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He said what?

Candidate Donald Trump boasted, “I have the most loyal people, did you ever see that? I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s … more

‘If you can read this, thank a teacher’

Former U .S. President Harry S.Truman is credited with this wise admonition, “If you can read this, thank a teacher” (www.goodreads.com). Certainly we do thank our educators for teaching us to … more

A little history lesson for my friends, Part 2

Last week’s story about Oklahoma’s history discussed better known people and unique events in this state that has such a rich legacy. We continue this story about “Okies.” Desperate … more

Where are truth and compassion?

U S. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) recently confronted GOP members on the House floor about some of the lies they told, including one about Attorney General Merrick Garland calling parents … more

The United States Gestapo

Never before has America witnessed such an abuse of power from our own United States government, federal agencies, and the Oval Office. This most recent repugnant disgrace of the Federal Bureau of … more


Every Democrat in the U.S.Senate voted for capping insulin prices, yet they needed 10 Republican senators to help reach the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. Only seven did. James Lankford of … more

Do truth and ethics still matter?

We hear the term everywhere recently, but the idea of Christian Nationalism has been around for many decades. This is emphatically not Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus, this is a take on … more

Ice Cube performs at Choctaw Casino’s Stage 271 in Grant

In front of a packed house at the Choctaw Casino’s Stage 271 in Grant, Ice Cube took command of the stage. Ice Cube performed hits you would recognize from his time with the rap group N.W.A (86-89) … more

‘Give Peace a Chance’

Summer political primaries have evolved into run-off elections to settle the names to appear on November ballots. Yet the voting public is still enduring campaign ads of animosity and ambiguity. My … more

January 6 showdown

What would have happened if the Secret Service had not refused to drive Donald Trump to the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021? more

Letter to the editor

Mr. Brigman, I do not have the luxury of unlimited words to state my opinion as you do, so will keep my response to two points. This is in response to your August 4, 2022 statement. more

Responding to the Letter to the Editor

I thank Ms. Shelli Eidson for her comments in the letter posted Thursday, July 28, 2022, in the “Durant Democrat.” I also appreciate this newspaper for being willing to post opinions from all … more

Oklahoma brings back capital punishment — and many problems

There are serious arguments on both sides of the question of whether a modern democratic society should use capital punishment. Some people against capital punishment cite their religion as the basis … more

Letter to the editor

I’m referring to Mr. Brigman’s letter in the 7/21/22 issue of the paper, his letter to “school” us. I answered false on many of his little questions. I don’t get but 250 words so I’ll not … more

The fulcrum works best in the center

Recently while having breakfast with two of my favorite Republicans, although I am a Democrat, we discussed the polarization that politics is causing in our country. We talked about several topics, … more

Can you remember?

The telephone phone rang during the night. Alice sleepily reached for the phone. The words she heard jarred her fully awake. “Levi’s dad had a heart attack and is not expected to live. Hurry, … more

Talking nice is not always doing good

Recently, I read a suggestion by a group of Texas educators that it would be easier to discuss our nation’s pre-Civil-War history with elementary-school children if we would stop using the word … more

Once and always a teacher

My entire career as a teacher was in elementary education. I spent most of those years teaching third grade students. I enjoyed that age group of children. They were old enough to know their way … more

The culture of the United States: Some basic facts

Interest in the cultural and racial history of the United States rises and falls through the years, but the topic has been around from the beginning of the nation’s public records. more

How Did This Happen?

A man drove up to the church. He at once attracted everyone’s attention because of his flashy, expensive car. One like that had never been in the parking lot before. People were awed when he and … more
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