White privilege, as defined in the Cambridge Dictionary, is pretty clear and it’s, well, direct. It says “white privilege is the fact of people with white skin having advantages in society that other people don’t have.” It lists various synonyms, and related words and phrases to include

There are three presidential debates scheduled before the Nov. 3 election. The first will be on Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The second will be on Oct. 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. And the third will be on Oct. 22 at …

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This year has been a challenge for each of us, not one of us has been left untouched, unscathed by COVID-19. Watching my community and the world, it seems chaos has descended, and in the chaos people are choosing to assume a self-centered approach, a me-first attitude. I fear we have lost ki…

I doubt whether any American would defend the police treatment of George Floyd that led to his death. But many Americans are supporting some of the responses to Floyd’s death — rioting, looting, wanton property destruction, assaults on police and other kinds of mayhem by both whites and blacks.

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It has been a challenging and eventful summer for all of us. When it comes to COVID-19, information about what is going to happen and when seems to shift from day to day. In spite of the constantly changing landscape, Great Plains Technology Center is committed to creating a safe environment…

Box suppers were a big event in the northwestern Oklahoma community I grew up in — one of the few ways available to raise money for worthy projects.

Should the national leadership ever decide Fort Sill is to be re-named in light of the current debates regarding changing the names of 10 military posts, (all Army), it would be an easy decision to make. For Harry S. Truman was stationed at Camp Doniphan (now Fort Sill vicinity) from Septemb…

The Confederacy has been the excuse for some of today’s rioting, property destruction and grossly uninformed statements. Among the latter is the testimony before the House Armed Services Committee by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley in favor of renaming Confedera…

The past month I have been reading Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson. The premise of the book is to master 13 improv maxims, or wisdoms and apply them to your professional world. I have found the book liberating, filled with wisdom, practical, and true.

There are many sayings about revolutions, but my favorite is simply, “Revolutions are messy.” This seems to sum up the majority of the world’s revolutions, despite who wins or loses. The problem for Americans is that our Revolution was easy compared to most, so we tend to think all revolutio…

There was a story in the paper many years ago about a 74-year-old Texas man who came to town to graduate from high school 58 years after he dropped out to fight in World War II.

Nearly a year ago I penned the two columns which were the most applauded that I’ve written, as heart felt as any, and as important (to me), as any. Having emerged from a profession which at the time held little path ahead, little upward mobility and professional acclaim, I came to be impress…

President Trump has said many times that voting by mail — which will play a big role in this November’s presidential election — is vulnerable to fraud. “There is tremendous evidence of fraud whenever you have mail-in ballots,” Trump has noted. The November election, he added, “will be, in my…

Turning 40 this past December was exhilarating for me. I hoped this decade would be the decade where I found myself, found my voice, and learned what I wanted. I longed for the confidence age would bring. Halfway through this first year, I have learned quite a few lessons.

The Michigan State University administration pressured professor Stephen Hsu to resign from his position as vice president of research and innovation because he touted research that found police are not more likely to shoot black Americans. The study found: “The race of a police officer did …

I read the article in the Constitution on July 9, in amazement regarding the efforts of some to remove retired Comanche County District Judge Allen McCall, from the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board (OPPB). When he was initially appointed to this board, I believed that his judgment and experi…

In the past five months, Congress has responded to the coronavirus public health crisis with several emergency relief measures, including the stimulus checks sent to individuals and households, payroll protections to small businesses, expanded unemployment payments, fee waivers for borrowing…

As a widow for more than 25 years with no family nearby, I’m used to being by myself. But living alone in the time of COVID-19 and the necessary social distancing is a whole different definition of alone.

Is the U.S., preoccupied with a pandemic and a depression that medical crisis created, prepared for a collision with China over Beijing’s claims to the rocks, reefs and resources of the South China Sea?

It was a big, big win for the Union in their large and critical efforts to gain and keep control of Indian Territory, and it was the largest and most intense confrontation the Union had with the Confederacy in that part of the country. It is often called the Gettysburg of the South, and what…

This year has been filled with surprises, challenges, and roadblocks. Plans we carefully made were quickly deterred. Rather than being afforded the opportunity to work within our comfort zones, utilizing our strengths, we have been forced to stretch and grow repeatedly, rely on newly formed …

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s chances of winning a second term will depend on two critical issues: defeating the coronavirus and putting millions of jobless Americans back to work.

