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Public health officials recently acknowledged the state was woefully unprepared for a pandemic like the one that seems to be growing worse with each passing week. 

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Fun fact: I don’t like the sports. Any of them. I don’t like playing them and have little (no) interest in watching them. I do think it generous that the marching band lets the football guys play on either side of their performance because I believe it’s important to share the spotlight and …

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The largest public-school system in Oklahoma is an on-line virtual school model. Epic Charter Schools is fully accredited by the state of Oklahoma. According to their website: “Epic Charter Schools combines the convenience of online learning with the support of one-on-one instruction from an…

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As overwrought as many Americans are over the upcoming election, it’s been months since this column has elicited a death threat. Even so, I got edgy the other night when an unusually loud pickup all tricked out for a demolition derby pulled up in front of our house.

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COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus that causes the highly contagious respiratory disease pulled back the curtains on a health care system woefully unprepared for this pandemic. 

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After only one year of existence, the Muskogee Redevelopment Authority Tourism Board was scrapped before it ever got off the ground, and we think they did not get a fair chance to succeed or fail.

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When the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board holds a hearing to terminate its contract with Epic Charter Schools, we would like to see the decision made to end the contract.

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The recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman and first Jewish American justice, left a significant vacancy on the Supreme Court. Although we did not agree with her interpretation of the law, she was a poised and fierce fighter for her views. 

There’s been much said lately about the way we vote in this country, especially now that COVID-19 has overloaded the mail-in voting process and states cannot agree on a uniform way to gather and count those ballots.

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Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation should ignore a letter from a conservative think tank that wants Congress to formally disestablish five tribal reservations that make up the eastern half of the state. 

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We are just three weeks away from the Nov. 3 general election. Many Oklahomans have Congressional, legislative and local seats to decide on their ballot. Every Oklahoman will have the chance to voice their opinion in the U.S. Senate race, as well as two state questions that could be added to…

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THUMBS UP to the Muskogee Muskogee Medical Foundation, Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee/Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee Auxiliary and the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Nursing Department for hosing “Boo on the Flu.”

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On November 3rd, state question # 814 is on the ballot. It was placed there by a Joint Resolution passed by the legislature. It involves the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). In 1996, Oklahoma and 45 other states across the country sued tobacco companies for targeting youth…

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Back in my own days playing guns, we had the coolest hideout ever: a hut we’d built on a wooded half-acre out of lumber liberated from a subdivision under construction. The way we looked at it, they owed us: a fair exchange for converting the woods and ponds where we hiked, fished and ice-sk…

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Moving the state's public health lab from Oklahoma City to Stillwater before year's end without public discussions or previous planning appears to be a hasty decision that must be delayed and discussed publicly. 

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 Little-known fact: In more and more races, the GOP doesn’t have broad enough appeal to fairly produce an election majority, so it has resorted to rigging the system so a minority prevails. As far-right tactician Paul Weyrich once bluntly put it: “I don’t want everybody to vote. ... Our leve…

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Oklahoma's State Department of Health will be shelling out about $15,000 a month to handle most of the state’s COVID-19 media and open records requests through the end of the year, which seems like a lot of money to us to pay someone whose job isn't focusing on the health of Oklahomans.  

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Muskogee County commissioners are on a path to increase economic development, and we believe this is something Muskogee needs to be able to draw in industry.

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There are no laws to shield people from misinformation. So, as the nation chugs toward the final stretch of the presidential campaign season, Americans need to take a good look at where they gathered the information that forms their political opinions.

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Two and half years ago, I was invited to begin writing this column. The publisher and editor wanted a local voice from the left, and they told me I could write about whatever I wanted. Some weeks it’s easy, but often the process terrifies me. 

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The family of Erma J. Reaves would like to thank Keith Biglow funeral director and staff; the Rev. David L. Ragsdale Jr.; the Rev. Samuel L. Mingo; the Rev. Richard D. Brooks and Carolyn Bowens for their assistance during our mother's heavenly transition.

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THUMBS UP to Carrie Underwood for making a $100,000 donation to Checotah Public Schools to help students with distance learning.

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On Nov. 3, 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 be use…

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A COVID-19 outbreak at prisons and correctional centers across the state was both predictable and preventable.

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Only Boss Trump could turn even the COVID-19 plague into a farce. His triumphal return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — nicely timed for the evening TV news cycle — was like a stunt his pal Kim Jong Un would pull in Pyongyang: pure strongman street theater.

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