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I have never been a gym person, so I get my exercise riding my bike to work at East Central University.

There are almost 8,000 children in Oklahoma’s foster care system.

The budget plan is being sold based on comparisons that make hundreds of millions in teacher pay raises disappear.

Dear Harriette: I have two young children and a husband who works all the time. He wants to be supportive, but it’s a hollow idea. 

"Despite all that libraries represent, I confess I have a history of being disloyal and buying a book here and there. "

The month of November was first proclaimed “National American Indian Heritage Month” by the late President George H.W. Bush in 1990. 

In times of stress, we all have our coping mechanisms to help us get through them. I have discovered among creative people (yes, if you crochet or knit or weave or sew, you are creative), making something tends to be among their top coping mechanisms. I know it’s one of mine.

Over the last four or five years, I’ve made a concerted effort to ensure that my Facebook experience reflects the world around me. 

Many people have been understandably appalled that NBA superstar LeBron James recently defended, indirectly, the Chinese government’s persecution of protestors in Hong Kong. What should equally bother Oklahomans is that there’s reason to wonder if college students in this state are being ind…

Dear Doctor: Several studies have shown a correlation between marijuana use and low birth weight, and I understand that marijuana today has been cultivated to be much stronger than what was used in earlier years. Should this be a concern for women who are pregnant?

DEAR HARRIETTE: I know that reading is important for building the mind. I have always been a reader, and I want my children to enjoy reading as well. The problem is that my husband loves to watch TV, and we live in a culture where binge-watching stupid programs is the norm. How can I train m…

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recognize the unacceptable existence of domestic violence in communities across the nation, and we join in strong support of victims and survivors. While this is a sobering time of awareness, it is also a timely reminder for Congress to act on leg…

Dear Helaine: I am a 64-year-old woman with two problems that will contribute to my being homeless sometime in the future. In 2003, I began dental implant procedures to replace several teeth. I suffered through rejection and a jaw infection, and I couldn’t place implants where I had the infe…

When most people think of space exploration, they connect it with Cape Canaveral or Houston, but Oklahoma actually plays a pivotal role in advancing our country’s space posture. That’s because Oklahoma’s own Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) serves a key role in Congress as the Chairman of the Senate Armed…

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy exists to help improve conditions for children and to promote their well-being. It is a broad mission, which means we are active on many fronts: educating the public and lawmakers about our issues, helping to craft policy solutions and push legislati…

DEAR HARRIETTE: I was talking to one of my best friends, and she said something about my husband that was completely unacceptable. She was judgmental and rude, in my view. While we tend to talk about the things going on in our lives — including what our spouses do right and wrong — I always …

Dear Doctor: I’m in my 70s, and I work about 35 hours a week doing shipping, cleaning and light lifting. I’ve stopped visiting the gym because I’m too tired after work. My back hurts, and I’ve had heart issues recently, leaving me with a pacemaker and defibrillator. Are the 10,000 steps I wa…

WINNIPEG, Manitoba —Once again, the name of one of North America’s signature freedom fighters — an enigmatic leader variously described as a pioneer and a madman, a man regarded either as the founding father of Manitoba or a reckless revolutionary, a figure all but unknown below the Canadian…

While your parents probably warned you there’s no such thing as a free lunch, meaning a price is always paid, that’s a lesson lost on many policymakers. An obvious example is the continued argument that Oklahoma is allowing “our share” of Medicaid dollars to go to other states because we hav…

Hi, Helaine: A few weeks ago, I attended a neighbor’s house party. She invited me and a bunch of other gals over for coffee, mimosas, brunch and to view a clothing line a friend of hers is selling.


While it takes time to change the course of a national health crisis, I am encouraged that noticeable progress has been made to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction in the United States. 

Dear Harriette: My teenager comes home almost every week trying out new slang.

Ask yourself, which is worse? Losing a brother to mindless violence, or losing your brother to mindless violence and then clinging to bitterness and resentment for the rest of your life?

Once the 2020 presidential campaign leaves the early tests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the political themes will be California themes, the issues will be California issues, and the values being debated will be California values.

Dear Doctor: I’ve always heard that it’s the saturated fat in red meat that leads to a heart attack. 

Dear Helaine: I’m in my early 30s. Three years ago, I had two job offers. One was close to home and near my friends and family, paying $50,000. The other was on the other side of the country, paying $72,000, in an area with a higher median income.

The impeachment train seems to be moving down the tracks, and it does appear the U.S. House will move forward with impeachment of President Trump.


If you did not make it to the 2019 Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) Fall Forum last week, then you missed quite an event!

Dear Doctor: West Nile virus is active again in southern California. What happens when you are infected? Is there a vaccine?

Dear Doctor: I just started my first post-college job, which I love. Nevertheless, I’ve been feeling really stressed and anxious. My boyfriend says stress can affect your health. What can I do?

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