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It's not that unusual for vote counts elsewhere to continue well past the date Oklahomans are used to seeing election results certified. A prime example is Florida, where the infamous "hanging chads" helped land George W. Bush in the White House.

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For many Tahlequah residents, the holiday season is the most exciting time of the year. Not only do they get to indulge in great shopping deals, but they can hone their skills at the Snowflake ice rink downtown, and enjoy the beautiful light displays throughout the city.

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Jeff Sessions was wrongfully discharged because he refused to obstruct justice. He can sue for his salary, and we taxpayers will be paying for the president's bad decision, in the form of damages.

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The brouhaha over Sen. Elizabeth Warren's DNA test results may have died down as other news took center stage, but the fact that she felt compelled to take the test took on a life of its own.

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Now that the 2018 midterm elections are over, most Americans of goodwill share a common hope: that our elected representatives will put forth their best efforts for all the people of this country, not just the ones who supported them.

Media and Facebook are flooded with race-based issues now. For weeks, I have held my tongue, but I'm officially tired of hearing it. Here is my stand. It is the only time I will voice my opinion on the matter. We will call this rant "My Selves."

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Whoever told President Trump he could overturn the 14th Amendment with an executive order may not have much of a background in constitutional law, but he or she is adept at whipping up a base rife with bigotry and hate.

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In these days of super-heated rhetoric and open disdain for those who are different from the norm, it should come as no surprise when hate rears its ugly head - even in the diverse and normally tolerant city of Tahlequah.

State Question 801 would give school boards discretion to use building fund money for general fund expenditures such as teacher salaries.

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When hometown folks run for state- or national-level offices, compete for awards and honors, or otherwise deserve some sort of recognition, that community's newspaper ought to support them in their endeavors, unless there is a compelling reason not to do so. That, after all, is the purpose o…

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Richard Castaldo is a great candidate for Congress. He is the Libertarian, which is new to many of us in Oklahoma, but there are many reasons to support him.

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In 2012, Markwayne Mullin, running for the first time, won the general election against Rob Wallace with a total of 52.3 percent of the vote in Cherokee County and by much larger margins districtwide. In 2014, his margin of victory grew in Cherokee County to a high of 63.6 percent and about …

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It’s not easy to break with tradition, and it can be risky – but when the future is at stake, the Fourth Estate is morally compelled to speak out. That’s why the Tahlequah Daily Press, for the first time decades, is endorsing a candidate: Jason Nichols, for District 2 Congress.

The energy sector has a rich history in Oklahoma of creating jobs and also contributing to our state's budget. The oil and gas industry is certainly an asset to our economy, but as a state, we must be prepared for times when commodity prices are low.

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On this page and the facing one, readers will notice something relatively new for the Tahlequah Daily Press opinion pages: essays explaining why voters should choose certain candidates when Nov. 6 rolls around.

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On this page and the facing one, readers will notice something relatively new for the Tahlequah Daily Press opinion pages: essays explaining why voters should choose certain candidates when Nov. 6 rolls around.

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There is much at stake in the upcoming midterm election, capturing the public's attention and leaving us struggling to find common ground. These divisions have crumbled relationships, creating gaps of silence as we refrain from voicing our opinions to preserve connections with friends and family.

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Election board officials must be shaking their heads about this time every other year. Despite their clarion calls and those of the media and activists about looming deadlines, people always call after it's too late and ask if they can still register to vote.

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Although schools, psychologists, churches and other entities have taken steps to shine a light on the subject, bullying is still an issue. And it's incumbent upon all of us to do something about it.

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It's not especially fair to lambaste President Donald Trump for his cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia - not, at least, without mentioning the similar respect accorded to that kingdom by other U.S. presidents.

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Out of every eight women, at least one will develop breast cancer sometime during her life. That's a pretty staggering statistic, and though great strides have been made in recent years to eradicating this horrible disease, we still have a long way to go.

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On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Tahlequah Daily Press will publish a series of questions we emailed to candidates for state-level offices, and the answers of those who responded. We also asked fresh questions of the remaining candidates for District 2 Congress.

The departure of Drew Haley as Tahlequah Main Street Association director came as a surprise to many area residents - and as far as several are concerned, it won't be easy to fill his shoes.

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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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