Last week, the City Council directed city staff to come up with options to encourage individuals to wear masks and businesses to enforce the ordinance. One of those options may be fining businesses and/or individuals who do not follow the city’s mask ordinance.

When we stood at the dawn of a new decade almost 12 months ago, who among us could have predicted the twists and turns 2020 would take?

OK, we admit it. We just don’t see what the big deal is about wearing a mask when out in public. Unfortunately, our nation and communities seem to be divided on the issue of mask-wearing.

It has been more than a week since the Biden-Harris ticket has been declared the winner of the 2020 General Election, yet our nation is still in turmoil over the results.

What we were reminded of last week is that democracy is sometimes long and messy, but it works.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has come out with its first-ever position statement on the biannual switch between Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time. The verdict: America should ditch the switch and stick with one time year-round. The current system of setting clocks an hour ahe…

The internet has been a powerful source of innovation and opportunity in the half-century since the first electronic message was sent between experimental nodes at UCLA and Stanford. And in some industries, it remains a great equalizer — giving upstart creators and service providers the sort…

This week, Johnson & Johnson paused a clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate because one of its 60,000 participants is experiencing an “unexplained illness.” This comes after AstraZeneca briefly paused a trial just last month after one of its 30,000 subjects had experienced an …

In last week’s playground skirmish of a presidential debate, America saw the candidates mostly on split screens because of their social distancing on stage. It would have looked the same had President Donald Trump and Joe Biden been in separate rooms — but that would have been far safer. Wit…

There’s a buzzword gaining traction in our business: News deserts. And it’s not a good thing.

By now, we think everyone knows where we stand on masks. We supported the City of Lawton’s requirements that they be worn in stores, outside when social distancing couldn’t be maintained, and the exemptions for those with health conditions.

After last month’s strange virtual party conventions, the question on everyone’s minds is, who came out ahead? The polling has been mixed, but the candidates’ reactions make it obvious. You can tell just by looking at what Joe Biden has been doing in the time since.

In the real world — that is to say, the non-televised part of our lives remote from social media — we would shun somebody who went around spreading ugly rumors about neighbors, relatives or co-workers. Not that it never happens. I have a friend who resigned from a local charity after a cliqu…

When Oklahoma finally is out from under the COVID- 19 pandemic, perhaps the importance of regularly upgrading state agency infrastructure will emerge as one enduring lesson for lawmakers.

The public has been subjected to coronavirus lockdowns of varying degrees for over five months and counting, but prominent Democrats have decided that they should be exempt from the restrictions everyone else must abide by.

Last week was a good week in Lawton when two separate entities were notified of grants or other funding.

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It’s always been the case that readers of this page may disagree with some of the opinions published, whether they be letters to the editor, columnists or the editorials we clearly label as the opinion of the newspaper. What’s become clearer in recent years is that there is a segment that do…

Americans are bracing for a new round of protests after white officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, unleashed a barrage of gunfire at an unarmed Black man who appeared to pose no threat to them. In a video of the shooting, the man had his back turned to the officers when at least one opened fire a…

Have you done it yet? If not, you need to do it soon — fill out your 2020 Census survey that is.

A voluminous report released by a Republican-controlled Senate panel Tuesday confirms what special counsel Robert Mueller’s report had already established — that Russia set out in 2016 to help Donald Trump win the presidency, and that Trump’s campaign actively courted that assistance. The Se…

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Health professionals say playing ping-pong is good for your cardiovascular system and can increase your hand-to-eye coordination. While ping-pong may be beneficial to your health, it is not an efficient way to run a city.

Our First Amendment is under attack. Public officials refuse to enforce it. Some instruct law enforcement to flagrantly disobey it. We’ve seen this. Crowded left-wing riots, which long ago forgot about the value of Black lives, are treated as a protected form of peaceable assembly that canno…

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Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution doesn’t show up on a lot of T-shirts or tattoos, but that doesn’t make it any less a part of the law of the land.

LAWTON, OK — The Lawton City Council should be careful in considering a new site for the LATS transfer center.

Remember when “endless summer” was something that conjured images of peaceful relaxation and notions of peaceful joy? Now as school administrators and parents ponder what the end of summer looks like, we’re also facing another challenge as a nation: That summer excursion? We gotta pay for th…

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The mayor of Lawton has said it.

Suppose your doctor, one of the nation’s leading cardiologists, told you that you are at risk of a heart attack and that you need to make some lifestyle changes. You probably wouldn’t say he or she is wrong, is asking for too much, or is a know-it-all whose advice counts for less than some m…

Aah. Sports are back and life is good again. Or if not good, at least looking a little more normal.

Cue the black helicopters and lace up the jack boots. President Donald Trump is weaponizing federal forces in a blatantly political bid to stir up urban strife. Federal agents in military-style uniforms, stripped of all identifying insignia, have stormed through downtown Portland, Oregon, be…

Parents of schoolchildren are intensely discussing how to educate kids amid a pandemic, with conversations ranging from thoughtful suggestions to paranoid venting. As parents now face a decision about whether and when to send their kids back to school or to have them learn from home as long …

The overall value of social media can frequently be called into question. The rudeness, discourteous, commentary and attack posture of many participants can overwhelm the cute kittens, humor and human connection that first brought it to community consciousness.

OK, Lawtonians, it’s time to get serious about wearing masks in public.

Videos on TV and the internet show a trend of white left-wing activists shouting at black law enforcement officers. They call them “traitors,” “sellouts,” and “Uncle Tom.” “You should know better,” said a white activist in the face of a black cop last week.

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