It had a five-year battery. Recently, I had the same things put in because the battery was down. The replacement was a 10-year battery, and my insurance was charged $84,000. The insurance paid it all. The company that made the unit had the audacity to write me a letter saying that if my insurance didn't pay for it all, they'd help me.

Infrastructure needs and improvements

I am a concerned citizen. I do believe that there needs to be a light down here. Somebody needs to see about putting a light down here by the (convenience store), because it is hard to cross over there. You're not able to see some of the cars coming through there. Also, concerning some of the lights downtown: We have had some of those out several times in one year. Why can't we upgrade? Also, I'd like to know, you all talk about Proctor Young and his spending the money; what are you guys doing with the money, McCurtain County? What are we doing with our money here, because I'm not seeing it? You can leave and be gone for 30, 40, 50 years, and when you come back, Idabel is the place that has never changed, but I know we get government money. I'm going to leave that to you all to figure it out.

Without a doubt one of the most important individual in the life of an athlete is his or her coach. The way the athlete relates to the coach is dependent upon the mutual respect they have for each other. A good coach understands that respect is to be earned, and understands that they do not control the team; they are actually "part of the team." I have recently been included in a situation in the Broken Bow community that motivated me to share the following information with your readers. I am not a coach, but I am a parent, grandparent, and have a life time career in dealing with high school and professional athletes. I retired as personal manager to a professional athlete who exemplified the role of the athlete and just how important it is for the athlete to understand and respect his coaches. Secondary to my career experience with athletes, my husband is a retired high school football coach. I briefly touched on "mutual respect" above and keeping this in mind I want you to also remember that "respect" is something that is earned. Not demanded or abused! Here are a few obvious qualities of a "good" coach: The most important quality of

any coach is a "passion for helping others." Good coaches "walk the talk" with their athletes. You must learn to put your actions where your mouth is. Your most powerful tool is modeling and mentoring. Great coaches are great communicators. Communication is a two way street. That means both the coach and the athlete talk to each other. Bad coaches think that communication is a one-way street. You talk and the athlete listens. Period! Good coaches are committed to integrity, values, and personal growth. Nothing else need be said about this quality. Good coaches value the coachplayer relationship, winning aside. A good coach is one who can motivate and inspire the athlete to excel to their maximum potential. A good coach is "consistent" in their methods of coaching and in dealing with the athlete. A good coach will communicate with an athlete when there is confusion or frustration with a specific change in an athlete's behavior or attitude. Good coaches are tough but fair in all aspects of their coaching. The ability to be honest with the athlete

and fair in their evaluation of each athlete as an individual. Good coaches do not play favorites. Bad coaches focus on only a few players. Coaches who play favorites are definitely headed for failure and frustration. Broken Bow is blessed with some excellent coaches who are absolutely dedicated to the growth and development of our athletes. However, in the event there is one or a few who are frustrated with their choice of profession, it might be

helpful for them to review the above qualities and decide if they are maybe in the wrong field of study. This would be advantageous to the coach as well as the future athletes of Broken Bow. If you are a coach, athlete, or parent, it might be helpful for you to review the above qualities of a "good coach" and if the shoe fits.....wear it! Verna L. Riddles Ft. Worth, Texas

Group plans event for horse slaughter bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Supporters of legislation that would allow for a horse slaughtering plant in Oklahoma plan to rally at the state Capitol. The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is slated to hold the event Wednesday morning at the state Capitol to support bills that would pave the way for a horse slaughtering facility in the state. The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association has also issued a statement saying it supports the "concept of the slaughter of horses in Oklahoma." The House and Senate have each passed bills designed to end Oklahoma's 50-year ban on horse slaughtering and allow a facility to open that would package horse meat for export. The sale of horse meat for human consumption still would be prohibited in Oklahoma.

Senate bill would allow monitoring in nursing homes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation that would allow residents of nursing homes to install electronic monitoring devices in their private rooms. Senators passed the measure 44-0 Tuesday and sent it to the state House for consideration. The measure is designed to provide a higher level of protection for Oklahoma seniors. The bill is a priority for the AARP Oklahoma, the state's largest senior organization with more than 410,000 members statewide. The bill requires nursing homes to let residents or their legal representatives know about the opportunity for electronic monitoring in their rooms. The bill also prohibits nursing facilities from refusing to admit any potential resident because they want their room monitored.

Ex-teacher seeks leniency in sentencing

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) A former Oklahoma schoolteacher who pleaded no contest to child pornography charges is asking a judge for leniency as he considers her sentence. Kimberly Crain is set for sentencing March 22 in Pottawatomie County. She was accused of taking inappropriate photos of young girls and sending them to Gary Doby, a retired professor of early childhood development. Doby pleaded guilty to pornography and exploitation charges and received a life sentence. In a handwritten letter, she asked Judge John Canavan to sentence her to probation even though the charges carry a minimum 25-year prison term. Crain said a hormonal imbalance caused by menopause and depression contributed to her actions. An attorney representing the children's families called Crain's letter "offensive" and said Crain should receive prison time.

