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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

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
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