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Who our schoolchildren need


Commentary

Bill Bleakley
Tuesday is election day for choosing the chair and two members of the Oklahoma City Public Schools School Board. Many believe the school elections are set in the middle of winter and not in conjunction with regular elections to subdue voter turnout and strengthen the political power of education special interests. The usual voter turnout in these elections proves them right.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hey, Legislature, nothing’s happening here!


Commentary

Bill Bleakley
As Buffalo Springfield’s lyric of “There’s somethin’ happenin’ here” filled our ears in the ’60s, the downward spiral of public education in Oklahoma City began. Families with school-aged children began a mass exodus from the Oklahoma City Public Schools as the courts belatedly implemented the desegregation requirements of Brown v. Board of Education. They took their support for public education with them, enhancing suburban districts.

 
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Re-examine the convention center


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Bill Bleakley
Most of us in Oklahoma City have no doubts that we need a new convention center and supported it with our votes in the MAPS 3 election. The Cox Convention Center is outdated and inadequate for our needs and it can’t be effectively modernized.
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

For Tim Rhodes


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Bill Bleakley
The Media Audit, conducted by International Demographics which measures media impact, finds that as many Republicans as Democrats read our newspaper. I’m reaching out to our Republican readers who live in Oklahoma County and asking them to pay particular attention to Tuesday’s runoff election for Oklahoma County court clerk.
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Laura Massenat: involved and independent


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Bill Bleakley

On Tuesday, in the heart of the Oklahoma City school district, District 4 voters have an opportunity to elect a new school board member.

 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Time for full disclosure


Commentary

Bill Bleakley
Last Saturday was the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision permitting unlimited spending by individuals, corporations and labor unions to conduct independent political campaign activities.
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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

Maintaining Ward 2's legacy


Commentary

Bill Bleakley
Oklahoma City is blessed with one of the best city governments in the nation
 
Thursday, November 25, 2010

There should be no doubt about 744


Commentary

Bill Bleakley
A "no" vote on SQ 744 should be a mandate to the Legislature to pass educational reforms that are needed.
 
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Choosing a congressman


Commentary

Bill Bleakley
The 5th District congressional race could be decided prior to the general election in November. Because of the district's registration and voting history, the next representative will most likely be a...
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

Oklahomans, let's declare our independence!


News

Bill Bleakley
It's time to let registered independents in Oklahoma vote in the primary elections. According to the results of a recent SoonerPoll.com survey reported elsewhere in this newspaper, almost two-thirds o...
 
Thursday, May 6, 2010

A call for civility


News

Bill Bleakley
One of the things that makes Oklahoma City a great city is the friendliness and cordiality of its citizens. However, aside from partisan elections for political office, this MAPS election seems to hav...
 
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gazette at 30


News

Bill Bleakley
When Oklahoma Gazette's first issue came off the press in October 1979, Oklahoma City was a much different place than it is now. Much of the '70s was rough on Oklahoma City. Instead of working on a...
 
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Time is running out for city schools


Commentary

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

MAPS in perspective


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Bill Bleakley
The seeds of the future successes of the MAPS initiatives were planted 24 years ago in the summer of 1985. While Oklahoma City languished from an oil bust, two initiatives sought to change things for ...
 
Thursday, July 30, 2009
 
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