Commentary articles


Commentary: What the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing taught us

  It is hard to believe that 20 years have passed. I was taking roll in a public speaking class at Oklahoma City University that fateful morning, and a young woman who was often tardy strolled in at 9:05 and said, “Sorry I’m late, but they just blew up a building over there.” I remember


Commentary: Neighbors build communities

  In our current obsession with building the next hip neighborhood, I fear we are so concerned with placemaking and shopping local that we risk forgetting the bedrock these redeveloped neighborhoods were founded upon, which is great people. In addition to those well-known community leaders, there are great people who work tirelessly and faithfully in


Commentary: Mellow’s life and work inspired recovery

  I’ve lost too many friends to addiction and mental illness. Not a single one of them was a quitter; they fought for every day they had. They each also were happiest when they helped other people feel happy and whole. They were parents, stepparents, family members, lifelong friends, longtime colleagues, artists and mentors. Local


Commentary: Eliminating racism in Oklahoma

  Two recent out-of-state visitors remarked to me that Oklahoma is a friendly state. They were incredulous that they heard no horns blaring in downtown traffic and motorists respected their turn signals and allowed them to easily change lanes. Oklahomans do pride themselves on hospitality, but the news about the University of Oklahoma fraternity’s racist

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