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America must not go into default

Whether we identify as Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Independent, now is the time for each of us to be Americans first. more

Something I never knew about my morality and politics

I’ve been troubled for a good while now by an obvious conflict in my thinking about the sexual behavior of two recent United States Presidents, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. Both men were involved … more

Let’s support local assets

Durant has assets we may not all fully appreciate. We have a truly excellent library that serves our community in so many ways, especially with its programs for children, help for veterans applying … more

Games that kids shouldn’t play

I had an odd shopping experience the other day. I wanted to buy a birthday gift for the nine-year-old son of some friends, but I was stumped about what to get him. I don’t have grandchildren, and … more

In praise of women

A two-part cartoon made its rounds during the holiday season. One half showed the wise men bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the manger scene. The other half showed wise women … more

Organizational Day held for house and senate members

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. First, I am thankful and honored to serve House District 21 for the next two years. more

The ‘last best hope of earth?’

Is America still “the last best hope of earth,” the essential force for democracy in the world, as Abraham Lincoln declared this nation to be in 1862? more

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
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