Durant Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:11:26 EST 1800 The failed Lake Texoma redevelopment http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/150211773/The-failed-Lake-Texoma-redevelopment Beginning in the early 1980s about the time Ronald Reagan was elected president, we started hearing a lot about deregulation, outsourcing and privatization. Many government and industry officials felt that they could do a better job of voluntarily... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:09:10 EST Reader says to get out and vote http://durantdemocrat.com/news/letters/150200003/Reader-says-to-get-out-and-vote Nov. 4 is very close. We in America have the privilege to to and it is our duty to not just vote “the party,” but find out what they stand for. Vote your convictions. Are you for about abortion (killing babies), gay marriage, big... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:38:13 EST Public’s investment in park land should be protected http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/150102227/Publics-investment-in-park-land-should-be-protected The Commissioners of the Land Office lawsuit against Pointe Vista for breach of contract is about a lot more than just replacing the former state park lodge. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:29:31 EST October is Residents’ Rights Month http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/150129283/October-is-Residents-Rights-Month October has been known as National Long-Term Care Residents' Rights Month for many years. Residents' rights may be thought of as legal requirements, set of standards to be upheld. While rights are legal entitlements, the residents'... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:21:18 EST Newspapers are the foundation of vibrant communities http://durantdemocrat.com/news/editorial/150101126/Newspapers-are-the-foundation-of-vibrant-communities Forgive us if we're not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:31:25 EST Brecheen says district attorneys to implement supervision standards statewide http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/150003460/Brecheen-says-district-attorneys-to-implement-supervision-standards-statewide This session, House Speaker Jeff Hickman and I successfully authored and got signed into law Senate Bill 1720 as a means of addressing our state's ever-growing problem of out-of-control incarceration rates among non-violent offenders. While... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 14:08:06 EST Reader writes about Christians, Muslims, and Rep. Bennett http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50692546/Reader-writes-about-Christians-Muslims-and-Rep.-Bennett Oklahoma State lawmaker John Bennett stands behind his anti-Muslim comments. Really, Mr. Bennett? Do you know any Muslims? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:23:06 EST Brecheen discusses No Child Left Behind Waiver and TLE http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50629902/Brecheen-discusses-No-Child-Left-Behind-Waiver-and-TLE Some with a political motive are claiming Oklahoma schools will lose federal funds given the Obama Administration's decision to not renew Oklahoma's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver. Protecting Oklahoma schools from federal control (i.e. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:59:09 EST