JABAR SHUMATE: Embracing Educational Reform


OPINION – There’s been a lot of discussion lately about our public school systems. A recent report revealed that 49 schools within Tulsa Public Schools received an F grade by the state of Oklahoma. Most of those schools are in my legislative district. I am constantly wondering how, with so many different avenues of resources […]

TIANA BURSE: Creative Thinking


OPINION – An unknown author once stated: “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” Whether or not we know it, each and everyone of us has some creativity lingering inside the core of our existence. And knowing this fact, I can’t help but to ask myself “why are […]

ANN DUPLESSIS: School Choice Equals Parental Choice


OPINION (NNPA) – While every parent wants to provide the best education for their children, not every parent has access to a quality school. In a perfect world every family would live a neighborhood with an excellent public school or be able to afford to send their children to the private school of their choosing […]

ALONDRA THOMPSON: Remember “All Is Well”


OPINION – I was sitting in my room and suddenly my youngest comes in and asks to hang out with her friends. Earlier I had told this girl that she did not need to ask me to do anything until her chores were done. Chores done? No! I reminded her that she needed to complete […]

TIANA BURSE: The Fear Factor


OPINION – Have you ever asked yourself “what is the meaning of life?” Recently, I found myself coming from a friend’s life celebration and while driving down a lonely two-lane road, I started to reflect on all the things my friend wanted to do, but never got around to doing them. It caused me to […]

LYNNIS WOODS: Breakfast – Important For Your Health & Wellness


OPINION – Here are some great basic principles to build a healthy breakfast. It is important to take into consideration what works best for you and your body.  For instance if you are lactose intolerant forget the dairy and supplement almond milk or almond butter.  Or if your goal is to become a vegan and […]

KEVIN CHAVOUS: How to Pick The Best School for Your Child


OPINION – Parents truly do know best. When it comes to a child’s needs, goals and their learning style – a parent is the one who knows exactly what it takes for their child to be successful. That’s why school choice matters – parents are empowered to choose the best school for their son or […]

TIANA BURSE: Are You Insane?


OPINION – They say the definition of insanity is: “doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.” With so many opportunities in this world to achieve a life worth living, I can’t help but to wonder why there is such a disconnect between those who want more and others who actually […]

TIANA BURSE: Many Little Stories


OPINION – Lao Tzu once stated: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Recently I embarked upon a journey that most would find to be a breakable situation. A challenge that […]

DAVID FONTAINE: The Credit Score, Your Financial Driver’s License


OPINION – While speaking with a young lady at church one Sunday, she mentioned that she was looking to purchase a condo and was seeking guidance on how to proceed. I asked her did she know her credit score. She gave me this blank look and asked, “What is that?” I then instructed her to go […]