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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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

State Question 794 deserves your approval

With a plethora of red, white, and blue placards waving in the autumn breezes, it is a simple deduction for Oklahoma voters to realize that the November 6 general election draws near. Amid the names … more

Michael made waves for me in Oklahoma

My friend’s voice sounded deceptively calm on the Facebook live broadcast.He walked around the newsroom of the Panama City News Herald and described the maelstrom outside. As he talked, I … more

Voting registration deadline is fast approaching

If you want to participate in our representative republic in the most direct way possible on Nov. 6 your last chance to sign up is only six days away.Friday, Oct. 12, is the last day to register to … more

Voting is a right, a privilege and a duty

I voted for the first time in 1960, a race when John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon were duking it out to be U. S. President. I was excited! For one thing, it was one more milestone that meant I was … more

Sometimes the news is good

You’re never too old to see something new. I am at a stage in my career where I can smile at young reporters when they talk about saving the world because I know that world doesn’t really … more

Fact-based criticism and discussion builds

Durant’s city manager tells a story about meeting a television reporter for the first time. As the young reporter prepared to interview the city official he made a statement we can only hope … more

Durant Industrial Authority could expand its mission

In the tussle among city government, downtown business, and the Durant Industrial Authority, all parties hold reasonable positions. The arguments are over legitimate issues of transparency, … more

Home is more than a shelter from the weather

I remember sitting in Spanish class in 1977. I was 14-years-old and listening to a classmate complain about moving. The way he carried on I figured he was moving to a dark corner of Africa, or the … more

Newspapers can’t make everybody happy all the time

“If everybody loved you, you’d be doing something wrong.” Bernie, from the 1994 film, “The Paper.”I moved to Bryan County in 2008. At the time, I was a copy editor for … more

The time for half measures has passed

The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.Winston … more
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