• Muskogee Phoenix Editorial Board

State legislators should investigate and debate measures that would raise qualification standards for Oklahomans on Medicaid.

  • By Eric Morrow | CNHI Oklahoma

Charles II (1630-1685) was King of Scotland in 1651, when he was ousted from power by Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarian Army at the Battle of Worcester. Charles II escaped by first hiding in a tree. Enemy soldiers walked by the tree without seeing him. With the help of supporters Charles II remained hidden and escaped to France. He returned to England and was crowned King of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1660. After that, he never needed a tree again.

  • By Erin Winstanley | Associate Professor of Pharmacy, West Virginia University | The Conversation

“It has been many long, hard, agonizing battles for the last few years and you fought like a warrior every step of the way. Addiction, however, won the war. To the person who doesn’t understand addiction, she is just another statistic who chose to make a bad decision.”

  • By David and Kay Scott | CNHI News

Several of our favorite national parks are clustered in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument are within an easy half-day drive of one another. We don’t mean travelers can visit all of the parks in a day, but it would be a shame to visit one or two and skip others that are so near.

  • By David and Kay Scott | CNHI Travel Writers

Several years ago we had an opportunity to visit Luckenbach, Texas, a small spot best known to locals and fans of country music.  Luckenbach gained widespread fame in 1977 when a song of the same name sung by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson hit the charts. During the chilly evening, we enjoyed local musicians pickin' guitars while visitors knocked back Lone Star longnecks inside the saloon. It was an evening well spent during our 2013 tour of the Hill Country.

  • By Bill Burt | CNHI Sports Boston

What could Aaron Hernandez have been thinking when he hanged himself in a prison cell, as has been reported, shortly after he was found not guilty of a double murder and with a possible appeal coming on his earlier murder conviction?

  • By Susan Duncan | CNHI News Service

The dichotomy of the word “fix” is interesting. It can mean repair. It can be used, too, as slang for the relief provided by a drug — and that’s where the destructiveness happens.

  • By Homer Hickam | For CNHI

Of all the federal agencies created by Congress, one of the true success stories is the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which grew out of a bipartisan effort in 1977.

  • By David & Kay Scott | CNHI Travel Writers

If you have an interest in learning how to construct wooden boats - perhaps a vessel of your own - this is the place.  The school offers both one- to two-year educational programs covering the basics of building wooden boats.  It also schedules summer workshops for assembling a personal vessel from a kit.

  • By George F. Will | The Washington Post

WASHINGTON -- Although the National Endowment for the Arts' 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight. 

  • By Bill Ketter | CNHI News Service

This week is Sunshine Week in America, a time to reflect on the importance of open government to our democracy and the critical role of the press to inform the people about whether government is serving them or not.

  • By Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell depicts the Senate Republican majority's likely use of the "Nuclear Option" to reduce from 60 to a simple majority 51 votes need to approve President Trump's appointment of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

  • By George F. Will | The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The technique has been called (by this columnist) "immunity through profusion." By keeping the molten lava of falsehoods flowing, the volcano that is Donald Trump can inundate the public and overwhelm his auditors' capacity to produce a comparable flow of corrections. This technique was on display the other day when the president met with some sheriffs.

  • By Doug Page | Guest Columnist

In an era of social media scuttlebutt and fake news flashes, it’s difficult to believe two American news wire services, Associated Press and United Press International, once competed ferociously to not only get the news first but to first get it right.

  • By Mike DeBonis | The Washington Post

WASHINGTON - In a bid to swiftly deliver on one of President-elect Donald Trump's chief campaign promises, congressional Republicans are exploring ways to begin funding a barrier on the U.S. southern border starting as soon as April.

  • By Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell's editorial cartoon depicting Putin's Christmas gift to Donald Trump.

  • By Brian A. Howey | Community News Content

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. - We Hoosiers here in our bicentennial year have lived at the center of the political universe. So many fates and futures passed through the crossroads of America that Donald Trump even called us “Importantville” on the eve of our May 3 primary.

  • By Mark Grabowski | Community News Content

Next week is the 12th annual Free Speech Week, a national event that aims to “to raise public awareness of the importance of free speech in our democracy,” according to organizers, which include school, media and law organizations.