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THUMBS UP to community members who are finding ways to help entertain others who are stuck at home. 

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With many businesses forced to close from the COVID-19 outbreak and traffic severely limited in those that remain open, I’ve had many questions about small business loans. Here is the latest information I have.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is altering many dimensions of our national life: economic, social, political. But it cannot be allowed to infect the health of our democracy or weaken the ability of every American to cast a ballot in November.

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During a recent spate of cynicism, I made a prediction to friends: Before this thing is over, Trumpists will be calling COVID-19 God's will. So let's get back to work, save the stock market and let the disease sort them out. There are more than 300 million individuals in the United States. S…

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COVID-19 has dominated the news in the last week. Over 510,645 people have been infected worldwide. A total of 23,029 have died, 8,165 in Italy alone. In the United States, 75,665 have tested positive with 1,100 deaths. In Oklahoma, 248 people have tested positive and seven people have died. 

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Oklahoma schools were ordered to close buildings and move classes online for the rest of the semester in a tough decision made by the State Board of Education — but it’s the right call.

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Countries have experienced economic depressions before, but not usually as a matter of choice. 

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"We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself," tweeted the president on Sunday night, adding that, after the current 15-day shutdown, "we will make a decision as to which way we want to go."

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Spring Break is over, but we think Oklahoma students must continue to learn despite being stuck at home because of the danger of spreading COVID-19.

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We live in strange times these days. Nearly every American's life has been upended by something we can't even see, a miniscule coronavirus that has proven most deadly to those who already have compromised immune systems due to age or existing illness.

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Our world has turned upside down by the coronavirus, revealing the true colors of many people.

COVID-19 is a very real and significant challenge that has forced many of us to alter our routines over the last few weeks. We must focus on slowing the virus so that health care facilities are not overwhelmed, which is the problem that Italy is facing right now.

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THUMBS UP to all of the members of the Youth Volunteer Corps who spent what was supposed to be Spring Break helping others.

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Now that Joe Biden has virtually clinched the Democratic nomination, the next question is his running mate. He's promised to name a woman, and there are many good candidates — but his best bet would be Amy Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota who ran a credible race for the top spot and str…

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The world, our country and our state are fighting something we’ve never had to before. Coronavirus is quickly spreading, and state and federal leaders are working around the clock to ensure your safety. Things are changing so rapidly that I want you to know I’m writing this on Thursday, Marc…

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As was only fitting on St. Patrick's Day, my brother Tommy and I congratulated each other on our hardy Irish peasant genes. Centuries of living on dirt floors with pigs, we smugly agreed, have rendered us Micks immune from contagion.

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What happens when the supposed dictator won't dictate? This is the conundrum confronted by the harshest critics of President Donald Trump who have gone from warning he is a budding despot to complaining he hasn't done enough to impose his will during the coronavirus crisis.

COVID-19 has caught a lot of people off guard, but we have praise for city and county leaders who are paying close attention to the situation and taking action.

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Just when you thought this political year couldn't get any weirder, along comes the entire Democratic Party establishment rushing en masse to the cliff's edge, hurling itself headfirst into the presidential contest. What has spurred this gaggle of political operatives, fat-cat donors and for…

Oklahoma lawmakers rushed to make changes to the Open Meeting Act that might appear to be a reasonable response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but we fear otherwise. 

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"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time," said Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey to a friend on the eve of Britain's entry into the First World War.

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Saturday night, I ordered takeout from my favorite Chinese place. I did this as a gesture of solidarity after hearing that people have been avoiding Chinese restaurants because of the coronavirus pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China.

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We have high hopes for a program being instituted in Muskogee County that could help reduce the number of women being sent to prison.

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Let's see a show of hands. Who, among readers of this column, has experienced some anxiety in their lives? Ahhh, as I suspected, there are lots of hands in the air. Everyone has had moments of stress, strain and fear to deal with. The trick is how you handle it.

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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s a virus goin’ around the world right now. Impervious to irony and politics, it’s apparently not the hoax some claimed it to be, and instead highly contagious to humans who have lungs.

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THUMBS UP to Anne Czaruk who was chosen Soroptimists’ Woman of Distinction for 2020 by Soroptimist International of Muskogee. Czaruk is co-founder of Fostering Hope, an organization that helps foster children as they are removed from their homes. 

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One of Joe Biden's strongest political assets turns 87 this week, and has survived numerous health scares. Her name is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she's been a liberal stalwart on the Supreme Court for more than 26 years, and whoever wins in November will almost certainly get to name her successor.

Another attempt to bypass the voters of Oklahoma through legislation is underway in the State Senate. Senate Bill 1674 is an attempt to change reforms made through State Question 780, overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2016.

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To hear some people tell it, a loss for Elizabeth Warren is a loss for womankind. Ever since the Massachusetts senator withdrew her presidential candidacy after finishing third in her home state primary on Super Tuesday, many have described her demise as resulting from dislike and fear of st…

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Oklahoma is one of 24 states that have an initiative petition process. It allows citizens to bypass the legislature by collecting signatures from registered voters and get issues on the ballot. The number of signatures required is tied to the total number of votes cast in the gubernatorial e…

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Our hats are off to State Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee, who authored a measure proposing a cost-of-living adjustment for state retirees that has passed the House 99-0. 

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Just when you thought this political year couldn’t get any weirder, along comes the entire Democratic Party establishment rushing en masse to the cliff’s edge, hurling itself headfirst into the presidential contest. What has spurred this gaggle of political operatives, fat-cat donors and for…

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The coronavirus outbreak is the first pandemic of the woke era, and as such it’s not surprising that there is a fierce debate over how to refer to it without offending against social justice. 

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It was disappointing to see city councilors reject an effort to revive an ordinance proposed almost a decade ago that would make reporting campaign finances by municipal candidates mandatory.

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Obituaries

Homemaker, Died Friday, March 27, 2020. Services will be announced at a later date.

died Friday March 27, 2020 at her home. She was 88. Viewing Monday and Tuesday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home. Private family service

Died Tuesday March 24, 2020. She was 94. A private family graveside service will be held on Friday. Arrangement are under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home.

age 39. Golf Course Attendent. Died Monday, March 23, Tahlequah, OK. Services Friday, March 27th, 2:00 PM Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment Agent Cemetery Moody, OK. Visitation Thursday, March 26th, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM Reed-Culver Funeral Home.