When I went to the doctor last Thursday expecting to be told my allergies were acting up, I really should not have been surprised about what the test told me. After a year of avoiding COVID-19, I was diagnosed with the disease. It should not have been surprised; after all, we remain in a glo…

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Did you enjoy the recent free trial of living in Alaska? The sub-zero temperatures in the entire region challenged our families, our first responders, our churches, our nonprofits and our energy infrastructure. The weather tested our resolve and our power framework. The first was proven agai…

A minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is an insult to hard-working Americans trying to support families. That base figure should have been raised years ago, but a successive cadre of self-serving politicians saw to it that working-class folks were kept in their “rightful place,” as they did the bi…

Small town living has many ups and downs, but one of the most positive aspects is growing much closer to those who live around you compared to city living.

Being a football fan, I love bowl games. This past week I got to watch my alma mater play in the Cotton Bowl against a very talented and highly ranked Florida team.

Caring for others takes many forms. In 2020, doctors and nurses found themselves filling unexpected roles, including facilitating final goodbyes via iPad. The pandemic has forced difficult choices, but getting vaccinated against COVID-19 should not be one of them. Being immunized is a way of…

Right before the Christmas holiday began, Gov. Kevin Stitt seemed to be trying to usurp the authority granted to local school boards to force campuses to reopen in the midst of the pandemic. But he needs to stand down.

We finally made it to December of 2020. Many people I know have said, for several months, that they want 2020 to be over, and it will be very soon.

The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived, and it kind of feels like we should have a subdued celebration.

Throughout American history, millions of brave men and women have selflessly answered the call to protect our freedom and preserve liberty by serving in the military. While numerous individuals have fought for the great cause of freedom, it wasn’t until after World War I that the United Stat…

America is supposed to be the beaming light of the world and, in many cases, we are, but during election time, we take a step back. The name-calling, the lying, and racism hit a peak in America during election time, and any time one minority group speaks up about equality.

COVID-19 has changed many things about our everyday life and caused big events to be pushed to a later date. Concerts were cancelled, major league sports delayed their seasons, and even the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were rescheduled for 2021. But one thing that hasn’t changed or been postponed is the 2020 Census. 

Anyone who has a number of friends with access to cell phones will understand what is meant by the term "group text." That means someone will broadcast a text to a number of different phone numbers, and every time one goes through, each person on the thread will receive notification.

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Amid the multitude of hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it is very important to keep in mind that bad actors are out there looking to take advantage of vulnerable targets during this unprecedented crisis.

Sooner or later, every political columnist quotes George Santayana, and this is my week. If you have a problem with that, then go back to Podunk with the other nimrods.

Fans of the "Doctor Who" series will remember an episode, when David Tennant portrayed the perpetual time traveler, in which viewers were ominously advised, "Don't blink." Otherwise, what appeared to be statues of angels would use that millisecond to bare their fangs and move in for the kill.

For those who have been wondering if a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding tribal jurisdiction means they don't have to pay taxes, the answer is no; they still have to pony up. Furthermore, property owners who don't have CDIB cards needn't be afraid a Native will seize their land.

I've been on this earth for 60 years. And I can't remember a time when hypocrisy has been on more blatant display. And most of it has to do with the politicization of issues that, under normal circumstances, would find us all in full agreement.

For St. Thérèse and those of us in the catholic, apostolic tradition, liturgy is essential. But, she teaches us to go beyond all these, to go deeper, to go within ourselves, and to discover an intimacy with Christ that goes beyond the realm of any written word, even Scripture.

After local and national economies were effectively forced to close in response to coronavirus this spring, communities across the nation are continuing to slowly and cautiously reopen. While it is encouraging to see businesses opening back up and Americans returning to work, it’s important to keep in mind that life as we know it is not yet back to normal. Until there are effective treatments, therapeutics and ultimately a vaccine to control COVID-19, we must continue to take precautions, including adapting our workplace operations.

Have you heard of the house analogy many are using to bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement? If not, it goes a little something like this: There is a neighborhood full of houses, but one of the houses is on fire. Does the fire department tend to the house on fire or all the houses in the neighborhood?

Since Oklahoma’s oil bust of the 1980s, our state and local governments have invested billions of our hard-earned tax dollars in diversifying Oklahoma’s economy. These investments have paid off. For example, right here in Northeastern Oklahoma, Google placed a data center in Pryor. On June 3…

Over the last couple of years, the Pauls Valley Democrat has participated in a CNHI national project called Pulse of the Voters, getting opinions on the state of the country and politics from area residents in all political parties and of all ages.

Let’s not sugarcoat it. Your last semester in high school has gotten demolished by a global pandemic and it is wickedly unfair. Your graduation is now a drive-thru, your prom is imaginary, and instead of spending your last semester of senior year hanging out with your friends and taking a victory lap, you spent it in your bedroom doing classwork over Zoom and making Tik Tok videos.

The Oklahoma legislature adjourned on Friday, passing about half the number of bills they usually do in a session due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed 16 bills last year, but this year vetoed 19 – 10 of which the legislature overrode. Five of the vetoed bills were authored by House Speaker Charles McCall, (R-Atoka). Those bills passed both chambers with strong bipartisan support.

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It always amazed me how in the first half of the 20th century, lone teachers in small, rural schoolhouses, were able to successfully teach all grades in a single classroom. And then, those students - who were educated and articulate - were able to win two World Wars, enrich the entire world, and send men into space.

The Framers of the Constitution ... were men of faith. But, they left provisions of faith — and government mechanisms to protect and advance faith — out of our Constitution ... They did so not because they wanted faith to flounder in our republic. They did so because they knew the only way to ensure religious liberty was to keep government out of the matter entirely.

You’ve heard the old saying, “Turn around, don’t drown.” That advice was especially pertinent here last week.

On the topic of gaming, the chasm between the governor’s office and many of Oklahoma’s Indian tribes could not be wider. It appears only the courts will be able to narrow it.

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I understand the feelings of people who are screaming about their freedoms being trampled, and angry about the effect shuttered businesses haven on our economy. I really do. Few industries are hurting more than mine, which depends on all the others to keep it afloat.

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Obituaries

Graveside service for Bill Barker, 56, of Cleburne, Texas will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2021 in Kimbell Bend Cemetery. Brother Ted Everett and Sister Peggy will officiate.

Sheryl "Sherry" Jean Jones was born August 26, 1952 in Mineral Wells, Texas, the daughter of Freddy Gene and Charlotte Irene (Webb) Jones. She passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Oklahoma City at the age of 68, following a brief illness.

Mary June Jones of Maysville was born July 3, 1941 in Story, Oklahoma to Howard and Evelyn Pelfrey. She passed away April 6, 2021 in Maysville, Oklahoma at the age of 79 years.

Mary Lou Brumley of Pauls Valley passed away April 12, 2021 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 88 years.

Longtime Garvin County resident Jo Ann Matthews, 70, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Easter Sunday. She was born June 10, 1950 to Russell and Muriel Clement in Hartford, Connecticut.