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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

A Brief History of Our Confederate Statue

A group of generally orderly protesters recently gathered to voice their opinions about the Confederate soldier statue that has been on the courthouse lawn for just over 100 years. While both sides … more

Downtown shows resilience in difficult year

Resilience is the ability to bounce back. It is the quality that motivates one to forge ahead despite adversity. So far 2020’s economy has taken one sucker punch after another. COVID 19-related … more

Possible paths to fund Medicaid expansion

It is good news to see that most of the legislative leadership who have spoken have said the legislature is now obligated and will find a way to fund the state match for Medicaid expansion, despite … more

Let’s talk now, while cooler heads are prevailing

The Board of Bryan County Commissioners has decided to let voters determine the fate of the Confederate Memorial on the lawn at the Bryan County Courthouse. This is the right decision according to … more

Legislature putting together interim studies list

Typical of an election year, there were only 88 interim study requests in the House of Representatives this year compared with 146 last year. The Senate has not published its interim study requests. … more

Birthday gift reignites flames of youth

It started when I switched to FM radio. A friend told me FM was cooler and I could always stand to be cooler, so I flipped the dial on my clock radio and life was never the same. The sound was … more

How jury selection is, and isn’t relevant

Social media is buzzing around the case of Julius Jones—particularly his recent application for commutation. Mr. Jones was convicted in 2002 of murder in the first degree. Numerous celebrities … more

‘Social justice’ rampant at OU

Social justice education, which seeks to subordinate higher education to the pursuit of a progressive political agenda, pervades American higher education. Alas, it’s come to Oklahoma’s … more

Durant Industrial Authority looking up

Not very long ago we were sounding the alarm about the uncertain future of the Durant Industrial Authority. Now we are cautiously optimistic not only about its future, but its possibly expanded work … more

Past, Present, Future: Keeping the facts of our history straight

The problem of having a statue of a Confederate soldier on our Courthouse ground is being discussed. And after lying dormant for a few years, the issue of having the Early Childhood Center named for … more

Monuments serve a purpose

I have to admit, the whole controversy over removing statues and monuments is beginning to look a bit silly to me. I speak as someone who knows a little about the Confederate States and … more

State Question 802 from both sides

Proponents of State Question 802—ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion provision—have kept much of their messaging quite simple: “More Oklahomans on Medicaid and more federal … more

Confronting elder abuse, neglect and exploitation

Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm to an older person. Elder abuse takes many forms, including: Neglect or Isolation, Physical … more

Removing statues is shortsighted

In 1982 I was a 20-year-old soldier stationed in Heilbronn, Germany. One afternoon I stopped in a restaurant for lunch. A man who appeared to be in his 50s of 60s invited me to sit at his table and … more

Durant handled emotional issue well

It’s not often that a national news story comes to your hometown, especially one that stirs emotions and raises tensions between protesters and government officials, including law enforcement. … more

Experts warns ‘Medicare for all’ fails patients

Sen. Bernie Sanders has become the nation’s most high-profile supporter of “Medicare for all.” Yet Sanders’ experience undermines his case, according to Sally Pipes, … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor Travel and tourism is an integral part of the City of Durant and Bryan County economy, encompassing over 100 travel businesses a and a workforce of 2000 plus. The unprecedented … more
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