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Americans play and listen to music in great concert halls and muddy cow pastures, libraries and nightclubs, churches and homes, offices and automobiles, elevators and airplanes. They listen to love songs, tragic songs, work songs, war songs, religious songs, folk songs, and nonsense songs. They pay millions of dollars a year to hear their favorite music.

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Both the president’s new mandate and Ken Cuccinelli’s “send us your wealthy white people” revision of Lazarus’ sonnet are a betrayal not only of the poem and its long-standing homage to the Statue of Liberty, but of the labors and history of all whose forbears were not exclusively Native American.

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We hear Bernie Sanders decry the cost of prescriptions in the U.S. compared to Canada, but he fails to mention beyond prescriptions and hospital stays that not much else is covered. He also ignores a significant part of the cost of drugs in the U.S. lies within liability created by lawsuit-happy attorneys.

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His words sounded familiar — it was a message we might expect to hear from any American president following two mass murders — but they rang hollow. 

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When thinking of spiders, you’re probably picturing a brown recluse, black widow or even a hairy tarantula. Gardeners, however, are familiar with another type of spider – the spider mite – which can wreak havoc on your garden.

The past eight years have been the pinnacle of my public service career. Nothing has been more important to me than serving the Cherokee people. I had the privilege of working side by side with a man of great moral integrity, Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden. It has been the blessing of a lifetime, and I am so proud of the monumental things we achieved. They are not only making life better for Cherokees today, but will be empowering our tribe generations from now.

It’s the fruit of our heart that matters. If that fruit yields fear, hate, avarice and a dull spirit, then we have defiled ourselves, and our actions will follow suit. If our hearts bear courage of faith, love, selflessness and a fire for Christ, then our actions and our words likewise will follow.

Not being a professional astronomer, I may have to do a little research, depending on the question. But I do have three years of college experience and several years of physics and astronomy education under my belt, so I should be able to answer pretty much anything you throw at me.

Picture this: federal investigators using computers to comb through millions of photographs, using facial-recognition software to find a possible match to someone suspected of committing a crime. 

Something that seems like an age-old issue is college students having food insecurity. This means not having access to enough affordable, nutritious food. Joy Ferrin, school pantry coordinator with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, told CNHI Oklahoma that 48 percent of college students nationwide experience some level of food insecurity.

Supporters of former Enid resident Daniel Holtzclaw were dealt a blow Thursday when Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the former Oklahoma City police officer’s conviction and 263-year prison sentence on rape and other sex crime charges.

All republics eventually fall to this point — the crucial divergence in their cycle of generation, decline and regeneration, in which the people must choose to either re-establish control over their government or else passively accept tyranny masquerading as a representative government. We are at that point.

The Veterans Health Administration (VA) continues to improve access to VA care by providing a variety of options to ensure our nation’s heroes get the care they need, when and where they need it. With the help of technology, veterans now have a new option available to provide a visual connection between them and their health care provider.

Bill Maher has an occasional, generally amusing segment on his show “Real Time” that is hilarious, it seems, because similar scenes play out at times in real-life situations. 

In a recent op-ed, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt called for a renegotiation of the highly successful tribal gaming compacts, government-to-government agreements that have fueled our home state, public education and job creation for more than 15 years. He argued that new compacts should reflect “market conditions for the gaming industry,” which he implied would set tribes’ payments to the state at a much higher percentage of revenues.

We’re reminded of Christ’s presence during troubling times. But, we’re also called to venture from the safety of inaction into the troubling, even dangerous, waters of our Christian mission: To love and reflect Christ to all we encounter.

How do we want to be remembered? As a race that could never overcome its differences, doomed to fail like perhaps so many others? Or, will we remember that no matter what, there will be differences among us, and despite those differences we can work toward a common goal to achieve things we all can be proud of?

Oklahoma's increased reliance on emergency certification to fill its classrooms with teachers is a troubling trend that must be reversed sooner rather than later. 

I for one am ready to take the president’s suggestion and go back, back to a time before social media, which has the power to mislead, misdirect and divide, not to mention to keep the president’s loyal opposition chasing, and gnawing on, its own collective tail.

As citizens of the United States, we have a responsibility to participate in the United States Census, a national roll call mandated by the United States Constitution. As citizens of the Cherokee Nation, it is even more important because the U.S. Census is used to allocate funding for the programs and services that are essential to our people. In the coming months, Cherokee Nation will be working to educate our citizens, our employees and our communities about the importance of participating in the Census.

So much seems to be going on these days it can spin one's head trying to sort it all out — of course, that is if one is inclined to do so or even has the time to try. 

Saw Brad Pitt doing an interview on the Monday morning Today Show and he had his typical kind of tousled dishwater-blonde hair — his just-a-skosh scraggly look that just says cool. How does he do that? No really, that ain’t fair. His hair can kind of stick out funny on the sides and it still says ... damn!

Being a strong-willed person isn’t a bad thing, as I might have previously perceived. Nowadays, I see it as a reflection of God in my life.

An Oklahoma Watch review of thousands of gifts and meal purchases during the first six months of 2017 found it’s impossible to confirm through records who was bankrolling efforts to influence policymakers.

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NAME: Michael King AGE: 65 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: Convenience Store Owner DIED: August 12, 2019 SERVICES: 10:00 AM Monday August 19, 2019, St Brigid Catholic Church

NAME: James Carlon Battenfield AGE: 71 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: Appliance Repairman DIED: August 11, 2019 SERVICES: 2:00 P.M., August 16, 2019, Double Spring Cemetery

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] Graveside services for James Battenfield are 2:00 PM, August 16, 2019, at the Double Springs Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. James Carlon Battenfield was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 22, 1947, to Tony Harold and Hattie Lee (Burnett) Battenfield…