Durant Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:57:12 EST 1800 California fifth grader studying Oklahoma http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3251465/California-fifth-grader-studying-Oklahoma Hello, my name is Jordan Lopez. I am a fifth grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in Napa, California.The reason I am writing is that my class is doing state reports and I have chosen your magnificent state, Oklahoma. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST A Senate Review by Senator Josh Brecheen http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3233363/A-Senate-Review-by-Senator-Josh-Brecheen   Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Democratic superintendent candidates to speak http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3233007/Democratic-superintendent-candidates-to-speak All four Democratic candidates seeking nomination for the office of Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction will face off at a discussion and debate Monday, April 7, in the Main Street Conference Room of the First Texoma National Bank in Durant. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Abandoning Common Core is a bad idea http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3215978/Abandoning-Common-Core-is-a-bad-idea Oklahoma legislators are moving inexorably toward dumping Common Core standards created over three or more years by full panels of educators drawn from Oklahoma and every other state and now adopted by all but five states. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Letter to the Editor http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3186298/Letter-to-the-Editor We've heard much about Vladimir Putin lately and I'm sure it was all negative. I'm amazed at a speech he gave Feb. 23, 2014, when he addressed the Duma (Russian Parliament) and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Citizen praises sheriff for assigning workers to clean up trash http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3164292/Citizen-praises-sheriff-for-assigning-workers-to-clean-up-trash True to his word, Sheriff Ken Golden assigned workers to clean up the trash along the Armstrong Highway in Durant. We, the residents along Armstrong, are saddened by the disregard some have for our beautiful city and county. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Reader is proud of DHS Basketball team http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3155110/Reader-is-proud-of-DHS-Basketball-team I am writing this letter to thank the Durant Lions Basketball team for a wonderful season of exciting high school basketball. I watched their first scrimmage at Madill before the season started and saw every game through their... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Eliminating Common Core will harm our students http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3164298/Eliminating-Common-Core-will-harm-our-students Legislative critics are digging in again with half a dozen bills this session aimed at eliminating or eviscerating use of the Common Core by schools across Oklahoma. If they succeed they will harm our students and our state. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Trooper Tips http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3117226/Trooper-Tips The Oklahoma Highway Patrol would like to remind drivers of a very basic law while driving, speed limits. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Tobacco of the future http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3088599/Tobacco-of-the-future The year is 2014. Cars are running off of solar energy, you are able to lock your front door with a phone app and kids are smoking cigarettes! If I were to ask you 40 years ago which of the 3 you would most likely see happening on 2014 I would put my... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:01:00 EST