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Oklahoma’s public defenders


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Robin Meyers
I am not talking about those brave, idealistic, underpaid lawyers who work to protect the last and the least, but KFOR, KOCO, KWTV and other local media outlets whose job it has become to defend the honor and reputation of our state when it is under attack by “foreigners” — aka, Australian politicians, lying journalists at Sports Illustrated or even the “unorthodox” Ed Shadid.
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Resilient repetition

What about the other issues that emerge more slowly and with fewer cliches nearly 6 months after May's weather disaster?


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Kurt Hochenauer
Anyone who has lived in the Oklahoma City area for a long time knows the post-disaster refrains by heart.
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Contraception empowers women


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Ryan Kiesel
Almost a century has passed since Margaret Sanger was arrested in Brooklyn. Her crime? Establishing a clinic dedicated to offering free contraceptives to women.
 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

OKC schools need real change

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


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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

Advancing Medicaid reform


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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


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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

Hobby Lobby deserves protection


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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


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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

Time to inform, not denounce


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Rev. Jonalu Johnstone
Our Oklahoma officials don’t shy from grandstanding complaints about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Marking 40 years of God’s work


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Rick Denny
In 1973, two Oklahomans aided only by generous hearts, a few resources and a powerful faith in God opened a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in downtown Oklahoma City.. The humble project that Sister Ruth Wynne and Sister Betty Adams called Jesus House is marking four decades of serving the city’s homeless and hungry.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

No toke over the line


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Kurt Hochenauer
Pot smokers, beware. There really is a reason to get paranoid.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The anti-Obama premium


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Brooks Mitchell
The battle cry from the state Capitol is, “I am more anti-Obama than you are!” Unfortunately, that has gone from the confines of campaign platform to the halls of the state Legislature with less than happy outcomes.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Time for middle-out economics


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Gene Perry
In 2006, Gov. Brad Henry signed a tax cut that, in some ways, mirrored the cut approved this year under Gov. Mary Fallin. The top income tax rate was ratcheted down over several years, with a final reduction depending on a revenue trigger.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Avoiding a fiasco in education


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John Thompson
Nationally, a train wreck is coming to urban school systems. That disaster is much less likely in Oklahoma, however, and we must give state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi credit for that.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The facts about a convention center hotel


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Roy Williams
Ed Shadid’s commentary in the June 26 Oklahoma Gazette (“Unfortunately, it’s all too conventional) was incredibly disappointing. I expected more from an announced Oklahoma City mayoral candidate running on a platform of “honesty and transparency.”
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
 
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