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Close photo of prescription bottle for Hydrocodone tablets and pills on wooden table for opioid epidemic illustration

As the opioid epidemic continues, Oklahomans require better support systems

As the opioid epidemic continues, Oklahomans require better support systems

Mental health and drug dependence treatment options would help pull Oklahomans away from addiction.

Stanley Hupfeld | Photo provided

OKCPS school board candidates prepare for Tuesday election

Budget issues, school choice, student demographics and teacher pay are important topics in this election.

Mandating the Pledge of Allegiance

After posting this on my social media, it became painfully apparent that fellow Oklahomans had strong opinions regarding this topic. I realize that the Pledge of Allegiance is a true symbol of patriotism, and for good reason. Have we, however, considered the origins of our pledge and why it was originally introduced into our schooling

Community demands governor action over boy’s death

The teenager, born with Chromosome 9 Ring disease, was unable to care for himself and required help with tasks as easy as lifting a fork to his mouth. He died Jan. 4, 2013, at Children’s Hospital from pneumonia complications, according to the state medical examiner. But the youngster’s sister, Valerie Wood-Harber, contends he died from

Full of hope

According to the Violence Policy Center’s (VPC) 2013 report, Oklahoma ranked third in the nation for the number of women killed by men, a startling jump from the previous year’s ranking. In 2012, VPC ranked Oklahoma at No. 17 in the nation. “Nine women each week are [killed] by their husband or intimate partner,” said

Women need help, not prison

Many factors contribute to the high female incarceration rate. However, the root cause is one that makes for uncomfortable conversation: the fact that women and girls in our state are not treated well. Oklahoma has an inordinate number of girls who suffer abuse and other forms of trauma in childhood and then carry the symptoms

Before bars

Terri Woodland, ReMerge director, said the female prison population has exploded in recent years. Oklahoma is ranked first in the nation for female prisoners. Last year alone, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) reported Oklahoma locked up 127 women per 100,000 residents. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) reports 2,598 women were incarcerated as of


Who’s hungry? Each year, Gov. Mary Fallin sponsors a food bank drive asking state employees to contribute. The food collected is donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. On first consideration, this seems like a laudable effort. Every year, more Oklahomans suffer from hunger. Both the latest census and the Regional Food Bank have


The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma reports that “more than 675,000 Oklahomans [more than the population of Oklahoma City] are at risk of going hungry every day” and that “one in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger.” That’s why continued funding of food stamps is critical for Oklahomans. The majority of food stamp recipients

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