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Oklahoma kids deserve a fair and equal justice system

Our juvenile justice system is failing youth of color. Today’s youth are committing fewer crimes and fewer youth are being arrested, but there are still differences in how they are treated … more

Durant doesn’t need Blue Zones’ help

According to your article in the (Oct. 5 edition) of the Democrat Kara Byrd, executive director of Imagine Durant, invited Tony Buettner to speak to interested citizens about the possibility of … more

Traveling on Grief Avenue

I woke up this past Monday thinking about something that happened 20 years ago. This wasn’t about something happy or a cause for celebration. Metaphorically speaking, it felt as if I at … more

The medium may change, standards do not

In news, being first with a story is only part of the job. Being factual and fair, is the job. That’s an important thing to remember as we wind up National Newspaper Week for 2019. A new … more

Newspapers protect your First Amendment rights

With just 45 words the founders guaranteed five — no six — basic freedoms, fundamental American rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or … more

No news is free news

Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling … more

Remembering what counts 200 years later

September 17th was Constitution Day, marking the day 232 years ago when the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia formally adopted the United States Constitution as the … more

Week is about news more than papers

It is commonly held that the American Revolution started on April 19, 1775, with the legendary “Shot Heard Round the World.” And it was certainly the beginning of actual combat and the … more

Attorney General defends tax credit scholarship programs

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to defend participation of private religious schools in state tax-credit scholarship programs, arguing that a … more

Late night drives and newspapers can put life in perspective

Life often has an unexpected way of putting things in perspective. Earl Allman was a bear of a man. He was barrel chested with heavy arms and thick legs. He seemed to always be in a hurry. He had … more

Letter to Editor:

Dear Editor, Every day at the Boys & Girls Clubs across Oklahoma, I see firsthand the issues our kids face. I see it in their actions, I hear it in their voices, I see it on their faces. … more

Boys & Girls Club develops our future leaders

Larry Long is the CEO/Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Durant. He believes the most dangerous time for many kids are the hours from 3 to 6 p.m. During that time latchkey kids are … more

Democrat wins award

The Durant Democrat was recognized by Oklahoma Natural Gas and the Oklahoma Press Association for editorial writing for the month of July. The winning editorial was published in the July 20, 2019 … more

Mecca can be found in the library

As an unrepentant bibliophile, I find entering a library almost a holy experience. The reverence, the incense of paper and bindings, and the anointing of lofty ideas or just simple fun are … more

Newspapers are having a hard time

Local newspapers have always been the epicenter of local news ecosystems. While communities may have other sources of journalism, such as TV and radio stations and online-only outlets, the bulk of … more

Reserve Police Officers display the best attributes of our communities

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 Joe Daniels is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement. The ABLE Captain has seen many … more

New immigration rules hurt families

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule that will make it harder for low-income immigrants to legally come to the United States, and more difficult to stay here … more
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