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The tipping point for families


Howard Hendrick
The world has watched how Greece’s debt and financial woes have crippled Greece, the European markets and nearly brought down the world’s financial markets. Little Greece was nearly, and may yet be, the last straw — the tipping point for a global economic disaster.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Time for tax credit reform


Rep. David Dank

Oklahoma was forced to trim its state budget in recent years, and as the recession eases we still face a standstill budget next year. Why?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Remembering Anthony Shadid


Phil Bacharach
What I remember most about Anthony Shadid from high school was his laugh. It was disarmingly infectious. His eyes would crinkle and his head would tilt back, and he reminded me of a young Ringo Starr, all smiles and shy charm.
Friday, February 17, 2012

Perils of ‘Personhood’


Dr. Dana Stone

Raise your hand if you want state government to decide what birth control method you can use, what type of fertility treatments are available to you, or how to make medical decisions involving a life-threatening pregnancy complication.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Laura Massenat: involved and independent


Bill Bleakley

On Tuesday, in the heart of the Oklahoma City school district, District 4 voters have an opportunity to elect a new school board member.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Point: Phase out state personal income tax


Jonathan Small
Oklahoma has the opportunity to establish itself as the nation’s No. 1 location for economic opportunity by responsibly phasing out its personal income tax.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Counterpoint: Scrapping tax won’t help economy


Mickey Hepner

Few public policy myths have been as persistent as the one that espouses the elimination of the state’s personal income tax as the key to enhancing Oklahoma’s economy. As a result, it appears that this myth is about to have its day.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Time for full disclosure


Bill Bleakley
Last Saturday was the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision permitting unlimited spending by individuals, corporations and labor unions to conduct independent political campaign activities.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

End academic segregation


Mike Brake
The 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended race-based school segregation recognized that it was unconstitutional to jam black kids into inadequate schools.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A senator’s parting thoughts

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Art pays


Kym Koch
If it cost you a dollar and a nickel a year, would you fork it over to attend Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts?
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Historic help


John M. Fudge
Lawmakers this next legislative session are poised to scrutinize whether to retain a host of tax credits. Among the incentives that will be under the microscope is the tax credit for rehabilitating historic buildings.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Online sales, offline ails


Carolyn Stager
The weather is turning chilly, the mall parking lots are full, and one might wonder, “Where is the recession?” As full as the parking lots may be, however, there are many choosing to stay in from the cold and, for convenience, shop from their computers.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The 99 percent


Kurt Hochenauer
Local government officials can’t obscure the larger picture in their ongoing skirmishes with the Occupy OKC protesters.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Race and joblessness


Kate Richey
The job market in Oklahoma is considerably better than in most other states, but its employment situation remains bleak for African-Americans. The unemployment rate for black workers in Oklahoma City last year was nearly 13 percent, almost double the rate for the city’s white workers.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011