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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

Is Sally Kern an aberration?

For the GOP to not condemn Kern is to condone her actions.


Commentary

Sen. Andrew Rice
Being the Democratic nominee for United States Senate in 2008, when then-candidate Barack Obama was the nominee for president, was an eye-opening experience.
 
Friday, April 29, 2011

Counterpoint: Fallin ‘should be praised’

Frankly, Oklahomans shouldn’t give a hoot.


Commentary

Charlie Meadows
House Bill 2130, high-profile legislation by Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele and supported by Gov. Mary Fallin, passed in mid-March with only 51 votes and then headed for the Senate.
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Point: Fallin should ‘listen to her gut’

Is getting the politics right better than getting the policy wrong?


Commentary

Chris Smith
I was proud to see Gov. Mary Fallin stand up to the more extreme elements of her party recently when she was in favor of utilizing the $54 million that the federal government returned to Oklahoma to implement a health care exchange.
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Point: Oklahoma resources first

The financial, environmental and health costs associated with nuclear energy development are too high.


Commentary

Robert 'Bud' Scott
Who would have thought “Fukishima reactor” would become part of the national vocabulary?
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Counterpoint: ‘Clean, reliable and affordable’ power

We should learn from Fukushima, not prevent nuclear development


Commentary

Sen. Jim Inhofe
In March, Japan suffered from a devastating earthquake followed thereafter by a massive tsunami. In its aftermath, the world witnessed a nuclear accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Point: More doctors, less preachers

The scientific community supports evolutionary theory.


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
Some conservatives among the religious right want people to believe there is a scientific controversy over the validity of the theory of evolution, but it’s only a backdoor attempt to bring creationist ideas into Oklahoma science classrooms.
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Counterpoint: Scrutinizing science

Real education should be about teaching kids how to think.


Commentary

Steve Kern
In Oklahoma, there have been at least three attempts to pass a “teach the controversy about evolution” bill in the last few years.
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mid-session legislative awards

Have legislators fulfilled promises?


Commentary

Kyle D. Loveless
The Legislature is getting close to the halfway point, and before you know it, lawmakers will be adjourning for the year. Have they fulfilled promises, or are they just playing the political version of the four-corners offense?
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Workers under attack

GOP staging a full fiscal assault on the middle class


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
The start of the legislative session had some Democrats here hoping GOP overreach on cultural wedge issues might create voter backlash and fatigue this year that would hurt conservative political candidates in the future.
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Geraldine Ferraro and the locked door

Ferraro unlocked the door to the men’s club of politics


Commentary

Pam Fleischaker
In the spring of 1984, I was a wife and mom, raising a second-grader and a 12-month-old, and working for Planned Parenthood in Oklahoma City.
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Every foot matters

OKC must place more value on land use and street edges


Commentary

Blair Humphreys
For years, we have been trying to make downtown Oklahoma City a great place for people. This mission is reaffirmed and restated using a variety of catchphrases — “pedestrian-friendly,” “thriving urban center,” “24/7 community” — that all ultimately mean the same thing: a downtown crowded with people.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Point: Pro-business stance is ‘shortsighted’

The desired end doesn’t justify the means here.


Commentary

Chris Smith
In May 2009, Sen. Glenn Coffee and fellow legislators announced the passing of a comprehensive lawsuit reform package. Everyone lauded its passage. Why then are Republicans back again with more legislation on the same issue?
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Counterpoint: ‘Fear stifles innovation’

Oklahoma needs a fair and quick legal system


Commentary

Fred Morgan
“We need lawsuit reform now!” I am confident that is a statement you have heard for years, from doctors, politicians and the business community. But what is often left unsaid is how lawsuit reform (or the lack thereof) would impact each and every Oklahoman.
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
 
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