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Land Commission secrecy and the Pointe Vista ‘Settlement’

It’s been four months since the CLO v Pointe Vista Development “Settlement Agreement” announced by Governor Mary Fallin. The Oklahoma …

January 16th, 2016 |  

Colbert’s ISO rating lowered

I finally allowed myself to attend a Colbert City Council meeting this Monday night, for the first time in a …

January 16th, 2016 |  

Of Christmas, a classic and dad …

Before his well earned retirement, my father was a master electrician by trade. A part of that working class society …

December 24th, 2015 |  

Republicans are making a really big mistake

When I read the December 13th front-page Durant Daily Democrat article “Tax cuts exacerbating bust-driven budget crisis in Oklahoma” about …

December 23rd, 2015 |  

Nursing homes and the holidays

Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is upon us. For some it may feel like just another day. That feeling can …

December 19th, 2015 |  

Pointe Vista & The State: Redefining Privatization

In 2004, the state land commission issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the “Lake Texoma Redevelopment.” It was described …

December 17th, 2015 |  

Former chairman of DIA explains TIF

Much has been written about the Tax Increment Financing Program recently in the Democrat. I would like to share my …

November 21st, 2015 |  

Newspaper media inform readers about the best deals on Black Friday and throughout the season

Newspaper media inform readers about the best deals on Black Friday and throughout the season

The infamous day-after-Thanksgiving retail bonanza – affectionately dubbed “Black Friday” – is always a major event for newspapers. Readers look …

November 21st, 2015 |  

Education underfunded in Oklahoma

It would seem the time is here to add a verse to our state song “Oklahoma” with apologies to Rodgers …

November 19th, 2015 |  

Judge should reject Pointe Vista settlement

Six weeks ago Governor Fallin announced the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) “voted to approve a settlement” in …

October 31st, 2015 |  

Cutting taxes for the wealthy doesn’t help economy

Nobody enjoys paying taxes. But we all appreciate having first responders to call when a fire or a burglary upsets …

October 28th, 2015 |  

Letter to the Editor

I ran across a letter I had written to the editor on 4-9-93 where I compared the old days when …

October 24th, 2015 |  

Tulsa abortion provider suing Oklahoma

Tulsa abortion provider suing Oklahoma

Editor’s Note: A judge has since temporarily blocked enforcement of the abortion law that is the topic of this column. …

October 15th, 2015 |  

Care matters – residents’ rights

October has been the month to celebrate Residents’ Rights for some time now, for those that are living in the …

October 10th, 2015 updated: October 10th, 2015. |  

Assistant city manager speaks on sanitation services

This is the first of hopefully many updates on the activity of your municipal government. My duties as assistant city …

September 26th, 2015 updated: September 26th, 2015. |  

FFF seeking donations

Families Feeding Families through Families Feeding Hope can only achieve its goals with the assistance of generous donations from members …

September 26th, 2015 |  

CLO Abandons lawsuit, development plan and state park land

Twenty months ago the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) filed suit against Pointe Vista Development for breach of contract. …

September 26th, 2015 |  

Some thoughts on Constitution Day

Thursday, Sept. 17, was Constitution Day – the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. On that day …

September 19th, 2015 |  

Durant Main Street is on social media

Durant Main Street is on social media

We want to stay in touch with you. Some of you may have noticed, the Durant Main Street program is …

September 12th, 2015 |  

Reader praises no-tobacco policy

Super thanks and cheers to Gov. Mary Fallen and Legislators for protecting and caring about our youth, and all of …

September 12th, 2015 |  

Readers say Trump is wrong on immigration

Donald Trump never seems to let the facts get in the way of a good applause line. Take his comments …

September 5th, 2015 |  

Reader says vote ‘yes’ on school bond

Education has been a big part of my family for many generations. My parents Bob and Betty Swearengin were both …

September 5th, 2015 updated: September 6th, 2015. |  

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