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Reader says Trump was disrespected

Were you as appalled at what you saw on TV on the 12th and 13th of January, 2021? I was almost ashamed to be an American. To think that we would so disrespect the President of our country so … more

A new normal

The morning of September 12, 2001, I walked to our mailbox. This almost daily trip seemed uneventful. But today the sky was silent. No planes approached or departed Dallas/Fort Worth airport. What to … more

Whose lives matter?

As always, the lives of the powerful seem to matter most, certainly when judged by the level of care they receive when their quality of life or health is threatened. In America, the Supreme … more

Getting out honest news: A job for all of us

All of us need honest news—the facts clearly stated and explained. Honest news is necessary for the kind of democracy we have tried for 224 years to build and maintain. Many questionable claims … more

Let’s talk and not fight

What happened in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021, was shameful and frightening. The fact that a mob could breach the U.S. Capitol building, one of the most sacred spaces of our democracy, and roam … more

Criminal justice reform is a priority for Oklahomans

Oklahoma continued on its criminal justice reform journey last year with State Question 805. While the result was not what we had hoped for, over half a million Oklahomans voiced their support to end … more

What you need to know about getting the COVID vaccination

Happy New Year, Oklahoma! There is light up ahead, at the end of this very long tunnel we have been traveling since last March. The first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations began last month with … more

Detectives for democracy

Ten days after the 2020 Presidential election, a full week after Joe Biden reached an unbeatable electoral majority, thousands of Americans demonstrated in Washington, D.C., on November 13 to declare … more

Let’s continue the tradition of the peaceful transfer of power

I love this country passionately. I’m proud of a great many things that the U.S.A. has accomplished over the centuries. One thing I like about being an American is that we can disagree without … more

Reviving the Great Experiment

Without question, we live in the most exceptional country the world has ever known. I am proud to be an American and I’m proud of our founding principles and documents, which have guided us for … more

A classy reunion

I graduated with the Durant High School class of 1969 and went to my 50th class reunion in the summer of 2019. Almost everyone came and we were all truly happy to see each other. I asked Judy Nix … more

Stitt throws a fit

Why did Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt abruptly fire his own appointee, Kurt Bollenbach, from the State Board of Education? Mr. Bollenbach supported giving back to public schools some of the millions … more

Democrats and Republicans should work together

Is super-partisanship a permanent feature of our democracy? Can the parties ever agree, enough to cooperate in solving problems of our country? I frankly don’t know whether Republicans and … more

Parent group launches, seeks accountability from schools

Gathered at the Oklahoma Capitol on a brisk Monday, parents announced the formation of a group that will seek to empower families to have greater control in their children’s … more

Citizens upset over name change

For several months, the businesses and residents on Highway 70 inside the new bypass have been battling with the Durant City Council over the decision to change the road’s name from Highway 70 … more

Visitor angry over disrespect to parents’ grave

I am writing this letter out of anger. I was there recently and the trip was to Highland Cemetery. We were there to put flowers on my parents’ graves. I was appalled when I saw the graves. … more

Wear a mask to protect yourself and others

Wear a mask! Please. Please. Earlier, medical experts had said that mask-wearing during this pandemic was to safeguard others, those whom the wearer might infect through sneezing, coughing, … more

A colonoscopy can be life-saving

As a local surgeon, I would like to spread the word concerning screening for colon cancer. The United States Task Force on Prevention recommends screening for colorectal cancer for all Americans … more

Getting along post election

I’ve been watching and participating in elections for about sixty years. During that time, my favored candidates have won lots of times and lost lots of times. Obviously, winning is more fun. … more

The Smell Test: Obama vs. Trump

Dress codes In 2009, Obama was caught sitting in the Oval Office without his jacket on. “Too laid-back, disrespectful, not Presidential, brings discredit to the office, something no … more
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