Town Tavern

In the days leading up to the formal creation of The United States of America the white wigged guys gathered in local pubs to discuss the weighty issues of the day, over a pint.

This Op-Ed section will impart historical flavor, tolerates both serious and frivolous commentary. Suggests a place of free spirited public congregation conducive to cordial discussion, passionate debates, emotional brawls and irreverent humor.

The views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily the views of Wagoner County Republican Party, its executive committe, or its members.

A History Lesson and Unsolicited Commentary

"The New Colossus"

Photo credit: Engraving by T. Johnson, 1872. Courtesy of The New York Historical Society.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus



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They didn't deserve that

The emotion filled, grandfather of one of the slain Broken Arrow home invaders decries the chest full of hot, copper jacketed, lead bullets his grandson reaped as his final reward for a premeditated, brazen, daylight break-in of a family residence with the expressed intention to take for his own pleasure and profit that which was not his. You are right, sir. He did not deserve that.

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4 Second Decision

When I was invited to write an op-ed article for the Wagoner County GOP Facebook page I was "admonished" to be succinct and reminded that the "Facebook generation" is above all else, brief.  I was told professional research shows the average attention span of current TV viewers has been measured at four seconds and visual scenes are changed on that interval in contemporary TV production to hold the viewing audience's attention.

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