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It is pretty easy for us in this part of the country to act nonchalantly about climate change, since we have experienced very little of the consequences seen and felt elsewhere. If we put on our empathy goggles, we will see and feel the distress, fear, and helplessness felt by others.

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When it comes to climate change, it's useful to look at statistics and data from the official research and records of the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other real scientific research, conducted and publ…

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Last Wednesday, when I was doing an official TDP update on Facebook, I noticed a post from John Yeutter, which touted the fact that it was "National Hot Dog Day." Hot dogs aren't exactly keto, although Aldi has some pretty respectable keto buns, but I sent John's meme in a text to my husband…

Rain and heat prompted the grass on the 10 acres to grow faster than we could get it mowed, which isn't a problem, as I love my “down” time while cutting it.

Perhaps you recall the eminent "Judge Starr" of Republican legend and song, a pious Christian avatar of justice and sexual propriety. Back when he was dutifully investigating President Bill Clinton's sex life – "our job is to do our job," he'd tell TV crews staking out his suburban driveway,…

As the last presidential election approached, one could sense that something was wrong with the polls. The race felt tighter than the polls indicated, and specifically, Joe Biden's solid lead in the polls felt less solid than the surveys suggested. As they had in 2016, pollsters appeared on …

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In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court championed the First Amendment's free speech clause over the idea of the government restricting corporate campaign funding by wealthy billionaires, and committees established for the purpose of fundraising.

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A private company’s software is used for snooping in on peoples’ phones. An Israeli corporation called The NSO Group has developed a military-grade code project called Pegasus, which appears to have spread its tentacles into 50,000 phones according to journalists.

The Supreme Court of the U.S., SCOTUS, has announced it will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health in fall 2021. The case involves a 15-week abortion ban law passed by Mississippi in 2018. The Oklahoma legislature passed a similar law this year and it was signed into law by Gov. Stitt.

After President Biden promoted door-to-door efforts to encourage folks to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina denounced the campaign as intimidation and coercion. White House press secretary Jen Psaki could not contain her disdain for the governor's lethal lunacy.

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A lot of shots have been taken at various governments - federal, state, tribal and local -over the past few years, which has led many of our fellow citizens to look at government as "the problem," as Ronald Reagan cavalierly said back in 1981. That statement was not true then and is not true now.

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The government has become enmeshed in our lives in so many all-invasive and all-pervasive ways. This is despite the fact that the U.S. Constitution restricts and limits the federal government in many ways, all of which are ignored and circumvented.

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When I was young, home video games were becoming popular. Kids began spending so much time playing them that many of their parents - who had come from a generation with nothing like what even those simplistic game systems could offer - began to argue that they were not only a waste of time, …

For years, Democrats have focused their attention on the poor class, even though they insist they are a party for the middle class. In the end, their efforts have resulted in failed policies that have not helped the poor get out of poverty.

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I was working at home a few Saturdays ago, and as usual, I had the TV on for background noise. I looked up when I heard someone blubbering. Had another beloved public figure died?

When the girls were little, "going on a vacation" meant we were either headed to the Lake of the Ozarks or floating on a river nearby. Even though we can afford to go to more glamorous spots in the country, I'm happy we continue this family tradition.

More Republicans than Democrats appear to be "vaccine hesitant" - that is, reluctant for one reason or another - to take the COVID-19 vaccine. They've gotten the treatment you might expect in some quarters of the press.

There's no doubt that left-wing culture warriors have done great harm to the Democratic cause. Some of it is mere foolishness. I've never forgotten being chided at a college talk several years ago for using the word "murderess" to describe a character in my book "Widow's Web" who shot her hu…

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As the president and the bipartisan group of senators continue to hammer out a massive infrastructure proposal, which is to be voted on by the end of July, and is a trillion-dollar plan including a variety of potential funding sources that don’t involve tax increases. The House of Representa…

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The Center for Disease Control recommends that athletes take greater precautions in their sports, because the COVID Delta Variant is highly transmissible. This week, a CDC report addressed 47 Oklahoma COVID Delta Variant cases linked to an Oklahoma youth gymnastic facility involved with regi…

