David Perryman

Put A Bow On It
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Put A Bow On It

BY DAVID PERRYMAN There are phrases that are used to illustrate that whatever you call something, it doesn’t change what it is. In Shakespeare’s age, it was “A Rose by any other name is still a Rose.” Some areas of the country say “Put a Bow on It.” In rural Oklahoma, when we recognize that…

What’s In Your Glovebox?
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What’s In Your Glovebox?

BY DAVID PERRYMAN “Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to read is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.” For the better part of 30 years, Jack Webb as Detective Joe Friday in Dragnet  brought realistic law enforcement first to radio and later to television with each and every…

Enemies Of Our Enemies
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Enemies Of Our Enemies

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The ancient idea that “The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend” is widely considered to be an old Arab proverb. But in truth, it can actually be traced to the military strategy writings of an Indian named Kautilya who is often referred to as the “Indian Machiavelli.” Kautilya’s 4th century BC treatise…

We Are Better Than That
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We Are Better Than That

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Most Americans, including me, don’t know how social media algorithms work or how posts from across the political spectrum show up on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. Like most red-blooded grandparents, what I really want to see is the latest photograph of any or all of my 11 grandchildren. Nonetheless, last week…

Fifth Down And Goal To Go
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Fifth Down And Goal To Go

BY DAVID PERRYMAN For decades, the football officials of the old Southwest Conference were considered the most biased in the game. The fact was it was nearly impossible for a gridiron team to escape stadiums in Houston, Dallas, Waco, Lubbock, Austin, Fort Worth or Fayetteville with a victory. But what has been referred to as…

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