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Doing the right thing

Mason was, and is, very much like every other 12-year-old. He thinks Tony Hawk invented the Internet, that PlayStation is a portal to another dimension and that his parents were created by God for the express purpose of dreaming up chores that keep him from that precious PlayStation. When the autism bill came to a

Counterpoint: Palin by comparison

Sarah Palin scares me. Not because she shoots guns or talks tough to good ol’ boys or wants more money for her state. Palin scares me because she could become president of the United States and not only is she unqualified, unprepared and uninformed, she makes it clear that while she’s free to make choices

Point: Palin power

I have to say I was a bit nervous. As I was packing to join the rest of the Oklahoma delegation in the Twin Cities, I wondered what the effect of Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential pick would be. Joe Lieberman would have been divisive, Tom Ridge disastrous. As for Mitt Romney or Fred Thompson,

A tale of two conventions

I went to the Democratic National Convention in Denver because I could not help myself. As a lifelong and long-suffering Democrat, I wanted to be present for the making of American history. I heard lots of speeches and talked to lots of people, but on the whole, I thought the DNC was long on policy

Hope and promise

DENVER ” I write this from the Democratic National Convention in Denver as a Clinton delegate representing Oklahoma. Only halfway through the week’s events, I have heard Sen. Hillary Clinton at three events already, Michelle Obama at two, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I’ve also heard speeches from numerous other male and female dignitaries, both elected

Jason Reese needs a history lesson

When I was in graduate school, one of the biggest problems confronting the United States was Third World debt. One of my graduate teachers was appointed to a panel to investigate the causes and try to develop some solutions to the problem. In the first meeting of leading economists and bankers, the question arose: “Why

Funny But Sad’

The Aug. 6, 2008, article in Chicken-Fried News, “Outlaw the outlaws,” about state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, was funny but sad. Evidently, he has never been around gangs. He needs to talk to the cops that deal with gangs before he makes any more rash statements. I worked nights 25-plus years in printing houses in

Sealed records shield court cases from public scrutiny

District court judges in Oklahoma have sealed at least one record of a case in more than 2,300 court cases between 2003 and 2007 ” typically because attorneys in the cases had simply asked, the Tulsa World recently reported. Wrongful-death, medical malpractice and product liability lawsuits were among the cases the newspaper found with at

Horton redefines victory

The official motto for the Olympic Games is “Citius, Altius, Fortius” ” Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” After watching University of Oklahoma gymnast Jonathan Horton compete in the men’s horizontal bar competition during the Beijing games, I think it’s time to add Horton’s motto to all the official paraphernalia:  “Go big or go home.” Horton

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