Dr. Thomas Sowell has just published “Charter Schools and Their Enemies.” He presents actual test scores of students in traditional public schools and charter schools on New York State Education Department’s annual English Language Arts test and its Mathematics Test. Sowell gives the results…

In this month of national introspection, and as the air is full of the thump! of toppled statues, President Trump proposed creating a national statuary park. His gallery of American heroes reflects his inclinations and impulses — several unavoidable pioneers, such as the Rev. Martin Luther K…

It was a cold, damp Monday morning when Jake’s mother called from work to say that the school had called her. My grandson, Jake, then 10, was sick, complaining of a sore throat and bad headache and she had to go to court.

It seems barely remembered yet is so close by; about 45 miles from Lawton, America and so close to the retirement ranch of a great American, General Tommy Franks, a Field Artilleryman by trade who commanded the United States Central Command, overseeing all operations in a region of about 25 …

If you read this column, then you know my goal is not to persuade to a particular belief but to merely inform with historical knowledge. Such is the case with many online comments I have read over the past few weeks. With protest marches widespread, President Trump has threatened to use mili…

In the age of technology receiving a handwritten note has become a thing of the past. Sadly, with the dawning of text messages, emails, and electronic messenger systems, we have lost pen pals, love letters and thank you cards. I remember when the mail delivery was exciting, not just a delive…

That much news coverage is biased against President Trump goes without saying. But every now and then there comes an episode of bias so egregious that it deserves attention. The coverage of the president’s July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore is one of those episodes.

Vinyl records were a thing of the past by the time I was old enough to develop my own taste in music. The world had transitioned to CDs and that was the future—until it wasn’t.

Many whites are ashamed, saddened and feel guilty about our history of slavery, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination. Many black people remain angry over the injustices of the past and what they see as injustices of the present. Both blacks and whites can benefit from a better appreciati…

The 4th of July always makes me think of the F-word —FREEDOM. And it should because we don’t spend nearly enough time thinking about how rare, in the history of civilization, freedom is.

Women of a certain age are involved in things women of a certain age do. They cook, bake, tend a garden, focus on grandkids, sort out old photograph albums, and sleep in. They watch the Hallmark Channel ... and some of them knit, I suppose.

That Associated Press photo of a disheveled, exhausted Boss Trump, trudging across the White House lawn with his tie undone, clutching a MAGA hat in his hand, appears destined to become the classic portrait of his reign of misrule: the beginning of the end.

The drive to make Washington, D.C., a state has been a favorite of some Democrats for years. Why wouldn’t it be? If enacted, a new state, formed from deepest-blue D.C., would create two new Democratic senators and one new Democratic member of the House. For a Democrat, what’s not to like?

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This Saturday is our Nation’s birthday, the day we celebrate our freedom from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776, we declared our independence, and in 1783 the Revolutionary War officially ended. Yet, on this date, not everyone won their freedom, for another 82 years our country would bear the d…

Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life.

As we approach this Fourth of July, we — the heirs to the Declaration of Independence — are engaged in nationwide introspection on the nature of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” nearly two and a half centuries after those seven words became an uplifting shorthand for the American creed.

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I’ve had trouble remembering if I’m a red stater adrift in a blue state or a blue stater floundering in a red state ever since the presidential election of 2000. That’s when the media began coloring in states on electoral maps to show whether they were tending to be Democratic or Republican.

So, I bought some art online from Robert Peterson some years ago, a benefit for something which I don’t recall. I didn’t know anything about Peterson, his background or his art, but I loved his work. A collector only of art which I love, I arranged to meet him, commissioned some stuff becaus…

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The popular saying, “You are only as old as you feel” holds more truth than I would care to admit. Having been an avid exerciser for 11 years, I have maintained my energy and for the most part feel better at 40 than I did at 18. In fact, I found turning 40 liberating. I was proud of my age, …

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