Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:1-4

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One of the biggest factors leading voters to cast their choice for Donald Trump as president — aside from Hillary Clinton — was a desire to clean up the D.C. swamp. Americans were tired of being legislated and preached at by what had increasingly become a ruling elite.

Current events can boggle the mind these days. That was especially true this week as the crazy and the chaotic spilled from Washington and the Ukraine into Syria, where Turkish forces began bombarding innocents in an effort to wrest control of territory controlled by the Kurds. 

The American Civil War has no peer when it came to the threat to the physical well-being of the United States of America, set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the subsequent U.S. Constitution.

How many wish we could attach a device like a truth meter to politicians? It may keep them honest or, more likely, expose them. In the case of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass., it would likely melt down and completely short circuit.

Brandt’s radical outpouring of grace in that courtroom makes no sense, because it looks like Christ. And, in this world, Christ makes no sense. The cross makes no sense. Grace makes no sense. But, we are not called to the ways of this world. 

Undoubtedly, things have ratcheted up in terms of political discord and if you spend your time ruminating over it, you can make yourself pretty miserable. No doubt there are plenty of miserable people hanging out in D.C.

We hope in the upcoming legislative session, which will begin in February 2020, lawmakers will actually legislate, and not pander to voters, and do what is right. The state needs a seat belt law for children.

Backers of a petition that would let voters decide whether to expand the state's Medicaid program and address Oklahoma's growing health crisis have gathered nearly 90 percent of the 178,000 signatures they need to get State Question 802 on the ballot. 

The promise of faraway places ... alien planets, starry nights and distant galaxies ... are what creep into my subconscious most often.

Why are memories of taste or smells so overpowering in us that we can forget someone’s name, forget what we were doing last Wednesday or walk into a room and forget why or what we were looking for, but tastes/smells never, ever leave us.

Stephen Morton, who provides a vital service for residents of Muskogee on a daily basis throughout the year, was awarded on Thursday the 2019 Roy Tucker Award of Excellence. 

One of the things that's struck me during the first four installments of the PBS television series titled "Country Music — A Film By Ken Burns" is how many of the artists shown in the history of country music documentary have performed in the McAlester area.

The Cherokee people have spent generations surviving and persevering through a series of federal policies that conspire to destroy our government, break up our families and relegate our people to the pages of history. As most of us know, it has been going on a very long time.

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PARK HILL [mdash] age 74. Social Worker. Died Thursday, October 17th, 2019 in Park Hill, OK. Funeral services Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 at 11:00am at Reed-Culver Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Park Hill Cemetery.

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] NAME: Larry David Richert AGE: 67 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: Restaurant Supervisor DIED: October 16, 2019 SERVICES: Pending

STILWELL [mdash] Lowee Ferrell, 76, died October 8, 2019 in Muskogee, OK. Funeral services will be held 2pm Tuesday October 15, 2019 in the Hart Funeral Chapel in Tahlequah, OK.