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Honor veterans by helping them get ahead

Earlier this month, we observed Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have served to preserve our freedom. Another way to honor our veterans this year is to help ensure that they and their … more

Are we civilized?

Civilizations arose at crossroads, places where we began to exchange goods and ideas without fighting or killing each other. The places that thrived built acceptance that transcended religion and … more

A look at higher-education revenue in Oklahoma

With the new school year underway and the 2020 legislative session approaching, now’s a good time to take a look at how higher education’s funding has changed over the last … more

Shopping small benefits us all

The holiday shopping season is right around the corner. In less than a month, shoppers stuffed with turkey and Christmas wishes will be opening purses and wallets, producing cold cash and warm credit … more

More progress needed for Teachers’ Retirement System

The teacher strike in Chicago has again put teacher compensation in the news. And while most of the coverage tends to focus on salaries, retirement benefits — and their costs — are often … more

Veterans provided more than information

Sgt. Belcher was a short man. He was wiry and strong and had bad teeth. He talked loudly and laughed louder. I met him on Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in the summer of 1980 while in basic training for the … more

Veterans sacrifice must never be taken for granted

Monday is Veterans Day. It’s an important day and one that we should never take for granted. Anyone who has ever dealt with a playground bully knows that fighting back carries short term … more

We must maintain tradition of giving thanks

November traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday season and hopefully a season of gratitude, kindness, and generosity. First and foremost on our minds as we turn the calendar page is usually … more

New City Manager has a big job

The City of Durant will welcome its new City Manager on Monday morning. John Dean comes to Durant from Ovilla, Texas, where he was the city’s CEO for almost three years. He said that as native … more

Keeping the red brick house happy

My footsteps echoed off the tile the last day I stood in the hall in the red brick house with the green metal roof, just as they did 11 years ago when I stood in that empty hall for the first … more

Agency reforms maintain vital role for Board oversight

During the last legislative session, Governor Stitt’s signature program was wresting authority from boards and commissions for the hiring and firing of agency directors. The Legislature agreed, … more

10th Annual Colton’s Run a success

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the people of Durant stepped up and revealed their true character once again by making the 10th Annual Colton’s Run a success. The 10th anniversary event raised a … more

Falling into the company of some good people

Some days it seems to me that the news coming from Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma City — and even from Durant— cannot become much more distressing. Elected officials by the truckload … more

Let’s spread the giving throughout the season

We are about to enter what is commonly called “the season of giving.” That time of the year that we take time to count our blessings, give thanks for what we have and try to provide for … more

Durant Council holds key to healing

The Durant City Council interviewed two candidates for the City Manager’s position but, in keeping with its stated objective of protecting the interests of the tax spenders over that of the … more

School choice promotes teen recovery

Officials at Mission Academy, the only sober-recovery high school in Oklahoma, don’t believe in small goals. “We’re in the miracle business,” said Joe Don Fennell, … more

Durant’s best hope is a bridge, not a wall

Travel is a great educator. During a recent trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, my group took a taxi tour highlighting The Troubles. The violence was a conflict between the Unionists, who were … more

City Council has opportunity to find a true leader

As we move towards hiring our new City Manager, I felt it was important to point out what our city is in desperate need of; true leadership. We do not need another good ole boy or gal whose time to … more

Oklahoma kids deserve a fair and equal justice system

Our juvenile justice system is failing youth of color. Today’s youth are committing fewer crimes and fewer youth are being arrested, but there are still differences in how they are treated … more

Durant doesn’t need Blue Zones’ help

According to your article in the (Oct. 5 edition) of the Democrat Kara Byrd, executive director of Imagine Durant, invited Tony Buettner to speak to interested citizens about the possibility of … more
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