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It’s your turn to speak up

Do you ever want to discuss issues and speak—or write—your mind? Have you ever wanted to have a conversation about some issue with one of the Weekly Democrat’s regular columnists? more

Two pivotal events that changed my life

My youthfulness did not allow me at the time to understand the significance of two incidents. These became the basic framework of my empathy toward people who are inexcusably mistreated. more

‘Oklahoma is for everybody!’ Really?

The quotation that is the bigger part of this article’s title—“Oklahoma is for everybody!”—is an actual statement from one of Oklahoma’s newer residents: a young Hispanic man who has been … more

Democracy and a strong economy

I heard Nicolle Wallace (a former Republican and a White-House staffer under George W. Bush, now the host of “Deadline White House” on MSNBC) say recently that democracy is necessary for a strong … more

You are never alone

Psalm 46:1-2 more

Helping to get out the vote

Tuesday is election day all over the United States. Maybe, like me, you already think that we all need to help get out the vote. more

Tired of the Stitt show?

Let’s discuss just one outcome of Oklahoma Governor Stitt‘s policies, his war on public schools. For decades the Republican Party has intentionally starved public education, throughout the United … more

What if?

It is common to think about past events and wonder how things could have been different. “What it I had not sold that old pickup truck that is now a classic? What if I had not met by chance at a … more

Uncle Sam needs you to vote

United States citizens voted in record numbers during the general election of November 2020. This is good news that the turnout was the highest voter participation of the 21th century, with 66.8% of … more

The Holocaust as a warning

Some television programs are difficult to watch—some almost unbearable, in fact—but should be watched anyway. more

Understanding the stages of grief

I experienced three heartbreaking losses in a very short period. We received a phone call from our son-in-law that our daughter had suddenly and unexpectedly died. A blood clot lodged in her lung and … more

Trust teachers to teach

Our country’s history after European immigration begins with stealing the lives, the land, and the children of the native peoples. Africans and their children were stolen and enslaved to build this … more

How to make our votes count

We hear a lot about voter fraud, about how marked ballots are stuffed in boxes and thrown out, about dead people voting, and about Russia hacking into our voting system. Such claims are frightening … more

Eugenics and white supremacy

Teryn Bouche and Laura Rivard published an article in “Genetics Generation” (an online publication based at University of San Diego) which summarized the history and definition of Eugenics. They … more

The unfair Electoral College

The electoral college needs to go. Unfortunately, it’s not likely to do so in the foreseeable future. more

Are you ‘woke?’

Language is a living, evolving entity. William Shakespeare, the famous Bard of Avon, enriched the English of his time by adding an estimated 1,700 words (http://www.rsc.org.UK Shakespeare). more

The lesson of the minnow

School never began until after Labor Day when I was young. One year’s event on that day before school started stands out in my memory. I was eleven years old. more

The stuff of leading people astray

When friends and I were exchanging emails early one morning recently, someone remarked that Former President Donald Trump had gotten himself into “a real mess” with his handling of the secret … more

By Rep. Justin Humphrey

Recently I attended the most graphic, overt, and disturbing training I have attended in my 30 years of law enforcement. The training was intended to educate on illegal gangs and cartel activities, … more

The kids are not all right

Oklahoma persists at the top of the list for awful childhood outcomes. Adverse childhood experience (ACE) is the state and federal governmental term for the harm that comes to children through abuse, … more
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