I wrestled for some time with the decision to feature this week’s creature — the least bittern — due to the fact that I’ve never actually seen one in Pontotoc County. But I’ve seen one near here, in southern Johnston County. 

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It is often said that the United States is a nation of immigrants. Indeed, other than our Native American population, that is true.

In late June, Oklahoma received the bad news that the state now ranks 44th in the nation for measures related to overall child well-being, down from 36th the year before. The ranking comes as part of the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in collaboration wi…

As the leader on the global stage, the United States is re-entering an era of military pre-eminence. Our nation’s military needs to be restored to advance America’s competitive military advantage to rival those of nations like China and Russia, as stated in the recent national defense strate…

Today, Christianity encounters a world where authoritarian leaders seek nothing but power, and where avaricious marketeers seek nothing but profit. Indeed, we Christians must wrestle with the moral and spiritual challenges of being the love, the grace and the compassion of Jesus Christ in to…

I got a little grumpy last week about fireworks. I didn’t mean to be a “Dicky Downer,” but this time of the year is a disaster for our nonhuman friends. They just don’t understand what is going on.

My heart goes out to the staff of the Capital Gazette, to their friends and colleagues at the Baltimore Sun Media Group and the Tribune Publishing family — to all journalists who may be feeling vilified and maligned by our nation’s current political climate.

It has been quite a busy week in Washington, D.C., and despite the fervor and fireworks on Capitol Hill, Congress has accomplished a number of legislative items amongst the debate on immigration. Although that debate is still occurring, some of the fundamental work that Congress is obligated…

This time of year, our thoughts turn to the founding of our nation.

It has not been a good year for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as the agency has been rocked by the discovery of widespread financial mismanagement and neglect, followed by the resignation of several agency leaders. As was widely reported, tens of millions of dollars were shifted f…

What seemed to be once impossible, has finally come to fruition. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week. For the first time in history, a U.S. President and a North Korean leader met in an official capacity in an effort to strengt…

The rise of white supremacy together with right-wing nationalism as a movement in this country is an alarming development.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is pleased to be a key partner in “2018: Oklahoma Year of the Child” — an effort to encourage interest in children’s issues with candidates for office. OICA compiled a list of what we felt were the top twenty positive bills from this past legislative…

U.S. Rep Tom Cole released the following statement after H.R. 2606, the Stigler Act Amendment of 2017, was passed by the House Natural Resources Committee. The legislation amends the Stigler Act of 1947, which restricts Native American allotted land to only persons of one-half degree of Nati…

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In an emotionally charged political climate, where actions taken against DACA recipients have produced stories and videos of families being torn apart, a viral video is making the rounds.

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By now, most should be familiar with the viral image of an NFL player dancing around the locker room with a burning American flag. Some of you may even have shared the image. If so, shame on you. It’s fake.

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A while back, I made a somewhat snarky, if not semi-impassioned, plea for people to stop sharing memes on social media. Here's round two.

I was moved by the following true story about what happened to a 16 to 17 year-old girl during the ‘70s in Asia —

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Memes can be fun to share on social media, but they can also be problematic and oftentimes, outright wrong. Are you sure what you share is true?

Rangelands support many species of brush and weeds. The continual increase over years in the number and distribution of brush and weed species is primarily the result of natural succession, suppression of wildfires and overgrazing by livestock. Rangeland owners and ranchers need the ability …

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.

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…

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.

This image released by Open Road Films shows Woody Harrelson, left, and Casey Affleck in a scene from "Triple 9." (Bob Mahoney/Open Road Films via AP)

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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.

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 …

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…

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.

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.

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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!”