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Should a former sundown town apologize?


Commentary

Christopher P. Lehman
It’s rare for local governments or the federal government to apologize for discrimination against a group of people.
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What’s wrong with Christmas?


Commentary

Brady Henderson
There was a time in America when Christmas was illegal. In colonial New England, the opening salvo of the socalled “War on Christmas” came not from atheists, Jews or civil libertarians but from the same Puritan Christian pilgrims who gave America Thanksgiving.
 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Issues, not divorce records


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
Can Oklahoma City become more walkable, provide more police and fire protection and improve its public transportation systems? These are just some of the basic issues that should be addressed in the current mayoral campaign between Shadid and current Mayor Mick Cornett between now and the March 4 election.
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

In reform, real focus on needs on students


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Gene Perry
Oklahoma’s education debate spends a lot of time on a few familiar subjects: education funding vs. tax cuts, vouchers and charters vs. traditional public schools and high-stakes testing vs. letting teachers teach. 
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fracking: Good or bad? Is it that easy?


Commentary

Cal Hobson
Fracking is the injection of huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals into oil and natural gas-producing rock formations far below the surface. Horizontal drilling is the opposite of vertical in that the drill pipe bends at some point “down hole” and, thus, can penetrate multiple producing “plays.”
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What are Oklahoma progressives to do?


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Kurt Hochenauer
Any particular political scene can change rapidly, but it’s fair to argue that Oklahoma Democrats are facing another dismal election year in 2014, especially in statewide offices.
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

School values don’t fit into a single score


Commentary

John Thompson
It is no surprise that the release of this year’s Oklahoma A-F school report cards again has been a fiasco.
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Women need help, not prison


Commentary

Kristin Davis
It is no secret that Oklahoma not only incarcerates women at the nation’s highest rate per capita but does so at a rate nearly twice the national average. The “why” behind the statistic is also no secret, although at first glance, it may seem difficult to pin down.
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Counterterrorism caucus spreads prejudice


Commentary

Adam Soltani
In February 2013, Oklahoma State Rep. John Bennett (R) announced the formation of the Oklahoma Legislative Caucus on Counterterrorism. The stated goal of this caucus is to help protect Oklahomans from the potential threat of terrorism.
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wind can light up our city


Commentary

Kirsten McIntyre
Support for wind energy in Oklahoma is growing steadily — propelling our state forward in many interesting ways for people in all sectors of our state.
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Deportation is too steep a penalty


Commentary

SUSAN COLLEY JOPLIN
While I have never previously commented publicly about any political controversy, I now feel compelled to speak out on an issue that has far-reaching political effects but which I believe is really a moral issue.
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Point: Streetcar route a beginning


Commentary

Jeff Bezdek
It has been more than 66 years since Oklahoma City had meaningful intracity rail transit. In 2009, voters took a huge leap toward our transit future by endorsing a $130 million-dollar downtown rail-based modern streetcar system and intermodal hub as part of MAPS 3.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Counterpoint: Streetcar budget defies reality


Commentary

Nancy K. Anderson
Now that the 4.5-mile downtown route for the MAPS 3 streetcar — Phase 1 — has been decided, the challenge will be to get it completed at a cost anywhere near the amount budgeted. The experience in other cities indicates it will cost far more to build — and to keep it running — than we’ve been told.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The problem is cost, not coverage


Commentary

Jonathan Small
One of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare,” is expansion of Medicaid to most individuals up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

‘No tolerance’ doesn’t teach


Commentary

John Thompson
The bipartisan MAPS for Kids Student Achievement Committee knew that Oklahoma City could not increase student performance without first creating safe and orderly schools. We also knew that would be our toughest challenge.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
 
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