OKGazette.com - Commentary http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-9-1-commentary.html <![CDATA[Translating growth into opportunity - ]]> Recently, there has been a lot of buzz in Oklahoma about all things Hispanic, and not all positive. ]]> <![CDATA[Science, math can empower girls - ]]>

Great changes come from one of the simplest forms of language: A sentence. A humble combination of subject and verb can make a difference in the world.

<![CDATA[Education for the people - ]]> The victories of Republican State Superintendent candidate Joy Hofmeister and the two Democrats, John Cox and Freda Deskin, are a part of the grassroots revolt by liberals and conservatives against test-driven, market-driven school “reform.” ]]> <![CDATA[The college investment - ]]> The evidence is increasingly clear that Oklahoma can improve its standard of living and quality of life by investing in higher education and encouraging its residents to attend college.]]> <![CDATA[Who’s on our planet’s side? - ]]> This legislative session, more than any other session in Oklahoma’s history, the environment was under constant attack by well-funded and organized corporate lobbyists and radical right special interests. ]]> <![CDATA[Suggested reading — for everyone - ]]> In the waning hours of the final day of the 2014 Oklahoma legislative session, in the midst of the debate over Oklahoma’s education standards, Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, used a passage from Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye as an example of the “evils” of Common Core. ]]> <![CDATA[Sex registry law needs overhaul - ]]> In 2007, the Oklahoma State Legislature approved a new law that required all sex offenders be classified under a three-tier system that placed offenders in a specific category depending on the nature of the sex crime.]]> <![CDATA[Public schools need improvement now - ]]>

School “reform” is a legacy of “liberal PTSD from losing the War on Poverty.”

<![CDATA[Kevin Durant is an American role model - ]]> It is important to expand our dialogue about Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant, who recently was awarded the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player award. ]]> <![CDATA[Hold elected officials accountable - ]]> According to the website for the United States Senate, “Upon taking office, senators-elect must swear or affirm that they will ‘support and defend the Constitution.’” Our elected officials are not only voted upon by people within our state to represent Oklahoma but are also expected to protect and defend rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. ]]> <![CDATA[Oklahoma’s mean Jesus - ]]> After three decades of ministry in Oklahoma City, the land of my birth and the home of so many resilient, creative and wonderful people, I have come to the conclusion that despite all our loving up on Jesus, we are not very religious. ]]> <![CDATA[Immigrants’ actions prove worth - ]]> Congress must reform America’s immigration laws to restore the dream of our founding fathers: A nation that welcomes new citizens and treats them as the valuable resource they are. ]]> <![CDATA[Fracking fracas - ]]> In 1897, an oil gusher called the Nellie Johnstone No. 1 on land near Bartlesville ushered in a commercial age of fossil fuel discovery that still thrives in Oklahoma today. ]]> <![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. ]]>