Letters to the Editor Kevin Burns
Regarding the Gazette’s Jan. 19 Commentary about
Oklahoma’s liquor laws written by Bill Bishop (“Counterpoint: Paying the
price”) and Roy Williams (“Point: Revise outmoded liquor laws”): Mr. Williams asserts that Oklahoma’s liquor laws deserve a fresh look.
Almost half of surveyed CFOs believe the economy will improve over the next six months
Features Gazette staff
Chief financial officers in the central region of the U.S. are
increasingly optimistic about the economy and hiring, according to a new
survey conducted by Grant Thornton International Ltd.
OKG7 Dining Carol Smaglinski
In the choppy waters of today’s economy, some are taking the plunge and opening up new places to eat. Give these seven restaurants a try, which are either new ventures or have moved to fresh locations.
Commentary Donald Jordan
The last decade has seen the tremendous benefits from our investment in
our city’s core. The MAPS projects will continue to be a catalyst for so
much dynamic growth for the arts, and continued investment is essential
for our sustained economic development, educational excellence and
quality of life.
Free music for you from The Rapture, Laura Gibson and a bunch of artists in ol’ Norman-town.
Economy — “Winter Recording Fiasco” I have no idea what Economy is, nor anything more about the “Winter Recording Fiasco” than what the musical collective posted to its Bandcamp page, but judging by that information, it’s the Zanzibar! Records folks exploring their weirdness.
These songs are droning and creepy, pulsing with what sounds like bass keyboard and rhythmic lyrics like “keep the species alive.” They’re also topical enough to title a song after a certain dictator of North Korea, recently deceased.
The Rapture — “Sail Away” remixes While The Rapture’s full-length fell a little more flat than I’d hoped, it had a couple of standout singles, and “Sail Away” was one of them. Cut Copy gives a signature tribal contribution, Aeroplane’s starts out sparse before blowing up into a full-on house rave, and Cosmic Kids win the award for choppiest chop-up. Their spacier, hypnotic take, complete with long-echoing, mixed-up vocals is about as different from the original as you can get. Thanks, DFA Records!
Laura Gibson — “La Grande” Plaintive, pretty singer/songwriter Laura Gibson visits Opolis in February with Breathe Owl Breathe. Take this opportunity from NPR to get to know her.
What immediately grabbed me about this song was the cheesy, Grandma-giving-the-thumbs-up art, which initially triggered what I call a “whack-novelty” reaction deep within my brain. Then the track kicked in and I got all excited for his forthcoming album, “Probably Flaws.” Dude’s got skill, and it’s fun listening to him dance around the melody on the “Birthday Sex” sample. As solid a local hip-hop track as I've heard in a while.
Few public policy myths
have been as persistent as the one that espouses the elimination of the
state’s personal income tax as the key to enhancing Oklahoma’s economy.
As a result, it appears that this myth is about to have its day.
The failure of Penn Square Bank still reverberates 30 years later.
News Dean Anderson
The Wikipedia version of the 1982 Penn Square Bank failure goes
something like this: A small commercial bank in Oklahoma City made
numerous high-risk energy loans that ultimately led to its demise.
Drama Rod Lott
Whereas the 2010 documentary Inside Job gave a big-picture view at how Wall Street nearly eroded the American economy, the HBO telefilm Too Big to Fail dramatizes the behind-the-scenes dealings.