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When it comes to positive indicators for the economy, President Trump is quick to boast about his performance, and he may deserve a tip of the hat in some areas. But in other ways, he is taking credit when not that much is due.

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The national turmoil leading up to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will go down as an interesting chapter in history - and despite the belief of his supporters and those of President Trump, history will look favorably on the public backlash, and less so on the offici…

Life is factually very short in Stilwell, Oklahoma. For a longer life, move 10 miles east to Evansville, Arkansas, and odds are your family will live 22.6 years longer - to the national average of 78.8 years.

Elsewhere in this edition of the Tahlequah Daily Press, readers will find a form for TDP's annual Salute to the Armed Forces. As always, we hope everyone who has served in some capacity will participate in this important and informative tribute.

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Anyone familiar with reports filed by Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have seen it before. When the trooper describes the incident in the report, it reads something like this: "Subject vehicle left roadway for unknown reason."

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What's going to happen when Nov. 6 rolls around? Since voters learned in 2016 that they can no longer rely on the veracity of polls, the outcome of this general election is anybody's guess.

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The more languages a person can speak, the more valuable his niche in today's global society will be. Those who speak two or more languages can write their own career tickets, and have a variety of choices not only in terms of what they do, but where they do it.

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With all the information and treatments available in the 21st century, reasonably astute people might assume sexually transmitted diseases have been all but eradicated. They would be wrong. In fact, in Oklahoma, STDs are on the rise.

In his first three months as OU president, James Gallogly has outlined a plan for the university's future that includes increasing faculty salaries, freezing tuition and cutting into OU's debt.

In the end, everything -- every blasted thing -- gets sucked into the polarization black hole, never to emerge again.

This week we join millions of readers across American in celebrating Banned Books Week, an initiative of the American Library Association that's designed to draw national attention to the harms of censorship.

Oklahoma leads the world in incarceration rates for numerous reasons -- overcrowding and under-funding topping the list.

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This past Saturday, a number of area residents participated in an event to promote awareness about suicide and the devastation it can wreak on families. The Tahlequah Out of the Darkness Community Walk was to be among the largest fundraising events for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Sometimes, law enforcement officers can be their own worst enemies. The staunch loyalty to their colleagues via the "blue line" is commendable, and has saved many lives. But among certain segments of the population, the line is a wall that covers misdeeds - and sometimes, murder.

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Last week, former President Barack Obama re-emerged onto the political scene, encouraging Americans to choose Democrats in November to force accountability upon President Trump. In doing so, he was veering away from a tradition held by U.S. presidents to avoid criticizing their successors.

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Back in the day, reading was one of the favorite pastimes of many Americans. Whether a community had its own public library or had to wait for the bookmobile to arrive, children and adults alike were eager to get their hands on the latest works from their favorite authors.

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The narrative on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is evolving with lightning-quick speed, and at this point, only one thing is certain: The Senate needs to take its time before confirming him to this lifetime appointment.

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Protest is as American as apple pie and baseball. It allows people to peaceably assemble and redress grievances against the government, and it's enshrined in the Constitution through the First Amendment.

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The timing of last week's anonymous New York Times editorial, purportedly penned by a high-ranking official in President Donald Trump's circle, is coincidental - and for some people, highly suspect. And given the heightened paranoia and suspicion pervading the entire nation at this time, who…

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Forty or 50 years ago, the glue that held small communities together was the county fair. Everyone who wasn't entered into the contests was still there as an active participant. Folks who hadn't seen one another in several months viewed it as a chance to visit, as well as support their frien…

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For Americans who lived through 9/11, the events that unfolded 17 years ago yesterday in New York City, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon may seem as raw and fresh as yesterday. It's hard to fathom that today's children and young adults in their early 20s have no memory of these pivotal events.

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The latest brouhaha to shake the Beltway revolves around Bob Woodward's new book describing a White House beset by turmoil. For those with long memories, history suggests whatever the tome describes is accurate.

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When it comes to the aftermath of elections that decide the fate of controversial issues, there's only one action those unhappy with the outcome can take: Live and learn.

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A thread on social media heated up earlier this week over Oklahoma Democratic gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson's views on gun control. Edmondson suggested state regulations for carrying handguns should be applied to the purchase of some semi-automatic rifles, to make them less accessible to teens.

