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Dangerous proposal


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
It's significant that state political leaders, especially mainstream Republicans, recently denounced the idea of creating an official anti-federal government militia in Oklahoma.State tea party activi...
 
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Point: Feds to the rescue


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Kurt Hochenauer
All this opt-out legislation at the state Capitol this year ignores the fact that Oklahoma's history shows the state is heavily dependent on the federal government for its viability. Oklahoma has been...
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010

OKC's drunken elephant


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
The Thunder basketball team has proven Oklahoma City is in the big leagues now, and MAPS 3 promises to keep the city's momentum going for years to come.But there's at least one thing holding the city ...
 
Thursday, February 25, 2010

Counterpoint: Money fights


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
The 2010 Oklahoma legislative session, which began Feb. 1, could be bitter and contentious as leaders determine how the state will deal with its worst budget crisis since the Great Depression.It could...
 
Thursday, February 4, 2010

Parole reform overdue


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Kurt Hochenauer
The state's current severe budget crisis could finally force legislators and other public officials this year to address Oklahoma's burgeoning correctional system.Oklahoma is the only state in the cou...
 
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Systemic poverty


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Kurt Hochenauer
Reducing poverty remains one of Oklahoma's greatest challenges in the early 21st century.Poverty, in the state's historical context, is systemic and has gut-wrenching realities, such as basic hunger. ...
 
Thursday, December 31, 2009

Counterpoint: Reactive response


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Kurt Hochenauer
Beginning in 1929, the Great Depression defined Oklahoma as Okies escaped westward in massive numbers and the state's population dwindled. The exodus didn't stabilize until nearly the '50s.   In t...
 
Thursday, December 10, 2009

The 'Obama effect'


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Kurt Hochenauer
Some Oklahoma Republicans and pundits are predicting gains for the GOP in the 2010 statewide elections because of President Barack Obama's unpopularity here. This should raise concerns about the state...
 
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Draconian justice


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Kurt Hochenauer
Why in the world does Oklahoma lead the nation in the number of women incarcerated on a per capita basis? Do state leaders really want that distinction? The numbers tell a truly sad story: There ar...
 
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Imagine OKC


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
Bricktown continues to thrive, especially with the arrival of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, and new housing development in downtown around the Deep Deuce area foreshadows a bright future for the in...
 
Thursday, August 27, 2009

The cost of war


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Kurt Hochenauer
Any discussion over what to do about Oklahoma's high incarceration rates must begin with the general acknowledgment the so-called "war on drugs" has been a failure here and across the country. Nati...
 
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hunger pangs


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Kurt Hochenauer
There are a couple of lines in W.H. Auden's famous poem "September 1, 1939" that point out the all-consuming nature of hunger: "Hunger allows no choice / To the citizen or the police." What choice...
 
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Point: Bipartisan Brad


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Kurt Hochenauer
Gov. Brad Henry's responsible, bipartisan leadership has checked a sometimes misguided, Republican-controlled Legislature, which has consistently presented him with bills that would do nothing to move...
 
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Counterpoint: Consolidation education


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Kurt Hochenauer
The debate over school consolidation continues in Oklahoma, but consolidation is hardly the financial panacea presented by its proponents. School consolidation is often a sign that a small, rural O...
 
Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pro-life intimidation


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Kurt Hochenauer
Women's medical privacy rights could be threatened and the state's growing bioscience industry would have suffered under new pro-life legislation in Oklahoma. House Bill 1595, which has passed the ...
 
Thursday, April 30, 2009
 
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