Republican and conservative journalists and politicos need to avoid a trap when discussing the Hunter Biden laptop story. The trap might be called the “can’t prove untrue” maneuver that we saw from Democrats and their allies in the media when discussing the Steele dossier during the Trump-Ru…

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Election Day is right around the corner, and it’s important to ensure your vote is counted! Keeping American values is critical in the face of attempts by socialism to take over.

Looking back on the unprecedented events, hardships, challenges and losses we’ve navigated this year, certainly everyone would agree that 2020 has been a roller coaster experience none of us asked for or wanted.

Every day, some new poll is published showing Democratic challenger Joe Biden with a big lead over President Donald Trump. Some Trump supporters ignore the news because some of the polls were wrong in 2016. They shouldn’t. The polls are real, and there is no doubt Trump is facing a serious c…

“Staggering friendliness.” That’s how one reporter described his encounter with People of Praise, the apostolic community that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and her family belong to. I’ve always heard wonderful things about Barrett, knowing more than a few people who teach or have …

The U.S. Constitution divides the federal government into three co-equal branches: the Legislative Branch, made-up of the House of Representatives and the Senate; the Judicial Branch, which consists of the federal courts up to and including the Supreme Court; and the Executive Branch, which …

Anybody who thinks the framers of the U.S. Constitution were naive, or that they did not foresee some of the problems democracy faces today, either has not studied much history or has done so with a closed mind.

Tom lived in Smallsville. Everybody knew each other, and they all knew each other’s routines and habits. Tom had grown up in that town, and all the citizens of Smallsville knew of Tom’s rough and reckless lifestyle since his teen years.

It wasn’t too long ago that the news was filled with reports of violent protests in Portland, Oregon; Seattle; Washington, D.C., and other cities around the nation. And then ... silence. Networks and newspapers are going wall-to-wall with analyses of every syllable uttered by President Trump…

A historic peace accord involving Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain took place Sept. 14 on the sun-splashed south lawn of the White House, and the objective was to normalize relations between these three countries. Yet there is something absent from what President Donald Trump re…

There is one week set aside each year to salute newspapers for the important role they have played in our nation, a role that goes back to the beginning of these United States.

Inscribed on the fountain at the entrance to Northeastern Oklahoma State University are the words “Be the change.” These three simple words, if followed, could help us once again become a nation united instead of this nation of chaos in which we now reside.

People throughout the country are aware of Oklahoma’s high incarceration rate. We know that a criminal justice system should seek justice and achieve restoration, not cost millions of taxpayers’ dollars, damage families and and fail to rehabilitate people convicted of nonviolent crimes.

On November 3rd, Oklahomans will go to the polls and vote on two State Questions. SQ# 805 is on the ballot due to the efforts of Oklahomans for Sentencing Reform.(OSR). If SQ# 805 is passed, it would amend the state constitution to prohibit the use of a person’s past non-violent felonies to …

Stunned, shocked, angered: these were just a few of the emotions I felt when I heard the grand jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case. 

Between a global pandemic, economic crisis and multiple natural disasters, there are few aspects of 2020 that any of us could have predicted, and many Oklahomans feel uncertain about the future. One thing we can do to build a stable and prosperous Oklahoma is for all Oklahomans to complete t…

State House Democrats have asked Attorney General Mike Hunter for an opinion on whether it is legal to use federal funds to help low-income (and often minority) students attend private schools. Yet that question has been asked and answered—in the affirmative—repeatedly.

On Thursday of last week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff directed Grace Community Church to require congregation members wear masks and practice physical distancing if the house of worship decides to hold ‘outdoor’ services. His 22 page decision directed the church to …

Debates are an important part of the political process, wherein candidates stand and face the public to explain their views on policies and issues. While not always a regular occurrence, they have been expected for the past half century.

On Thursday of last week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff directed Grace Community Church to require congregation members to wear masks and practice physical distancing if the house of worship decides to hold “outdoor” services. 

COVID-19 has changed many things about our everyday life and caused big events to be pushed to a later date. Concerts were cancelled, major league sports delayed their seasons, and even the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were rescheduled for 2021. But one thing that hasn’t changed or been pos…

The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Trump-Russia investigation effectively ended on July 24, 2019, the day special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill. Mueller’s halting presentation of his 400-plus-page report troubled both Republicans and Democrats.

In all my years of working in education, I had so many students who exhibited wisdom and lived with courage. This is the story of an incredible girl who changed me the first year I taught.

That fateful morning I quickly poured my cup of coffee as soon as it was hot and ready. Been looking forward to it all the way to the office. Well, yes, I guess could have been a little too eager. And I guess I may have been a little distracted. Thankfully I looked down at the cup just befor…

Last week was the 2020 Republican National Convention. Originally planned for Charlotte, NC and then moved to Jacksonville, FL and then canceled due to COVID-19, the ‘business’ portion of the convention was in Charlotte on Monday. 336 of the 2,550 duly elected delegates cast the ballots of t…

David McCullough, an attorney for the Oklahoma Press Association and the OPA’s Legal Services Plan, died August 26, 2020, after a brief illness. Services are pending.

A book title, “It Was On Fire When I Laid Down On It” caught my eye a few years ago. Curiosity being what it is, I looked up the story behind that title. True story. A small local fire department was called to put out a house fire. They also found and rescued a man trapped inside. Some days …

When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the federal registration process was put under the auspices of the federal government at a time when many African Americans were still disenfranchised by discriminatory tactics, upheld by state law, such as the poll tax a…

One hundred years ago women started walking. They marched and they canvassed and they campaigned and they earned the right for women to vote. 

It has long been accepted, at least in some circles, that there is a condition known as Trump Derangement Syndrome. But if there are still any skeptics out there, consider the reaction to first lady Melania Trump’s renovation of the White House Rose Garden.

Recently, an Oklahoma County district judge ordered Epic Charter Schools — which has become the state’s largest school district — to pay a state senator $500,000 in sanctions and $36,000 in legal fees.

Last week was the Democratic National Convention, and this week, we get the Republican Convention. In years past, these conventions were interesting to watch because of the energy and excitement from the attendees and speakers. It was fun hear the delegate count and to see the outfits of the…

At the end of last week, Democrats breathed a huge sigh of relief when the party’s convention ended without incident. It was not just the usual concerns the convention organizers and party operatives had to contend with. In addition to wondering whether someone would go off script, flub a li…

 Last week, the Democrats held their nominating convention. Because of COVID-19, it was held by virtual means. The theme was, “Uniting America.” 257 speakers addressed the convention. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the nominee, accepted the nomination on Thursday evening. “Here and now I g…

After dedicating the past 15 years to investing in our state’s bridges and transportation infrastructures, we’ve finally been ranked in the top 10—coming in at ninth—across the nation for bridge conditions.

“Don’t tread on me” is a phrase in alignment with recent denouncements of state and local restrictions that have been put in place to curb the community-wide transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Stay-at-home directives have been upheld by state courts, and cities across the country have imple…

This past week, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden finally picked his vice presidential running mate: California Sen. Kamala Harris.

I like working online: no driving to work on rainy days or fighting bad traffic. I can sit around my home office, working in my underwear, and hit the fridge whenever I please. If I am moderately sick, I can still work without infecting my fellow employees. For that matter, I don’t have to w…

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