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Commentary: Sidewalks for a sense of community

He put down his cup of coffee, looked me in the eye, and asked, “Wait. Do you mean literal sidewalks?” I did mean literal sidewalks. It was the Thursday of Holy Week, so I wore my pastor’s collar, something not ordinarily required by our Presbyterian tradition. This group gathered for coffee and to discuss race-related


Commentary: We need to support the arts

Tuesday at the Oklahoma Capitol, we celebrated a special day: Arts Day. The goal was to raise awareness of the impact our thriving arts community has across our state. As the Representative for House District 88, I’m fortunate to represent many of Oklahoma City’s finest arts districts, including the Paseo Arts District and the Plaza


Commentary: Reformed offenders deserve a ‘fair chance’

For those of us working on the front lines of the criminal justice system, it’s encouraging to hear that the governor’s Justice Reform Steering Committee is once again giving the Justice Reinvestment Initiative the attention it deserves. Given our current budget woes, it remains vitally important for the fiscal health of our state that policies


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

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