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Woman seeking information on old painting

To the great people and wonderful community of Durant Oklahoma: I am so very happy to be sending this letter to your hometown, a community so full of loving families who support one another. I … more

An Okie writes home

I attended Austin City Limits music festival this past weekend, and on Saturday, I had an urge I haven’t felt since I lived in Oklahoma. I’m from Bryan County¬—Calera to be … more

Something good in a bad situation: Bryan County vaccination program

Most of the articles I have written about the Covid-19 pandemic in Bryan County have been dark and gloomy articles. And it’s not that I am a dark, gloomy person, a pessimist. I like to joke and … more

Humphrey chides Biden on vaccine mandates, other actions

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, emailed a letter last week to President Joe Biden telling the nation’s executive that his actions are an embarrassment and destructive to the … more

Governor trying to privatize health care for low-income residents

We’re in a war, with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and private insurance companies versus a majority of the people of Oklahoma. The prize being fought over is health care for low-income … more

An amazing legacy

President Jimmy Carter will celebrate his ninety-seventh birthday on October 1, 2021. What do you remember about President Jimmy Carter? High interest rates? Our Iran embassy staff taken captive, … more

You can’t get blood from a turnip

There is a familiar idiom, ”You can’t get blood from a turnip.” We interpret this saying to mean that you can’t get something from an object that inherently doesn’t … more

What Teachers Need

Teachers need our help. If we fail them now, we fail our children. Apparently, judging by the performance of Governor Kevin Stitt’s administration so far, we need to abandon any hope for help … more

How can we save ourselves?

How can we save ourselves when what we need to save ourselves from is ourselves? A very difficult question to answer. That’s a huge problem. Many people of the United States are, indeed, … more

Abortion law is devoid of compassion

The news coverage of Texas Governor Abbott signing the strict anti-abortion legislation, surrounded by his smiling, applauding colleagues is a classic picture of White Male Privilege. Before going … more

One night in the distant past

One night in the late 1930s, when I was about four years old, my family and a friend drove from our home in Fort Worth to a stranger’s house in Dallas. For me, the events of the night were, … more

Kidney stones can put kidney function at risk

If you feel a sharp pain in your back, side, lower abdomen, or groin, or have blood in your urine, you may have a kidney stone – a condition that is common and on the rise. Left untreated, … more

It’s Church and State, not Church Is State

The Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or … more

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is misnamed. In the U.S., It celebrates the ratification of the 19th Constitutional Amendment on August 26, 1920, that finally allowed women to vote. “Women’s … more

Through the years, vaccinations have rescued the world many times

Until the Covid-19 pandemic, most middle-aged U.S. residents or younger may not have worried much about getting measles, mumps, or chickenpox. And some people had probably never heard of smallpox. … more

Bye, bye Big Red

Oklahoma University has been my favorite football team from the 1950s until the week before last. I even had a cousin-in-law who played there. In the past few years, some of their moves have been a … more

Opinion on hydro energy plant

Water has always been a hot topic in District 19, and the Kiamichi River tops the list of rivers to protect. I spoke out against Oklahoma City using the Kiamichi to transport water from Sardis Lake … more

Can’t those scientists make up their minds?

The other day, I heard an acquaintance say, “It’s no wonder nobody takes those CDC recommendations seriously. First, they tell you to do this, then not to do it—then, again, to do … more

Oklahoma’s best kept secret - regional universities offer best value

Regional universities like Southeastern Oklahoma State University are the best kept secret of Oklahoma’s higher education system. Not only do they offer students a quality education, but they … more

Gov. Stitt strikes out again

Oklahoma’s Governor signed Republican law-makers’ anti-abortion legislation on August 5, 2021. The press release is shown below in italic, with the author’s reply following. Gov. … more
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