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OKG Newsletter

Topic: reform

Point: Pro-business stance is ‘shortsighted’

The desired end doesn’t justify the means here.


Chris Smith
In May 2009, Sen. Glenn Coffee and fellow legislators announced the passing of a comprehensive lawsuit reform package. Everyone lauded its passage. Why then are Republicans back again with more legislation on the same issue?
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Counterpoint: ‘Fear stifles innovation’

Oklahoma needs a fair and quick legal system


Fred Morgan
“We need lawsuit reform now!” I am confident that is a statement you have heard for years, from doctors, politicians and the business community. But what is often left unsaid is how lawsuit reform (or the lack thereof) would impact each and every Oklahoman.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

‘Education as a common good’


Jason Reese
The good news: I smile every time I drive past the charter school near my house on the way to drop off my eldest child at our parochial school. The bad news: Not everyone in our state, or even our city, has the ability to choose either of those options. That is why I want to insist that our state and local governments move further and faster in expanding school choice.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Counterpoint: : Real reform is still wanting


Ryan Kiesel
House Bill 3052 has been touted as one of the most significant criminal justice reform measures in Oklahoma’s recent history.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Point: Overhauling criminal justice


Kris Steele
Building on momentum from recent years, the Legislature this session enacted the most significant criminal justice reform of the modern era through House Bill 3052.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What liberals really want

Letters to the Editor

James Henry
Mike Brake (Commentary, “Disaster is ahead for Obamacare,” Gazette, Aug. 8) really should do a little research on what liberals want, if he really thinks the Affordable Care Act is “their big wish.”
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

From movie to measure

Advocates of a controversial measure for school reform hope to gain momentum from a newly released movie.


Clifton Adcock
In Oklahoma and several other states, an effort is underway to adopt a “parent trigger” act that could allow certain schools to become charter schools with enough parent signatures.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Incomplete 'grade'

Letters to the Editor

David Goin
I was disappointed in the content of an article appearing in the Oct. 17 Oklahoma Gazette (News, “Degrading the grade”). I am particularly concerned about a quotation attributed to me (“it’s just about too much to ask”) followed by words that are a misrepresentation of my position and expectations for the academic growth of students.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hey, Legislature, nothing’s happening here!


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

‘Local control’ in education


Rep. Jason Nelson
In the cult movie classic The Princess Bride, Vizzini repeatedly uses the word “inconceivable” as his efforts to evade pursuers fail. Inigo Montoya finally replies, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Wednesday, April 24, 2013