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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

Jerry Tomlinson deserves our thanks for his stewardship of Durant

After I graduated from Durant High School in 2003 and became a student at Southeastern, I first had the opportunity to meet Mr. Tomlinson when he spoke as Mayor, representing the City of Durant at a … more

Violence against Asian people escalating again

Sometimes it seems we’re not teachable, since we have to keep learning the same lessons over and over. The United States has a long, sordid history of mistreating various groups within its … more

McGirt replaced shared destiny with mass upheaval

In 2016, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby stressed to members of Congress that there “are no reservations in Oklahoma. People from many backgrounds are neighbors who live, work, play and … more

Finding common ground on abortion

Can we ever find common ground on abortion, a compromise between those who think it’s always wrong and those who think it’s wrong for legislators to close off options? Many Oklahoma … more

Doctor’s Day 2021

Delivering medical care during a global pandemic has required teamwork at the highest level, and doctors are fundamental to this effort. As the country celebrates Doctors’ Day on March 30, I … more

Who knows the will of God?

“America is a nation in rebellion against God,” announced Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) on February 25, 2021, speaking from the House floor. He repeated the line, then added, “Whenever a … more

We must end the cycle of racism by remembering and reckoning

Numerous incidents this past year have increased discussion over what constitutes a hate crime. Just about every minority community has endured violence throughout the world based upon this type of … more

Looking back at Black History Month

Here in the United States, we had some noteworthy commemorations last month, February, in Black History Month—good TV shows and newspaper and magazine articles, for instance. In view of … more

Humphrey says he fights for religious freedom

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane last week gave an impassioned debate on the House floor about the protection of the right to worship even during times of emergency such as … more

Democrats must claim the high ground

Since Michelle Obama said “When they go low, we go high,” several liberal pundits have often said that’s not the way. If the Republicans resort to lies, disinformation, and dirty … more

Consider the source

During the fall of my sophomore year (1967-68) at Sapulpa High School, I faced the infamous U.S. history class by Mrs. McAlester. I remember long lectures, hours of note taking, shivering by open … more

For economic growth, personal income tax matters most

With Democrats holding Congress and the White House, most officials expect states to soon receive yet another round of federal bailout funding. That will translate into hundreds of millions of … more

Reader appreciates article by People First Industries board member

Dear Mark Swearengin, I really enjoyed your article on People First Industries. It was began by a retired teacher many years ago. She rented a small shop on Main Street close to where Rick’s … more

‘Snowflakes’ and thinking

I see that State Senator David Bullard has filed Senate Bill 588, which he labels the “Students’ Bill of Rights” and which supposedly would “protect public school students … more

Readers look forward to reading the Democrat

With the help of a long time area home builder, my wife and I were able to fulfill a dream and return home to Durant from Tulsa in mid October, after being away since 1981. Through the years we … more

Discussions from the barber shop

Recently, I visited one on my favorite hangouts, our local barber shop. The barber shop has always been a place of political discussion where many views and opinions are shared. No question, the … more

‘Rights for the unborn vs. everyone else’

The February 4, 2020, edition of the Durant Democrat includes a short article on page three to inform us of Oklahoma Senator David Bullard’s proposed legislation to give the unborn equal rights … more

Time to focus on Medicaid outcomes

Opponents of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s call to use private contractors to oversee managed care in Medicaid say the existing system works well and doesn’t need to be fixed because the program … more

Love in the nursing homes

February is the month that people think of “LOVE” and will send flowers or cards or candy to show that special person they care and “LOVE” them. Although this is something … more
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