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By now you have seen them on the corner, you have endured the commercials: businesses that promise to give you the cash you need right now, and all you have to do is leave a postdated check for payday. More and more people are beginning to see that these outlets are nothing more than loan

All fired up

Clean-burning natural gas or abundant, less-expensive coal? The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has been asked to approve a new power plant to be built in Red Rock, a joint venture between OG&E Electric Services and American Electric Power-Public Service of Oklahoma.   As submitted, plans for the $1.8 billion, 950-megawatt generating facility propose it will burn

A tenth of a cent

Critics of business and industry love to point out cases of corporate greed. Rarely do they praise industries for doing the right thing. One of Oklahoma’s largest industries is energy, employing tens of thousands of people in high-paying, technologically advanced careers. It’s also generated the revenue to support a lot of farmers, ranchers and private

Inhofe with Corn or Rice?

When you say “James Inhofe,” you get an opinion. The senior senator from Oklahoma invites controversy. He is the core conservative critic of the climate-change movement, an advocate for the recreational pilot and a staunch defender of national defense. He is also less than diplomatic in his opinions, vicious in his political campaigns and occasionally

Is our children learning’ the right things?

Through last week’s headlines, you can mourn the loss of a great newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, which will go the way of FOX News, with Bill O’Reilly doing guest editorials. Or, you can argue over whether Michael Moore’s “Sicko” is over the top (of course), instead of whether its message is on target (yes,

Host of problems

I would like to respond to Richard Prawdzienski’s commentary in the July 11, 2007, issue of Oklahoma Gazette, in which he states that “social host laws destroy families and family values.”   Prawdzienski seems to believe that government is overstepping its authority by enforcing social host laws.   However, the reality is that there is

Critical county election nears

By all reliable accounts, former District 1 Oklahoma County Commissioner Jim Roth brought integrity and wisdom to county government.   Roth, who was appointed recently to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission by Gov. Brad Henry, defied stereotypes and political punditry. He was elected county commissioner in a state viewed as close-minded to diverse lifestyles. Oklahoma voters

Penn Square Bank’s unexpected legacy

A quarter-century ago, Penn Square Bank failed spectacularly in Oklahoma City, ushering in the untimely end of a previous oil boom, indelibly changing the landscape of banking throughout the state and hastening the emergence of national mega-banks.   And yet, after a generation of national consolidation in the banking industry, we enjoy one of the

Bridges to our wallets

U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens would love to be an Oklahoman right now. With the massive rainfall we have experienced over the last few weeks, our roads and bridges have suffered more abuse than Cindy Sheehan at a Sean Hannity so-called Freedom Rally.   And we all know Stevens has a penchant for funding bridges and

United we stand

GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS, Colo. ” I write from a small cabin perched on the shoulder of Pikes Peak where my family goes in July to pull the plug on the “wired life.” We have no television set (and don’t miss it), no Internet access (and only occasionally miss it), and no urgent business other than

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