alvin o. turner | signs of the times

The "Cold Beer’ sign at Hardesty, shines with the sunset backdrop though its promise has been long since lost to forces killing dreams throughout this land. Stores, restaurants and beer joints all gone now, along with the symbol of the latest promise, a dry lake bed a few miles west, stark reminder of water table limits in a hard land, where the only certain sign is one that declares; "hard times ahead."
turner_signAlvin O. Turner is dean emeritus and professor of history at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.