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OKG Newsletter


Topic: op-ed

Touting marriage: Why knot?


Commentary

Brandon Dutcher
Startling but true: Growing up in a stable, two-parent family is the exception, not the rule, for Oklahoma teenagers.
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Seeking shelter for students


Commentary

Rep. Joe Dorman
Forty-seven lives were lost during the storms that hit our state last month. The death toll could have been lower if suitable shelters were widely available.
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Common sense needed on the court


Commentary

Fred Morgan

Recently, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down lawsuit reform legislation passed by a bipartisan Legislature and signed by Democrat Gov. Brad Henry. In doing so, seven of the nine justices relied upon an obscure procedural objection rather than the substantive merits of the bill.

 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Unfortunately, it’s all too conventional


Commentary

Dr. Ed Shadid
Among the highest priority for a city government should be preparing that city for the 21st century. There is little room for error; certainly not on the order of hundreds of millions of dollars. While Oklahoma City is poised to grow in many ways, a preoccupation with 20th-century economic development strategies — particularly massive public investment in convention center expansion with large-scale subsidies for an accompanying hotel — are akin to the gambler risking more than one’s family can afford when the odds are heavily stacked against success.
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Playing politics with prison


Commentary

Sean Wallace
This year’s legislative session ended with the usual thud for employees of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The only agency-requested bill approved by lawmakers authorizes the director of the agency to give the badge of an officer killed in the line of duty to his or her spouse, which tragically happened just last year. Yes, lawmakers were very generous to us this year.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Big, bloated government


Letters to the Editor

Mike Brake
Mickey Hepner’s lament about income tax cuts (Commentary, “Death by a thousand cuts,” June 5, Oklahoma Gazette) claimed that “one small tax cut shrinks our government services.” That assumes that current government services are being wisely funded, but even a cursory look at the state budget raises doubts about that.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The facts about a convention center hotel


Commentary

Roy Williams
Ed Shadid’s commentary in the June 26 Oklahoma Gazette (“Unfortunately, it’s all too conventional) was incredibly disappointing. I expected more from an announced Oklahoma City mayoral candidate running on a platform of “honesty and transparency.”
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The good, the bad and the goofy


Commentary

Cal Hobson
Our legislators are home this summer, having completed their 2013 work. It was a session that saw good bills killed, bad bills consuming too much precious time and the passage of a ridiculous tax cut that doesn’t even kick in until 2016.
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Marking 40 years of God’s work


Commentary

Rick Denny
In 1973, two Oklahomans aided only by generous hearts, a few resources and a powerful faith in God opened a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in downtown Oklahoma City.. The humble project that Sister Ruth Wynne and Sister Betty Adams called Jesus House is marking four decades of serving the city’s homeless and hungry.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
 
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