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Corporate democracy isn’t viable


Letters to the Editor

James Nimmo
Why, oh, why have so many Americans been hoodwinked by the gross idea that corporate democracy can be exported to countries that do not want it and don’t have the society to implement it?
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

OKC schools need real change

We must teach kids to be students, and that cannot be done with quick fixes.


Commentary

John Thompson
After more than 35 years in the education realm, retiring Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer said that he is most proud of three policies he helped implement.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

God makes us good?


Letters to the Editor

None
In the Aug. 6 cover story “Atheist” (News, Carmel Perez Snyder, Aug. 12, Oklahoma Gazette), Ms. Rebecca Vitsmun said, “I still believe that as long as people believe goodness is the thing they are striving for, then we are on the same page.”
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Non-discrimination bill doesn’t protect or define life


Letters to the Editor

Chadwick Cox
In the Gazette article (News, “Life preserver,” Brendan Hoover, Aug. 14) on House Bill 1403 (Nondiscrimination in Treatment Act), Tom Lauinger, chairman of Oklahomans for Life, is reported as saying, “ (Terri) Schiavo’s husband insisted on her feeding tube being removed not because she was dying but because she was not dying.”
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Shame, shame, Markwayne


Letters to the Editor

Michael Cash
It seems that U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Westville) personally witnessed food stamp fraud in Crystal City, Va., recently, or at least so he claims.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A modest proposal


Letters to the Editor

Wanda Jo Stapleton
Isn’t it “special” that Oklahoma legislators, mainly Republicans, voted to protect us women from having to make those tough decisions about our bodies?
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Advancing Medicaid reform


Commentary

Rep. Doug Cox
Not surprising to me, recommendations recently made by the Leavitt Partners (a consulting group hired to study the state’s Medicaid system and alternatives for addressing the Affordable Care Act) closely mirrored those made by Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, and me. Contained in Senate Bill 640, which did not get a hearing last session, these recommendations form a road map for Oklahoma’s future health care for low-income citizens.
 
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Let’s talk about gun laws


Commentary

State Rep. Mike Shelton
I grew up in a culture where families come together to discuss the problems and issues heavy on our hearts. We sit down and talk it out. It gets heated sometimes. But in my community, we feel it’s important to have these discussions for the health of our families.
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Allergy sufferers give thanks


Letters to the Editor

Carmen Johnson
I applaud our state representatives for rejecting legislation that would have blocked everyday, law-abiding citizens’ affordable access to cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Not long ago, state legislators were considering implementing burdensome legislation to require a doctor’s prescription for over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines that many Oklahomans, myself included, depend on.
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Not our war


Letters to the Editor

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft and Nathaniel Batchelder
At a state Capitol rally, four speakers on the left and four speakers on the right addressed 200 participants gathered in near 100-degree heat. The message was, “President Obama must hear from all of us that Syria is a powder-keg that the U.S. must not become militarily embroiled in. Syria is not our war.”
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hobby Lobby deserves protection


Commentary

Andrew Spiropoulos
In this time of polarized politics, it is hard to conceive of any significant bill that’s supported by the entire American political spectrum. But in 1993, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) achieved just that.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Poor logic on Hobby Lobby decision


Commentary

Marci A. Hamilton
There are times when a court’s reasoning becomes so precious that it has no contact with reality, which is precisely what happened when the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit decided Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. The most important issue in the case is whether a for-profit company is a religious “person” under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The short answer is “No.”
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Taking tests to task


Letters to the Editor

Phil Grove
Drug testing has only one real purpose: to ostracize those caught using drugs.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mucking up marketplace fairness


Letters to the Editor

Hal Stevens
Government has a habit of phrasing proposals in a way that sounds reasonable. A good example of this is the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which is neither fair nor affordable, nor easily implementable.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Terrific teachers


Letters to the Editor

Ivan Holmes
After reading the commentary by John Thompson in the July 17 Oklahoma Gazette on using student test scores for teacher evaluations (”Avoiding a fiasco in education”), it reminded me of an article I wrote several years ago on, “What is a master teacher?” I explained that a master teacher:
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
 
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