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Crimes of exploitation


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Deirdre Flynn
She walks toward the door, gravel crackling under her shoes. It opens, and the man — old enough to be her dad, maybe old enough to be her grandfather, but either way, old enough to know better — lets her in. Her mind is blank and her body numb.
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thankful for change


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Scott J. Hamilton
I have many things for which I am thankful this Thanksgiving. Topping that list, as he has for the last 21 years, is my husband, Wayne. Also high on the list are our four-legged children, my parents, good health, great friends and a job I love.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Counterpoint: Defending the disenfranchised


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Mark Faulk
What began as a single protest in a park on Wall Street two months ago has grown to thousands of cities across the world, including several occupations in Oklahoma.
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Point: What is the endgame?


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Chris Smith
We have heard praise regarding the improvement and development of downtown Oklahoma City. With cranes within view of almost every window downtown, and new roadblocks popping up daily, the morning commute is becoming a game of labyrinth with David Bowie laughing as we try to find our parking spot.
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fans lose in lockout


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Jonathan Willner
There is no question that the arrival of the Thunder has been a boon to basketball fans in Oklahoma. Having wrangled roughly $180 million in subsidies out of the city and state, we find the main beneficiaries of this largess at odds with each other.
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Point: Creating a boomtown in OKC


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Jonathan Small

The growth and success of Oklahoma City and the metro area is because of the hard work and dedication of its residents, great leadership and strategic decisions. The metro area is strategically positioning itself to be the hub for individual freedom, initiative and entrepreneurship.

 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Counterpoint: Bad tax model


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Kurt Hochenauer

For years, Republicans have touted the idea of eliminating the state income tax to create a better business climate, and they have at least a fair chance to start the process during the next legislative session.

 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Point: State must step up


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Kirk Humphreys
“It looks like a Bulgarian veterans hospital.”
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Counterpoint: The private sector’s responsibility


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Greg Treat
The American Indian Cultural Center & Museum will be a welcome addition to our state’s cultural landscape. It will stand as a testament to the central importance of American Indian heritage in Oklahoma’s unique history. It will speak to who we have been and what our future holds.
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

An economy for everyone


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Jason Reese

Times are tough, and it is becoming ever more apparent that Oklahoma cannot remain immune to the economic sickness that has emerged as a chronic condition for our country.

 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Working toward walkability


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Randy Entz

No matter what health statistic is considered, Oklahoma City generally does not fare very well. It has higher rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease than most of its peer cities. No doubt some of that can be attributed to personal decisions, but some of it is due to our built environment. We have built a city that, in most areas, makes travel by walking and cycling more difficult than driving a vehicle.

 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Shaping a better city


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Blair Humphreys
We had the opportunity to discuss the issue of “sprawl” with more than 600 citizens who gathered last month at a town hall meeting in Oklahoma City. The meeting included presentations from Councilman Ed Shadid, City Manager Jim Couch and the director of almost every city department.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Counterpoint: Investing wisely


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Donald Jordan
The last decade has seen the tremendous benefits from our investment in our city’s core. The MAPS projects will continue to be a catalyst for so much dynamic growth for the arts, and continued investment is essential for our sustained economic development, educational excellence and quality of life.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Point: ‘An Oklahoma City landmark’


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Lee A. Fithian

Once again, Stage Center faces extinction. In 1972, the same year it won the Honor Award from The American Institute of Architects and the New York City Museum of Modern Art accepted the building model into its permanent collection, the Mummers Theater (as it was known then) was threatened to be demolished for lack of operating funds.

 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Time-out for towers


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Lee Peoples
Just look up and you’ll notice the proliferation of cellphone towers around Oklahoma City. Many of these towers reach heights of 125 feet or taller. AT&T, only one of many wireless providers, is planning at least 60 applications for new towers or antennas this year alone. A temporary moratorium on new cellphone towers, combined with an examination of the applicable zoning rules, is in order.
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
 
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