OKGazette.com - Commentary http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-9-1-commentary.html <![CDATA[Never let us forget - ]]> It was one year ago that tragedy struck Boston as innocent lives were lost and others injured during the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing.]]> <![CDATA[Equality is victory for traditional values - ]]> When Angela Ingram entered the Oklahoma City courtroom of Judge Bill Graves to petition for a change of legal name, she sought no special treatment. ]]> <![CDATA[Student testing has lost its focus - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Wage hike would benefit everyone - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[OKC benefits from market wages - ]]> 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. ]]> <![CDATA[Opinions and facts - ]]> “Everyone is entitled to his own opinions, but not to his own facts.” So said acerbic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. ]]> <![CDATA[Reading skills are a must - ]]> 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. ]]> <![CDATA[Mandating the Pledge of Allegiance - ]]> 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. ]]> <![CDATA[A Republican for Shadid - 2014 MAYORAL ELECTION]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[A national celebrity - 2014 MAYORAL ELECTION]]>

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

<![CDATA[Shadid is ‘We the people’ - 2014 MAYORAL ELECTION]]> 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.”]]> <![CDATA[Why fund the Oklahoma Arts Council? - ]]> Over the last two years, as I’ve learned more about our state arts council, this question has become especially painful to hear repeatedly. ]]> <![CDATA[What about the women? - ]]> 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. ]]> <![CDATA[Legalize, regulate and tax - ]]> 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. ]]> <![CDATA[Thou shalt not lose to Texas - ]]> If Oklahoma wants to stop giving latenight comics their best material, then we are going to have to stop acting like children. ]]> <![CDATA[Realizing the dream - ]]> In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech calling for justice for individuals of all races, ethnicities and creeds.]]> <![CDATA[Enterprise schools work best - ]]> 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. ]]> <![CDATA[Should a former sundown town apologize? - ]]> It’s rare for local governments or the federal government to apologize for discrimination against a group of people. ]]> <![CDATA[What’s wrong with Christmas? - ]]> 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. ]]> <![CDATA[Issues, not divorce records - ]]> 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.]]>