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Task Force plan should provide desperately needed answers

The Durant Streets and Infrastructure Task Force has decided to do a real-world comparison of the only two options for financing infrastructure improvements available to the city. This is an … more

Letter to the Editor:

Dear Editor, I want to compliment the editorial, “Let Us Not Forget What Was Given for Our Freedom,” in the Saturday, May 25, 2019 Durant Democrat. It cost many precious lives and … more

The world needs more ‘Helper Bees’

Long, long, long ago before I was in first grade, my favorite television show was Romper Room. This program was a “kindergarten” experience for preschoolers. Then kindergarten was a … more

Let us not forget what was given for our freedom

“What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.” Christopher Gadsden Christopher Gadsden was a rich man. He inherited much of his wealth, but he maintained and built his estate … more

Capitol update for District 19

The Oklahoma House of Representatives have completed another session. In a historical fashion, we delivered on of the largest and I believe the most outstanding state budget. We added $458 million to … more

Dealing with ‘Abner Mallity’

Old friend Abner Mallity visited briefly and could only shake his head at the state of our country. “I thought I had stumbled into some elementary school,” he said. “When did our … more


Earlier this week the Democrat reported on how Mayor [then council member] Oden Grube may have violated the Durant City Council’s code of ethics last year by leaking privileged information to … more


According to experts, the vast majority of people in the United States will never be the victims of violent crime. It just doesn’t happen that often. In fact, when one considers the overall … more

A new spin on feeling ‘Blue’

The Blue Zones Project gets its name from a now well-recognized National Geographic-sponsored global longevity analysis, conducted about 15 years ago. It focused on the discovery areas across the … more

There’s more to Medicaid plan than Arkansas

I’ve heard television ads lately arguing that Oklahoma shouldn’t decide to expand Medicaid. The number of states that have taken the expansion since it began in 2014 is now 36, plus D.C. … more

A plea for the Post Office

The Webster dictionary defines “public” as “the people as a whole.” So in a government of, by, and for the people, public enterprises deserve special status. But increasingly, … more
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