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A few years ago, Oklahomans spoke out strongly on their desire to spend less money incarcerating nonviolent offenders, and more money on rehabilitation. And they’ve made it clear that nonviolent drug users should be among the first in line for that type of “amnesty.”

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The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution says: A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Under attack from liberals in recent years, who believe gun control will reduce mass shootings…

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Eighty stock trailers rumbled through Muskogee on Monday to draw attention to the upcoming livestock shows. The Muskogee County Junior Livestock Show kicks off Tuesday at Hatbox Field and will continue through Feb. 29. The bigger show is the Muskogee Regional Junior Livestock Show that runs …

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Big, high walls can be troublesome. Ask Humpty Dumpty. Or consider the Canaanite city of Jericho: According to a Biblical tale, its walls came tumbling down when Joshua and the Israelites encircled it and blew their horns.

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A bill that would mandate the Grand River Dam Authority undertake a study of selling waters under its control to the state of Missouri was referred to the House Rules Committee, where legislation typically languishes.  

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has just given us notice he will be terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement that governs U.S. military personnel in the islands.

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Treasure McKenzie, event sponsors and everyone who volunteers with the Bridges Out of Poverty program deserves a pat on the back for the work they do to make Muskogee better by helping residents.

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If you're the typical U.S. consumer, you just shelled out money to celebrate Valentine's Day. Collectively, Americans spend multiple billions of dollars each year on candy, flowers, jewelry or some other gift to spark romance with a loved one.

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So much can change within a two-week period. In fact, the whole world can turn upside down. This week, I had to write my friend's obituary. This was a writing first for me — to be tasked with encapsulating a life well-lived and well-loved, but with an economy of words. My spirit is so heavy …

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Some state lawmakers lamented the lack of civil discourse they've encountered — some cited online attacks of businesses, personal threats and profanity.

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THUMBS UP to the Shantel McJunkins, the voluntary services specialist at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center who coordinated the Salute to Veterans Talent Show there. 

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The first two weeks of session are behind us. Last week, we heard Gov. Stitt’s budget proposal along with some policy ideas. The legislature will be working with him in the coming weeks to see how our ideas can work together.

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Pete Buttigieg is still a long shot to win the Democratic nomination, let alone the White House. Despite surprisingly strong showings in both Iowa and New Hampshire, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, could struggle as the race turns to states where minority voters play much larger roles.

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Last week’s news headlines were historic. On Monday, Iowa held their quadrennial presidential caucuses. Both the Republicans and Democrats use the caucus system in Iowa. A caucus is an indirect election. Instead of registered voters going to their normal polling place and casting a secret vo…

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If nothing else, the internet has exploded the myth of human rationality. Remember when Al Gore was going around talking about the "information superhighway"? Twenty years down the road, it's more like the Freeway of Delusion.

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Jim Paul Blair was many things to many people in Muskogee. A question about music? Blair was your guy. Trying to understand complicated financial questions? Blair was your guy. Looking for someone to have fun with? Blair was your guy.

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When grassroots groups rise up against the corporate establishment trying to win some specific progressive change for the common good, the odds against them can seem daunting. As an old saying puts it: Where there's a will ... there are 1,000 won'ts.

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Today is Election Day, and you should make time to head to the polls if you care about Muskogee's future. 

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A troubling trend appears to be taking shape at the Oklahoma Capitol, where lawmakers seem more willing to trample upon the people's will and impose personal preferences instead. 

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Oklahoma’s community colleges play a vital role in the delivery of health care services by educating nearly half of all incoming professional nurses. The role of community colleges in addressing the nursing workforce needs of Oklahoma is significant in rural areas. Twenty Oklahoma communitie…

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THUMBS UP to the Fraternal Order of Eagles for raising money this year to fight juvenile diabetes. They hosted the band Full House and had a spaghetti supper as a fundraiser.

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Lisa Murkowski told her fellow senators that President Trump’s conduct in the Ukrainian affair that led to his impeachment was far from perfect. “The president’s behavior was shameful and wrong,” said the Alaska Republican. “His personal interests do not take precedence over those of this gr…

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President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union address to Congress this week and his message was clear: the state of our union is strong. Despite the sham impeachment and Pelosi Democrats undermining him at every turn, he remains solely focused on delivering wins for the Ameri…

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A program for elementary school students to aid Alzheimer's patients will grow compassionate adults. This program deserves to be implemented district-wide.

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I don't mean to disillusion you, dear reader, but Raymond Chandler, author of "The Big Sleep" (Bogart and Bacall), was never a private eye. An Englishman, he pretty much perfected the hard-boiled L.A. detective novel after losing his job as an oil company executive. "When in doubt," he famou…

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With dozens of Democratic candidates having entered the presidential race (some dropping out before you were aware they'd dropped in), with the main contenders herded into seven (and counting) televised debates stretching back to June, and with swarms of reporters and pundits descending on t…

The vote to remove or acquit President Trump on charges he withheld aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Joe Biden’s son has been scheduled for Wednesday February 5th. After voting to not call witnesses on Friday evening by a vote of 51-49, with two Republicans (Romney and …

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I have been teaching economics since 1967 — 40 years of it at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During that interval, economic reality has not changed. Just as Galileo's law about the independent influence of gravity on falling objects has not changed, neither have the fundamenta…

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Gov. Kevin Stitt rolled out a number of noteworthy ideas this week in his second State of the State Address — a $200 million financing plan prioritizing rural roads and high-volume interchanges would be key to economic progress in Oklahoma.

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Many Oklahomans might assume the pension benefits of police officers disabled in the line of duty are protected. They might take it for granted that a cop shot in the head by a crazed meth addict would be eligible for 100 percent of the money he's accumulated over the years – if he's lucky e…

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Obituaries

, 71, pharmacy clerk , passed away February 15, in Tulsa. Visitation 4-7 Tuesday, February 25, Add'Vantage Funeral Service, Tulsa. Funeral 1pm Wednesday, February 26, Muskogee First Baptist Church. Burial Memorial Park Cemetery, Muskogee. www.garykelleyfunerals.com

93, Homemaker, died Friday. Viewing 10AM-5PM Tuesday~Thursday family visitation 5PM-7PM Wednesday at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home. Services 12:30 Friday 02/28/2020. Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Gibson. clifforddgarrettfh.com

Carolyn Sue Hayes was born July 15, 1933. She was a bright, promising student, growing up in Muskogee. She attended the University of Oklahoma, and became registered nurse. She married Loren Kent Yates, with the intent of becoming medical missionaries to Africa. Unfortunately, a medical cond…

85, Homemaker, passed Thursday, 02/20/2020. Service Info: 10AM, Tuesday, 02/25/2020 at Chandler Road Church of Christ. Family Visitation: 5:30PM-7:30PM, Monday, 02/24/2020 at Cornerstone Funeral Home. Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory