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The lesson of the minnow

School never began until after Labor Day when I was young. One year’s event on that day before school started stands out in my memory. I was eleven years old. more

The stuff of leading people astray

When friends and I were exchanging emails early one morning recently, someone remarked that Former President Donald Trump had gotten himself into “a real mess” with his handling of the secret … more

By Rep. Justin Humphrey

Recently I attended the most graphic, overt, and disturbing training I have attended in my 30 years of law enforcement. The training was intended to educate on illegal gangs and cartel activities, … more

The kids are not all right

Oklahoma persists at the top of the list for awful childhood outcomes. Adverse childhood experience (ACE) is the state and federal governmental term for the harm that comes to children through abuse, … more

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
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