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OKG Newsletter


Opinion
 

School choice is the answer


Letters to the Editor

Matthew Trimble
The larger fallacy John Thompson (Commentary, “The fallacy of test-driven school reform, Jan. 16, Oklahoma Gazette) fails to recognize is the fallacy of centrally planned and administered education. MAPS for Kids has been a total failure, as schools are not buildings. The only obvious beneficiaries are the government contractors who built the buildings.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The biggest problem with guns


Letters to the Editor

Thomas Baines
I have spent much of the last 75 years in both military and civilian service under arms. I was born and grew up in rural Oklahoma, where I learned that firearms were tools, not toys or status symbols.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Same ol’, same ol’


Letters to the Editor

Douglas Mock, Joseph Thai and Tom Boyd
Two “new” bills filed with the state Legislature recently are dog-eared twin parcels of anti-science boilerplate based on model language from the creationist Discovery Institute (in Seattle). This is an annual rite of winter: Legislative sponsors proclaim laudable goals (“academic freedom” and “critical thinking”) with a wink and nod that fool no one except perhaps innocent schoolchildren. The goal is to promote the teaching of religion as science in public school science classrooms.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Responsible gun control


Letters to the Editor

Jackie Gaston
Increasing access to guns as the solution of gun violence makes as much sense as doubling up on doughnuts to lose weight. Not gonna happen. Why not try responsible gun control including a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to buy back semiautomatic weapons? That’s what Australia did in 1996 after a gunman killed 35 tourists and wounded 23 more. Their buyback covered about one-fifth of all firearms in Australia, including more than 600,000 semiautomatic shotguns and rifles.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rebel with a cause


Commentary

Steve Hill
He looked like rock ’n’ roll.
 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Schools and after-school exercise


Commentary

Marilyn Davidson
Our public schools are the most important resource in our community — they truly should be the heart and soul of every community. As parents, we should care about what happens in our schools, and as taxpayers, we should be able to access schools for community use.
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A secretive government


Commentary

Joey Senat
Gov. Mary Fallin doesn’t want you to know what advice her 14 Cabinet members give on running the state.
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Medicaid expansion is unaffordable


Commentary

Brandon Dutcher
“Media skepticism is selective,” the author and essayist Joseph Sobran once observed. “Lyndon Johnson didn’t meet the ‘adversary press’ when he was pushing the (progressive) Great Society programs: He ran into it when he pursued the (reactionary) war in Vietnam.”
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Medicaid expansion is affordable, and vital


Commentary

Kate Richey

For nearly 50 years, Medicaid has provided basic medical care to the poorest and most vulnerable Oklahomans. While Medicaid is the state’s primary safety net health care provider, many of the state’s poor are not currently eligible. The vast majority (93 percent) of those covered now under SoonerCare/Medicaid are children, seniors, disabled adults and pregnant women.

 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Robin is right


Letters to the Editor

Bob Hanlin
Thank you for publishing Robin Meyers’ commentary (”Loving our guns to death,” Dec. 19, 2012, Oklahoma Gazette) on the gun debate.
 
Friday, January 18, 2013

Beware a well-armed government


Letters to the Editor

Vance Armor
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, progressives are emboldened by the prospect that public opinion may shift toward their policies favoring citizen disarmament. Robin Meyers’ op-ed in Oklahoma Gazette is a fine crystallization of sentiments held by those who favor a certain kind of disarmament policy — but not a general disarmament policy. Rev. Meyers laments “[a] gun-loving, gun-saturated, gun-worshipping culture.”
 
Friday, January 18, 2013

A failed philosophy


Letters to the Editor

Jamie Burnette
A big, heartfelt, thank-you goes to Bill Bleakley for his commentary, “Hey, Legislature, nothing’s happening here!” (Dec. 11, 2012, Oklahoma Gazette) His words echoed those of many of us who have been banging our heads against the proverbial brick wall as we watch the decline of our schools.
 
Friday, January 18, 2013

Fallin fails


Letters to the Editor

Wanda Jo Stapleton
Gov. Mary Fallin’s ruthless refusal to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income Oklahomans is typical of the way her past political actions have harmed Oklahomans.
 
Friday, January 18, 2013

The fallacy of test-driven school reform


Commentary

John Thompson
There is a lot wrong with the Oklahoma City Public Schools, but the blame game is not a solution. OKCPS, largely made up of low-income students (88 percent), earned a D in the Oklahoma Department of Education A-F school grading system. But the state also earned a D for improving outcomes for low-performing students. To serve our children and help those who struggle, we must stop blaming individuals and address systemic problems that have stymied all urban school systems.
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Decisions of politics and compassion


Commentary

Rep. Doug Cox
Jane is in the emergency room complaining of stomach pain. This is her third ER visit in two weeks. She is worried about losing her job because of the missed time.
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
 
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