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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

Trump has contempt for the media

I want to state my concern over Trump’s disparaging remarks and outright contempt for the media. He has been selective about which media coverage he will allow in press conferences and which … more

Local Democratic women are on the move

To let you know our Democratic women are on the move. At our last meeting, our president, Margaret Taylor and her daughter, told of all the marches they participated in. Marion Hill also … more

Making the right choices in the nursing home

“It was a nice warm and beautiful day. Got up, went to the bathroom, then looked at the clock and realized it was 11 o’clock in the morning. Is it too late to have breakfast? Well, of … more

Father’s Rights Bill introduced

The Oklahoma 56th Legislature’s first session of 2017 has begun. Unintentionally, in the first week I have managed to spark a national debate with House Bill 1441. Many people are calling it an … more

Journalists are more important than ever

Like all young children, I had many ideas about what I would be when I grew up – reporter (like April O’Neal!), doctor, lawyer, reporter (like Lois Lane!), business owner, politician, … more

Trash is a problem in the city

As a Durant resident, I have been picking up a variety of waste materials and dumped debris on my neighborhood street and property for years. It is hard to see how people abuse our community by not … more

Engineers needed for road development

Durant is growing and is becoming the place to be. Many new housing developments, some 100 or more houses are being built on empty spaces or pasture land.It would be great if the builder of these … more

Health care is under attack

The attack has already begun! I mean the first attack to tear down and throw away our health care act that was giving more than 20 million of us the chance to have a doctor’s care, when some of … more

DAV helps woman obtain wheelchair

In a time when the news seems to be more bad than good we just thought we would share the kindness that we were shown by the Disabled American Veterans “DAV” in Durant, Oklahoma.Don Papin … more

To the good folks of Durant

Wow. It’s been nearly 40 years since I had the honor of cutting the ribbon to open Gail Farrell Drive, a new road connecting US 69-75 and North 1st. So in this season of giving thanks and … more

Heads I win, tails you lose

Most of us, when we look back over our childhood, can remember at least one playmate who was no pleasure to hang out with. The little girl who had to get her way or she would go home mad. The little … more
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