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For economic growth, personal income tax matters most

With Democrats holding Congress and the White House, most officials expect states to soon receive yet another round of federal bailout funding. That will translate into hundreds of millions of … more

Reader appreciates article by People First Industries board member

Dear Mark Swearengin, I really enjoyed your article on People First Industries. It was began by a retired teacher many years ago. She rented a small shop on Main Street close to where Rick’s … more

‘Snowflakes’ and thinking

I see that State Senator David Bullard has filed Senate Bill 588, which he labels the “Students’ Bill of Rights” and which supposedly would “protect public school students … more

Readers look forward to reading the Democrat

With the help of a long time area home builder, my wife and I were able to fulfill a dream and return home to Durant from Tulsa in mid October, after being away since 1981. Through the years we … more

Discussions from the barber shop

Recently, I visited one on my favorite hangouts, our local barber shop. The barber shop has always been a place of political discussion where many views and opinions are shared. No question, the … more

‘Rights for the unborn vs. everyone else’

The February 4, 2020, edition of the Durant Democrat includes a short article on page three to inform us of Oklahoma Senator David Bullard’s proposed legislation to give the unborn equal rights … more

Time to focus on Medicaid outcomes

Opponents of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s call to use private contractors to oversee managed care in Medicaid say the existing system works well and doesn’t need to be fixed because the program … more

Love in the nursing homes

February is the month that people think of “LOVE” and will send flowers or cards or candy to show that special person they care and “LOVE” them. Although this is something … more

Reader says Trump was disrespected

Were you as appalled at what you saw on TV on the 12th and 13th of January, 2021? I was almost ashamed to be an American. To think that we would so disrespect the President of our country so … more

A new normal

The morning of September 12, 2001, I walked to our mailbox. This almost daily trip seemed uneventful. But today the sky was silent. No planes approached or departed Dallas/Fort Worth airport. What to … more

Whose lives matter?

As always, the lives of the powerful seem to matter most, certainly when judged by the level of care they receive when their quality of life or health is threatened. In America, the Supreme … more

Getting out honest news: A job for all of us

All of us need honest news—the facts clearly stated and explained. Honest news is necessary for the kind of democracy we have tried for 224 years to build and maintain. Many questionable claims … more

Let’s talk and not fight

What happened in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021, was shameful and frightening. The fact that a mob could breach the U.S. Capitol building, one of the most sacred spaces of our democracy, and roam … more

Criminal justice reform is a priority for Oklahomans

Oklahoma continued on its criminal justice reform journey last year with State Question 805. While the result was not what we had hoped for, over half a million Oklahomans voiced their support to end … more

What you need to know about getting the COVID vaccination

Happy New Year, Oklahoma! There is light up ahead, at the end of this very long tunnel we have been traveling since last March. The first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations began last month with … more

Detectives for democracy

Ten days after the 2020 Presidential election, a full week after Joe Biden reached an unbeatable electoral majority, thousands of Americans demonstrated in Washington, D.C., on November 13 to declare … more

Let’s continue the tradition of the peaceful transfer of power

I love this country passionately. I’m proud of a great many things that the U.S.A. has accomplished over the centuries. One thing I like about being an American is that we can disagree without … more

Reviving the Great Experiment

Without question, we live in the most exceptional country the world has ever known. I am proud to be an American and I’m proud of our founding principles and documents, which have guided us for … more

A classy reunion

I graduated with the Durant High School class of 1969 and went to my 50th class reunion in the summer of 2019. Almost everyone came and we were all truly happy to see each other. I asked Judy Nix … more

Stitt throws a fit

Why did Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt abruptly fire his own appointee, Kurt Bollenbach, from the State Board of Education? Mr. Bollenbach supported giving back to public schools some of the millions … more
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