Memories. Questions. Disbelief. My heart sank and my head started spinning as I read the three-word text my 16-year-old son sent from Ada High.

  • By Daniel Pipes The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

The disgraceful presidential candidates coughed up by America’s two great political parties — each one repulsive in his or her distinctive way — leaves many conservatives in a dilemma. We cannot vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Nor, try as we might, do we warm to Gary Johnson…

Each year, countless hours are spent preparing for an event that has been happening in Pontotoc County for 100 years! Just think, this event could be one that your great-great grandparents attended!

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 611 cases of salmonella infections in people from 45 states, with 32 percent of the cases in children under 5 years of age. The majority of the people infected had contact with live poultry within a week of becoming ill. This should be a warn…

Donald Trump’s impromptu comment Tuesday regarding the Second Amendment might have been a rallying cry for gun owners to vote for him, but the words carried a dangerous underlying message.

  • By Janna Kelley OSU Extension 

Doing laundry probably tops the list of the most frequent, yet necessary household tasks, so anything to make the chore a little easier is certainly welcome.

  • Randy Tate, CEO of NorthCare, Oklahoma City; Verna Foust, CEO, Red Rock BHS, Oklahoma City; and Gail Lapidus, CEO, Family and Children’s Services, Tulsa

Oklahoma is second highest in the nation for rates of mental illness and substance use. We have been in the bottom four in the country in rates of funding for treatment services. We have all read of severe impending cuts in the budgets of both Medicaid and the Oklahoma Department of Mental H…

  • BY RON JUSTICE

The deadline to report bills out of committee was this past Thursday. We started with nearly 300 House bills and 255 were reported on to the full Senate.  The deadline to report bills off the Senate Floor is Thursday, April 21.  

  • BY DAVID PERRYMAN

The draw of low cost land brought many settlers west to the territories, but the settlement of Oklahoma holds a unique place in American culture. Non-Indian settlers in Oklahoma obtained lands through land runs, lotteries, allotment or redemption.

  • Bob Mahoney

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  • By JAMES BEATY | McAlester News-Capital 

This year’s Super Tuesday presidential primary election may not be quite as super as initially expected — at least where the number of viable candidates is concerned.

  • By U.S. Rep. Tom Cole

Since this spring, lawmakers have been hard at work sharing ideas and crafting legislation to responsibly fund the government. In the House of Representatives, the process of fulfilling this critical function of government started with hearings and discussions in the 12 subcommittees of the …

  • Jerry Duncan Ph.D, ABPP, Guest Writer

We focus a lot on the death of Christ. It was important. In fact, His death was symbolically practiced for centuries before He actually did it Himself — for the last time. Beginning with Adam’s son, Abel, a sacrificial death of a pure and “undefiled” animal became the symbol of the soon-to-c…

People today are taking a greater interest in how their food is produced. But they're also confused about the role of antibiotics in meat production. It's actually quite simple — produce healthy livestock, get safe food. But lately, there's been a lot of conversation around "antibiotic-free" meat.

  • Janna Kelley OSU Extension Educator

For many Oklahomans, fuel-burning appliances such as fireplaces and wood stoves are popular and reliable ways to chase away the winter chill. However, using these types of appliances does come with some risks, so it is important to use them as safely as possible.

  • David Slane

Two mass shootings in recent weeks may have distracted some people from an Oklahoma tragedy that left the entire state shocked and dismayed when four people were killed and dozens more injured at the end of the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in October.

  • Jerry Duncan Ph.D, ABPP, Guest Writer

Lawrence Kohlberg theorizes that that are six reasons why man does “the right thing.” He describes six different levels of moral development. A level-one person does the right thing to avoid punishment or to gain personal pleasure. A level-two individual does the right thing to please someon…

  • Janna Kelley OSU Extension Educator

The realm of New Year’s resolutions is limitless: Spend more time with the family. Lose weight. Read more. But, what about your money?

  • Georgie Anne Geyer

WASHINGTON  — In 1992, in the Central Asian winter that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, I hit upon a slightly crazy, but also most unusual, path to adventure. I would spend the two months of January and February out there where nobody went, in what had been Soviet Central Asia, ex…

  • U.S. Sen. James Lankford

When I took the oath of office in January to be the next U.S. senator for Oklahoma, I made a commitment to represent our great state and our values in Washington, D.C.  While Oklahomans do not agree on many issues, most Oklahomans are very protective and very skeptical of Social Security. We…

  • Congressman Tom Cole

In response to the escalating conflict in the Middle East, thousands of refugees have fled the violence, terrorism and oppression directed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS). Without question, this flood of refugees into Europe and their potential resettlement into the U…

  • Jerry Duncan Ph.D, ABPP, Guest Writer

Lost — a term that was common to describe a person without a personal and committed relationship to God. I don’t hear it too often today. It was also used to describe a person destined for an eternity without God.

  • By Georgie Anne Geyer

WASHINGTON — Until the advent of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, the word "immigration" tended to mean the controlled and more-or-less legal movement of one people to another country. Oh, there were always "border troubles" here and there, but nothing to (so to speak) write home about.

  • By U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma

The world was shaken by a series of devastating terrorist attacks that claimed dozens of innocent lives in Paris. Reportedly carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the senseless attacks demonstrate that these terrorists are becoming bolder and more violent by the day, inten…

  • Georgie Anne Geyer

WASHINGTON — Until the advent of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, the word "immigration" tended to mean the controlled and more-or-less legal movement of one people to another country. Oh, there were always "border troubles" here and there, but nothing to (so to speak) write home about.

  • U.S. Rep. Tom Cole

The world was shaken by a series of devastating terrorist attacks that claimed dozens of innocent lives in Paris. Reportedly carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the senseless attacks demonstrate that these terrorists are becoming bolder and more violent by the day, inten…

  • By Jerry Duncan, Ph.D., ABPP, guest writer

Have you ever heard the college version of the hymn, “Love Lifted Me”? It goes something like this, “I was sinking deep in sin — wheeeeee!”

  • Georgie Anne Geyer

WASHINGTON — When French President Francois Hollande addressed both houses of the French Parliament after the terrorist ravages of Paris — "We are at war!" he proclaimed — he was doing something more rare and historically important than it at first seemed.

What do we do with the belief that God owes us protection and provision? I am not sure how the expectation originates in the Christian community, but I know that it exists.

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