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An opportunity to put Christ back into Christmas

Almost from the first recorded pleas a century ago to put Christ Back into Christmas, this historically unsound original notion was joined by a more serious argument. In the 1920s, some religious groups objected to the practice of substituting the word Xmas for Christmas, taking use of the X to replace the name Christ as an insult, even a sacrilege, although the use is more than a thousand years old and some Christian adherents consider the X to be a religious symbol for the word cross. more

Remembering Pearl Harbor

In the fall of 1941, I was 9 years old. We were out in west Texas working on a cotton farm. We weren’t pulling boles on that day because it was Sunday. Mother had made cotton sacks for my brother, Jerry, and me out of some kind of thick denim-like cloth. Even though I was still young, I pulled around 200 pounds each day. In those days, I think adults would strip the stalks, but I gingerly pulled the boles from the stalk. more

How our community can deal with homegrown homelessness

Reading in the November 25th Weekly Democrat about how the Director of the new homeless shelter was affected by seeing an apparently homeless man walking alone in the snow eight years ago, I was … more

For the love of violence

What is it in our love for guns and the resulting savagery caused by them? America leads the world in gun deaths. The record gun violence deaths for the year 2020 was 19,739. This excludes the 24,090 … more

Rodney King is still relevant

I fear for this country, in a way I’ve never feared before. I don’t worry that another nation will conquer us in a war. The United States military seems to be unmatched by any other … more

‘I’ll Fly Away’

Did any of you ever pick cotton? If you were picking by yourself, what did you do while you picked? Did you sing or make up stories or poems? Back in 1928, a young man named Albert was picking … more

‘Diversity’ Is not a dirty word

Recently, quietly, an Oklahoma school district eviscerated the traditional canon of world literature in American education. According to KFOR news agency, the Edmond Independent School District … more

Insurance managed care would disrupt Oklahomans’ access to medical services, outsource patient care

Meeting Oklahoma patients where they are is an important part of health care. When it comes to serving Oklahomans in rural counties, having a presence in that community is vital. Providers get to … more

J. J. Humphrey makes Jesus cry

Oklahoma Representative J.J. Humphrey wrote in The Durant Democrat on October 14, 2021, something too disturbing to ignore. Humphrey stated “a moral and official duty” to say to President … more

Non-binary is an option on birth certificates

Stitt says that all babies are born female or male: Ignorance or propaganda? The Oklahoma State Health Dept. has added a non-binary option to birth certificates, to which Governor Stitt replied on … more

The American flag is not a weapon

The American flag is itself. It’s not a decoration for a garment, a cushion, a napkin or other object. It’s not a weapon to be wielded against anyone, certainly not against duly … more

The day Matt tripped over a pothole

Imagine that Matt Swearengin and Kevin Farr were crossing a street one day, and Matt tripped in one of Durant’s widely-known potholes and fell down, hitting his head on the curb. And then … more

Lankford’s great, whopping untruths

Our Senators from Oklahoma keep spreading information that they must know is just wrong. “Snowball” Jim Inhofe will still be maintaining that climate change is a hoax when all the … more

Woman seeking information on old painting

To the great people and wonderful community of Durant Oklahoma: I am so very happy to be sending this letter to your hometown, a community so full of loving families who support one another. I … more

An Okie writes home

I attended Austin City Limits music festival this past weekend, and on Saturday, I had an urge I haven’t felt since I lived in Oklahoma. I’m from Bryan County¬—Calera to be … more

Something good in a bad situation: Bryan County vaccination program

Most of the articles I have written about the Covid-19 pandemic in Bryan County have been dark and gloomy articles. And it’s not that I am a dark, gloomy person, a pessimist. I like to joke and … more

Humphrey chides Biden on vaccine mandates, other actions

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, emailed a letter last week to President Joe Biden telling the nation’s executive that his actions are an embarrassment and destructive to the … more

Governor trying to privatize health care for low-income residents

We’re in a war, with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and private insurance companies versus a majority of the people of Oklahoma. The prize being fought over is health care for low-income … more

An amazing legacy

President Jimmy Carter will celebrate his ninety-seventh birthday on October 1, 2021. What do you remember about President Jimmy Carter? High interest rates? Our Iran embassy staff taken captive, … more

You can’t get blood from a turnip

There is a familiar idiom, ”You can’t get blood from a turnip.” We interpret this saying to mean that you can’t get something from an object that inherently doesn’t … more
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