Durant Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION Fri, 22 May 2015 23:51:51 EST 1800 City storm shelter is in deplorable condition http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/153509519/City-storm-shelter-is-in-deplorable-condition As I was reading the paper and noticed the headlines: Residents Head to Storm Shelter, I would like to comment on this shelter. Sat, 16 May 2015 17:26:42 EST A De-Christianized America http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/153497519/A-De-Christianized-America While we're finishing work on the state budget in Oklahoma City, America is on the cusp of ‎a revolution of truly frightening thought. With the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on gay marriage in recent weeks, I wanted to share these... Sat, 16 May 2015 17:16:53 EST EMS Week to be held http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/153496397/EMS-Week-to-be-held Awareness of 9-1-1 and its link to immediate help from police, firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) is so ingrained in our society, it's hard to believe that just a little over 40 years ago, a national EMS system had yet to be... Sat, 16 May 2015 17:16:44 EST It is National Hospital Week http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/153319121/It-is-National-Hospital-Week Most people only visit hospitals occasionally, when a loved one is sick or a friend is having a baby. Associates at Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma (MCSO) are different in this regard. Each day, hundreds of associates come to the hospital to... Sat, 9 May 2015 17:21:41 EST We need to wake up out of our complacent ‘nap’ http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/153365254/We-need-to-wake-up-out-of-our-complacent-nap Wake up! Wake up! We need a Paul Revere to ride through our country warning us to wake up before it's everlasting too late. It's not the British that are coming; they are our allies now, but like the United States, have grown weak from... Sat, 9 May 2015 14:36:41 EST From the Front http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/153387924/From-the-Front At the close of every workweek, rain or shine, Army units stand in formation and listen to their commander talk before being dismissed for the weekend. It's a good time to remind all the Type A soldiers to make good decisions over that weekend... Sat, 9 May 2015 13:56:41 EST A recipe for Monday morning granola bars http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/153316411/A-recipe-for-Monday-morning-granola-bars I go grocery shopping every Monday.By Friday, I am out of the three gallons of milk and seven boxes of cereal I bought just 5 days previously.Sigh. Sat, 9 May 2015 13:46:43 EST This Mother’s Day, give the gift of quitting tobacco http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/153318839/This-Mothers-Day-give-the-gift-of-quitting-tobacco OKLAHOMA CITY— Mother's Day is a time for mothers to reflect on the important role they have in influencing their children's choices regarding tobacco use. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline and Bryan County Turning Point Coalition are... Thu, 7 May 2015 10:56:43 EST Southeastern student reaches out to help others http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/152985787/Southeastern-student-reaches-out-to-help-others (Editor's Note: Tyler Roberts is a 20-year-old junior at Southeastern Oklahoma State University who is from Valliant. He is majoring in Occupational Safety & Health, with a minor in Business Management) Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:41:41 EST A Convention of the States http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/152799027/A-Convention-of-the-States Like many of you, I've been frustrated over America's path. Endless federal spending, federal over-reach and Supreme Court rulings trampling state authority have led to disappointment, yet I'm hopeful given the growing support for... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:46:42 EST Spring has finally sprung http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/152729835/Spring-has-finally-sprung You know how I know? (It has nothing to do with that ornery groundhog).I've been bitten by the Spring Cleaning Bug. Symptoms include, but are not limited to: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 17:31:43 EST A nursing home is a place to live http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/152715208/A-nursing-home-is-a-place-to-live Nursing home is a phrase that most people would not like to speak of nor want to hear in their own home. Growing up the word nursing home meant dying. People felt that if someone were to go into the nursing home, they were going there to die. Time has... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 10:01:45 EST