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Address the issue, condemn it—then what?

(This is the second of a two-part column.) more

Address the issue, condemn it - then what?

There have been hate crimes in the United States continuously from the founding days forward. In the present day, there has been a frightening upsurge of violent action; the FBI reported more than … more

Who gets to define religious freedom?

“Christian” Nationalists and Evangelical fundamentalists believe that religious freedom gives them liberty to impose their specific beliefs on everyone. more

FBI Oklahoma City 2022 operational successes

Each and every day, the men and women of the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office come to work with a fierce passion for our mission: To protect the American people and uphold the constitution of the … more

Words don’t mean much—or do they?

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” my mother said whenever I came home from school complaining that someone had made fun of me. That did not help much because … more

Share Christmas joy with those in nursing homes

It’s Christmas time, again, everyone sharing the cheer and love this year. People are spending more time with family and friends laughing, talking, and loving one another. Christmas lights are all … more

The capitol insurrection and class conflict

The January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol is the most violent way the nation’s current social and political division has worked out. And it is having consequences for those who … more

Stereotypes are subtle but surely destructive

Our likes and dislikes, our acceptances and rejections, and our prejudices and tolerances are influenced by our experiences, our families and friends, and our culture. Stereotypes are “a simplified … more

What have we become?

If a prophet had told me that my country, America, would initiate a policy of ripping little children from their mother’s arms and shipping them off to parts unknown, I would not have believed it. … more

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
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