President Biden’s first speech as Commander in Chief to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday was full of the high-minded internationalist sentiment that defines his rhetoric. If only those words reflected the reality of the world he and America will have to navigate over the next four years.

Last week at the end of the City Council meeting, Mayor Stan Booker read an apology for incorrect information he made public months earlier. No context was given at the meeting for his apology.

Is America safer after its 20-year war on terrorism in Afghanistan has resulted in the Taliban’s victory? The answer, like the war itself, is muddled. The lack of resolution should cause considerable discomfort to Americans who lived through the trauma of 9/11 and cheered the U.S. military’s…

Central Mall in downtown Lawton has a new name and possibly a new look. Both are part of a campaign to rebrand the mall in an effort to entice more retailers.

The Kabuki theater production of House Democrats closed off-Broadway on Tuesday after a very limited run. The vaunted showdown between nine or so “centrists” and the party’s progressive wing ended with a whimper as the centrists settled for a token procedural promise.

Instead of commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on an upbeat note by completing the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden now must absorb the ultimate humiliation of watching America’s arch foes, the Taliban, seize full control of the country at li…

The tent city of Lawton sprang up from the prairie 120 years ago today when almost 25,000 people arrived to bid on 1,200 lots for sale.

If you take a step back, the impending NCAA conference realignment makes sense. Texas and Oklahoma are tired of hearing about the Southeastern Conference being the best in the nation. Enough time has passed that people have forgotten how Texas reacted when Texas A&M left the Big 12 confe…

The upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games, to start on Friday and run through Aug 8, will be remembered as the most challenging in the sports event’s history given the unprecedented pressure organizers face to make sure that it is safe and secure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaping giant Juul Labs soon could face a make-or-break moment for its U.S. sales when the Food and Drug Administration makes a determination whether the company may continue selling its product domestically. The e-cigarette company for years enjoyed booming sales as a welcome alternative to …

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LAWTON, OK — The Lawton City Council did the right thing last week when it voted to delay implementation of new fees regarding curbside trash collection and bulk pickup.

Last week’s shockingly high temperatures in the northwestern US and Canada were — and are — very frightening. Heat and the fires it caused killed hundreds of people, and are estimated to have killed a billion sea creatures. Daily temperature records were smashed by more than 9 degrees in som…

Imaginary vote fraud isn’t the only big lie that Republicans are trying to foist on the American public. The GOP is also trotting out the narrative that President Joe Biden is to blame for rising gas prices. This is economic nonsense — the global oil market drives pump prices — but experts s…

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America owes a debt of gratitude to the Afghan interpreters and other support staff who put their own lives and the lives of their families at risk to help advance the two-decade U.S. mission in Afghanistan. With U.S. troops now rapidly nearing the end of their mission, thousands of those Af…

After the rabbit-hole atmosphere of the Trump years, there was some comforting normalcy in an appellate court’s decision last week to suspend Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, from practicing law in New York state because of the demonstrable vote-fraud lies he has foisted on the court sy…

It was more than half a century ago that Richard Nixon successfully branded the GOP as the “law and order” party, creating a political banner that has since been wielded, very effectively, by generations of Republicans. It was infused with some hypocrisy from the start — Nixon would ultimate…

The theme of Juneteenth 2020 was the theme of every American tradition and celebration during the year of COVID-19: separation from loved ones. But unlike other traditions and celebrations, Juneteenth wouldn’t exist without violent separation. It’s out of slavery’s destruction of Black famil…

Most of us support Lawton’s efforts in the area of economic development and increasing tourism. If you do, we hope you’ll call or email your city council representative, asking them to vote no on an upcoming proposal to redistribute monies from the community’s hotel/motel tax.

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Thursday’s story highlighting students at Bishop School creating “erupting” volcanoes as part of their science classes emphasizes the importance of in-person learning and the necessity of hands-on learning.

Progressives are unloading on the Biden administration after Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a stern but necessary message to Central American migrants: “Do not come.” Welcoming messages of compassion might make American liberals feel good, but immigrants need to hear the blunt truth …

A front page article in The Constitution recently described the contractor doing demolition on space in the mall to accommodate a future defense-oriented tenant and it got us thinking about the former tenant — Sears.

And so history repeats itself. During Barack Obama’s first term as president, Mitch McConnell said bluntly that, as leader of the Senate’s Republicans, his primary responsibility was to ensure Obama would be “a one-term president.” Now the Senate minority leader says that “100% of my focus” …

Women members of Congress have tried for years to whittle away at U.S. military commanders’ broad powers to intervene and squash an investigation when a fellow officer stands accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate. The typical response from the male-dominated House and Senate has range…

The Republican response to President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion-plus infrastructure plan strips away a lot of bells and whistles while focusing entirely on traditional infrastructure, yet a $1.43 trillion gulf remains to be bridged between the two sides. The nation has grown far too comfortable…

The U.S. Supreme Court today has far more impact on the lives of regular Americans than the Founders likely ever envisioned. That’s why the cynical moves by Senate Republicans in recent years to politically manipulate the court have been so damaging to its legitimacy and to the nation. Given…

There appears to be an escalating trend in this nation — and locally as well — of citizens choosing to believe only the facts that support their narrative. Activists will demand information, accepting it if it meshes with their viewpoint, and dismissing, or even attacking the presenter, if i…

Companies with headquarters or major interests in Georgia are winning plaudits from progressives for criticizing that state’s new restrictive voting law, while top Republicans are apoplectic, telling corporations to butt out of partisan politics. What planet are these people living on? Corpo…

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