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A place for people

The new Myriad Gardens is special.


Commentary

Blair Humphreys
James Howard Kunstler, the author and urban critic famous for his diatribes against America’s “sprawling” cities, suggested the way people use cities is changing. According to Kunstler, “The 20th century was about getting around. The 21st century will be about staying in a place worth staying in.”
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Counterpoint: Soul concern

'My greatest concern is for the souls of individuals in their relationship with God.'


Commentary

Steve Kern
On June 26, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled sodomy laws in Texas as unconstitutional on the basis of the right to privacy and equal protection.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Point: This is not a culture war

'Gay people are loved by their families.'


Commentary

Nathan Gunter
“I grew up in Oklahoma,” said Don. “I believe passionately in Oklahoma values.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A response to ‘Stoning of Sally Kern’

Kern needs to learn that America is diverse.


Commentary

Scott Jones
My first experience of Rep. Sally Kern was in 2005 when she was leading the effort to get books she perceived as having a gay theme banned from public libraries in Oklahoma.
 
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Defining conservative values

The campaign for the state’s 2nd Congressional District will start a conversation about what it means to be a conservative.


Commentary

Chris Smith
With the announcement of Rep. Dan Boren’s retirement from Congress, our state lost a loyal voice in Washington at a time when balanced, commonsense values and bipartisan influence are most needed in a body that doesn’t seem to have much of either at this time.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Not fit for fitness

A new health-related report should not be ignored or qualified.


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
It’s more than just another typical report that exposes the city’s and state’s weaknesses.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thank you, Ms. Luper

Clara Luper, 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,' died Wednesday at age 88


Commentary

Todd Fagin
In August 1986, I was a typical 15-year-old suburban youth in Oklahoma City.
 
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Counterpoint: ‘Good for Oklahoma’

We’re confident that when they have the facts, Oklahomans will agree Keystone XL is good for America and good for Oklahoma.


Commentary

Nicole Aitken
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has generated considerable attention lately, with some of it coming from those who have a biased opinion based on misinformation and an alarmist distortion of the facts.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Point: Fighting ‘authoritarian oil oligarchs’

Is this what Oklahoma is about? Is this what America is about?


Commentary

Harlan Hentges
This spring history caught up with petro-dictator Moammar Gadhafi and other repressive leaders in the Middle East.
 
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Transit should be a priority

It is very difficult to have uncontrolled growth and a cost-efficient and effective transit system.


Commentary

Rick Cain
Recently, the Brookings Institute, a Washington, D.C.,-based think tank, issued a report that ranked the Oklahoma City area 84th out of 100 metropolitan areas in regard to serving its workforce transit needs.
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Race matters in Ersland case

One of the least talked about, but most important undercurrents in this saga


Commentary

Tyler Branson
Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland was convicted of first-degree murder last week for fatally shooting a robber two years ago.
 
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

End of session grades

They got done early, but did they do well?


Commentary

Kyle D. Loveless
To those who occupy the people’s house and upper chamber on 23rd and Lincoln, congratulations are in order. They have finished their obligations and will adjourn for the year a week early.
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Students cover tax cuts

The word “irresponsible” to describe the pending income tax cut on Jan. 1, 2012, is probably an understatement.


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
Oklahoma college students should expect another increase in tuition costs this fall, in part, because the state Legislature will probably not stop what University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren has called an “irresponsible” tax cut.
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Breaking Reagan’s commandment

Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican? Gone.


Commentary

Chris Smith
In recent days, a firestorm erupted over comments made by Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, on the Oklahoma House of Representatives floor.
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Parks and recreation

Get to know Oklahoma, because it’s worth getting to know.


Commentary

Nathan Gunter
Enjoy this upcoming summer vacation, Oklahoma. It’s the last chance you’ll have to visit seven Oklahoma state parks that are set to close due to budget cuts.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
 
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