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OKG Newsletter


Opinion
 

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

Beware a well-armed government


Letters to the Editor

Vance Armor
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, progressives are emboldened by the prospect that public opinion may shift toward their policies favoring citizen disarmament. Robin Meyers’ op-ed in Oklahoma Gazette is a fine crystallization of sentiments held by those who favor a certain kind of disarmament policy — but not a general disarmament policy. Rev. Meyers laments “[a] gun-loving, gun-saturated, gun-worshipping culture.”
 
Friday, January 18, 2013

A failed philosophy


Letters to the Editor

Jamie Burnette
A big, heartfelt, thank-you goes to Bill Bleakley for his commentary, “Hey, Legislature, nothing’s happening here!” (Dec. 11, 2012, Oklahoma Gazette) His words echoed those of many of us who have been banging our heads against the proverbial brick wall as we watch the decline of our schools.
 
Friday, January 18, 2013

Fallin fails


Letters to the Editor

Wanda Jo Stapleton
Gov. Mary Fallin’s ruthless refusal to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income Oklahomans is typical of the way her past political actions have harmed Oklahomans.
 
Friday, January 18, 2013

The fallacy of test-driven school reform


Commentary

John Thompson
There is a lot wrong with the Oklahoma City Public Schools, but the blame game is not a solution. OKCPS, largely made up of low-income students (88 percent), earned a D in the Oklahoma Department of Education A-F school grading system. But the state also earned a D for improving outcomes for low-performing students. To serve our children and help those who struggle, we must stop blaming individuals and address systemic problems that have stymied all urban school systems.
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Decisions of politics and compassion


Commentary

Rep. Doug Cox
Jane is in the emergency room complaining of stomach pain. This is her third ER visit in two weeks. She is worried about losing her job because of the missed time.
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The road not taken


Commentary

Dr. Ed Shadid
The most critical lesson of the downtown boulevard debate is that diversity of thought (itself a function of the sum total of our experiences) through maximum public participation, along with the utmost transparency to aid in deliberations, leads to better decision-making.
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Boulevard of broken dreams?


Commentary

Bob Kemper
No, we don’t have a Georgia O’Keeffe to spark an arts and culture revolution in Oklahoma City as it happened in Santa Fe, N.M. But that hasn’t stopped people from speculating that OKC could become “the next Santa Fe.”
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Loving our guns to death


Commentary

Robin Meyers
The Oklahoma response to the latest mass shooting will be utterly predictable. Gun rights in this state are like an official religion with a canned liturgy: “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Things to learn in Denver


Commentary

Leslie Batchelor
The city of Denver recently played host to the Urban Land Institute’s major convention for leaders in land use and real estate development. ULI’s mission is to promote best practices in responsible land use. While the meeting was very worthwhile, even better were the lessons offered by Denver itself.
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

God’s presence amid horror


Letters to the Editor

David Hull
Amid of the horror in Connecticut, many fellow Christians likely will want to take up the counterpoint to the media’s discussions about guns and other perceived conservative Christian stereotypical debasements. Please don’t take the bait.
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
 
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