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Today in history
Today is Wednesday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2013. There are 293 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 13, 1933, banks in the U.S. began to reopen after a "holiday" declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On this date: In 1639, New College was renamed Harvard College for clergyman John Harvard. In 1781, the seventh planet of the solar system, Uranus, was discovered by Sir William Herschel. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure prohibiting Union military officers from returning fugitive slaves to their owners. In 1901, the 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, died in Indianapolis at age 67. In 1925, the Tennessee General Assembly approved a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Gov. Austin Peay signed the measure on March 21.) In 1938, famed attorney Clarence S. Darrow died in Chicago. In 1943, author-poet Stephen Vincent Benet, 44, died in New York. Financier and philanthropist J.P. Morgan, Jr., 75, died in Boca Grande, Fla. In 1964, bar manager Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, 28, was stabbed to death near her Queens, N.Y. home; the case generated controversy over the supposed failure of Genovese's neighbors to respond to her cries for help. In 1969, the Apollo 9 astronauts splashed down, ending a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module. In 1980, Ford Motor Chairman Henry Ford II announced he was stepping down, the same day a jury in Winamac, Ind., found the company not guilty of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women in a Ford Pinto. In 1988, yielding to student protests, the board of trustees of Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., a liberal arts college for the hearing-impaired, chose I. King Jordan to become the school's first deaf president. In 1996, a gunman burst into an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and opened fire, killing 16 children and one teacher before killing himself. Ten years ago: Forced into a diplomatic retreat, U.S. officials said President George W. Bush might delay a vote on his troubled United Nations resolution or even drop it and fight Iraq without the international body's backing. The Senate voted 64-33 to ban a procedure that critics called partial birth abortion. (The measure passed the House and was signed into law by President Bush in November 2003.) Norwegian Robert Sorlie won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in nine days, 15 hours, 47 minutes. Five years ago: The body of Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was found in a shallow grave in northern Iraq, two weeks after he was kidnapped by gunmen in one of the most dramatic attacks against the country's small Christian community. Gold hit a record, rising to $1,000 an ounce for the first time (however, it fell sharply later in the year). Bode Miller clinched the men's overall World Cup ski title in Bormio, Italy. One year ago: A resurgent Rick Santorum swept to victory in Republican presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. Twentytwo students returning from a ski holiday and six adults died when their bus crashed inside a tunnel in southern Switzerland. A ferry carrying more than 200 people collided with a cargo boat and sank just short of Dhaka, Bangladesh; most on board died. Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. said it would stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopedia. Dallas Seavey, at age 25, became the youngest winner ever of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. Today's Birthdays: Jazz musician Roy Haynes is 88. Country singer Jan Howard is 83. Songwriter Mike Stoller (STOH'-ler) is 80. Singersongwriter Neil Sedaka is 74. Opera singer Julia Migenes is 64. Actor William H. Macy is 63. Comedian Robin Duke is 59. Actress Glenne Headly is 58. Actress Dana Delany is 57. Rock musician Adam Clayton (U2) is 53. Jazz musician Terence Blanchard is 51. Actor Christopher Collet is 45. Rock musician Matt McDonough (Mudvayne) is 44. Actress Annabeth Gish is 42. Actress Tracy Wells is 42. Rapperactor Common is 41. Rapper Khujo (Goodie Mob, The Lumberjacks) is 41. Singer Glenn Lewis is 38. Actor Danny Masterson is 37. Actor Noel Fisher is 29. Actor Emile Hirsch is 28. Singers Natalie and Nicole Albino (Nina Sky) are 27. Thought for Today: "Work is something you can count on, a trusted, lifelong friend who never deserts you." Margaret Bourke-White, American photojournalist (19041971).

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HOLLYWOODGod bless America, and how's everybody? Harvard scientists found a chemical in red wine that stops aging Sunday. You'd need seven hundred glasses of wine a day for it to work. This's how they lived nine hundred years in the Old Testament and why they thought that burning bushes were talking to them. The College of Cardinals began their papal conclave in the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday where the cardinals elect a pope. Everyone's been vetted. The black smoke coming out of the chimney Monday had nothing to do with the new pope, they're just burning evidence. New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan drew cheers when he preached in Rome Sunday before the conclave. However, the church is really hesitant about electing a pope from America. Sinners don't want drone aircraft verifying the completeness of their confessions. U.S. News and World Report listed Daytona Beach as the top spring break destination for college kids. They need the breather. Spring break is the week when college students get a much needed break from binge drinking in Michigan and go binge drinking in Florida. Daylight Savings Time went into effect Sunday, requiring everyone to set their clocks forward one hour in order to get an extra hour of light in the afternoon. On the second Sunday of every March we lose one hour of our lives. It is like nature's version of Facebook. The London Mail reports Beyonce and Adele will headline Michelle Obama's fiftieth birthday bash. It's next January. She had booked Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones, but under the sequestration cuts, she couldn't have any performers who were on Medicare. Seattle's Five Point Saloon became the first bar to ban patrons from wearing Google Glasses. They record everything you look at and stream it online. The possibilities for the device are so enticing it's sparking a movment to give Bill Clinton a third term in office. The Moonlight Bunny Ranch is cashing tax refund checks for twice the total in Bunny Bucks that can be spent at the brothel. It won't help the economy. The girls spend the cash on cheap jewelry from the Indians who have it manufactured in China and sell it as hand-made. Southern California was hit by three earthquakes measuring over five points on the Richter Scale Monday, centered in Palm Springs. It was likely man-made. All the U-Haul trucks swaying on the highway on the way out of California are causing the ground to rumba. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugary drinks was blocked from going into effect on Tuesday. Under the law, it would be illegal in New York to be in possession of a soft drink cup that is sixteen ounces or larger. If they catch you it's a fifty-dollar fine, the same

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