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

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There’s no denying that area businesses are struggling - especially those that have been closed for business for several weeks now. But although the restaurants are open, they are doing only carry-out and curbside pickup – and they are hurting, too.

It's easy to view the COVID-19 pandemic through a negative lens, and far more difficult to look ahead in hope for better days. But many area residents have much to be thankful for, now would be a good time to practice gratitude.

At a May 2016 campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Donald Trump, the presumed GOP nominee for president, told the faithful: “If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back. You’re going to be so proud of your president. For those miners, get ready, because you’re going to be working your asses off.”

Mississippi took a regrettable turn into the past Tuesday when Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act – a red herring title for the right to refuse service to the GLBT community on religious grounds.

Transparency in government is essential to upholding American democracy. When citizens have access to behind-the-scenes information about local and federal administrations, politicians are held accountable. The public is educated and engaged. And our nation is strengthened.

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This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

George Kevin Agee was born August 16, 1960 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma to John W. Agee and Sharon (Peck) Agee. He passed away May 16, 2020 at home in The Woodlands, Texas, at 59 years old.

Dempsey Woodrow Cochran, 91, born August 27, 1928 in Pauls Valley Oklahoma, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 29, 2020.

Edward Bryant Butler of Elmore City, Oklahoma was born to Charles William and Mary Esther (Blackwood) Butler on October 10, 1935 in Shawnee, Oklahoma and passed from this life on May 17, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 84 years.