Durant Democrat- RSS OPINION Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION http://durantdemocrat.com/section/OPINION Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:13:50 EST 1800 Use your words kindly http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50059895/Use-your-words-kindly “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” — Matthew 12:37 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST God doesn’t want me! http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50058240/God-doesnt-want-me Our lives sometimes are a mess. We make wrong choices, make mistakes, wind up in horrible circumstances and get ourselves caught up in sin, serious sin. There is no way God could want us. Thankfully, that is not true. Yes, our lives can be a mess, but... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The business of Christian memories http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/50058197/The-business-of-Christian-memories How do we transmit Christian faith to our young? How do we Christians best influence coming generations to choose our stream of faith? Of many possible answers, I suggest one. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Brecheen on marriage ruling: Oklahoma must defend traditional, biblical definition of marriage http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/331882/Brecheen-on-marriage-ruling:-Oklahoma-must-defend-traditional-biblical-definition-of-marriage Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Colgate, issued the following statement in response to a ruling of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A Senate Review by Senator Josh Brecheen http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3911812/A-Senate-Review-by-Senator-Josh-Brecheen Last year, I coauthored Senate Bill 1062, which was signed into... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Hunger Coalition praises teens for their help in fight against hunger http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3898390/Hunger-Coalition-praises-teens-for-their-help-in-fight-against-hunger Our sun hats off to... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Education campaign returns with powerful stories to help Oklahomans quit smoking http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3879181/Education-campaign-returns-with-powerful-stories-to-help-Oklahomans-quit-smoking Continuing the success of a landmark national tobacco education campaign launched in 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is airing a second series of ads in 2014 featuring real people who are living with the effects of... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Brecheen talks about state questions http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3858333/Brecheen-talks-about-state-questions As you know, the Oklahoma Constitution... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Trooper Tips http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3857560/Trooper-Tips Summer is officially here and the Independence Day holiday is near. When school is dismissed for summer break, Oklahoma Highway Patrol expects more people to be out and about. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Fifth-grader grateful for help http://durantdemocrat.com/news/letters/3815124/Fifth-grader-grateful-for-help Hello. My name is Jordan Lopez. I am a fifth-grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in Napa, Calif., who studied your wonderful state of Oklahoma. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Durant mother tells story of her family’s hunger http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3821725/Durant-mother-tells-story-of-her-familys-hunger My name is Sharrie Patterson and my family and I have been residents of Durant for about seven years. I have a daughter and son. Living in Durant has certainly had its ups and downs. But this is a great town to have downs in. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST The 10th Amendment and Common Core http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3798321/The-10th-Amendment-and-Common-Core As the Senate author of HB3399, which repeals Common Core, this is my fourth column due to the complexities of this issue. The first column discussed the history of how the Oklahoma Legislature adopted Common Core (prior to many of us taking office)... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Democrat seeking reader opinions on text 911 services http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3773207/Democrat-seeking-reader-opinions-on-text-911-services Fri, 6 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Letter to the Editor http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3750792/Letter-to-the-Editor In the ranting and raving of Senator Josh Brecheen in his “Senate Review,” although he identifies The Bluest Eye as a Common Core Curriculum “recommendation,” he seems to miss the point of the word “recommendation”:... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST A Senate Review http://durantdemocrat.com/news/opinion/3736878/A-Senate-Review Thu, 29 May 2014 00:01:00 EST