Durant Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:02:09 EST 1800 The Chamber is helping with Toys for Tots http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/150634776/The-Chamber-is-helping-with-Toys-for-Tots Our Toys for Tots under the direction of the local Lions Club and the Marine Corps Reserve is underway. The Durant Area Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with these organizations to help those children who may not have a Christmas. Applications are... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:57:05 EST Main Street is in the holiday spirit http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/150549773/Main-Street-is-in-the-holiday-spirit The holiday spirit means having fun with family and friends and even enjoying getting those friends a gift or two. That is exactly what Durant Main Street is doing this year for you. We have completely changed Durant Main Street's holiday... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:18:28 EST Veterans Day parade to be held http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/150468689/Veterans-Day-parade-to-be-held On Tuesday, November 11, at 9:30 a.m. “Old Glory” will be flying high as the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce and Bryan County VFW Post 3916, DVA Chapter #26, and the American Legion Post host the annual Veteran's Day Parade in... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 20:35:06 EST Readers say voters should ‘retire’ Fallin http://durantdemocrat.com/news/letters/150316106/Readers-say-voters-should-retire-Fallin We hope Oklahoma voters will retire Mary Fallin on Nov. 4. In many ways, she has proven herself unworthy of being our state's governor. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:35:05 EST Reader says politicians have voted against ‘working’ people http://durantdemocrat.com/news/letters/150316178/Reader-says-politicians-have-voted-against-working-people Mary Fallin and Josh Brecheen repeatedly vote against Oklahoma's working people and base their votes on “funny info.” Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:26:06 EST Trooper Tips http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/150347202/Trooper-Tips This article will address Oklahoma's Pike Pass and Texas Toll Tag. Both states have an agreement in place that allows each states' pike pass or toll tag to work in each state. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:51:03 EST The legal problems behind privatization of Lake Texoma http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/150297911/The-legal-problems-behind-privatization-of-Lake-Texoma In 2005, the Oklahoma state legislature overturned seven decades of recreation and parks policy in order to make it politically possible to push through the “privatization” agenda of a few developers and politicians. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:07:10 EST 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