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Examining child trauma


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Amber England
A recent report by the United Health Foundation ranked Oklahoma 48th in overall health — a drop of two spots from the previous year. Despite legislative victories over the past few years lowering taxes, reforming workers’ compensation and shrinking the size of government, Oklahoma is still not “doing fine” when it comes to the health of our people
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Shining light on the legislative process


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Peter J. Rudy
With the legislative session over, it’s a good time to think about ways to make the next one better. Specifically, I’m concerned with making the legislative process more transparent.
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Holding our biased breath


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Robin Meyers
Let’s be perfectly honest: When it comes to Chesapeake’s troubles, nobody in Oklahoma City can be expected to be objective. We all have been on the receiving end of too many benefits, from Classen Curve to Whole Foods to the arena’s namesake, not to mention some of the best Christmas lights in the known universe.
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The price of modernizing alcohol laws


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Brett Robinson
Thanks to a recent state Supreme Court decision, Oklahoma voters will decide whether to allow the 15 most populous counties to vote on allowing the sale of wine in certain grocery stores. They will vote whether to “modernize” so-called “antiquated” liquor laws so that our daily lives will be more convenient. Some claim this will be an excellent job recruitment tool, up there with high wages and on-site Botox injections.
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Oklahoma and Medicaid expansion


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For the nearly 700,000 Oklahomans currently without health insurance coverage, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling upholding the bulk of the Affordable Care Act offers hope. The court did, however, strike down one key component of the law by making the expansion of Medicaid, the shared federal-state health insurance program for the poor, optional rather than mandatory.
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cutting taxes is not an answer


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Nathaniel Batchelder

A recession is no time to cut taxes.

 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Myriad Gardens is a dream come true


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James Tolbert
Dean McGee’s dream of a “garden in the city” combining numerous entertainment and cultural venues in the midst of a glorious garden in the center of downtown Oklahoma City simply took my breath away, so I accepted an appointment as trustee of the Myriad Gardens and worked to accomplish his vision.
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Changes at DHS threaten progress


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Linda Terrell
Nearly 30 years ago, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was created as a result of a terrible exposé, “Oklahoma’s Shame,” which uncovered horrible maltreatment of Oklahoma juveniles in state custody. During that process, OICA became the voice for Oklahoma’s children, calling for specific reform and greater accountability to better protect the life of a child. Today, we continue to be that voice, leveraging our expert knowledge and relationships with policymakers to ensure policy solutions are rooted in the best interest of the child.
 
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Standing up for special needs families


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Janet Barresi
A recent YouTube video features a cheerful mother, kids in tow, in the milk aisle of a grocery store. There she finds rows of bland containers offering just … milk.
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Women fared well in legislation


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Kristin Davis
The recent state legislative session was a positive one with regard to matters of interest to women. There were a number of bills waiting in the wings that managed to receive much-deserved attention. They touched on important public policy issues such as access to health care, revenue and taxation, female incarceration, domestic violence and human trafficking.
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wherefore art thou, Democrats?


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Mike Brake
Oklahoma will hold elections this year, but we’ll do it largely without the Democratic Party. The institution that dominated state politics for nearly a century is moribund. That’s a shame; we Republicans said for years that twoparty government is better government, and a lot of us still believe that, but the opposition has grown so feeble that it almost feels like bullying to take them on at the polls.
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Handwritten letters make enduring gift


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Jay Wilkinson
As Father’s Day approaches, I’ve had cause to reflect on my own father. He’s been gone for almost 20 years, but nearly every day I consider the impact he’s had on my life. He was someone I looked up to, no matter how tall I’d grown.
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Nonprofits owe much to Chesapeake


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Deborah Mcauliffe Senner
As most of Oklahoma’s nonprofit organizations would agree, the landscape of our state’s charitable community would be much different without the generous support of our corporate donors. Allied Arts’ visionary donors — Chesapeake Energy, the Chickasaw Nation and Devon Energy — along with all our corporate partners, are committed to investing in the enhancement of the communities in which their employees live and work, and we are grateful beneficiaries.
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Open carry is an embarrassment


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Robin Meyers
For over a decade I wrote a regular column for this page, a second opinion on the dominant political and theological ethos of my beloved Oklahoma — where I was born, have raised three children, and continue to lead the same amazing church.
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Get on the Sunday bus


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Lauren Branch
Oklahoma City is in the midst of a renaissance. When civic leaders talk about our city’s progress, you hear phrases like “world-class” and “big-league city.” The Thunder is driving toward a possible NBA championship. Olympic athletes are training on the Oklahoma River. A 50-story skyscraper just reshaped the city’s skyline.
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
 
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