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.

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

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

Woodrow Frank Garrison Jr., 61, of Pauls Valley passed away Jan. 18, 2021 in Norman, Oklahoma. Frank was born April 1, 1959 in Lawton, Okla., to Woodrow Frank Garrison Sr. and Mary Wilma (Pursley) Garrison.

Jesse “Wayne” Hitt, 72, of Pauls Valley, Okla., peacefully passed away January 15, 2021 at home after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Julia “Judy” Lohmann, 81, passed early Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 from COVID-19 complications. Born Nov. 18, 1939 to King James and Margaret Shumate Davenport in Pauls Valley, Okla., Judy was a kind, strong, and friendly girl, being named Pauls Valley High School Football Homecoming Queen her se…

Michelle Lea Thompson, 50, of Shawnee, Oklahoma passed from this life and through the gates of heaven on January 9, 2020, due to COVID-19. Michelle was born on November 20, 1970.

Terry James Riddle was born in Vernon, Texas on July 9, 1946 to the late Odis Lee and Sallie Pearl Riddle. He passed from this life on January 9, 2021 in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the age of 74.