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January 30, 1996

Congratulations to the Perry Ministerial Alliance for making a positive response to the wave of vandalism, violence and other crimes now rocking our normally quiet little community. At least 20 Perry preachers spoke Sunday morning on the subject of peacemaking in a program coordinated by the Alliance to address the recent lawlessness here. Let's hope efforts such as this can be broadened before the problem overwhelms us. And thanks to our local police and sheriffs officers for their diligence in pursuing the perpetrators.

Perry and Noble county received some welcome recognition in editions of the Daily Oklahoman and the Tulsa World the past few days. The Sunday Oklahoman business section profiled Randy and Cindy Rupp in a lengthy and interesting article by staff writer Jim Stafford. The piece detailed Randy's recent decision to abandon farming as his chosen career because of the difficult economic conditions now confronting young farm families. Randy gave up running his farm east of Perry last year and took a position with Ditch Witch as a factory representative. Cindy had assisted with the farm operation but had her own career underway as a curriculum writer for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Today she has taken over management of the farm and continues with her writing, but plans to become a full-time farmer soon with all of its day-to-day aspects. Read the whole article if you missed it in last Sunday's paper.

Then in the sports section of Monday's Oklahoman was a feature story about the Perry Maroon wrestling program and coach Scott Chenoweth. Perry is again the defending state champion team and is ranked No. 1 in class 2A. Mac Bentley, the Oklahoman's wrestling writer, tells how Scott returned to PHS, where he was a three-time state champ, after a splendid career with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He was a three-time All-American during his time with the Huskers and he now has the Maroons poised for a run at the Dual State tournament Feb. 9-10. Incidentally, the Oklahoman's weekly rankings show Blackwell advancing to No. 2 from No. 7 in class 3A last week after posting a win over the Perry Maroons. Perry has headed the 2A rankings all season.

Monday's Oklahoman sports section also ranks the Frontier girls basketball team No. 12 in class A. The Frontier lassies are 18-3 so far this season.

Monday's Tulsa World had a salute to one of that city's citizens, King Kirchner, a native of Perry and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kirchner. More on this article later.

I can't let the 1996 Super Bowl disappear over the horizon without at least one little comment. Here's a thought for future consideration: How about barring the media from the site of all future Super Bowls prior to game time? As they proved this year, they add absolutely nothing to the game and in fact take considerably away from it.

With some 3,000 of them straining to outdo each other by asking mostly ridiculous pre-game questions of the players and coaches, they merely managed to create a bizarre atmosphere last week. Remember folks, those alleged newsmen (and women) are scrounging for any hint of controversy and if they don't find it, they fabricate it. Their object is to sell papers and persuade you to watch or hear them on radio and TV, thereby justifying their expense accounts. The competition for your time is fierce. The guilty parties last week were from electronic as well as print media, so ban 'em all, I say.

Besides, the Super Bowl needs no hyperbole from broadcasters and writers. It is a unique sports attraction, the beneficiary of a season-long process of televised games each weekend leading up to the final playoffs. By Super Bowl time we should already know more than we want or need to know about the players and coaches, some of them being weirdos and some straight-arrows.

Just turn the boys loose on Super Bowl Sunday and aim the TV cameras right at them. Forget the phony preliminary froth and carnival atmosphere. Let's just hope for more games as exciting as last Sunday's.