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A 'cooperative affair'


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Scott Jones
Lately, I've been intending to read some of Will Rogers' writings. Not only is he Oklahoma's favorite son, but he was a popular writer of cultural and political commentary in his day. Only 10 months i...
 
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Laying off the youngest may not be the wisest choice


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Jack Willis
We Gannett editors in the 1980s were required to rank employees from most valuable to least valuable. (If you want to make friends and influence workers, try that sometime.) I know supervisors rat...
 
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Draconian justice


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Kurt Hochenauer
Why in the world does Oklahoma lead the nation in the number of women incarcerated on a per capita basis? Do state leaders really want that distinction? The numbers tell a truly sad story: There ar...
 
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Redistricting on the horizon


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Chris Smith
The spring of 2002 saw one of the more contentious attempts at redistricting in Oklahoma's history. With a Republican governor and a Democrat Legislature, it took an Oklahoma County district judge to ...
 
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Protecting all our students


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Scott Jones
On Aug. 25, Joe Quigley, an Oklahoma City Public Schools teacher, was reinstated. Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton ruled that he had been wrongfully terminated. Quigley has been prom...
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Government barking at the door of free speech


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Jack Willis
Back when I was a babe in the woods, the Oklahoma Press Association asked a few of us jour­nalism professors to visit the state's newsrooms. We offered help " if the editor wanted it, of course. It...
 
Thursday, September 3, 2009

Government and the private sector


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Vince Orza
At a time when many Americans are mad at big business, perhaps it's time to take a step back and get a longer view of what made our nation the only superpower on earth.  Capitalism is now a dirty ...
 
Thursday, September 3, 2009

Desperately needing oversight


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Kyle Loveless
Consider this: $18 million for a Rocketplane that never took off; $27 million for Great Plains Airlines that went bankrupt. Where is the outrage? Where is the oversight? Regardless of what par...
 
Thursday, September 3, 2009

Imagine OKC


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Kurt Hochenauer
Bricktown continues to thrive, especially with the arrival of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, and new housing development in downtown around the Deep Deuce area foreshadows a bright future for the in...
 
Thursday, August 27, 2009

Time is running out for city schools


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Bill Bleakley
It's been a long wait for things to change in the city schools. After desegregation's "white flight" devastated the district 40 years ago, many citizens have toiled through the years to rebuild the di...
 
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Health reform


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Jack Willis
I always enjoy checking the mail. I'm a retired kind of guy. Strolling to the mailbox often highlights my day. I even like junk mail. I always think someone's going to send me something important. (Th...
 
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cracks in health care


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Scott Jones
The mother of one of my congregants recently died of cancer. When the cancer was discovered, it had progressed to the point of being untreatable. She had been in pain for a while, but like many folk, ...
 
Thursday, August 13, 2009

The cost of war


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Kurt Hochenauer
Any discussion over what to do about Oklahoma's high incarceration rates must begin with the general acknowledgment the so-called "war on drugs" has been a failure here and across the country. Nati...
 
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Patchwork problems


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Kyle D. Loveless
Unemployment at 25 percent, businesses going broke, banks not able to cash paychecks, farm prices plummeting to half of what they were the year before, foreclosures at an all time high " it was the Gr...
 
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Okie hope


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Tyler Branson
As term limits officially prevent Gov. Brad Henry from running again in 2010, Republicans are now poised to seize the gubernatorial position in addition to controlling the Legislature, tightening the ...
 
Thursday, July 23, 2009
 
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