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Visitor angry over disrespect to parents’ grave

I am writing this letter out of anger. I was there recently and the trip was to Highland Cemetery. We were there to put flowers on my parents’ graves. I was appalled when I saw the graves. … more

Wear a mask to protect yourself and others

Wear a mask! Please. Please. Earlier, medical experts had said that mask-wearing during this pandemic was to safeguard others, those whom the wearer might infect through sneezing, coughing, … more

A colonoscopy can be life-saving

As a local surgeon, I would like to spread the word concerning screening for colon cancer. The United States Task Force on Prevention recommends screening for colorectal cancer for all Americans … more

Getting along post election

I’ve been watching and participating in elections for about sixty years. During that time, my favored candidates have won lots of times and lost lots of times. Obviously, winning is more fun. … more

The Smell Test: Obama vs. Trump

Dress codes In 2009, Obama was caught sitting in the Oval Office without his jacket on. “Too laid-back, disrespectful, not Presidential, brings discredit to the office, something no … more

Light of Hope is seeking homeless shelter

So today, I woke up made a pot of coffee and sat down in front of the television to drink my coffee. I have been doing the same thing the past 12 days. Yes you guessed it, I am in quarantine. For … more

Readers say stealing campaign signs is denying free speech

It’s silly season again in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. Campaign signs for candidates have sprouted in yards around Bryan County, and it’s always interesting to see who … more

Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police opposes state question 805

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Question 805 will be on the November 3 ballot, asking citizens of the State of Oklahoma to vote to change the State Constitution by taking away the discretion of the … more

Long-term care residents honored

WASHINGTON DC- Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others will honor the … more

Alzheimer’s in nursing home with COVID-19

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia illness. It’s a disease that attacks the brain, which causes impaired memory, thinking and behavior. Those that have … more

Notable support for school choice

In politics, as in retail, consumer demand drives product selection, only politicians offer policies rather than baked goods. So it’s notable that multiple speakers strongly advocated for … more

Transparency required

The following editorial was published in the Muskogee Phoenix on July 8, 2020. Two state-level programs leveraging federal funds appropriated by the $2.2 trillion CARES Act should provide some … more

It takes more than simulators and photos to judge a cop

I read two things this week, and they both depressed and frightened me. The first was an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times by Steve Lopez. The other was a message by a close friend and career … more

Oklahoma Education Association’s bogus math

The Oklahoma Education Association’s national parent, the National Education Association, is known for bizarre actions like working to give boys access to girls’ bathrooms and endorsing … more

Oklahoma teachers’ take home pay shrunk 10 of the past 11 years

Most of the discussion on teacher pay in Oklahoma compared to other states has focused on the total compensation of teachers, since that’s what is typically used when making comparisons across … more

Masks should not be political statements

The following editorial ran in the Tahlequah Daily Press 05/29/20 It’s a shame when something as benign as a face mask has widened the behemoth rift between political parties, but … more

Behavior is intentional, not conditional

Viktor Frankl begged the official to let him keep the papers he had hidden in his coat. Frankl, a psychiatrist, was carrying a manuscript based on his life’s work. It was the culmination of … more

To reduce over-policing, stop over-legislating

Those wishing to “defund” the police should join those of us who are fighting for limited government. Why? Because ultimately every law or regulation is enforced by a cop. There is a … more

Let’s give the school’s P.L.A.N. a chance

The Durant Board of Education has released its plan, literally P.L.A.N. for starting the 2020-21 school year. We emphasize starting because as Superintendent Duane Merideth pointed out, there are … more

To end political fights, be a mensch

Mensch, \ ˈmen(t)sh \ noun, : a person of integrity and honor (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) In the past several years I have heard people decry the state of modern politics. They … more
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