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OKG Newsletter


Opinion
 

Taking tests to task


Letters to the Editor

Phil Grove
Drug testing has only one real purpose: to ostracize those caught using drugs.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mucking up marketplace fairness


Letters to the Editor

Hal Stevens
Government has a habit of phrasing proposals in a way that sounds reasonable. A good example of this is the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which is neither fair nor affordable, nor easily implementable.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Terrific teachers


Letters to the Editor

Ivan Holmes
After reading the commentary by John Thompson in the July 17 Oklahoma Gazette on using student test scores for teacher evaluations (”Avoiding a fiasco in education”), it reminded me of an article I wrote several years ago on, “What is a master teacher?” I explained that a master teacher:
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

'Tightening the noose'


Letters to the Editor

Ron Ferrell
I salute Kurt Hochenauer for his spot-on opinion in the July 24 Oklahoma Gazette, No toke over the line.”
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Time to inform, not denounce


Commentary

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone
Our Oklahoma officials don’t shy from grandstanding complaints about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Marking 40 years of God’s work


Commentary

Rick Denny
In 1973, two Oklahomans aided only by generous hearts, a few resources and a powerful faith in God opened a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in downtown Oklahoma City.. The humble project that Sister Ruth Wynne and Sister Betty Adams called Jesus House is marking four decades of serving the city’s homeless and hungry.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Brake dancing with facts


Letters to the Editor

D.W. Tiffee
Mike Brake (Letters to the editor, “Big, bloated government,” July 3, Oklahoma Gazette) wails about government waste, but given complete Republican control of state government, why was vital education funding slashed 20.6 percent between 2008-2013 while the pork goes untouched? Why are Oklahomans being slammed with a 50-percent tax increase to renew their drivers’ licenses?
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

No bull's-eye


Letters to the Editor

Carl Hall
In “Darts at arts” (News, Molly Evans, July 10, Oklahoma Gazette), we were told, “Every dollar of public funding generates about $8 in tax revenue for Oklahoma, according to [Oklahoma Arts Council].”
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

For the unauthorized


Letters to the Editor

Jake Fisher
I often hear “fairness” and “rule of law” invoked by opponents of immigration reform measures that would normalize the status of unauthorized immigrants within the U.S.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hail Cale


Letters to the Editor

Ivan Smason
The highly influential singer-songwriter and Oklahoma City native John “J.J.” Cale died July 26, at age 74, at a La Jolla, Calif., hospital after a heart attack.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A dangerous farm bill


Letters to the Editor

Bob Ingersoll and Katelynn Stepien
We were dismayed to learn that the U.S. House farm bill has a section authored by Iowa Congressman Steve King that would erase state laws regarding to agriculture. In other words, vital laws that protect our food safety, the environment, and animal welfare would go out the window if this language makes it into the final version.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

No toke over the line


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
Pot smokers, beware. There really is a reason to get paranoid.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The anti-Obama premium


Commentary

Brooks Mitchell
The battle cry from the state Capitol is, “I am more anti-Obama than you are!” Unfortunately, that has gone from the confines of campaign platform to the halls of the state Legislature with less than happy outcomes.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Time for middle-out economics


Commentary

Gene Perry
In 2006, Gov. Brad Henry signed a tax cut that, in some ways, mirrored the cut approved this year under Gov. Mary Fallin. The top income tax rate was ratcheted down over several years, with a final reduction depending on a revenue trigger.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Avoiding a fiasco in education


Commentary

John Thompson
Nationally, a train wreck is coming to urban school systems. That disaster is much less likely in Oklahoma, however, and we must give state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi credit for that.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
 
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