Somewhere between sensationalism and hysteria

Our oldest child was born in 1982. I was still in law school and my wife was just finishing up her second year of teaching. All of a sudden our world changed. There we were, two kids who had just been given more responsibility than we had ever had.

It really didn't hit until parents and siblings had gone home. All of a sudden one day, there we were with this little girl. What were we supposed to do with her and what if something we did was not right?

In retrospect, there were probably lots of things we did wrong and lots of things that we did right. It is comforting to know that children are created to be pretty resolute things and loving them can cover a multitude of missteps.

Even so, we all want to avoid mistakes, particularly in regard to the most important task with which we will ever be presented. A 2009 book by Po Bronson and Ashely Merryman, entitled NurtureShock assists in that endeavor.

In contrast to the medical-based opinions of Dr. Spock and the experiential been-there, done-that advice by other authors of parenting books, Bronson and Merryman use scientifically quantified approaches to provide eye opening conclusions. For instance, children who are praised more for their effort rather than their intelligence after a test normally perform much better on subsequent tests.

Another study found that reading The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf increased children's likelihood of lying while a book on George Washington and the Cherry Tree decreased it dramatically. In light of the marked distinction in the results of hearing a negative message as compared to a positive message, application to adult listeners is no stretch.

In other words, it would be logical to believe that the effect of being needlessly and repeatedly alarmed through media outlets of Chicken Little's message that the sky is falling would have a drastically negative effect on the attitude and demeanor of the listener. Why would we expect anything less than fear, distrust and trepidation? This is no more of a knock on FOX or the Blaze than it is on CNN or MSNBC. What is inexcusable is the lack of accountability of all of these purveyors of sensationalism and hysteria. For instance, we react with terror and anguish when we are inundated with non-stop coverage of the "Ebola epidemic" when in truth, as of October 29, 2014, the number of deaths world-wide for the entire year is just over 4,900, while the United States alone has nearly 54,000 influenza and pneumonia deaths per

Add to that nearly 600,000 from heart disease and another 143,000 from respiratory failures like COPD and it would appear that we have bigger fish to fry than Ebola. In fact, the odds of contracting Ebola is 1 in 13.3 Million. The odds are better that we would be attacked by a shark or die in a plane crash than becoming infected with Ebola. It is more likely that we would die from being struck by lightning or from a bee sting.

Punditfact, a branch of Politifact.com, a project operated by the Tampa Bay Times and widely praised and criticized from both ends of the political spectrum, has found that CNN, FOX and MSNBC all three have credibility issues.

In a recent 2014 study, FOX was found to tell the truth only 18% of the time and even of that 18% only 8% was totally true and the other 10% was mostly true. 60% was false, mostly false or "pants on fire" false. The other 22% were half-true.

During the same time frame, testing of statements made by MSNBC was found to be true only 31% of the time and 48% of the statements made were found to be untrue. CNN scored 60% on honesty and made untrue statements 18% of the time.

Understanding that no media outlet that scores 60% or less on a truth test can legitimately be called "news" is a first step. The second is turning it off and finding something positive to do with our time. Perhaps reading to the children in our lives would fill the void. Maybe starting with the story of George Washington and the Cherry Tree or Abraham Lincoln's honesty in returning a penny to a customer would be a place to start.

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 405-557-7401.

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Interurban to host Festival of Light Day, Nov. 4

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Human Trafficking Public Awareness Seminar set

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) is having a Human Trafficking Public Awareness Seminar at the Canadian Valley Vo-Tech, Building 200 on Monday, Dec. 1st. Please pass this along and post were you can. This is open to the public and are trying to educate residents on this important subject.

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Lt. Governor Lamb completes 77 county tour

Lt. Governor Todd Lamb announced today that he completed his visit to each of Oklahoma's 77 counties. The Lt. Governor's meeting this morning in Coleman (Johnston County) marked the final stop on his 2014 tour around the state. This is the Lt. Governor's sixth complete lap around Oklahoma, with each of his county visits serving a purpose. This is Lt. Governor Lamb's fourth official 77 county tour as Lt. Governor and his sixth 77 county tour during his career.

"Every year I travel to all 77 counties. I made a commitment to be accountable and accessible to the people of Oklahoma. The best way to do that is to meet the people where they live, work and their kids go to school. As Lt. Governor I want to be a voice for all of Oklahoma. I believe our best days are just ahead of us," said Lt. Governor Lamb.

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CPSF raises record high at annual fundraising gala

The Chickasha Public School Foundation (CPSF) raised record breaking funds at their annual gala held Tuesday evening, Oct. 21. The fundraising event, held at the USAO Ballroom, profited over $42,000 through corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, and auction items. Thank you Chickasha!

All funds raised from this event will be used to improve the quality of education in the Chickasha Public Schools. As a result of fundraising efforts such as these, the foundation was able to give out over $51,000 in grants to teachers over the past month. CPSF strives to truly make a difference in the lives of both students and teachers.

The theme of the gala was "Celebrate the Treasures of Education." The evening showcased public school "treasures" from students to teachers, in addition to providing guests a great night of entertainment.

