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It's no secret Oklahoma's prep basketball playoff system has vexed me since the day I arrived here now more than a decade ago. One thing that is clear, no matter the common sense arguments, our friends at Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association have no interest in changing a system devised 49 years ago. 

With all the negativity being bandied about these days - especially as a city election fraught with hostilities is finally winding down - Tahlequah could use some good news. And last week, we got it.

Although some of the hostility and shouts of "liar!" may have been uncalled for, the Tahlequah City Council meeting Monday night, Feb. 4 was a fairly good example of how citizen input can get results, and quickly.

Tahlequah city elections have always been nonpartisan, and the same is true for Cherokee Nation politics. But things don't always shake out that way, and sometimes, party affiliation affects how people vote, or how officials make decisions once they're in office.