Most misused word during 2020 election

Looking at reporting and discussion of the 2020 presidential campaign, has any word been misused as often as "misinformation"? In much political debate, it was used to mean "information I don't like," rather than something that was provably false. That confusion extends to a new survey of American attitudes done by Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The survey questioned 2,752 respondents and was conducted in mid-November.

Some people want to be politically correct by taking Christ out of Christmas. Instead of saying “Merry Christmas” some go out of their way to keep from using the word Christmas at all, but not us. We celebrate Christmas and are proud of it.

Notable changes by Trump

He changed America's approach to trade. He transformed the nation's relationship with China. He altered the country's role in international institutions. He remolded the nation's alliances. He reshaped American views about immigration. He modified decades-old customs of politics. He weaponized social media.

Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat announced the 13 senators he appointed to serve on the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting. What was missing from his committee is adequate representation from western Oklahoma.

Presidents can rise above differences

Fifty-two years ago, his term in the White House drawing to a sad close, President Lyndon B. Johnson gathered members of his Cabinet together and delivered a strong message.

How Nancy Pelosi is hurting America

One of the more appalling moments in the recent history of the House of Representatives occurred recently in the Capitol Visitor Center. Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave her weekly news conference and said that she had changed her position on the issue of passing a coronavirus relief bill. For months, as millions suffered the economic devastation associated with the pandemic, Pelosi stonewalled the Trump administration's efforts to pass targeted, short-term relief for those in need. Now, as if by magic, she's all for it.

Both exits can thrive with plan 9B

We, the citizens of Clinton, have a tremendous opportunity to determine our future. We can preserve the past while at the same time opening part of our city to new development. With the ODOT options for exits 65A and 65, we will fix a long-time wrong of not having on-ramps in both directions at exit 65. In doing so, however, we need to be careful not to create a new wrong by eliminating access at 65A.

Since improving Exit 65 was put on Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s eight-year plan, we have talked often with Brent Almquist, ODOT’s District Engineer for District 5 in Clinton, about speeding up construction on the project. Each time, his response was the same – “our number one goal is to do it right.”

Legislators facing tough decisions

December is going to be a busy month at the Capitol. We started filing bills on Nov. 16 and have until Friday, Dec. 11 to request bills.

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