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Student testing has lost its focus


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John Thompson
With spring break, public schools transition from the disgusting winter test prep season to the spring bubble-in test and punish season. Learning has stagnated throughout the humiliating last weeks of teach-to-the-test remediation.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wage hike would benefit everyone


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David Slane
The motivation behind a citizen-led drive to raise the minimum wage in Oklahoma City is simple: Neither the federal government nor the Oklahoma Legislature has deemed the issue important enough to help hardworking people make a decent, livable wage.
 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

OKC benefits from market wages


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Mark Costello
Nearly 20 years ago, a 17-year-old approached me looking for a job. I offered him a minimum-wage job, thinking I was doing him a favor. Before his 22nd birthday, he was the president of my company’s office in England with 50 people reporting to him. Before his 26th birthday, he was a millionaire.
 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Opinions and facts


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Cal Hobson
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinions, but not to his own facts.” So said acerbic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Reading skills are a must


Commentary

Janet Barresi
Reading is the foundation for all learning. From math and science to English and social studies, the ability to read is a requisite for success in academics.
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mandating the Pledge of Allegiance


Commentary

Adam Soltani
On Feb. 17, two bills that would require the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools in our state cleared the Oklahoma Senate Education Committee. Senate Bills 1143 and 1500 change this from a provision of authorization to one of requirement; however, students may refrain if they desire.
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Republican for Shadid

2014 MAYORAL ELECTION


Commentary

Bob Dani
As an OKC Republican who leads one of the state’s largest grassroots conservative groups, the High Noon Club (we meet at noon every Friday at H&H Shooting Sports Banquet Room; please join us), I have great interest in the mayoral race.
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A national celebrity

2014 MAYORAL ELECTION


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Kevin Perry

As a kid growing up in Oklahoma City, I thought television personalities were larger than life.

 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Shadid is ‘We the people’

2014 MAYORAL ELECTION


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Shauna Lawyer Struby
When I first met Ed Shadid in 2011, he was running for Oklahoma City’s Ward 2 council seat. I expected the standard superficial political gesture and thrust out my hand, saying, “Nice to meet you, Dr. Shadid.” He met my eyes directly, shook my hand and responded, “Please, just call me Ed.”
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Why fund the Oklahoma Arts Council?


Commentary

Jonathan Fowler
Over the last two years, as I’ve learned more about our state arts council, this question has become especially painful to hear repeatedly.
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What about the women?


Commentary

Cassi Peters
Since Senator Tom Coburn announced his retirement, Oklahoma news and social media has been full of speculation about who will represent our state in the United States Senate.
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Legalize, regulate and tax


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
It might take some time before Oklahomans can hit their pot bongs without at least a pinch of police paranoia, but it’s an encouraging sign that state Sen. Constance Johnson has floated a bill for this upcoming legislative session that would legalize marijuana here.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thou shalt not lose to Texas


Commentary

Robin Meyers
If Oklahoma wants to stop giving latenight comics their best material, then we are going to have to stop acting like children.
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Realizing the dream


Commentary

Adam Soltani
In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech calling for justice for individuals of all races, ethnicities and creeds.
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Enterprise schools work best


Commentary

John Thompson
Fifteen years ago, participating in MAPS for Kids, I supported school choice. The first generation of choice benefited thousands of Oklahoma City students who attended selective magnet, charter and enterprise schools.
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
 
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