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Social media has opened the lines of communication among people who once felt disconnected by geography and philosophy, and it has also exposed the hypocrisy running rife through the U.S. population like a frazzled thread. Public sentiment about Labor Day is a prime example.

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Back in 2014, Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce officials began to suspect something was very wrong. Financials weren't adding up, they couldn't get answers to questions, and bills weren't being paid.

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A kerfuffle erupted earlier this week over campaign signs, and the offense a group of customers of a local restaurant took when the establishment appeared to be advocating a particular candidate. Now, other signs could be a further source of contention.

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When Ted Kennedy died in 2009, the entire country mourned his passing - even Republicans who stood against him over the years. He was known as the "Lion of the Senate" because of his longevity and the esteem fellow senators accorded him.

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A trail system is an element of community life that attracts new residents and new businesses, and keeps young people from fleeing to places that offer these features. There's no reason why it won't be the same here in Tahlequah.

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Today and through Tuesday, Aug. 28, Oklahoma voters will go to the polls to make some pivotal decisions. The two most important races for area residents will be runoffs for District 3 Cherokee County commissioner and to decide who will be on the Democratic ticket for the District 2 congressi…

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In private enterprise, an employee can get fired for almost any reason - especially in an "at will" state like Oklahoma. Workers hope bosses will be fair, but that's not always the case. And social media, which gives the false illusion of the ability to speak freely and the privacy to get aw…

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Sometimes people are born gullible, and others get that way through a series of circumstances including desperation. This explains why some folks turn over their entire life's savings to con artists who email them about long-lost relatives who will pay millions, if they'll only send $5,000 t…

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Thomas Jefferson is one of America's most revered Framers. He is credited with the concept of the "separation clause," which serves as the underpinning of the First Amendment and prevents government representatives from foisting their religious views upon a hapless public.

Tahlequah voters will decide on two propositions during the Tuesday, Aug. 28, run-off election. The purpose of Proposition I is to provide a special lodging tax to help recruit hotels with more than 80 rooms.

Tahlequah voters have an opportunity to invest in the future of the city and region Tuesday, Aug. 28. With your "yes" vote, Tahlequah Public Works Authority will be authorized to acquire funds for critically needed improvements and expansion of fresh water and wastewater facilities that will…

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Forget for a moment what seems to be the underlying motives for the prosecution of Paul Manafort. Let's pretend he was not, at one time, President Trump's campaign chairman. Instead, let's look at what he's accused of.

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Private businesses have already been feeling the pinch of President Trump's tariffs. Energy industry executives have increasingly become concerned about profit and job losses. And now, local government will be suffering, as well.

It’s no secret the newspaper industry is facing a number of challenges. People are increasingly turning to internet and broadcast sources for their news, although they’ve also noticed these media can’t be counted on for the same level of accuracy and detail newspapers deliver.

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In today's super-heated political climate across the Beltway, it's unusual to see Republicans and Democrats reach across the aisle to work together. But that's exactly what Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota have been doing lately.

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In many suburbs of metropolitan areas, housing additions have strict covenants in place to force homeowners to keep up their yards and homes. Other residents see that as a benefit, since one person's poor maintenance can bring down property values in the entire neighborhood.

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One of the biggest problems ordinary Americans have with government at any level is its apparent apathy toward the people it’s supposed to serve. The bureaucratic mentality that has regular folks convinced their “public servants” have been kicking them to the curb is what got Donald Trump el…

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Is there really such a thing as "Trump Anxiety Disorder"? Therapists aren't calling it that, but the name is apropos. And it's occurring not just because of what President Trump himself does, but what his supporters and detractors do. And it's not healthy.

Oftentimes, when a woman becomes pregnant, it's unexpected - and not always welcome. Despite taking precautionary measures, she may find herself in a predicament she didn't plan, and wasn't ready to deal with.

When Tahlequah city staffers announced earlier this week they were considering closing the Tahlequatics pool as early as Aug. 5, the grumbling immediately began. In some cases, complaints against municipal operations are can be premature or unreasonable, but this time, they're justified.

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Just days after Oklahomans passed by a wide margin a measure to permit the use of medical marijuana, opponents began dismantling their intentions. It's not the first time they've tried; prison alternatives for nonviolent crimes, and relaxed alcohol laws, are two recent examples. Voters didn'…

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Tahlequah residents who have been complaining about the lack of clear markings on city streets can finally breath a sigh of relief, thanks to the acquisition of a new paint-striping machine.

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