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Leadership will determine next decade’s success

When the next issue of the Durant Democrat is published, we will be celebrating the first day of a new decade. If the past decade is any indication, Durant and Bryan County have some great days ahead … more

Medicaid ‘mortality’ study bears closer scrutiny

A study from the progressive Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, estimates that “over a four-year period, the lives of 476 older people were lost because Oklahoma did not expand Medicaid to … more

An Open Letter from the Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women of Oklahoma

Open letter to Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford: Now that the House of Representatives has impeached President Trump, you will soon be required to judge whether the President has … more

Good roads make good cities

“More substantial good could be done for the development of Durant and the surrounding country by a system of good roads than by any other means.” These wise words were published by … more

Task force can help balance the scale of Oklahoma’s prison crisis

Criminal justice reform is paying dividends in Oklahoma. The single largest commutation in American history happened in November with more than 400 Oklahomans reunited with families. The commutation … more

Shop for the gift that keeps on giving

In 11 days, we will celebrate a gift. For Christians it is the gift of a Savior. For others it is a broader, perhaps less specific, but regardless, Christmas is seen by most of us as a time of … more

Teacher numbers climb, but trend may not last

Over the last two years, state lawmakers have increased K-12 school appropriations by $638 million, an increase of 20 percent, and raised teacher pay by approximately $7,400 per teacher. Teacher pay … more

Light of Hope on mission from God

Well, as we watch another year end, I am still reminded of how much I must be thankful for. I have a roof over my head, a family who loves me and a church home which is my home away from home. I have … more

Who’s in charge here?

In a dictatorship, things can be very neat — cut and dried: The dictator is the boss, and you better shut up and get used to it. If the king wants your opinion, he’ll ask for it. Suppose … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Durant will always need regular infrastructure improvements, road paving, and major capital purchases such as fire trucks and police cars. Having met from January to June of this year … more

Voters hold the purse strings

The Durant City Council seems to be providing lip service to one of the city’s biggest issues – how to fix this town’s streets and infrastructure. The council has approved a Feb. … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor When our state united behind President Trump in 2016 and continues to support him today, the Democrats knew they could not win long-term if they left the rules of engagement the … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, A front page headline in the Wednesday, Dec. 4 edition of the Durant Democrat read: “Council Calls for Feb. 11 Tax Ordinance Election.” If this happens, Durant’s … more

Even country folk can see holes in redistricting plan

A group pushing to change how legislative and congressional districts are drawn in the state of Oklahoma wants us to believe they are working to remove politics from what is an inherently political … more

What Every Oklahoman Should Know About Gerrymandering

Many people are familiar with the word “gerrymandering” and they may know it has a negative connotation, but what they may not realize is how bad gerrymandering is right here in … more

National Democrats Seek Inroads in Oklahoma

Democratic Party leaders that include former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder are spearheading a national effort to change the way Congressional and state legislative … more

Stitt calls Medicaid expansion ‘Plan F’

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt expressed his disapproval of Medicaid expansion under State Question 802, calling the ballot initiative “Plan F” and “problematic” in a recent … more

EITC is an effective poverty-fighting tool

The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in America. In 2017, the federal EITC pulled 5.7 million people above the poverty line and reduced the severity of … more

Proposed redistricting commission deserves hard, critical examination

A group is pushing a plan to change how redistricting is done in Oklahoma and their ideas deserve serious consideration. Very serious and very thorough consideration. Redistricting is done every … more

Just when you think you know a dog

…and be sure, your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23b He’s always seemed like such a sweet dog that I actually felt bad for not being happy about him living with us. After learning … more
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