Tahlequah Daily Press

Editorials

December 24, 2013

Celebrate your tradition!

TAHLEQUAH — Tonight, most Cherokee County kids will be tucked into their beds to await the arrival of Santa Claus. And on Christmas Day Wednesday, many families will choose to honor the “reason for the season” at local churches, though many who are of that mind will have performed that tribute this past Sunday.

However one chooses to celebrate this season, the message and meaning are the same: one of giving generously, of hope for deliverance for the world from its woes, and of peace and goodwill toward all people. Upon these things we should all agree, rather than use this time of year to emphasize what divides us as Cherokee Countians, as Americans, and as human beings.

It is our wish at the Tahlequah Daily Press that each and every one of you is able to spent cherished time with family and friends this holiday season, enjoying traditions that have become part of your life. At the same, we hope you will remember those who are less fortunate, and do what you can to help them. That, more than anything else, stands as a testament for those who truly want to keep the “Christ” in Christmas. If you do not care for your fellow human beings, this celebration rings hollow.

We at the TDP are privileged to share this community with you, and we’re grateful to have you as readers and advertisers. We believe the TDP – and other media sources serious about being watchdogs and sources of information, rather than mere purveyors of entertainment – have an important role to play. Without the Fourth Estate, the First Amendment would have very little meaning. And without the larger media outlets with their abundant resources and national and global reach, the “powers that be” would run rampant on a scale even more extensive than they do now, and few of us would ever know about it. We are here to serve you – not the other way around.

We wish all of you a merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year, and we thank you for your continued support.

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    The words “God” and “governor” may share the same first two letters, but the two are hardly interchangeable.
    But let’s assume Gov. Mary Fallin really isn’t deluded enough to place her powers on the level of a deity. What rationale would a woman who has championed smaller government and local control use to explain her hypocrisy in banning individual Oklahoma cities from raising minimum wages in their jurisdictions?

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  • Community cleanups a good way to ensure our collective success

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    April 16, 2014

  • Attack at school in Pennsylvania: Mental illness root of problem

    Washington’s crusade against guns was dealt a severe blow on Wednesday. No, it wasn’t the Supreme Court curtailment of the Second Amendment right of all Americans to own firearms. It wasn’t an executive order handed down by the administration. It was the brutal assault by a high school student in Pennsylvania against his fellow students – with a knife.

    April 14, 2014

  • People with faulty zippers should be booted from office

    We may forgive, but we shouldn’t forget, because there’s serious work to do in Washington. That work will never be accomplished as long as flawed zippers - literally or figurately – are a pervasive problem.

    April 11, 2014

  • Do your part to fight animal and child abuse

    It’s hard to change the habits of an abuser, especially when mitigating factors – such as alcohol or drugs – are involved. And these patterns tend to repeat themselves in successive generations. But all of us can take one small step to help eradicate this epidemic, and that is to report it when we see it.

    April 9, 2014

  • NSA head lies to Congress, and seems to get away with it

    Is there an obvious pattern of criminality within these governmental agencies? If so, why isn’t the Judicial Department investigating?

    April 7, 2014

  • Pass for rich kiddie rapist proves that justice isn’t blind

    Someone in Wilmington, Del., needs to keep an eye on Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden for the next few months, because she might improve her standard of living due to a sudden influx of cash.
    There’s no other way to explain why Jurden would have sentenced an ultra-wealthy heir to the du Pont fortune to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter. It’s an outrageous miscarriage of justice that once again proves when it comes to the U.S. justice system, the elite get a pass almost every time.

    April 4, 2014

  • Maybe it’s not $3.2B, but state should still account for tribal cash

    In an editorial published last week, the Daily Press said that through tribal compacts, the state of Oklahoma received about $3.2 billion in annual revenue, partly attributable to the 117 casinos (or 118, in some reports) run by 33 tribes in the state. The information we accessed for that piece was confusing, and had a typo or two, which may have led us to overstate – to a considerable degree – how much money the tribes actually give the state.

    April 2, 2014

  • Tribal compacts should mean state has money to perform its functions

    Oklahoma should be rolling in the dough. The statistics bear that out. Thirty-three American Indian tribes operate 117 casinos in this state. Thanks to “compacts,” these tribes have been sharing the wealth with the state of Oklahoma. And thanks to the casinos, that wealth is substantial.

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  • It’s time to turn in your candidate announcements

    If you are running for a political office for which Cherokee County voters can cast ballots, it’s time to turn in your announcement. We’ve already run a few, and expect several more. The primary elections are Tuesday, June 24, with the registration period to vote in this election closing Thursday, May 30.

    March 24, 2014

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