2017 ONG Column & Editorial Winners

  • March 2017 Column Winner

    Looks like she'll never get bored
    Suzie Campbell, Countywide & Sun

    Twelve years ago I received a phone call from my mom telling me about a job ad she saw in the local weekly paper. She was sure it was exactly what I was looking for. She read me the ad with the fax number. I sent in my resume and within minutes I received a phone call.
    Gloria Trotter called me for an interview. She wanted me to come in right then. I was just finishing cleaning the Bethel Community Center. I was sweaty and grimy and tried to convince her to let me wait, but she was insistent. I conceded.  Read More...

  • March 2017 Editorial Winner

    Following the will of the people
    Ted Streuli, The Journal Record

    House Bill 1482 has drawn more attention than most and for good reason. It’s not often that Oklahomans pass a state question by more than 17 percentage points only to have their legislators try to undo it just months after the election.
    Although Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, is the bill’s primary sponsor, Purcell Republican Tim Downing has been the most vocal defender since the bill predictably stomped on a hornet’s nest.  Read More...

  • February 2017 Editorial Winner

    He is our president
    John M. Wylie II, Oologah Lake Leader

    He IS our President no matter what we think of him.
    We were deeply troubled by the “Not our President” demonstrations Monday, much as we believe President Donald Trump is totally unfit for the office he holds.
    He IS our President, duly elected by the process set forth by the Constitution.
    He remains so unless he fails certain tests set by the Constitution:  Read More...

  • February 2017 Column Winner

    Time disappears when he smiles
    Jennifer Pitts, Tri-County Herald

    In the blink of an eye, somehow, it’s been six months already.
    I’m still struggling to wrap my head around how, but a half a year has indeed gone by since my first day on the job as a tiny human attendant.
    Since welcoming Little Man into our home, on what was initially said to be a temporary basis, it’s becoming increasingly harder to imagine my life without him in it.  Read More...

  • January 2017 Column Winner

    Kaylea Hutson-Miller, The Grove Sun

    This is a column I never wanted to write.
    As I stood at the Zena air strip, looking at the stars, I listened as Pastor Marty Dyer cried out to God. His words, echoed what my mouth could not give voice to at the time.
    We both wanted the same thing.
    A miracle.
    A friend laughing at first responders, as they came to rescue him, possibly hanging from a tree.  Read More...

  • January 2017 Editorial Winner

    Rural America trumps the new world order
    Paul Laubach, The Hennessey Clipper

    When George H.W. Bush addressed a Joint Session of Congress for his State of The Union address in 1991 he declared “A New World Order” should evolve following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    And in many aspects a New World Order of globalization, technological advancement, and political alliances did evolve.  Read More...

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