Imagine how excited 75 percent of the Oklahoma Legislature must be to discover that to date, despite widely perceived incompetence, they've yet to draw opponents.
Since the 2016 presidential campaign, the number of Americans believing political engagement is very important has increased by 11 points, according to a new Monmouth University Poll.
If you were to check your pulse right now on the issue of what’s happening with Congress and the president, would it be racing, beating steadily or would someone be standing by with a defibrillator?
As the chief of the Cherokee Nation and the son of public schoolteachers, it has troubled me to see the inaction at the state level as teachers across our great state struggle. The time for action is now, and Cherokee Nation is taking the lead by granting our certified teachers the pay raise they deserve.
For as long as there have been young people, there have been older people lamenting just how far society has slipped with this new generation and its faults.
We’re one-third of the way through the legislative session, and there still is no agreement on funding issues — generating more revenue for the state and coming up with money for teacher raises.
When a group of people is mistreated and marginalized for so many years, there's bound to come a time when that group has no choice but to push back. That's the predicament in which Oklahoma's public school teachers now find themselves.
A male student at Emerson Middle High made a threat last week. The 12-year-old was the victim of bullying and assault by other students in class.
Congressional Democrats last week introduced a tax plan they intend to run on for the upcoming mid-term elections. The mere idea a $600 billion income tax hike strikes them as a winning strategy should in itself be enough to keep the party in its current, well-earned role as the minority party.
It’s only natural that humanity would be most interested in establishing a base of operations there. It’s a natural stepping stone for the human race.
I am thinking of turning myself into a superhero. I’ll call myself simply Old Guy, and my slogan would be Old Enough to Know Better or Get off My Lawn. I haven’t decided which yet.
A time may be coming when the majority of Americans demand that something be done in an effort to curtail mass shootings, even if the measures they support may not achieve the desired result.
"No good deed goes unpunished." That comment was made to me a week or so ago by NSU President Steve Turner, during an email exchange unrelated to the newspaper. But if he were in my business instead of the education field, he could say the same thing, and it would be just as germane.
Many Americans conclude that ending DACA and forcibly rounding up 800,000 young people is acceptable because illegal immigration is, well, illegal. It is against the law, and that justifies any policy that yields enforcement.
While some have criticized the sentence for being too lenient, we believe Currier’s reasonable punishment is a good solution for the community's sake.
Talk is increasing of a teacher walkout in the state of Oklahoma with petition drives pushing the idea and teacher and parent groups mobilizing for a work stoppage. While the desire to increase compensation for teachers is understandable, is this really the correct response?
There's been a lot of discussion lately about the super-heated political climate - how partisan it is, and how it has begun to destroy families and friendships. It's gotten to where people can't even discuss political issues without one of the participants getting angry or melting down in emotional frustration.
In less than a month, people everywhere will be celebrating Easter. Many locals here in Fort Gibson will bring their children to our church grounds for a massive egg hunt at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Others will celebrate by participating in a special Easter worship service that focuses on Christ’s resurrection.
Gun control, the potential for more or lack thereof, may not actually be up to us. The “us” refers to the generation that isn’t currently in high school. It’s the kids, the kids are going to do what they’re going to do and we will live with those results.
So, the most noted Western cowboy shootout in Oklahoma Territory happened at Stop No. 1 of the northbound Rock Island Line. However, the railroad workers had another name for it. They called it “Walk Home Us” because they had to walk home to Enid.
Parents must be invested in their children, all in, no holds barred. Parents must demand their children get the best education possible, and be willing to pay for it. They also must demand their children are kept safe, at all costs.
Seeds of doubt about the future of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame were planted when famed promoter Jim Halsey removed his memorabilia collection.
“Your memory is a monster; you forget — it doesn’t. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you — and summons them to your recall with will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!” ~ John Irving, “A Prayer for Owen Meany”
An affidavit filed the case of four people charged with first-degree manslaughter for the death of a Garfield County Detention Center inmate includes disturbing details that are difficult to read.
The judicial branch of the Cherokee Nation recently moved from its old location in downtown Tahlequah to the courtrooms and offices built on the second story of the tribe’s W.W. Keeler Complex.
Movers and shakers behind a proposed biking and hiking trail didn't expect much opposition when they discussed the topic recently. But advocates talked, word spread, and the naysayers - eight to 10 area landowners - launched their own campaign.
There’s still plenty of time left in the current legislative session — it only started this month — but legislators can’t allow this session to slip away without coming up with solutions to our state’s systemic budget issues. The failure of Step Up Oklahoma was just the beginning.
The weather over the past week has been anything but desirable, especially when just days prior to that we had 70-degree temperatures. What happened? Why are we dealing with ice and snow and confused birds?
“We are scattered, stunned; the remnant of heart left alive is filled with brotherly hate. … Whose fault? Everybody blamed somebody else. Only the dead heroes left stiff and stark on the battlefield escape.” ~ Mary Boykin Chesnut