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OKG Newsletter


Topic: politics

Go ahead, secede


Letters to the Editor

Nathaniel Batchelder
The decisive victory of the Obama- Biden ticket is prompting petitions in many Southern states urging secession from the United States. The idea merits consideration.
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Poo-pooing Planned Parenthood


CFN

Gazette staff

After Oklahoma decided to terminate some Planned Parenthood funding, the organization responded by birthing a lawsuit against the state Department of Health. (Oh, Mistress of Tortured Metaphors, have you no shame?) Planned Parenthood does not perform abortions in Oklahoma, but it does in other states. In the Sooner State, however, the group — among other responsibilities — distributed Women, Infants & Children (WIC) services in three Tulsa clinics.

 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ease the pain

Prescription drug abuse reaches epidemic proportions in Oklahoma.


News

Carmel Perez Snyder
Five years after being lauded for establishing one of the first Prescription Monitoring Programs in the nation, Oklahoma recently garnered another distinction. The state is second only to Alabama in the highest use of prescription painkillers, according to a pharmacy benefit-management firm called Express Scripts And painkiller abuse in the state is having lethal consequences.
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Health insurance? Fooey!


CFN

Gazette staff
Why does the standoff between Gov. Mary Fallin and the Affordable Care Act remind us of the battle between Sylvester and Tweety Bird?
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

To protect

One woman’s fight for survival has changed Oklahoma law — twice.


News

Kevan Goff-Parker
Lynne Mullins said she made a “bad mistake” when she got married. Her husband abused her and she soon feared for her own and her children’s lives.
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A shameful turn


Letters to the Editor

Kevin Acers
When Gov. Fallin announced that Oklahoma will not participate in the expansion of Medicaid under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, she revealed political cowardice and recklessness of judgment. She may as well have proclaimed of our state’s low-income citizens, “Let them eat cake.”
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Misleading figures


Letters to the Editor

Jon Trushenski
Holding up California as an example of a failed state government is a mistake. Yes, there is outmigration from California, but their population density is still 241 people per square mile; Oklahoma’s is 55 So as bad as Mike Brake (Commentary, “Oklahoma’s postelection rise,” Nov. 21, Oklahoma Gazette) claims Californians have it, multitudes more are staying than are leaving. California private-sector employment has averaged over 20,000 new jobs per month since 2010; Oklahoma has managed about 3,000 per month over the same period. Californians voted to raise their own taxes this year, very likely for the same reason that MAPS was approved by the citizens of Oklahoma City three times — they were smart enough to recognize that the government needs to do some things that the private sector can’t or won’t do, especially in the area of social safety nets and quality-of-life improvements.
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Citizen wane

A recent study finds Oklahomans are lacking when it comes to some matters of citizenship.


News

Tim Farley
Eating dinner together as a family is important to many Oklahomans, but politics isn’t going to be one of the mealtime conversation topics.
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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

Medi-can’t

Gov. Fallin rejected two key aspects of the Affordable Care Act, but critics of the decision say they’re not giving up.


News

Clifton Adcock
Perlinda George, a student at Oklahoma City Community College, had hoped to sign up for coverage in an expanded Medicaid program under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
 
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