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.

The nation is five months and more than 128,000 lives into its worst disease outbreak in a century and, short of a vaccine or cure, only a few effective tools remain for staving off new coronavirus infections.

No one should have expected the reopening of America after the long COVID-19 shutdown would be seamless. More people out and about means more opportunities for exposure to the virus.

The collapse of police-reform legislation in the U.S. Senate last week has drawn a pox-on-both-their-houses condemnation of Democrats and Republicans. But in refusing to negotiate, the ruling Republicans should be getting the lion’s share of that criticism. In any case, this is one of those …

At a time when the rest of the country is focused like a laser beam on improving race relations and seriously addressing all vestiges of systemic racism, some NASCAR fans insist that, no, now’s the time to celebrate America’s slaveholding past. Just two weeks after NASCAR announced a ban on …

If we are searching for a central question behind all of the anger, all of the frustration, all of the exhaustion exhibited by hundreds of thousands of protesters here and elsewhere over the past couple of weeks, it is surely this.

As the coronavirus spread around the world, few institutions distinguished themselves as badly as the World Health Organization. When the public needs reliable medical information, the WHO has failed again and again.

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LAWTON, OK — The flag still represents what is best about America. Let's celebrate her today.

Legislation being drafted by congressional Democrats seeks wide-ranging reforms to policing in America, including bans on chokeholds, limits to “qualified immunity” and other historic changes. Republicans have a choice: They can continue the do-nothing partisan obstructionism that has define…

Lawton got some good news Friday. That’s the day JCPenney released the list of stores it plans to close this year, and our store was not on the list. Stores in six other Oklahoma communities were not so fortunate.

Those in the political realm have often used “deflection” as a method to divert attention from one bad behavior or policy to another. Listen to any TV interview and see how often they’re asked a specific question that they don’t want to answer, and they’ll go off on a tangent that they can defend.

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.

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