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A Senate Review by Senator Josh Brecheen

We’re now just over a month into regular session and the budget for FY ‘19 looks promising. Our state economy is recovering and state revenues are rising.There are valid ideas to … more

Readers thank utility workers

Our thanks to the brave men and women who braved the ice and cold weather to fix our frozen water pipes and downed electric lines so that we could be cozy and comfortable again. We appreciate … more

Keep up the good work in Durant

Dear Editor:I have had the privilege of visiting Durant about three times a year while visiting our son and daughter-in-law, Travis Rollins and Blythe Duell.They will soon be relocating to Pullman, … more

Roads, when will they become a priority?

Over a year ago I learned the city has not sealed cracks in our roads for over two years. I visited with the city manager and informed him that we were not sealing the cracks.I notified the city … more

Leaving home to find something better

The Durant Democrat recently ran a front-page article with the headline ‘The best country in the world.’If you don’t have a copy of the paper from December 19, 2017, try to get … more

Go along to get along

This appears to be the way of our city council, past and present. No one wants to do the heavy lifting. The city faces many financial challenges. Our infrastructure is in poor shape. Our water … more

Filling the hole

It has been some time since my last correspondence. The reason for my delay in writing is that I simply do not know what to say. To say I am frustrated with our failure to pass a budget would be a … more

Readers say Trump is betraying people who elected him

It’s sad to see the way President Trump is betraying the very people who put him into office. Many of them believed, according to interviews with Trump supporters done by multiple TV reporters, … more

Resident says city makes ‘bad deals’

Why does the City of Durant make bad deals?In 2006, the city of Durant entered into a contract with North Star Development to extend Larkspur Lane to and across Chuckwa Creek and then further north. … more

Many elderly are ashamed to speak of abuse

Abuse is a word that most people do not like to talk about. Abuse happens all over the world, which is scary in itself. It has been reported that thousands of adult Oklahomans suffer Abuse, Neglect, … more

Win some, lose some

I apologize for taking so long to write, but I have been extremely busy with our state budget. I am proud to have completed the 56th Legislative Session of 2017 and finally be able to say we passed … more

Oklahoma’s death penalty is a failed public policy

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission issued their findings after spending a year examining our capital punishment system. The Commission concluded that it is costly and … more

Tough Decisions

I have received numerous questions about teacher pay raises. The House passed a bill for teacher pay raises and has a plan for funding it, but it is unclear if the Senate will approve the budget plan … more

Working to Preserve Services for District 19

I have spoken to people at the Department of Human Services, and they indicate they have no plans to close the Antler’s office. They said these kinds of decisions could not be made until they … more

April showers bring May flowers

There has always been the old saying “April Showers bring May flowers.” When this statement is being said, it seems to bring a smile to people’s faces. This statement has been used … more

What’s a town hall meeting all about?

Town hall meetings are a long-standing tradition in the United States. It is reported that some small New England towns still have town hall meetings, in which members of the community gather and ask … more

An apology and an explanation

I want to apologize for getting obviously upset at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Atoka. A person who always is very vocal in voicing their opinion said I was wasting time and money by asking to … more

A look at current legislation

I would like to start this report by advising that I continue to receive great reports on my health. God had been very good to me, and cancer has not returned. Thanks to everyone for your … more

Democrats do not support Trump

I find the article by Wyota Hannan in the March 9th Durant Daily Democrat entitled “Democratic women on the move” to be a serious misrepresentation of the position of the Democratic … more

Democrats concerned about new administration

We are local Democrats who are very concerned about many of the policies of the new administration in Washington D.C.For instance, a second “Muslim ban” order has been signed by President … more
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