City of Lawton employees will take their first furlough day today. The furlough days are necessitated by the fact that the coronavirus has shot a big hole in the City of Lawton’s budget.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced another $3 trillion in spending as the Democrats’ latest response to the coronavirus pandemic. At more than 1,800 pages, the mammoth legislation is a cynical left-wing wish not rooted in reality. It demonstrates that the Democrats are irresponsible and u…

Some communities in the state have come up with a great way to help small businesses that were closed recently due to the coronavirus pandemic. They are offering grants to help them get back on their feet.

The folks up at 23rd and Lincoln in Oklahoma City like to brag on lots of things they do. At The Constitution, we get a slew of press releases touting this accomplishment or that.

LAWTON, OK — The closing of the local Dillard's store will have a huge impact on the community, including the city budget.

LAWTON, OK — City of Lawton officials and City Council members have a tough road ahead as they begin making budget decisions.

LAWTON, OK — Readers of The Lawton Constitution have been supportive after the paper announced it would cease printing two editions a week.

It is good to see state governors increasingly looking for ways to reopen the economy, for, as we have repeatedly argued, the lockdown can be only a short-term response to the pandemic. People’s lives and livelihoods depend on returning to economic and social activity as soon as it can be do…

LAWTON, OK — Direction from city hall concerning the coronavirus has been problematic, to say the least.

You’ve been encouraged to wash your hands, practice “social distancing,” etc. And we’ll add one more: Financial support of local businesses now may be the difference between life and death for many of your favorite places that make your community so special. Yes, conditions could quickly bec…

LAWTON, OK — The Constitution staff promises to provide you with the facts you need to know to make informed decisions.

It would be very disturbing to return to the situation of the mid-1980s,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in January. “With the leaders of the state, one by one, staying in power until the end of their days.” He was right at the time, but this week Mr. Putin nonetheless cleared the way…

LAWTON, OK — We are waiting to see what steps the city takes to implement the new Capital Improvements Program.

LAWTON, OK — We urge voters to vote YES on the proposed Capital Improvements Program when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

LAWTON, OK — City officials have put together their list for the next CIP and now they need to set some priorities.

LAWTON, OK — Liberty National Bank deserves the appreciation of the community for stepping up help make the city more efficient.

We’re typically not in favor of such measures as proposed this week to raise the salaries of councilmembers and the mayor of Lawton, but in this case, we think the measure is justified.

With each click of a mouse this shopping season, you are missing a golden opportunity to help your community grow, as well as to discover the hidden gems among wonderful local businesses.

LAWTON, OK — Mental health professionals say domestic situations do not have to end in violence.

The GOP’s cynical campaign to identify the whistleblower who exposed details of President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president is nonsensical and dangerous. The fact that named witnesses — and the White House itself — have subsequently confirmed the core allegation make…

Contraband is behind 100% of the violence that happens in prison yards and remains the biggest security threat the prison system faces.

We understand that the proposed Capital Improvements Program extension is back on the Lawton City Council agenda for discussion on Tuesday.

We were heartened to learn that City of Lawton officials have called a public meeting to get input from citizens on a proposal to fund new projects in the city.

In his novel “Fahrenheit 451,” author Ray Bradbury tells the dystopian story of a “fireman” — one who burns books for a living — who one day picks up a book to read it instead of setting it on fire.

The Lawton City Council may hold the last of its workshops tonight as it considers extending the 2015 Sales Tax Extension and the 2016 Capital Improvements Program.

Lawton and Fort Sill heard some positive news this week when the U.S. Army announced that it is on track to meet its 2019 recruitment goals.

Combine criminal justice reform with new people on the state Pardon and Parole Board and different approaches to the board’s work, and you get what Oklahoma is seeing — a jump in the number of recommendations for parole or for sentence commutations.

What do “The Catcher in the Rye,” “1984,” “Beloved,” “The Great Gatsby,” the Harry Potter series, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “The Adventures of Captain Underpants” all have in common? At one point in time someone has tried to ban them from public schools and libraries.

It’s National Suicide Prevention Week, whose focus is a difficult subject but also one that merits every bit of attention it receives. This is particularly true in Oklahoma, unfortunately.

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