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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor When our state united behind President Trump in 2016 and continues to support him today, the Democrats knew they could not win long-term if they left the rules of engagement the … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, A front page headline in the Wednesday, Dec. 4 edition of the Durant Democrat read: “Council Calls for Feb. 11 Tax Ordinance Election.” If this happens, Durant’s … more

Even country folk can see holes in redistricting plan

A group pushing to change how legislative and congressional districts are drawn in the state of Oklahoma wants us to believe they are working to remove politics from what is an inherently political … more

What Every Oklahoman Should Know About Gerrymandering

Many people are familiar with the word “gerrymandering” and they may know it has a negative connotation, but what they may not realize is how bad gerrymandering is right here in … more

National Democrats Seek Inroads in Oklahoma

Democratic Party leaders that include former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder are spearheading a national effort to change the way Congressional and state legislative … more

Stitt calls Medicaid expansion ‘Plan F’

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt expressed his disapproval of Medicaid expansion under State Question 802, calling the ballot initiative “Plan F” and “problematic” in a recent … more

EITC is an effective poverty-fighting tool

The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in America. In 2017, the federal EITC pulled 5.7 million people above the poverty line and reduced the severity of … more

Proposed redistricting commission deserves hard, critical examination

A group is pushing a plan to change how redistricting is done in Oklahoma and their ideas deserve serious consideration. Very serious and very thorough consideration. Redistricting is done every … more

Just when you think you know a dog

…and be sure, your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23b He’s always seemed like such a sweet dog that I actually felt bad for not being happy about him living with us. After learning … more

Honor veterans by helping them get ahead

Earlier this month, we observed Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have served to preserve our freedom. Another way to honor our veterans this year is to help ensure that they and their … more

Are we civilized?

Civilizations arose at crossroads, places where we began to exchange goods and ideas without fighting or killing each other. The places that thrived built acceptance that transcended religion and … more

A look at higher-education revenue in Oklahoma

With the new school year underway and the 2020 legislative session approaching, now’s a good time to take a look at how higher education’s funding has changed over the last … more

Shopping small benefits us all

The holiday shopping season is right around the corner. In less than a month, shoppers stuffed with turkey and Christmas wishes will be opening purses and wallets, producing cold cash and warm credit … more

More progress needed for Teachers’ Retirement System

The teacher strike in Chicago has again put teacher compensation in the news. And while most of the coverage tends to focus on salaries, retirement benefits — and their costs — are often … more

Veterans provided more than information

Sgt. Belcher was a short man. He was wiry and strong and had bad teeth. He talked loudly and laughed louder. I met him on Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in the summer of 1980 while in basic training for the … more

Veterans sacrifice must never be taken for granted

Monday is Veterans Day. It’s an important day and one that we should never take for granted. Anyone who has ever dealt with a playground bully knows that fighting back carries short term … more

We must maintain tradition of giving thanks

November traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday season and hopefully a season of gratitude, kindness, and generosity. First and foremost on our minds as we turn the calendar page is usually … more

New City Manager has a big job

The City of Durant will welcome its new City Manager on Monday morning. John Dean comes to Durant from Ovilla, Texas, where he was the city’s CEO for almost three years. He said that as native … more

Keeping the red brick house happy

My footsteps echoed off the tile the last day I stood in the hall in the red brick house with the green metal roof, just as they did 11 years ago when I stood in that empty hall for the first … more

Agency reforms maintain vital role for Board oversight

During the last legislative session, Governor Stitt’s signature program was wresting authority from boards and commissions for the hiring and firing of agency directors. The Legislature agreed, … more
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