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Debates without facts are just empty arguments

Newspapers often receive feedback on controversial stories. The question for the newspaper is how, or even whether, to respond. You may win a wrestling match with a hog, but you’re still going … more

It’s time that we do education right

“When in the course of human events,” is the beginning clause of one of the most important documents in American history. The colonies were on the edge of war. Thomas Jefferson was … more

Let’s prepare for the election

In April voters will go to the polls in seven Bryan County communities. They will select 23 of their friends and neighbors to make decision on their behalf. They will give them the responsibility of … more

Christmas with the homeless

On Christmas Day, two friends and I (all people who have nice homes) had lunch with five homeless people at Durant’s International House of Pancakes (IHOP). The five homeless people were one … more

End of lawsuit should be start of new chapter

Durant City Manager Tim Rundel dropped the defamation lawsuit he had filed against the city as an entity and Councilmember Oden Grube as an individual. We hope it is the final chapter in a story that … more

Defunding the Durant
Industrial Authority bad idea

A plan has been floated for the city to stop funding the Durant Industrial Authority and use the money on infrastructure. We have opposed the plan based on the number of jobs the DIA has brought to … more

Long meetings not a new problem

Some Durant City Council meetings have lasted as long as 6 hours. The voters approved a plan that would cost millions of dollars, is on a tight schedule but is put on hold for nearly a month because … more

Durant has reason to be proud of campaign

All over town we are seeing red signs with the backward R. Amanda Brinkman and her staff from the online television program “Small Business Revolution – Main Street,” are on their … more

I’m proud of my hometown

In my 56 years on this earth I have lived in 17 states and two foreign countries. I attended 7 different public schools, graduating from a Department of Defense high school in England (one of the two … more

As plain as the nose on my face

We have lots of vivid sayings to indicate things we don’t like —“out of sight, out of mind,” “dirty as a pig,” and “ugly as a mud fence,” to name a … more

Briefing plan good, but only so far

“All meetings of public bodies, as defined hereinafter, shall be held at specified times and places which are convenient to the public and shall be open to the public, except as hereinafter … more

2019 will bring challenges, changes

The turning of the year is traditionally a time of reflection. As we prepare to begin a new trip around the sun, we think about what happened in the past 365 days. The past year was a year of change … more

You don’t have to be Einstein to figure this out

I once read an article about a study on road rage. Researchers wanted to know why people behave in their cars in ways they typically wouldn’t in person. If someone cut in line in front of me … more

tax plans hurt
Oklahoma’s poor population

Poverty in Oklahoma is at a 10-year high, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. In Durant and Bryan County, poverty affects 8,523 persons, or 18 percent of the population. Statewide, 652,460 … more

The season goes deeper than greetings

The Christmas season is upon us. The purists would point out that we actually are in the season of advent. The time before the Nativity in which Christians eagerly anticipate the coming of their … more

Shop local, Santa does

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care and filled with great items from … more

Progressive is another word for human kindness

The Reverend Franklin Graham’s recent declaration that “’progressive’ is just another word for ‘godless’” is certainly an insult, and I ask readers and the … more

Durant must keep moving forward

The city of Durant received some good news this week. Durant was named one of 10 finalists for the online business makeover show “Small Business Revolution – Main Street.” As … more

Task force work must be civil

The Durant City Council will appoint a task force to study and make recommendations on the city’s infrastructure needs. There are some things it would be good to get straight from the … more

Keeping your green this side of the Red

“Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” This is the famous line by Zuzu Bailey in the best holiday movie ever - It’s a Wonderful Life. … more
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