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Confronting elder abuse, neglect and exploitation

Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm to an older person. Elder abuse takes many forms, including: Neglect or Isolation, Physical … more

Removing statues is shortsighted

In 1982 I was a 20-year-old soldier stationed in Heilbronn, Germany. One afternoon I stopped in a restaurant for lunch. A man who appeared to be in his 50s of 60s invited me to sit at his table and … more

Durant handled emotional issue well

It’s not often that a national news story comes to your hometown, especially one that stirs emotions and raises tensions between protesters and government officials, including law enforcement. … more

Experts warns ‘Medicare for all’ fails patients

Sen. Bernie Sanders has become the nation’s most high-profile supporter of “Medicare for all.” Yet Sanders’ experience undermines his case, according to Sally Pipes, … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor Travel and tourism is an integral part of the City of Durant and Bryan County economy, encompassing over 100 travel businesses a and a workforce of 2000 plus. The unprecedented … more

#OurDurant is up to the challenge

The Forum page is back, and you don’t need a mask to read it. Like many of our friends and neighbors, the Durant Democrat has cut back its operations. This has meant fewer pages and more … more

Being accurate is more important than being first

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared on the Durant Democrat website. It has been edited to include information that has been confirmed since it was first posted. The worst thing about … more

Kissing hugs and handshakes goodbye

The coronavirus pandemic shutdown has given me not only lots of time for thinking, but also lots for thinking about. In a television interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House pandemic … more

COVID-19 and nursing homes

This has been some trying times that the world has been going through these last few months. It has really been hard on those in the long term care facilities and their families. Families not able to … more

Capitol update for District 19

The House of Representatives recently passed a measure that was part of the budget package that will increase funding for 452 correctional employees who were omitted from last year’s $2 pay … more

Hunter Ford lived long enough to give the gift of hope, life

In the race to be first accuracy is only the first casualty, the real story can also get lost in the shuffle. more

Nursing homes are about living

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 … more

Here’s hoping newspapers survive the virus

I hope newspapers survive this coronavirus pandemic. I especially hope local newspapers survive, those that serve towns and small cities. If a town loses its newspaper, it loses part of its … more

Durant needs its local newspaper

Have you given much thought to local media in Durant? When news is available to 24/7 online, is it important to have local reporters write for small town newspapers? The simple answer is yes. It … more

We can do more to save the planet

Dear Editor,With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day upon us on April 22, we are already reducing our carbon footprint during the pandemic by severely curtailing travel. But we can do so much more. more

Remarkable woman was always on my side

On Christmas Day, 1944, Karen Lee Ireland was born to Benjamin and Teresa Mae Ireland in Florence, Ariz. At 8:53 p.m. on March 5, 2020, she drew her final breath in Cascilla, Miss. Between those … more

Uncertainty covers the current Legislative session, important work remains ahead

This week is often referred to as “crossover” week in the legislature. The bills that have passed their house of origin will move to the other chamber and begin the legislative process … more

It’s time to start our recovery

Durant and Bryan County have suffered from a self-inflicted wound which has festered for 10 years. We can stop the bleeding and begin a recovery, if we act now. The United States Census occurs … more

Alleged assault points up dangers of OEA/NEA ‘gender-neutral’ bathroom push

An 18-year-old student at Rhinelander High School was recently arrested for child enticement, fourth-degree sexual assault, and exposing genitals to a child. The alleged incident occurred in the … more

Don't get caught in the riptide of silliness and fear

My oldest son looked crestfallen, not an expression I am used to using but in this context it fits. My family and I were sitting in a restaurant watching the list of sporting events and public … more
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