Tahlequah Daily Press


  • Suicide prevention bill may solve other problems as well

    A bipartisan bill signed into law recently by Gov. Mary Fallin could give schools they leverage and resources they need to help thwart suicide.
    If the initiative works, it could make giant strides in reversing an alarming trend in suicide among teens, and increasingly, among pre-teens. That’s especially important for Oklahoma, where the suicide rate per capita is the 13th highest in the nation.

    June 20, 2014

  • Need for standards remains

    For reasons having little to do with reality, Common Core Academic Standards have become politically toxic. Virtually all problems in America’s education system are being blamed on the standards, including problems that long preceded creation of the standards. Thus, it’s not surprising that Gov. Mary Fallin chose to sign legislation repealing Common Core in Oklahoma.
    But what comes next?

    June 16, 2014

  • Obituaries are a paid service; death notices are free

    Recently a couple of readers have asked questions about our obituaries, and though the funeral homes are well-versed on our policies, others might not understand how these snapshots of people’s lives are handled.

    June 11, 2014

  • Set of taxpayer-funded dentures are last thing convicted killer needs

    If James L. Kidwell is too good to eat soup, let him eat cake – or some other food soft enough that he can pulverize it by bumping his gums.

    June 4, 2014

  • Professional media view social platforms through same lens

    We respect our Cherokee County friends and neighbors, and try to keep our eclectic reader base in mind when operating all of our available platforms. We invite you to avail yourself of all of them – and get involved!

    June 2, 2014

  • Screaming at kids isn’t the way to restore discipline

    The suppression mentality returned to TPS with Goodsell. Attempts to shut down the flow of information started early, as phone calls began coming in from parents, teachers and patrons unsettled by Goodsell’s heavy-handed style. When the Press called to get his side of the story, he was defensive, and sometimes hostile. He did not like criticism, and insisted he be called “Dr. Goodsell.” In our laid-back, low-key community, that made some folks uncomfortable.

    May 30, 2014

  • New generation of veterans needed to keep tradition alive

    The Press has long supported veterans’ causes, and we’ve always helped with outreach when asked to do so. We believe it’s important to keep traditions alive – like the Memorial Day ceremony – and new generations of veterans are needed to make this happen. If you’ve served, we urge you to reach out today.

    May 28, 2014

  • Tribal electioneering won’t be done in TDP Reader’s Forum

    Although many may regard it as an unfortunate development, the Cherokee Nation political season is already underway, despite the election’s being more than a year in the future.

    May 27, 2014

  • Stop celebrating mediocrity and reward achievement

    When young people see no benefit from studying harder, practicing more often, or committing themselves to excellence, there’s a good chance they’ll quit trying. We’re already seeing the results of this in the deteriorating quality of our workforce. Mediocrity doesn’t make a happy or successful person, and it sure doesn’t make a strong country.

    May 23, 2014

  • Parents should be held accountable for mischief in the park

    Bad parents don’t always beat their kids or physically abuse them in other ways. Much of the time, it’s a matter of neglect – and that doesn’t necessarily mean failure to feed a child nutritious food, or to make sure he is adequately clothed. A neglectful parent is also one who’s not paying attention to what her child is doing, where he’s hanging out, or who he’s with.

    May 21, 2014


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