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When I read about the senseless killing of Daunte Wright by a Minnesota police officer, I thought of my friends Isaac Cudjoe and Kevin Isabelle-Peete. Several years ago, while living and working in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., they got pulled over for a phony traffic violation. …

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THUMBS UP to Fort Gibson High School algebra teacher Taylor Deatherage, who was chosen teacher of the year.

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How can somebody like me possibly live in darkest Arkansas, well-meaning correspondents sometimes want to know. And when the state legislature is in session, I do sometimes wonder. All I can say is that I'm glad Arkansas is a state, not a country. Because I'm stuck on the place, mostly for p…

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Former Porum students know the power of books, and the result of a campaign to get new books to the school has been amazing.

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Muskogee's Farmers Market opened for business Saturday, and it provides a great way to find fresh produce as well as a way to get out and mingle (socially distanced) and enjoy the fresh air.

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I’ve talked to a number of people from our district who have questions about the higher utility bills they anticipate after February’s unprecedented low temperatures and snow and ice that blanketed our state for days. The arctic storm not only hit Oklahoma but much of the country, and therei…

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Twenty-one years ago this month, I moved to Oklahoma. Just a few months after the Y2K madness and less than a year after I got married. Like I have surely told you before, I thought we would live here for a few years and then go somewhere else. Where? I have no idea. I was 23. Who knew I wou…

THUMBS UP to to the city and Muskogee Parks and Recreation for plans to redevelop Grandview Park south of Peak Boulevard.

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Recent rulings rendered by the parliamentarian of the U.S. Senate about the process of budget reconciliation appear puzzling and raise questions about another procedure peculiar to that deliberative body.

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Barring natural disasters or unforeseen health crises, chances are I'll watch around 150 Red Sox games during the 2021 season, along with parts of other contests as the pennant races advance. And I would have done so, it's important to emphasize, whether deposed strongman Donald J. Trump lik…

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Last Monday, in a single six-hour period, NATO launched 10 air intercepts to shadow six separate groups of Russian bombers and fighters over the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Sea, Black Sea and Baltic Sea.

State Sen. Roland Pederson was very disappointed that a bill that had bipartisan support that would save the lives of children stalled in a House committee, and we are disappointed, too.

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A recent bill by local Rep. Chad Caldwell that would allow parents the freedom to let their children play outside or engage in time-honored childhood activities without fear of being reported for child abuse or neglect is also being lauded by child advocacy experts for its narrowing of the d…

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While warming up for a recent tennis match, a pal said, "We've all been vaccinated. Can't we ditch our masks?"

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This session has been fast and furious as we’ve worked to revisit legislation lost last session to the COVID-19 shutdown and tackled hundreds of new issues all while dealing with the ongoing pandemic and last month’s historic winter weather. We started with around 1,060 Senate bills and join…

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Am I the only one who feels like I'm living in an old-fashioned monster movie, with mobs of chanting peasants bearing pitchforks and torches as they march upon on a dark, foreboding castle? Or am I just spending too much time watching TV news and reading about politics online?

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The Senate tradition of unlimited debate allows for the use of the ‘filibuster.’ Derived from a Dutch word for ‘freebooter’ to describe pirates, the filibuster was a part of the very first Senate session (1789). Pennsylvania Senator William Maclay said the Virginians in the Senate were tryin…

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THUMBS UP to Oklahoma School for the Blind students who participated in the 2021 Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge hosted by Oklahoma School for the Blind.

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Seven grants for the 2021 Summer Grant program were approved this week, and we can't thank the City of Muskogee Foundation enough.

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Usually, the Powers That Be swat away the kind of big-ticket reforms our country needs by haughtily asserting a few hoary economic fables they dress up as immutable "truths."

President Joe Biden is so committed to bipartisan cooperation and fact-based governance that he's launched an ignorant and incendiary attack on the new Georgia voting law.

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Jack O’Ryan had one wish before he dies. He wanted to bring his wife to Muskogee to introduce her to his family for the first time and visit an area that provided him with the happiest of memories from his childhood. He was able to make the trip, thanks to the Dream Foundation, an organizati…

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"I've known Xi Jinping for a long time. ... He doesn't have a democratic — with a small 'd' — bone in his body," said Joe Biden in his first press conference as president, and then he ambled on:

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Two score and eleven years ago, my husband was born. Once the pandemic hit last March, plans for a big 50th surprise blowout were quickly shelved, and Mike quietly began the second half of his life.

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A report published this week by the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency revealed the extent to which state health officials failed Oklahomans who tried to make smart decisions for themselves and family members during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Climate change skeptics and critics who oppose a shift from a fossil-fuel economy to one driven by sustainable energy sources complain about costs. 

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The U.S. House has passed two bills that tighten gun sales regulations. House Resolution 8, authored by Rep. Mike Thompson, (D-CA), expands background checks on individuals seeking to purchase or transfer firearms. It passed the House 227-203, with eight Republicans (five of which co-sponsor…

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Dear Gov. Cuomo: Even if you're the boss — perhaps especially if you're the boss — when you're a 63-year-old man smitten by a lovely 20-something at the office, there are several considerations to keep in mind:

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