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The topic of animal welfare in Cherokee County can't be discussed without noting a bit of irony: Folks here are either passionate about the topic, or they are apathetic – and sometimes, even downright cruel.

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After the July 19 Tahlequah City Council meeting, a kerfuffle erupted, again proving that perspectives of one group can be the polar opposite of those on the other side. It also demonstrated how low society has sunk in terms of suspicion and hatred of "other," and it's rooted in politics. No…

Not every community project or feature has to be intended for profit. Many events and activities aren't necessarily "self-sustaining," but that doesn't mean they aren't worthwhile. Sometimes, the positive aspects make it worth expending taxpayer dollars to keep it alive.

Over the past few weeks, several Tahlequah Daily Press readers have called in seeking suggestions for "staycations." That's one of those urban terms used to identify a situation wherein a person or family takes time off from the daily grind - whether that be a place of employment, cleaning a…

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During debates, Ronald Reagan used a pithy phrase to disarm opponents: "There you go again." Observers noted that "The Great Communicator" was wryly implying the other guy was exaggerating, outright lying, or downright hysterical.

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To some of the district attorneys invited to participate in a panel Tuesday in Tulsa to discuss the McGirt v. Oklahoma, it might have felt like a setup. Whatever its intent, the forum ultimately devolved into a protest from Native Americans in the audience, exercising their First Amendment r…

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Imagine walking down a cobbled road from a quaint cottage in a fairytale town to a public square to hear the news and exchange ideas. There, a town crier shouts, “Hear ye! Hear ye!” to attract the attention of onlookers. Here, citizens can address issues that are important to them, such as t…

For over a year now, the novel coronavirus has had us all on edge. Just because infection rates have slowed down doesn't mean we're out of the woods, and for most people, caution remains the order of the daily.

It's taken a while, but regular visitors to the Tahlequah Daily Press website have finally noticed the feature that will allow them to digitally submit news content. And those submissions are just as important to the newspaper as the ones sent via email.

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There are still a few dozen officials in Congress – including the jaw-dropping spectacle calling herself Marjorie Taylor Greene – who claim antifa, Black Lives Matter, or some cadre of liberal pedophiles orchestrated the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. A few may think the "lizard people" …

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When a link to an important story is posted on the Tahlequah Daily Press Facebook page, it's almost inevitable that someone will complain because the newspaper had the gall to charge them for reading. Recently, a follower erupted in the digital equivalent of screaming: "HAVEN'T YOU HEARD OF …

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It's not unusual for people to claim false identities, especially when they think they're in trouble. But in the wake of the McGirt v. Oklahoma deision, a new kind of imposter has emerged: the kind who says he's a member of a tribe, without a CDIB card to prove it.

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A decade or so ago, if an elected official at any level in Oklahoma refused to provide details about how much taxpayer money was being funneled into tax incentives to entice a company into the state, those same taxpayers would have raised Cain. They would have complained about the lack of tr…

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Why anyone would oppose the Cherokee Nation's Anti-Harassment Act of 2021 is a puzzle to outside observers, but with everything so politicized these days, it should come as no surprise. That's even true at the tribal level, where "red v. blue" kerfuffles should be out of the picture.

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It may be time for Cherokee County residents to take another quick reality check, and accept that we're not out of the woods yet when it comes to COVID-19.

Could a recent turn of events in the Beltway indicate a new openness to bipartisan efforts, or does it signal a growing understanding of the racism to which Black Americans continue falling prey?

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This year’s State of the Community event may have initially suffered some technical difficulties, and local residents may have wondered about the tone of the message once it was delivered. But what listeners ultimately heard was a chorus of optimism – and a few key words that bode well for T…

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The ages-old question - "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" - can apply to the COVID-19 pandemic. And how the question is answered depends on whether a business will survive.

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A traveler can enter just about any American city and talk to a long-time resident, who can point sadly to an area of town where a beautiful, stately building once stood. Were that building still intact today, it would constitute an invaluable piece of history – a draw for both tourists and …

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For citizens of the Cherokee Nation, Saturday, June 5 might mark what voters in the mainstream political arena might call an "off-year election." That is understood to be a season wherein the top jobs aren't up for grabs. In the U.S., it's the president; in a state, the governor; and in trib…

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Mayor Sue Catron announced last week that the two task forces dealing with aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic are going dormant – at least, unless they're needed again. And it's safe to say all area residents are keeping their fingers crossed or praying – or both – that this won't be the case.