Our pastor spoke about envy last Sunday. It is No. 10 on a list of commandments, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods." That commandment covers envy, greed, and jealousy. Yet there it is, on my friend's Facebook post – a picture of her 1-pound, 7-ounce homegrown tomato. What a beauty! …

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A majority in the Osage County Republican Party has decided Oklahoma’s two senators need to be censured for failing to prevent, or at least stall, the certification of the Electoral College vote in January. The motivations for such an action are usually complex and not of a single source. Un…

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The old saying, “ain’t nothin’ free,” generally holds true, so the idea of a “free” college education is a bit of a misnomer. That is, while it may not have a direct cost, it is paid for in one way or another. In the case of public education, it is through taxation.

The pandemic has hit Americans hard because of the financial crisis it created. The federal government took a swing at helping those affected by the downturn in the economy, but the most vulnerable have not been sufficiently helped, and these individuals economically remain below where they …

Well, my favorite roller coaster list has been upended once again… and again, it's thanks to the collaborative efforts of Universal Orlando and the innovative Intamin engineering team.

If they weren't such a surly lot, it would be easy to feel sorry for the red-hatted MAGA faithful wandering the countryside to attend the Great Pretender's rallies. In the parlance of professional wrestling, from which Donald Trump borrowed most of his schtick, they're called "marks," people…

The Democratic Party's No. 1 priority is to pass a voting "reform" bill that would federalize elections under rules favorable to Democratic candidates. It's more important than infrastructure, or massive new social spending, or anything else, which is why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senat…

Does civic engagement or political involvement really make a difference? Do elected officials (at any level) listen to the average citizen or do they heed only their close advisors and/or their donor base? Is the U.S. political system driven purely by money? What is the function of a politic…

"I do trust the president," Sen. Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, said on CNN. "Do I take him at his word and do I think he's a man of honor? Absolutely."

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Observers of the Supreme Court do more than sift through the legalese of the written opinions of justices. Collectively, they spend time and resources trying to discern patterns related to when "major" decisions will be issued, retirements may happen, and which justices might vote in a way t…

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From my dad, I inherited my love of books and classical music, my nose, and my opinion that vehicles are for getting you from Point A to Point B. I don’t need bells and whistles. This is probably because my first vehicle was a Comet, which my siblings and I called "The Vomit" – a hand-me-dow…

When we questioned his nationality, the answer wasn’t quick, as he wasn’t sure. “American?” he whispered as though it was a trick question. It was apparent the grandkids needed a history lesson.

Many Democrats are leery about the party's ability to retain control of Congress in 2022. The president's party normally loses ground in midterm elections, and Democrats have little margin for error. Lose a half-dozen House seats, and the Biden administration will find itself stymied; lose t…

So far, the Justice Department has charged more than 450 people with taking part in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. You hear a lot about the cases of those accused of violent acts or conspiring to take part in an "insurrection." But recently, we saw the resolution of a much more pedestrian case, on…

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Rural subdivisions are typically incorporated into property owner associations in order to provide for common utilities and infrastructure, such as roads, electricity, water and sewer. POAs are particularly popular in rural Oklahoma, even though the Oklahoma Legislature holds a tight rein ov…

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The much-awaited Geneva summit lasted around three hours, and while both Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin showed signs of optimism, the optimistic tone at the conclusion of the summit is only a tip of the iceberg. So many thorny issues between our two respective nations remain, be it …

Most of us recognize that Tahlequah is its own little spot of heaven. This is the community everyone wants to live in – they just don’t know it yet. Our secret is getting out, though, and we’re growing rapidly. It seems as though half the people I meet these days has just moved into Cherokee…

The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision that bars the use of federal tax dollars to pay for abortions, except to save the life of the woman or if the pregnancy arises from rape or incest. It was passed in 1976 by a vote of 312-93 in the U.S. House. It was named for Republican Congressm…

It's time to get serious about protecting voting rights, and three recent developments make this goal more urgent than ever.

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Sixty-six Junes ago, a senator saw his national popularity plummet and his career come to a screeching halt after an attorney representing the U.S. Army capped off a short statement with the question: “Have you no sense of decency?” Joseph McCarthy would end up the recipient of a senate cens…

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