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New immigration rules hurt families

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule that will make it harder for low-income immigrants to legally come to the United States, and more difficult to stay here … more

Letter to the Editor

As a climate change and environment advocate and renewable energy expert, I have worked in cities around the world such as Berlin, Beijing, Istanbul, Dubai, and Amman. In these cities, I have seen … more

Medicaid expansion could shift federal costs to Oklahoma

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid can be expanded to include able-bodied adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The law also provides taxpayer subsidies, tied to income, … more

We have a voluntary tyranny of the minority

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the highest office in the land, there are some calling for the abolition of the Electoral College. Their claim is that as someone who didn’t win … more

Letter to the Editor

Do you know a local small business owner who took part in the #MyDurant movement or wanted assistance from the Small Business Revolution? Make sure they do not miss applying for The Flip: 74701. The … more

A lifeline for rural hospitals

“A small community is only as healthy as its hospital.” That sign hangs near the entrance of Fairfax Community Hospital, a 15-bed facility in the town of Fairfax in Osage County, one … more

I got refreshed at the gas pumps

I read a book several years ago about a man who spent 76 days adrift in a life raft. He wrote about using solar stills to make drinking water from seawater. As the stills became soaked with seawater … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor I have been watching the changes in the Democrat since you took over as Editor, and I had just taken out my notepad to write you praise and appreciation for what you have accomplished … more

School bond issue is an
investment in our future

On Sept. 10, voters will consider a $48.6 million bond issue. The plan will split revenue with $38.6 million paying for an 83,000 square foot K-4 Elementary school and $10.1 million to finance … more

Durant Main Street is buzzing with activity

Durant Main Street has seen some incredible growth in the past few months. We have had multiple shops and stores open, along with a vast growth in our community and tourism involvement downtown. It … more

Keyboard cursing is okay

“When I’m in my car I have a different set of values. I am the worst person I can be when I’m behind the wheel.” Louis CK. I used to be a Facebook fanatic. I remember … more

The Bryan County Free Fair is more than what we can do

One of the most quintessentially American activities is kicking off this week and we encourage everyone in Bryan County to participate. Tonight, the Bryan County Free Fair kicks off with its … more

Our nation was built on the fruit of teachers’ labors

Founders of the United States believed education was necessary to democracy. Thomas Jefferson was the first to propose free public schools. The idea was slow to catch on, but catch on it did, and … more

Epic school, or epic fail?

It has not, to put it mildly, been a good couple months for David Chaney and Ben Harris, co-founders of Epic Charter Schools, Oklahoma’s largest virtual charter school. Launched in 2011, … more

Gun violence as a public health crisis

Most effective problem solvers work with a simple routine of questions. What is the problem? What do we know about the cause of the problem? What else do we need to know? Using this approach, the … more

OU officials flout transparency

Like many colleges and universities, the University of Oklahoma has a “bias reporting hotline” that allows any aggrieved or offended party to anonymously inform on fellow members of their … more

OK2030: A plan to move Oklahoma forward

A few years ago, I was approached by the State Chamber Research Foundation to join the Steering Committee of OK2030, a strategic vision and action plan to improve Oklahoma’s economy, workforce, … more

Democracy is in a backslide

We’ve watched it on the news for years now — democracy sliding away in one country after another — Turkey, Hungary, Venezuela, and now Poland. Some remember firsthand democracy … more

No-bid contract for cemetery work was right decision

Laws on how government can spend tax money were written for a reason, a very good reason; Accountability. In most cases, governments must advertise work it wants done. It is expected to solicit … more

First day of school should be fun, exciting and safe

Though you wouldn’t know it if you stepped outside, summer is winding down. At least the fun, do-as-you-please part our children enjoy. On Aug. 15, Bryan County school children will make the … more
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