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An embarrassment of a senator


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Robin Meyers
Is it any wonder that Oklahoma students rank near the bottom of the country in math and science scores? Consider U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who teaches them by example that if someone pays you enough money, you too can ignore the evidence and act like a fool.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Getting rid of a hurtful word


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Ann Trudgeon
The term “politically correct” has fallen from favor, occasionally mocked by those who cite the importance of the First Amendment. I, too, value our Constitutional rights to speak without fear of being persecuted. And yet the adage that “words will never hurt me” is ridiculously erroneous. Words do hurt — they have tremendous power to hurt. For a friend of mine, Misty Cargill, words ultimately killed.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rising above messages of hate


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Adam Soltani
As violence erupts in the Middle East over an anti-Islam film, Oklahoma communities should seek to rise above these hate-filled actions and messages through peaceful dialogue and mutual understanding with those of other faiths.
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Counterpoint: Roads funding is critical


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Neal McCaleb
In 2005, when Oklahoma’s highways and bridges were literally crumbling, Oklahomans spoke loudly by soundly defeating State Question 723, a proposal which would have raised the fuel tax to 22 cents per gallon. The lesson learned was that in order to provide safe and cost-effective highways and bridges, the decades-long practice of systematically diverting transportation-generated revenues to other areas of government had to end, and infrastructure had to become a core priority.
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Point: Slow down on ODOT funding


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David Blatt
The past four years have put severe constraints on the state budget. Many state agencies have absorbed funding cuts of more than 20 percent, and most have been forced to cut staff while eliminating programs and services.
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

DHS needs meaningful oversight


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Greg Treat
The presidential election has many Americans sharply divided along party lines. As Oklahomans, however, there is something on the ballot in November that should unite us regardless of political affiliation — State Question 765.
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It’s time for medical marijuana


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Paul Armentano
Kudos to state Sen. Constance Johnson for once again calling for legislative hearings regarding the therapeutic use of marijuana. Perhaps this time a majority of her colleagues will listen.
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shining a light on crime


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Brian Maughan
Oklahoma lawmakers have made real strides in getting smarter about crime, and about which offenders get locked up. Recent legislation has expanded the use of sentencing alternatives like drug courts and community service programs.
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Democrats step up


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Kurt Hochenauer
Have progressive Oklahomans found some political mojo in recent months?
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

For Tim Rhodes


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Bill Bleakley
The Media Audit, conducted by International Demographics which measures media impact, finds that as many Republicans as Democrats read our newspaper. I’m reaching out to our Republican readers who live in Oklahoma County and asking them to pay particular attention to Tuesday’s runoff election for Oklahoma County court clerk.
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Don’t say Chick-fil-A wasn’t personal


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Scott J. Hamilton
On the evening of Aug. 1, the day of the Mike Huckabee/Sally Kern Chick-fil-A love fest, a young man walked into my office and sank into a chair. He rubbed his eyes and said he’d never felt as persecuted as a gay man as he did that day.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Betting on a better boulevard


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Bob Kemper
Paul Green, field division 4 engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, had no idea his presentation would let loose a whirlwind of controversy and consequent action.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Disaster is ahead for Obamacare


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Mike Brake
Absent a resounding Republican victory this fall, liberals will get their big wish when Obamacare begins taking effect early in 2013. Under the “be careful what you wish for” rubric, it may be useful to look ahead. What can Oklahomans expect from Obamacare?
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Oklahoma needs the Affordable Care Act


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Craig W. Jones
Many people know that Medicaid was passed alongside Medicare as part of the 1965 Social Security Act. But I would wager that very few Oklahomans know that Oklahoma was one of only six states to be the first to participate in Medicaid when it launched in 1966. Oklahoma was the only Southern state among those six. Another 27 states signed on later that year, 11 more in 1967, and another eight states (all Southern) in 1970. Seems the new social program at the time was a bit controversial.
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Examining child trauma


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Amber England
A recent report by the United Health Foundation ranked Oklahoma 48th in overall health — a drop of two spots from the previous year. Despite legislative victories over the past few years lowering taxes, reforming workers’ compensation and shrinking the size of government, Oklahoma is still not “doing fine” when it comes to the health of our people
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
 
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