Listen to the voices of pain, anger and grief — Or, continue to be part of the problem

Last weekend, we all had the opportunity to attend two protests for racial equality and social justice in Enid, America. I attended both, with the understanding I would not cover either for the news section to maintain separation between news coverage and opinion writing. On Saturday, the Enid chapter of the NAACP hosted a march … Continue reading Listen to the voices of pain, anger and grief — Or, continue to be part of the problem

If we want peace, we must listen to the peaceful cries of the oppressed

When violence boils over as the inevitable response to systemic racism and injustice, white Americans rush to dust off quotes and images of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. “Look at King and Gandhi!” cries white America. “They were nonviolent and they changed the world!” There is some truth in that — but only … Continue reading If we want peace, we must listen to the peaceful cries of the oppressed

‘Second Chance Month’ highlights need to help inmates successfully reintegrate to society

ENID, Okla. — For men and women coming out of prison, release from custody can be the beginning of a new set of hurdles in life. For many of them, those hurdles end in a return to crime, and to a jail cell. In an effort to highlight the need for more initiatives to help … Continue reading ‘Second Chance Month’ highlights need to help inmates successfully reintegrate to society

Mental health experts point to meditation to reduce stress of pandemic

ENID, Okla. — With the coronavirus keeping many Americans cooped up at home, and stress and anxiety soaring amid the pandemic, some experts are pointing to the practice of meditation as a means to improve mental health. The Oklahoma chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) recently published an online flier promoting the … Continue reading Mental health experts point to meditation to reduce stress of pandemic