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Gov. Kevin Stitt campaigned on accountability – making himself, and Oklahoma agencies, accountable to the taxpayers. He had a familiar refrain about running the state like a business, but he went beyond the hyperbole of usual campaign rhetoric, and he made some pointed statements about the g…

All this recent talk about walls got me thinking. History books are full of examples of the need for and the laborious building of walls around cities, countries and various structures.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would be “immoral.” Instead, she favors something she calls a “technological wall.” Another top House Democrat, Rep. James Clyburn, calls it a “smart wall.”

President Trump’s political strategy is completely clear: use his persistent promotion of a border wall to energize his core supporters. His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, told Fox News that “border security” is the “No. 1 reason” those ardent advocates will vote to re-elect him. Trump him…

On Monday, Kevin Stitt was sworn in as governor of Oklahoma. Stitt, 46, is the first Native American to serve as a governor in the United States (he is an enrolled member of the Cherokee tribe). He started Gateway Mortgage in Tulsa in 2000 and now it has 1,200 employees in 41 states. This wa…

Take a look at the photo of dead Oklahoma outlaw Bill Doolin and you will see the handiwork of a double-barreled .12 gauge shotgun firing, “double aught,” shells.

Newly sworn-in Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib electrified progressives with her passionate declaration that she and her colleagues will “impeach the mother------” – the subject of course, being President Trump.

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My son Quinn virtually dragged me to see “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” I went along because, as a father, it is my job to be interested in what he is interested in, but I thought I was over the Spider-Man origin stories. I was tired of the spider bite. Of the “Oh look, I have superpow…

If 2019 stays on trend more than 47,000 Americans will kill themselves this year. Their loved ones will, understandably, be consumed with grief over the suicide. But some of them will then go on to try to affix outside blame for the death. Many of them will hire a lawyer and file a wrongful …

“I” words are inundating Washington. President Trump insists his border wall would impede an invasion of illegal immigrants who injure innocents. Democrats say Trump indulges an idiotic idea to instigate an impasse and incite impassioned illusions.

With chaos in the White House, worsening climate change around the globe, more wars than we can count and a wobbling economy here at home, the last thing we need is another big challenge. But look out! Here comes a doozy!

If you had a chance to attend or watch the Jan. 7 Stillwater Economic Development Authority (SEDA) meeting (if you didn’t, you can find a recording on the City’s website), you saw a discussion of tourism development in Stillwater. There was some good information presented about the history o…

Last week, Congressman Steve Cohen, (D-Tennessee), a vocal critic of President Trump, introduced a bill to eliminate the Electoral College. “In two presidential elections since 2000, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her opponent, the winn…

An increase in the unemployment rate isn’t usually considered good news, but that is the case for December’s jobs report, in which the nation’s unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent.

Near the beginning of “Vice,” Dick Cheney showcases his power toward the entire Cabinet as he bypasses the President in a direct order toward the Secretary of Defense.

It’s a wonder that Democrats haven’t staked out a negotiating position demanding the destruction of already-existing barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

I know it seems like forever ago when the Marvel Cinematic Universe was young, but DC’s newest entry into their own franchise – “Aquaman” – reminds me of those days in a good way.

As we begin a new year, this is a good time to reflect on what works well in our community. We believe one of those is Visit Stillwater, our destination marketing organization (DMO) created as the result of a vote of the citizens in 1985 to establish a visitor tax, which is collected by loca…

During this holiest of Christian seasons, who could ignore the latest statements of Pope Francis speaking about the festering child sex abuse scandal within his church? In a Christmas address he spoke of priests who “prey like wolves on their flock,” and a clergy “ready to devour innocent souls.”

It doesn’t seem like college football season should be over. But with Oklahoma State concluding its season with a win over Missouri in the Liberty Bowl, it capped OSU’s 13th-straight season of playing in a bowl game. That puts the Cowboys among the biggest programs in college football, as ma…

WASHINGTON -- When newly elected GOP senators take their seats in the U.S. Senate this week, they are not expected to lay out their differences with the president of their own party.

What do the workaday majority of Americans want their lawmakers working on? Check any legitimate poll – or just listen to most any barstool conversation down at the Bottoms Up pub – and you’ll hear them saying clearly and consistently that they want such basics as middle-class jobs, health c…

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