Paul Lewis was the Auctioneer for the evening; Mr David Cash, the Chickasha Public School Superintendent was introduced to the attendees; Barbara Cole related a story made possible from a Foundation teacher grant; Keynote speaker was Senator Susan Paddack who is a strong supporter of Education, has helped many School Foundations throughout Oklahoma; and the Master of Ceremonies was Dwight Yokum who kept the evening celebration moving and laughing. As one person said on their way out, "it was truly an enjoyable evening and I am glad to support the School Foundation who helps our teachers."

Joyce Black, CPSF Interim Executive Director says, "I am overwhelmed by the generosity and community support that the gala received. I am grateful for our corporate sponsors (including Stillwater National Bank that was not listed in our program, apologies), donors and many volunteers who made the event so successful." "Ann Fairburn (Gala Chairperson) and the entire board did an excellent job!"

The Chickasha Public School Foundation (CPSF) was founded more than 28 years ago as part of a collaborative vision. The education foundation is an independent community-based nonprofit that helps Chickasha Public Schools students by providing support for educational opportunities that cannot be funded through the district's budget. With a focus on creating community ownership in the success of every child, The Foundation plays a key role in supporting efforts to improve academic achievement and supporting programs for transformational change in educating our next generation.

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Council meeting set for Monday

The Chickasha City Council, Municipal Authority and Municipal Airport Authority will hold a regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 117 N. 4th St.

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P.E.O. Chapter FV to host annual auction

P.E.O. Chapter FV Hosts Annual Auction on Monday, November 17

It is AUCTION time and YOU are invited to join with members of P.E.O. Chapter FV in Chickasha at their annual Make, Bake and Grow Auction on Monday evening, November 17, 2014!

A Social Time with refreshments begins at 6:30 pm and the Live Auction will start at 7:00 pm.

The community and all members of area P.E.O. Chapters are invited to attend and enjoy this delightful evening!

The Auction will be held in the Epworth Church Life Center, 4th & Iowa, Chickasha. Park on the north side of the church and enter the double doors leading to the Life Center.

This fun-filled event will find guests sampling yummy refreshments, reminiscing with friends and carefully looking over the wide array of items to be auctioned.

There will be a Silent Auction, as well as the traditional Live Auction led by local auctioneer, Paul Lewis.

This annual event is always very entertaining and offers everyone who attends an opportunity to bid on a large selection of lovely gifts and tasty foods ... just in time for the upcoming and rapidly approaching holidays!

All proceeds from P.E.O. Chapter FV's annual Make, Bake and Grow Auction provide encouragement and educational opportunities for women.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations.

P.E.O. - Women Helping Women Reach for the Stars!

Questions concerning the Make, Bake and Grow Auction, call (405) 224-6225.

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Annual meeting set for CCT

The Chickasha Community Theatre annual membership meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 23rd, 4 p.m. at Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant in Chickasha.

All CCT members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Non-members are also welcome. 2015 board members and officers will be voted on, future plans for the Washita Theater will be discussed, and the 2015 shows will be announced.

Call 639-6111 for more information.

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Contract awarded for road improvements in Grady County

OKLAHOMA CITY - A contract was awarded this month for road improvements in Grady County, Sen. Ron Justice and Rep. Scott Biggs recently announced.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the project will involve installing school signs along State Highway 19C, between I street and Broadway Street in Alex.

Justice (R-Chickasha) said the State Transportation Commission awarded a $21,000 contract on the project to Traffic Signals Inc. The Edmond Company was the lowest of three bidders for the job, said Biggs (R-Chickasha).

Once construction begins, the project is estimated to be completed within one month.

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2014 Farm Bill Information meeting scheduled in Chickasha

Chickasha - There are several new twists and turns in the Farm Bill, which are all important to understand for producers, landowners, bankers, agribusinesses and crop insurance agents.

To help shed some light on some of these changes, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture to host Farm Bill Information meetings at various locations throughout the state. All meetings are free and open to the public.

"The 2014 Farm Bill includes key changes to farm commodity programs. Landowners and producers have the opportunity to choose between several commodity programs, update yields and reallocate base acreage," said Jody Campiche, assistant professor in OSU's Department of Agricultural Economics. "In addition, a new supplemental crop insurance program will be discussed."

Representatives from many different organizations including Oklahoma State University, Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development, and National Agriculture Statistics Service will present details on new programs and important deadlines within the bill. Discussion items will include Agricultural Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage, ARC/PLC Decision Tools, Base Reallocation and Yield Update, Supplemental Coverage Option and other USDA programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

"Producers and landowners have a one-time opportunity to elect ARC or PLC, reallocate base acreage and/or update payment yields. The one-time decision will remain in effect for the life of the 2014 Farm Bill," Campiche said. "The optimal program choice will vary across different crops and farms, so producers and landowners should take the time to learn about the programs so they can choose the best option for their farming operations."

Grady County Extension will be hosting a meeting on Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Chickasha at the Canadian Valley Tech Center at 1401 Michigan Ave. The meeting will be in the evening starting at 5:30 p.m. and last until around 8:45 p.m. A free dinner will be served thanks to our generous sponsor Chisholm Trail Farm Credit.

It is asked that attendees RSVP for the meeting and contact the Grady County Extension office at 405-224-2216.

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