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Point: All standards left behind


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
A GOP-sponsored bill deregulating schools is a dangerous measure that could lower academic standards and increase class sizes in the state's schools. Its stated intent is to empower school district...
 
Thursday, April 2, 2009

Point: Wealthy surcharge


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Kurt Hochenauer
One part of the solution to Oklahoma's budget dilemma is simple: The state government should raise taxes on the state's wealthiest income earners. Obviously, this won't happen for a variety of poli...
 
Thursday, March 12, 2009

Faithless science


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Kurt Hochenauer
Oklahomans who cared about maintaining science standards in schools paid close attention to a bill introduced by state Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, which would have allowed teachers to discuss with t...
 
Thursday, February 19, 2009

A rainy day


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
Now is exactly the time for state government to invest more in higher education, but don't count on a majority of Oklahoma leaders to see it this way. Faced with projections of declining state revenu...
 
Thursday, January 15, 2009

Prayers instead of poems


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
State Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, has wasted no time pushing her religious agenda since her re-election to the Oklahoma House last month. Kern, along with state Rep. Mike Reynolds, another Okla...
 
Thursday, December 18, 2008

Counterpoint: Democrat hope


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Kurt Hochenauer
Earth to disappointed Oklahoma Democrats: It's all good. Put those recriminations away. No one person or event can be blamed for the poor showing of Democratic state candidates in the Nov. 4 election...
 
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Right turn


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Kurt Hochenauer
What if the Oklahoma City area becomes even more politically and culturally conservative in the next few years? According to a story in the Tulsa World, population trends show Oklahoma's fastest-grow...
 
Thursday, October 16, 2008

HOPE for schools


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Kurt Hochenauer
The Oklahoma conservative bastion and corporate media can attempt to rationalize it, but state government continues to inadequately fund public education. This has caused incalculable harm through t...
 
Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sustainability challenge


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
There's been a lot of talk recently about wind turbines and natural gas and how they fit into Oklahoma's future. T. Boone Pickens, a political conservative and one of Oklahoma State University's impo...
 
Thursday, August 14, 2008

Degree checks


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
Oklahoma should be trying to make college affordable for as many of its residents as possible, yet the state continues to drastically raise tuition rates.  Virtually every leader in the state p...
 
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Nothing new for teachers


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
When the Oklahoma Legislature declined to give the state's teachers raises this session, it didn't seem to make much news. After all, the mantra went, everyone must make sacrifices. Revenues are down...
 
Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mixed signals


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Kurt Hochenauer
Doesn't everything happening in the metro seem bifurcated these days? Bifurcated is a word that fits. It simply means divided into two camps. In terms of Oklahoma City, it means recent events here " ...
 
Thursday, May 15, 2008

Rain check


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
So far Oklahoma has escaped the major economic downturn faced in many areas of the country because of the foreclosure and banking crisis, but state revenues are down because of recent tax cuts. Govern...
 
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another deceptive initiative


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Kurt Hochenauer
An Oklahoma House bill called "The Religious Viewpoints Anti-discrimination Act" is just another deceptive initiative to further erode the country's constitutionally guaranteed separation of church an...
 
Thursday, March 13, 2008

Just the good ol' boys


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Kurt Hochenauer
Oklahoma's reputation as a state dominated by good ol' boy politics and corruption lives on in the 21st century. This reputation is rooted in the state's historical legacy of corruption.   This...
 
Thursday, February 7, 2008
 
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