Durant Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:05:16 EST 1800 Brecheen discusses No Child Left Behind Waiver and TLE http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50629902/Brecheen-discusses-No-Child-Left-Behind-Waiver-and-TLE Some with a political motive are claiming Oklahoma schools will lose federal funds given the Obama Administration's decision to not renew Oklahoma's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver. Protecting Oklahoma schools from federal control (i.e. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:59:09 EST Editorial http://durantdemocrat.com/news/editorial/50289669/Editorial Life brings with it a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It is expected there are times when we will be happy or sad, angry or giddy, worried or carefree.There will even be times we feel down. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:16:11 EST Strengthening public safety: Oklahoma Highway Patrol http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50272723/Strengthening-public-safety:-Oklahoma-Highway-Patrol On July 1, an important measure for the safety of our state became law. Senate Bill 1372, authored by myself and Rep. Jon Echols (R-Oklahoma City), will help increase the number of public safety officers around the state. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:56:10 EST Ask God for His wisdom http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50207796/Ask-God-for-His-wisdom “And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom: for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.” — Deuteronomy 34:9 Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:58:12 EST History is within the walls of nursing homes http://durantdemocrat.com/news/ouropinion/50198236/History-is-within-the-walls-of-nursing-homes As we all know school is about to start and the kids are going to continue their education. Part of their education is learning history. History has been a part of all of our learning experiences while going to school. But all the history text books... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:39:10 EST Parents and students should make homework a priority http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50198146/Parents-and-students-should-make-homework-a-priority STILLWATER – Store shelves are packed with notebooks, crayons and pencils as Oklahoma students prepare to head back to the classroom. In fact, some students in the state have already started the new school year. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:39:08 EST Letter to the Editor http://durantdemocrat.com/news/letters/50182446/Letter-to-the-Editor I am an outsider. Or so, I was told, this could work to my advantage or against me in a place like Durant. The truth is, I don't pay attention so very often to others' projected perceptions that can deter work from advancing. At the end of... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:30:09 EST Let our voice ring out for Jesus http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50136128/Let-our-voice-ring-out-for-Jesus Jeremiah 33:11 Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:28:10 EST Is marriage dying? http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50131844/Is-marriage-dying “It's not what it used to be” has been said of cars, medical care, technology and a variety of other things. Some even apply it to marriage. “Traditional marriage” has been called archaic, outdated and unreasonable in... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:06:12 EST Use your words kindly http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50059895/Use-your-words-kindly “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” — Matthew 12:37 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:45:12 EST God doesn’t want me! http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50058240/God-doesnt-want-me Our lives sometimes are a mess. We make wrong choices, make mistakes, wind up in horrible circumstances and get ourselves caught up in sin, serious sin. There is no way God could want us. Thankfully, that is not true. Yes, our lives can be a mess, but... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:45:11 EST The business of Christian memories http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50058197/The-business-of-Christian-memories How do we transmit Christian faith to our young? How do we Christians best influence coming generations to choose our stream of faith? Of many possible answers, I suggest one. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:54:07 EST Brecheen on marriage ruling: Oklahoma must defend traditional, biblical definition of marriage http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/331882/Brecheen-on-marriage-ruling:-Oklahoma-must-defend-traditional-biblical-definition-of-marriage Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Colgate, issued the following statement in response to a ruling of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:48:06 EST A Senate Review by Senator Josh Brecheen http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3911812/A-Senate-Review-by-Senator-Josh-Brecheen Last year, I coauthored Senate Bill 1062, which was signed into... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:24:06 EST