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Light of Hope is seeking homeless shelter

So today, I woke up made a pot of coffee and sat down in front of the television to drink my coffee. I have been doing the same thing the past 12 days. Yes you guessed it, I am in quarantine. For … more

Readers say stealing campaign signs is denying free speech

It’s silly season again in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. Campaign signs for candidates have sprouted in yards around Bryan County, and it’s always interesting to see who … more

Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police opposes state question 805

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Question 805 will be on the November 3 ballot, asking citizens of the State of Oklahoma to vote to change the State Constitution by taking away the discretion of the … more

Long-term care residents honored

WASHINGTON DC- Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others will honor the … more

Alzheimer’s in nursing home with COVID-19

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia illness. It’s a disease that attacks the brain, which causes impaired memory, thinking and behavior. Those that have … more

Notable support for school choice

In politics, as in retail, consumer demand drives product selection, only politicians offer policies rather than baked goods. So it’s notable that multiple speakers strongly advocated for … more

Transparency required

The following editorial was published in the Muskogee Phoenix on July 8, 2020. Two state-level programs leveraging federal funds appropriated by the $2.2 trillion CARES Act should provide some … more

It takes more than simulators and photos to judge a cop

I read two things this week, and they both depressed and frightened me. The first was an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times by Steve Lopez. The other was a message by a close friend and career … more

Oklahoma Education Association’s bogus math

The Oklahoma Education Association’s national parent, the National Education Association, is known for bizarre actions like working to give boys access to girls’ bathrooms and endorsing … more

Oklahoma teachers’ take home pay shrunk 10 of the past 11 years

Most of the discussion on teacher pay in Oklahoma compared to other states has focused on the total compensation of teachers, since that’s what is typically used when making comparisons across … more

Masks should not be political statements

The following editorial ran in the Tahlequah Daily Press 05/29/20 It’s a shame when something as benign as a face mask has widened the behemoth rift between political parties, but … more

Behavior is intentional, not conditional

Viktor Frankl begged the official to let him keep the papers he had hidden in his coat. Frankl, a psychiatrist, was carrying a manuscript based on his life’s work. It was the culmination of … more

To reduce over-policing, stop over-legislating

Those wishing to “defund” the police should join those of us who are fighting for limited government. Why? Because ultimately every law or regulation is enforced by a cop. There is a … more

Let’s give the school’s P.L.A.N. a chance

The Durant Board of Education has released its plan, literally P.L.A.N. for starting the 2020-21 school year. We emphasize starting because as Superintendent Duane Merideth pointed out, there are … more

To end political fights, be a mensch

Mensch, \ ˈmen(t)sh \ noun, : a person of integrity and honor (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) In the past several years I have heard people decry the state of modern politics. They … more

A Brief History of Our Confederate Statue

A group of generally orderly protesters recently gathered to voice their opinions about the Confederate soldier statue that has been on the courthouse lawn for just over 100 years. While both sides … more

Downtown shows resilience in difficult year

Resilience is the ability to bounce back. It is the quality that motivates one to forge ahead despite adversity. So far 2020’s economy has taken one sucker punch after another. COVID 19-related … more

Possible paths to fund Medicaid expansion

It is good news to see that most of the legislative leadership who have spoken have said the legislature is now obligated and will find a way to fund the state match for Medicaid expansion, despite … more

Let’s talk now, while cooler heads are prevailing

The Board of Bryan County Commissioners has decided to let voters determine the fate of the Confederate Memorial on the lawn at the Bryan County Courthouse. This is the right decision according to … more

Legislature putting together interim studies list

Typical of an election year, there were only 88 interim study requests in the House of Representatives this year compared with 146 last year. The Senate has not published its interim study requests. … more
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