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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


Dear Editor,The energy sector has a rich history in Oklahoma of creating jobs and also contributing to our state’s budget. The oil and gas industry is certainly an asset to our economy but as a … more

Politicians shouldn’t control their retirement funds

Representative government doesn’t work when we let politicians spend future generations’ money. It’s taxation without representation. It’s also something we do every day in … more

Halloween shouldn’t be any scarier than necessary

For most of us the coming week is probably just your average work week. We will get up Monday morning, head to our jobs remembering the past weekend and looking forward to the one that is coming. But … more

Deadline is approaching

Bryan County Election BoardThe deadline is near for registered voters in Bryan County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the Nov. 6, Bryan County General Election.Applications for … more

More questions to be decided on Nov. 6

State Questions 798, 800 and 801 would change the way Oklahoma gubernatorial elections are run, set up an investment fund for oil and gas revenue, and expand the ways school districts could use ad … more

Taxes are essential for government by the people

It used to be said that the two things for certain in life were death and taxes. Death is still a constant; taxes, not so much. The idea that government and taxes are bad found a champion in … more

Oklahoma public education and the governor’s race

The title of an article in The Economist (January 2018) asks, “What’s the matter with Oklahoma?” - and an article title in National Review (August 2018) answers it - … more

State Questions should be considered

Two questions on the Nov. 6 ballot are getting a lot of attention. One of the questions presents a fairly obvious choice, the other is not as clear cut.State Question 793, the “Right of … more
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