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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

Keeping our small town charm

What is small town charm? Most often when the phrase small town charm is used, there is an insinuation that the charm comes from the relaxed, genuine nature of small towns, as well as the fact that … more

Shop local, Give local

This Christmas season has brought upon Durant a heightened sense of community with the renewed energy to support local businesses, especially during this season of giving. At a time when shoppers and … more

The future is calling

Bryan County and the City of Durant stand on a threshold. We can embrace the future, or we can stubbornly hold onto the past. In 2002, a marketing professional speaking to a group of teachers in … more

Vote, it’s worth the wait

The Bryan County Election Board has a Facebook page on which visitors can leave reviews, as if they are talking about a restaurant or car dealership. One recent review is from a person who was upset … more

Who’s like whom?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about which of the gubernatorial candidates is most like the current governor. Let’s look at it.One of the biggest issues in Oklahoma the last four years … more

President Trump is trying to divide us

The political divide in our nation is the worst I can recall—the most mean and destructive. It has been vividly present in any number of public issues, but most dramatically lately in the … more

Grandpa didn’t have much to say

My grandfather was born in Coweta, OK. His name was Benjamin Lee Ireland, everyone called him Lee. His father was a farmer and a laborer and, from what I understand, a pretty mean drunk. My … more

Republicans, refugees and refugees from the GOP

Why do we have so many desperate families coming to our southern border? A caravan of people is now walking through Mexico from Central America, headed for the U.S. Trump calls these refugees … more

A greener option

“I would NEVER use marijuana!” This is something I’ve heard time and time again. My family, my friends’ families, and good, God-fearing Oklahomans all over the state feel this … more
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