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Grube fails to offer real plan for streets

In the old Peanuts cartoons the child protagonists spent Halloween trick or treating and discussing the results of each house visit by ticking off their haul. “I got a candy bar,” one … more

Compassion, not condemnation is needed in Achille

Human sexuality comes in all shapes; some shapes have just been suppressed.Last week’s Forum concerned our need to support education as fundamental to our democracy. Education is also … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear EditorIn recent days the plight of a Bryan County student who is transgendered has become public knowledge. The Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women (BCFDW) is committed to upholding our … more

When social media isn’t so social

I think Achille Superintendent Rick Beene said it best, “We never had a problem with the kids, it was the adults that caused all of this.”If you haven’t been in Bryan County in the … more

Readers says vacant building would be good for homeless shelter

I read in your paper that a homeless shelter was going to be built.When I moved here in 2011, I saw this large building on Washington Avenue close to a grocery store (now Pruett’s) and other … more

Durant did right thing on Tishomingo lawsuit

On behalf of the Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer I want to thank the Durant City Council in supporting the City of Tishomingo’s efforts to hold the mining industry … more

Lake Texoma Association more than parties and pageants

You’ve probably heard of us. Maybe you’ve seen our Annual Guide to Lake Texoma around town or at your favorite marina. Or you’ve seen our Facebook posts featuring photos of our … more

Mental Health news good, not great

Where have all the flowers gone? Pete Seeger’s song says young girls have picked them, everyone. In the past five years or so, public funding for many areas of life in Oklahoma have been … more

Ethics and compassion should be factors in marijuana debate

My late husband starved to death. I am convinced he could have lived had he not been too stubborn to smoke illegal marijuana. Smoking “pot” would have reduced his nausea, boosted his … more

It’s time to meet the issue head-on

Here’s a list of things that can seriously injure or even kill a person who takes part in them: auto racing, bicycle racing, rodeo sports, mixed martial arts, rock climbing, smoking tobacco, … more

Proposed rules would have upended ballot box

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of State Question 788. The medical marijuana bill drew over 500,000 “yes” votes in the June primary. If you didn’t … more

Now is the time to make your voice heard on the South 9th Avenue Arts District

The reporters and editors of community newspapers hear the same refrains repeatedly. I have covered news in 7 different communities in 4 states in the past 30 years and there is one thing I have … more

Why not have the best ordinary town?

I trust that the arts-district people have the best interest of all of Durant’s people in mind. But there are better ways of meeting these interests than trying to turn South Ninth Avenue into … more

The South 9th Avenue Arts District will celebrate Durant’s history

When South 9th Avenue becomes the South 9th Avenue Arts District, it will be a great addition to our community. It has a rich and colorful history. I was born in Durant and we lived on North 9th. My … more

We don’t have time to waste

The election is over. The $20 million bond issue and the proposed repeal of the sunset provision in the one-cent capital improvement sales tax were both rejected by voters. That’s not really … more

Out of the many, one

This Wednesday will mark the 242nd anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in Independence Hall at Philadelphia, Penn., on July 4, 1776. Thus began the greatest experiment in … more

The sky’s not falling, but neither are interest rates

At last, the Oklahoma primary season is over. The robocalls have ceased, last-minute mail-outs gone, and most of the campaign signs are down. Friends and neighbors divided over who their favorite … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,The declining condition of our streets certainly impacts Durant Main Street’s ability to promote downtown, especially when working to attract new businesses and economic development … more

We are all Juan and Joe

Imagine that your neighbors Juan Garcia and Joe Smith, who’d been friends for years, decided to make adjoining parts of their backyards into a neighborhood outdoor gathering place.It sounded … more

Vote and let your voices be heard

Durant residents, at least those who make the effort, will vote Tuesday on a variety of candidates and a couple of financial issues that are important to the city.One is very critical to the future … more
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