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It was disappointing to learn Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor decided to waste taxpayer dollars and judicial resources to make a purely partisan point. 

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THUMBS UP to Founders’ Place Historical District Inc. and the Muskogee Public Schools' Fab Lab for building and installing the Little Free Library in the Founders' Place community garden. The library, in the 400 block of North 14th Street, is open to anyone and contains both current books an…

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This firehose of falsehoods sprayed by partisan hacks and pocket-picking politicians stoking fear and anger among donors will exhaust the most ardent advocates of democracy. 

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Unseasonably warm weather makes it easy to forget that three weeks of autumn and three months of winter lie ahead. 

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We've all seen the television commercials seeking donations at this time of year to help out homeless animals, and we hope that when you see those commercials, you consider donating to a local charity.

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Thanksgiving is a time for reflection. Many people take turns at the dinner table to say what they are thankful for. What are some of the things for which we are thankful? 

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Muskogee's Salvation Army has hit the ground running this year in order to make sure everyone has a happy holiday season, and we hope you will help out.

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THUMBS UP to the members of Yank Tipton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 474 in Muskogee who ordered and donated toiletry bags for veterans staying in the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center.

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Elected officials have found numerous ways to politicize a pandemic that has killed more than 763,000 Americans, but using the National Guard as a stalking horse to oppose a Department of Defense vaccination requirement takes the cake.

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Maps proposed by the Oklahoma Legislature make clear the need to relieve lawmakers of their decennial redistricting duties and create a citizen-led independent commission that can draw something more representative of the state and is less partisan.  

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THUMBS UP to OG&E for sponsoring a clothes closet at the Gospel Rescue Mission. In addition to money, OG&E made a new sign for the closet, and volunteers built shelves and arranged them.

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Y’all — it’s November. NOVEMBER. I’m careening toward my 45th birthday, the holidays, and wrapping up yet another bizarre trip around the sun and I have mixed feelings about everything.

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Oklahomans should be alarmed to learn that 1 in 5 public school teachers across the state plan to leave the profession at the end of the school year. State leaders should act quickly to find money to raise teachers' wages to avert a bigger crisis.

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It became painstakingly clear — again — on Thursday there are shortcomings in Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol that must be addressed before the state carries out another execution. 

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THUMBS UP to Pat Pack for all of the care provided to children she has helped over her 46 years at Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Center.

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Watching folks up in Washington wrangle over details of the president's Build Back Better plan can get a little dizzying as ideas get batted back and forth — it can also get boring. 

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Oklahoma lawmakers will be back at the Capitol next month to reapportion the state's congressional districts and make adjustments to legislative districts that will have to be redrawn to match population migrations revealed by the 2020 Census. 

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Finding annual property tax statements in the mail may not be the most joyous occasion of the year, but we must acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Muskogee County’s elected officials who made sure they were delivered well before payment is due.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and regardless of where we find ourselves on the calendar, I am always hyper-aware of breast cancer. As a middle-aged woman, it looms in the background with each passing birthday and with each friend or acquaintance diagnosed. Off the top of my head,…

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After nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole world now knows what it is like to put life on hold. It is a similar feeling for my daughter Madison and the 5,800 Oklahoma families who are waiting an average of 13 years to receive developmental disability services (DDS) through Me…

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Deciding to leave legislative pay where it is for another two years isn't the worst decision the citizen-led Legislative Compensation Board has ever made, but it may not be its best.

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Oklahoma's tribal partners proved the implementation of public health and safety protocols at casinos to protect patrons and employees during a pandemic is not only the responsible thing to do, it's profitable.

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Digging into the details of the jobs report released last week revealed a striking difference between the number of men and the number of women who have returned to the workforce the past few months. 

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THUMBS UP to Muskogee’s Bedouin Shrine for hosting events such as the Flying Fez Wine Festival to be able to do all of the work they do to help children.

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Medical marijuana has proven to be a valuable cash crop in Oklahoma — the state and local governments have shared hundreds of millions of dollars generated during the past three years by taxes. 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we would love to see breast cancer eradicated in our time. Until that happens, we have to do what we can to fight this deadly disease.

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