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Can it happen here?

Oklahoma could be poised for a fight over unions.


Commentary

Jason Reese
Over the past few weeks, we have seen unrest spread throughout the Midwest. From Ohio to Wisconsin, public employees are taking to the street to protest much-delayed belt-tightening in those cash-strapped states. As we watch these events unfold, one cannot help but wonder if the Sooner State could experience the same.
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

You better vote Tuesday!

The quality of our city government is in peril.


Commentary

Bill Bleakley
Oklahoma City’s incredible record of accomplishments during the past decade could be jeopardized by the outcome of the Oklahoma City Council election on Tuesday.
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Citty seems confused

The chief should release all relevant data to the public, for he needs to do some explaining.


Commentary

Charles M.B. Smith
Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, in discussing the Aug. 29 ambush of Officer Katie Lawson, asserted that “assault rifles” are “becoming a bigger threat to law enforcement each day,” and “officers are running into guns at a much higher rate than 20 years ago, even on traffic stops.”
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Streetcar for the car-free

40,000 people in OKC have no access to a car.


Commentary

Blair Humphreys
More than 40,000 Oklahoma City residents did not have to worry about snowcovered roads impacting their drive to work after the recent snowstorms. That is because more than 40,000 Oklahoma City residents live in households without access to a single car.
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Counterpoint: Separation anxiety

The Constitution is under fire by the right-wing assault


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
The bills would also appear to directly violate Article 2, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution, which states: “No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or...
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Point: Legislate morality

Expand school choice, outlaw killing innocent life


Commentary

Jason Reese
The church-state separation fetishists are at it again. Now the Oklahoma chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State are decrying efforts by the Oklahoma Legislature to teach creationism in public schools, create vouchers or other mechanisms for school choice and define the beginning of human life.
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Revisionist history by state board members won’t whitewash their deplorable actions


Commentary

State Superintendent Janet Barresi
Tim Gilpin’s description of the recent State Board of Education meeting counts as a classic in “Photoshop” history.
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What’s going on at the state Board of Education?


Commentary

Tim Gilpin
Until recently, Oklahomans probably did not know we have a state Board of Education. I have served on the Board for almost 6 years.
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mayor McModern

How Mick Cornett handles the challenges of modernizing a city in a rustic state will determine his legacy.


Commentary

Keith Gaddie
Any Oklahoman who ever flew on Delta knows Bill Hartsfield. The airport in Atlanta exists because of Hartsfield, who as a councilman aggressively promoted aviation. As mayor, he was first and foremost a booster of innovations and of Atlanta business.
 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Grade expectations

No candidate in Oklahoma during the 2010 campaign cycle represented change as acutely.


Commentary

Chris Smith
This month marks a historic point in our state with the swearing-in of Oklahoma’s first female governor.
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Counterpoint: Paying the price

This issue is more complicated than just changing one law


Commentary

Bill Bishop
As a retail liquor store owner, I am against allowing grocery stores to sell wine and high-point beer for many reasons, including the start-up cost of our business and the reality that this is part of our livelihood. However, this issue is not as easy as it might appear, and there are other factors to consider.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Point: Revise outmoded liquor laws

The business community in Oklahoma City believes the time has come to review laws


Commentary

Roy Williams
The year 1907 was pretty important for our state. It was the year the territorial period ended, and Oklahoma was established as the 46th state. It was also when the state’s laws concerning the sale of alcohol were written into the Oklahoma Constitution.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Remain calm


Commentary

Nathan Gunter
Lights up on the outside of the house, a Sisyphean undertaking that every year leads homeowners into marriage counseling and threats of strangulation via green electrical wire.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Point: ‘A new fiscal reality’


Commentary

David Blatt
The economic downturn has hit the Oklahoma state budget hard. With high unemployment and low commodity prices, we’ve seen revenues plummet by almost 25 percent.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Counterpoint: A matter of perspective


Commentary

Brandon Dutcher
According to our friends at the Oklahoma Policy Institute, Oklahoma “will face prolonged constraints on the state budget.”
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
 
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