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On Wednesday, the Oklahoma House advanced a bill to prevent public schools, higher education institutions or vo-tech training centers from mandating COVID-19 inoculations for students. Senate Bill 658 also bars singling out non-vaccinated people to wear masks.

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The new graduates in the Class of 2020, along with their family and friends, will never forget how what should have been the crowning glory of their school days was cut short by the pandemic. Yes, they persevered, and got their diplomas and degrees and turned their tassels, but it didn't hap…

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There's something wrong with Marjorie Taylor Greene, although it's difficult to pinpoint the exact nature of her problem without descending into trite labels of racism, misogyny, anti-intellectualism and other forms of bigotry. Yet calling her "ignorant" understates the fact.

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This weekend, area residents will celebrate Memorial Day, and visitors are expected to pour into Cherokee County to enjoy much-anticipated leisure time at the Illinois River, or Lakes Tenkiller and Fort Gibson. For many, it will be the first opportunity to cut loose since the COVID pandemic …

Just around the corner is the Tahlequah Daily Press' most popular supplement of the year. It's been called by various names throughout its history, starting with Tahlequah: At Its Best. But whatever its name, the goal is the same: to allow readers to choose the "best of the best" in various …

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Many Cherokee County prosecutors, defendants and court-watchers in general will remember a tongue-in-cheek defense advanced by the late, great attorney Donn Baker. He was known to insist the victim "needed killin'" - and in at least a few cases, no one would argue the point.

When Harvey Price left a message on our editor's voice mail saying he was going to retire as band director from Grand View School, she didn't believe it. In fact, when she made the assignment to a writer to do the story, she commented, "I'll believe it when I see it."

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Many area residents may be relieved to hear the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that Americans who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 can now take their masks off, even indoors. Others, however, will remain careful, regardless of whether they've been inoculated.

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If an overarching goal for a society is instilling good habits in its people, as well as preventing bad habits from taking hold, the best place to start is with children. Kids are impressionable yet open-minded, and despite what they might say, they're looking for examples in adults.

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A good modern measure of the enthusiasm community residents have about a particular person, event, feature or project is how many "likes" the nearest newspaper gets on its Facebook page. Mention of rodeo star Ryan Dirteater or impending street work always generates a lot of online traffic fo…

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Former President Trump's banning from Facebook, and opposing views about what "freedom of speech" entails, have brought questions about the obligation of traditional media bubbling to the surface. Comparisons to social media have thrown another wrench into the works.

Former President Trump’s banning from Facebook, and opposing views about what “freedom of speech” entails, have brought questions about the obligation of traditional media bubbling to the surface. Comparisons to social media have thrown another wrench into the works.

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Ardent fans of former President Donald Trump are braying themselves hoarse condemning Facebook's decision to continue locking him out of his account. Most of the cacophony is coming from politicians lined up to burnish their beaks on Trump's backside, screaming about censorship, or saying it…

Critical race studies emerged in the 1970s when legal scholars required new ideologies to explain racial relationships in the U.S. Harvard Professor Derrick Bell was examining policies from the Civil Rights movement when he noticed major progressions when the interests of Black people correl…

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Tahlequah has always had an outstanding fire department, with a succession of excellent chiefs. That continues to be true today, although the crews and leaders face unprecedented challenges their predecessors could hardly have imagined.

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There are dozens of good reasons to buy locally. If offers the personal touch for customer service; it helps keep friends and neighbors employed; it supports the community with tax revenue; and it provides ease and immediacy of purchases and returns that can't be gleaned online.

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Last summer, when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its landmark ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, some observers set in motion a snowball that would roll downhill and pick up everything in its path. A better comparison would be that it tossed countless balls into the air, requiring …

If you're not a regular subscriber, but you want to know what area businesses, institutions and organizations have been doing over the past year, you might want to pick up a copy of the Thursday, April 29 Tahlequah Daily Press.

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