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It's not because Harris isn't white or isn't a man that her campaign failed. If anything, her campaign's failure was a reflection of real equality. Being a bad candidate with a sketchy track record and worse ideas is not limited to race or gender.

During a Cherokee County Commissioners meeting earlier this week, some trash haulers complained about all three transfer stations being closed on days surrounding official holidays when the courthouse is closed. The haulers have a legitimate beef.

The Senate Intelligence Committee issued its Internet Research Agency report this week. The Senate concluded Russian social media operatives monkey-wrenched the U.S. from St. Petersburg, Russia, and not from Ukraine, as Trump-friendly D.C. lawmakers were spinning. The "Ukraine did it" talking point was to gin up a narrative in which the president might not have been bribing Ukraine by snagging anti-Russian aid from Congress.

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Thanksgiving is over, and again mobs rushed the doors for the Black Friday or Thursday evening sales. Now, it's the Christmas season, and my question is this: What will be offensive this year?

By now, it is surely obvious that I am not a fan of President Trump. Being overt about negative thoughts isn't my habit, but once a certain threshold is crossed, I become much more expressive in my criticisms.

In order to make a proper assessment of the threat North Korea poses to the U.S. and other western nations, it is first necessary to seek some knowledge of the country and its history.

In point of fact, the threat from North Korea is more a fabrication by those who think we should always be at war with someone (anyone) and constantly threatening other countries as the basis for our foreign policy.

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We take them for granted, these young men and women who are risking their lives, and the lives of their instructors, and hey, don’t forget this, our lives as well to a lesser degree, every time they buckle in and fire up their aircraft. Those are our homes, schools, churches and businesses they are flying over, after all.

If you have worked in a newsroom — and I’m assuming the vast majority of you haven’t — you’ll frequently hear news people sneezing.

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During the holiday season, folks talk a lot about tension among family members, and how relatives from polar ends of the political spectrum almost come to blows over the Thanksgiving table. I've already heard of a man flinging a handful of stuffing at a female relative after first calling her a "liberal bra-burner" just for supporting Elizabeth Warren.

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Equal protection under the law was granted by the 14th Amendment in 1868. For a century after that, women had a hard time convincing courts that they should be treated equally. In 1976, an ACLU lawyer set out to convince the all-male Supreme Court to take sex discrimination seriously with an unconventional case, where men were the victims.

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A kind word, a smile or a few minutes of compassionate presence may have more impact for someone in need than even a significant monetary donation. And, I promise, a few more kind words, smiles and compassionate moments will pay great dividends for us all.

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Presidential candidates are schmoozing the early primary states. This week in New Hampshire, Democrat Amy Klobuchar reached out to citizens who voted for Trump. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker sought endorsements from local party leaders.

Sadly, it is often just called “turkey day." Surely there is more to giving thanks to our Lord than just eating a bountiful dinner and stuffing ourselves.

The state's new open carry law, which went into effect Nov. 1, has had a few surprising byproducts, one of which is "buyer's remorse" on the part of some who originally advocated it. The other is that despite the law's elimination of required training for carrying firearms, many people want it, anyway.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, the national holiday where we should pause and give thanks for the blessings of our abundance.

Gather around, boys and girls, and I'll tell you a story. It is a strange tale with plot twists and turns, and ends with a moral. Some time ago on a continent far, far away, there were many kingdoms that were prosperous and mighty, but for thousands of years, they fought war after war with one another at the least provocation.

Some of my friends have suggested my iPhone is possessed. I agree, but not the way they think. I suspect Apple installs a worm timed to begin screwing things up on your phone the minute you've paid it off, or when the next version of the device is rolled off the assembly line - whichever comes first. That goes for the Android makers as well.

A week from now, many Cherokee County residents will be settled into their couches, feet up, watching holiday TV programs with their families as they digest the previous day's feast. Others - like most of us at the Tahlequah Daily Press, and many police officers, EMTs, cashiers and others - are at work, but we will still have been able to celebrate Thanksgiving with those we care most about.

A recent Monmouth poll indicated that 55 percent of Americans want a new president, and the question is, what demographic of voters will help to make this a reality?

