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OKG Newsletter


Opinion
 

What about the public good?


Letters to the Editor

Nathaniel Batchelder
How did America become a nation with 440 billionaires politically concerned mostly with tax cuts allowing them to keep or increase their wealth? What happened to valuing the public good and social responsibility, the principle that all of us, especially the fortunate, should contribute to a society supporting everyone’s possibilities for education, opportunity, access to some kind of health care, a better life for themselves and their families?
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Be cautious with a dopey idea


Commentary

Mike Brake
The renewed push to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Oklahoma takes the same misguided approach used by other states, including California. If, indeed, there is legitimate therapeutic value in pot — a contention with limited anecdotal evidence — setting up an ad hoc network of authorized growers and dispensers is the wrong way to go. Medical pot, if it’s ever legalized, should undergo rigorous clinical trials and be carefully regulated like every other drug
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A tax cut to die for


Letters to the Editor

D.W. Tiffee
Gov. Mary Fallin’s $106 million-a-year tax cut proposal effectively precludes Oklahoma from spending a net $50 million annually to insure 200,000 Oklahomans under Obamacare, a coldblooded death sentence for thousands who will suffer and die from treatable medical conditions. The pro-life crowd’s road to prosperity is paved with human bones.
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Not amused


Letters to the Editor

Rosemary Brown
No doubt the Oklahoma Gazette staff member who wrote the Life article about Walt Strony in the Jan. 23 edition is still snickering at his own wit. While cheap shots and vulgarity are staples in your paper’s so-called humor content, it’s appalling that you used them to open a straight news article about an upcoming concert by an accomplished musician.
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Who our schoolchildren need


Commentary

Bill Bleakley
Tuesday is election day for choosing the chair and two members of the Oklahoma City Public Schools School Board. Many believe the school elections are set in the middle of winter and not in conjunction with regular elections to subdue voter turnout and strengthen the political power of education special interests. The usual voter turnout in these elections proves them right.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

School choice is the answer


Letters to the Editor

Matthew Trimble
The larger fallacy John Thompson (Commentary, “The fallacy of test-driven school reform, Jan. 16, Oklahoma Gazette) fails to recognize is the fallacy of centrally planned and administered education. MAPS for Kids has been a total failure, as schools are not buildings. The only obvious beneficiaries are the government contractors who built the buildings.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The biggest problem with guns


Letters to the Editor

Thomas Baines
I have spent much of the last 75 years in both military and civilian service under arms. I was born and grew up in rural Oklahoma, where I learned that firearms were tools, not toys or status symbols.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Same ol’, same ol’


Letters to the Editor

Douglas Mock, Joseph Thai and Tom Boyd
Two “new” bills filed with the state Legislature recently are dog-eared twin parcels of anti-science boilerplate based on model language from the creationist Discovery Institute (in Seattle). This is an annual rite of winter: Legislative sponsors proclaim laudable goals (“academic freedom” and “critical thinking”) with a wink and nod that fool no one except perhaps innocent schoolchildren. The goal is to promote the teaching of religion as science in public school science classrooms.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Responsible gun control


Letters to the Editor

Jackie Gaston
Increasing access to guns as the solution of gun violence makes as much sense as doubling up on doughnuts to lose weight. Not gonna happen. Why not try responsible gun control including a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to buy back semiautomatic weapons? That’s what Australia did in 1996 after a gunman killed 35 tourists and wounded 23 more. Their buyback covered about one-fifth of all firearms in Australia, including more than 600,000 semiautomatic shotguns and rifles.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rebel with a cause


Commentary

Steve Hill
He looked like rock ’n’ roll.
 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Schools and after-school exercise


Commentary

Marilyn Davidson
Our public schools are the most important resource in our community — they truly should be the heart and soul of every community. As parents, we should care about what happens in our schools, and as taxpayers, we should be able to access schools for community use.
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A secretive government


Commentary

Joey Senat
Gov. Mary Fallin doesn’t want you to know what advice her 14 Cabinet members give on running the state.
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Medicaid expansion is unaffordable


Commentary

Brandon Dutcher
“Media skepticism is selective,” the author and essayist Joseph Sobran once observed. “Lyndon Johnson didn’t meet the ‘adversary press’ when he was pushing the (progressive) Great Society programs: He ran into it when he pursued the (reactionary) war in Vietnam.”
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Medicaid expansion is affordable, and vital


Commentary

Kate Richey

For nearly 50 years, Medicaid has provided basic medical care to the poorest and most vulnerable Oklahomans. While Medicaid is the state’s primary safety net health care provider, many of the state’s poor are not currently eligible. The vast majority (93 percent) of those covered now under SoonerCare/Medicaid are children, seniors, disabled adults and pregnant women.

 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Robin is right


Letters to the Editor

Bob Hanlin
Thank you for publishing Robin Meyers’ commentary (”Loving our guns to death,” Dec. 19, 2012, Oklahoma Gazette) on the gun debate.
 
Friday, January 18, 2013
 
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