To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Wednesday, September 28, 2022


On The Road: Day III


As Oklahoma swelters, longtime Observer contributor Richard L. Fricker continues his annual road trip, this year from Tulsa to Colorado. Today’s stop: Colorado Springs, where it was 57 degrees as he sat outside basking in the splendor of the Rockies and considering the news of the day, much of it devoted to the Aurora shootings and the failure of the “threat assessment teams” designed to prevent such massacres.

Check back for Richard’s regular reports in the days ahead to learn what’s on the minds of Americans in towns along his route.

Fricker’s latest book, The Last Day of the War, is available at


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Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.