Depending on your allegiance, the University of Oklahoma's "Boomer Sooner" is either iconic or irritating. But to a group of students on the OU campus, it's so incendiary it needs to be a goner.

ABC News discovered how the world found out Ukraine’s aid package had been sidelined by the president: House Appropriations staffers were following up with policy allies on foreign aid expenditures when they discovered Ukraine had not received its appropriation. They inquired of the Department of Defense; it didn’t know. The Office of Management and Budget called the holdup "a reassessment of U.S. interests."

Sometimes I think politicians and other governmental employees forget they work for us. We, the people, pay for them to be in those positions, so they are our “employees,” right?

'Tis the season – and although some features Cherokee County residents are used to enjoying in the run-up to the Christmas holiday are no longer available, others may be taking their place. Or some old traditions may be worth a second look.

For folks at the Press, the cliché "'Tis the season to be jolly" is laced with irony. The holiday season is the ideal plank from which to launch a nasty attitude.

As the public impeachment inquiry drags on, many local residents - at least, those who don't have to work during the day or at all - are complaining about missing their TV shows. Many readers indicated they wouldn't be watching, because whatever their position, the spectacle of politicians ripping each other apart is causing them stress.

All rose as the judge entered, 100 or so supporters, graduates, partners, and participants filling two-thirds of the auditorium at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department’s headquarters. It is not common for a judge to turn the health department’s auditorium into a makeshift courtroom, but this was a special occasion. Judge Ken Stoner was to preside over the first publicly held drug court graduation ceremony.

Administrators at schools in the Cherokee Nation's 14-county jurisdiction may have been a little surprised by a Tribal Council action that allows Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. to withhold funds from institutions that aren't sensitive to cultural, religious and historical elements, or that shrug off anti-Native issues.

During wartime, governments stream propaganda through servicemen’s radios. They broadcast misinformation using a woman’s gentle voice with a background of soft music. This ‘siren’ is used to get into the heads of servicemen. Like Tokyo Rose in World War II, the Korean War’s Seoul City Sue read the names off dog-tags of dead soldiers, called out servicemen by name and rank, identified units, gave locations, and predicted the attacks of each side.

If you're unfamiliar with Twenty One Pilots, the Ohio duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun combine pop, rock and a little bit of rap ... as well as the occasional ukulele ... into messages of hope and facing fear, as well as battling depression and thoughts of suicide.

The lessons we learned on “Sesame Street,” from Fred Rogers and at the feet of our parents and teachers, are all-too-easily dismissed when we venture beyond the safe comfort of childhood into “the real world.” And yet, there are those who hold steadfastly, in spite of all the “realities” of this world ...

The Word dwells in us, waiting for us to tear down the barriers between heaven and earth, to invite in the Kingdom, where all that separates us from God passes away.

Your identity is safe with the corrupted national media, as long you are marching in lockstep with their agenda.

The Tea Party marks its ninth anniversary since it packed Congress with 40 of its members in 2010. Its elected officials' campaigns across the nation were premised on lowering the national debt, downsizing federal authority, and strictly interpreting the U.S. Constitution. The Tea Party has not accomplished all three promises.

Several Tahlequah residents have called and sent messages to the Daily Press to express displeasure with the halt to work on a proposed biking and hiking trail system, as well as the demise of this year's Snowflake ice rink. They want to know if the city plans to roll back ambitious plans to spur economic growth and keep residents - especially young people - from leaving.

Gun control advocates love to point to the United Kingdom as a great example of gun laws. However, the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee noted that in the 12 months leading up to October 2017, there was a 16 percent increase from 2016, and a 44 percent increase from 2014 of criminal offenses involving guns. Wait, what? Did I say an increase of offenses involving guns? Yes, I did.

Looking back, it seems to me that the decline in school discipline was parallel to the ending of corporal punishment. And after all, those are the two faces of discipline: Discipline at the end of a paddle to enforce discipline in the classroom.

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Marcine was born October 1, 1925, in Cromwell, OK to Robert and Susie (Williford) Baum. When she was seven years old, she responded during an invitation at a church service, intending simply to go forward with her friend; but when a counselor talked to her, she prayed and asked the Lord into…