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OKG Newsletter


Topic: op-ed

Cutting taxes is not an answer


Commentary

Nathaniel Batchelder

A recession is no time to cut taxes.

 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Myriad Gardens is a dream come true


Commentary

James Tolbert
Dean McGee’s dream of a “garden in the city” combining numerous entertainment and cultural venues in the midst of a glorious garden in the center of downtown Oklahoma City simply took my breath away, so I accepted an appointment as trustee of the Myriad Gardens and worked to accomplish his vision.
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Oklahoma and Medicaid expansion


Commentary


For the nearly 700,000 Oklahomans currently without health insurance coverage, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling upholding the bulk of the Affordable Care Act offers hope. The court did, however, strike down one key component of the law by making the expansion of Medicaid, the shared federal-state health insurance program for the poor, optional rather than mandatory.
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Shining light on the legislative process


Commentary

Peter J. Rudy
With the legislative session over, it’s a good time to think about ways to make the next one better. Specifically, I’m concerned with making the legislative process more transparent.
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Holding our biased breath


Commentary

Robin Meyers
Let’s be perfectly honest: When it comes to Chesapeake’s troubles, nobody in Oklahoma City can be expected to be objective. We all have been on the receiving end of too many benefits, from Classen Curve to Whole Foods to the arena’s namesake, not to mention some of the best Christmas lights in the known universe.
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Examining child trauma


Commentary

Amber England
A recent report by the United Health Foundation ranked Oklahoma 48th in overall health — a drop of two spots from the previous year. Despite legislative victories over the past few years lowering taxes, reforming workers’ compensation and shrinking the size of government, Oklahoma is still not “doing fine” when it comes to the health of our people
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Oklahoma needs the Affordable Care Act


Commentary

Craig W. Jones
Many people know that Medicaid was passed alongside Medicare as part of the 1965 Social Security Act. But I would wager that very few Oklahomans know that Oklahoma was one of only six states to be the first to participate in Medicaid when it launched in 1966. Oklahoma was the only Southern state among those six. Another 27 states signed on later that year, 11 more in 1967, and another eight states (all Southern) in 1970. Seems the new social program at the time was a bit controversial.
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Disaster is ahead for Obamacare


Commentary

Mike Brake
Absent a resounding Republican victory this fall, liberals will get their big wish when Obamacare begins taking effect early in 2013. Under the “be careful what you wish for” rubric, it may be useful to look ahead. What can Oklahomans expect from Obamacare?
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Don’t say Chick-fil-A wasn’t personal


Commentary

Scott J. Hamilton
On the evening of Aug. 1, the day of the Mike Huckabee/Sally Kern Chick-fil-A love fest, a young man walked into my office and sank into a chair. He rubbed his eyes and said he’d never felt as persecuted as a gay man as he did that day.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Betting on a better boulevard


Commentary

Bob Kemper
Paul Green, field division 4 engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, had no idea his presentation would let loose a whirlwind of controversy and consequent action.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
 
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