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The power of persuasion


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Scott Jones
In the fall 2009 issue of Christian Ethics Today, Mennonite theologian Tripp York published an article titled "The Subtle Atheism of Being Pro-Life." A provocative title indeed.York's thesis is that w...
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Point: Put up or shut up


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Chris Smith
Republican legislative leadership recently unveiled its 2010 legislative agenda. In it, they outlined their hope of targeting reforms to Oklahoma's education system, workers' compensation system and m...
 
Thursday, February 4, 2010

Counterpoint: Money fights


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Kurt Hochenauer
The 2010 Oklahoma legislative session, which began Feb. 1, could be bitter and contentious as leaders determine how the state will deal with its worst budget crisis since the Great Depression.It could...
 
Thursday, February 4, 2010

Policy ideas for the tea party crowd


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Keith Gaddie
The "tea party" crowd can be a force in Oklahoma politics. To do so, they need to do more than protest the status quo, which inexplicably emerged before their eyes this past May after eight years in t...
 
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Strengthen the prenup


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Chris Smith
I've never heard it said that a prenuptial agreement could save the world, but I'm starting to believe that it may be able to actually save a few marriages.As an attorney who works with divorcing coup...
 
Thursday, January 21, 2010

Marriage a private matter


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Scott Jones
Well, it seems that in this legislative session we are going to debate divorce. With all our fiscal troubles, I'm sure you didn't have that on your list of legislative priorities for the year.The prop...
 
Thursday, January 21, 2010

Parole reform overdue


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Kurt Hochenauer
The state's current severe budget crisis could finally force legislators and other public officials this year to address Oklahoma's burgeoning correctional system.Oklahoma is the only state in the cou...
 
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bold and beautiful


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Ron Black
They are good enough, they are smart enough, and gosh-darn it "¦ people like them!It's the new breed, the new face of my beloved Republican Party, and they are ready to lead us into battle against the ...
 
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Secret arrests go against our country's ideals


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Jack Willis
Trying to access the Cherokee County sheriff's booking records years ago suddenly became a problem for the newspaper. Reporters couldn't do their jobs, and the public didn't know who the sheriff was p...
 
Thursday, January 7, 2010

Not necessarily the year 2010


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Keith Gaddie
Jan. 1, 2010: 31,000 University of Oklahoma football fans show up at the El Paso International Airport asking for their charter to Los Angeles. Sun Bowl promoters sold out the game by telling Sooners ...
 
Thursday, January 7, 2010

Systemic poverty


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Kurt Hochenauer
Reducing poverty remains one of Oklahoma's greatest challenges in the early 21st century.Poverty, in the state's historical context, is systemic and has gut-wrenching realities, such as basic hunger. ...
 
Thursday, December 31, 2009

Edge of the Abyss


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Phil G. Busey Sr. and Cal Hobson
As the national recession drags on, it has become abundantly clear that Oklahoma cannot avoid a financial disaster. Golden opportunities to invest in our future were lost when revenues were high. With...
 
Thursday, December 31, 2009

Religious diversity


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Scott Jones
At the 62nd annual Interfaith Thanks-giving Service held at Temple B'Nai Israel on Nov. 24, the featured speaker was Imad Enchassi, the imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. This was t...
 
Thursday, December 24, 2009

Leader of the Pack


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Shauna Lawyer Struby
The people of the Iroquois Confederacy are one of the world's old­est living democracies, predating the United States of America by as much as 500 years. One of the Confederacy's principles is des...
 
Thursday, December 24, 2009

Remember when


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Kyle D. Loveless
Is something inherently wrong with the state of Oklahoma's economic experts? Why is it everyone in the entire civilized world understands we're going through a downturn in the economy and that unemplo...
 
Thursday, December 17, 2009
 
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