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Birthday gift reignites flames of youth

It started when I switched to FM radio. A friend told me FM was cooler and I could always stand to be cooler, so I flipped the dial on my clock radio and life was never the same. The sound was … more

How jury selection is, and isn’t relevant

Social media is buzzing around the case of Julius Jones—particularly his recent application for commutation. Mr. Jones was convicted in 2002 of murder in the first degree. Numerous celebrities … more

‘Social justice’ rampant at OU

Social justice education, which seeks to subordinate higher education to the pursuit of a progressive political agenda, pervades American higher education. Alas, it’s come to Oklahoma’s … more

Durant Industrial Authority looking up

Not very long ago we were sounding the alarm about the uncertain future of the Durant Industrial Authority. Now we are cautiously optimistic not only about its future, but its possibly expanded work … more

Past, Present, Future: Keeping the facts of our history straight

The problem of having a statue of a Confederate soldier on our Courthouse ground is being discussed. And after lying dormant for a few years, the issue of having the Early Childhood Center named for … more

Monuments serve a purpose

I have to admit, the whole controversy over removing statues and monuments is beginning to look a bit silly to me. I speak as someone who knows a little about the Confederate States and … more

State Question 802 from both sides

Proponents of State Question 802—ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion provision—have kept much of their messaging quite simple: “More Oklahomans on Medicaid and more federal … more

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
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