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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

Let’s Have ‘The Talk’

As parents, we dread having to have “The Talk” with our kids once they reach that age. How about having “The Talk” with your parents once they reach a certain age. What is … more

Capitol update for District 19

The Legislature finished hearing House bills in committees and have begun hearing legislation that passed out of committees on the House floor. There have been some very interesting bills that have … more

As the industry changes, so does the Democrat

In case you missed our announcement in Wednesday’s paper, the Democrat will become a weekly newspaper starting Thursday, March 5. It will publish each Thursday. I know many people are … more

‘At will’ worker measure advances

All new state government workers would be made “at will” employees under legislation that has advanced from a House committee, marking movement on a reform endorsed by Gov. Kevin … more

Don’t save - Invest!

Gov. Kevin Stitt released his executive budget proposal for the budget year that begins July 1. The Governor’s appetite for spending is limited. Rather than using the available revenue he … more

Early voting is today, primary is Tuesday

Early voting for the March 3 Presidential Primary election will continue today at the County Election Board office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bryan County Election Board Secretary Kimberly Norris said … more

Prayer breakfast provides way to find answers

This week Gov. Kevin Stitt held his inaugural Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. Like most such gatherings this event featured scrambled eggs, coffee, inspirational messages and, of course, prayer. … more

The immorality of ‘free’ federal money

Oklahoma must expand welfare in order to get more federal dollars—this a common argument for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. It makes sense, unless you have all the facts. The truth is that … more

Letter to the Editor

Open reply to Senator James Lankford: Previously, I pleaded with you to hold Trump accountable for crimes he now admits, now that the impeachment “trial” is over. Your response letter … more

New brand cheapens Oklahoma’s historic culture

Earlier this month, our governor and lieutenant governor proudly unveiled Oklahoma’s new “brand” and logo. The new brand is a colorful circle of chevrons forming a white star in the … more

Reaction lampoons First Amendment

I spent much of high school hiding copies of National Lampoon magazine from my parents. And not just because of the topless women. For a Baptist teenager, National Lampoon was a deliciously decadent … more

Voters should reject sales tax extension

This Tuesday, Durant voters will be asked to approve a 20-year extension of the one-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax. Voters should reject the request until city officials present a plan for how … more

It’s past time to support our retired public servants

Retired Oklahoma state and local public servants have now gone 10 years without a cost of living adjustment, while inflation has eaten away at their income. For decades they taught our children, kept … more
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