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New Oklahoma brand only a start

Oklahoma has a new brand, following several months of collaboration by experts in areas such as public relations, advertising...

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Point of view: StittCare riskier than proven Medicaid expansion option

I’m delighted that Gov. Kevin Stitt has embraced Medicaid expansion. It’s about time. In the past decade, Oklahoma sent...

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Point of view: Freedom for the farmers' market

Farmers’ markets are places where local entrepreneurs can sell their homegrown or homemade products directly to their...

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Your views: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020

Trump’s deficient State of the Union speech The Constitution requires the president to occasionally report to Congress...

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Potentially wild sprint ahead in Democratic race

The months-long slog leading to the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary are now behind the Democratic candidates. What...

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Your views: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020

Make policy, not personality, your guide As I read viewers’ opinions on President Trump, particularly those who do not support...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Judge seeks quick resolution of gaming dispute

If federal judge Timothy DeGiusti has his way, then the gaming dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma’s Indian tribes...

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Michael Barone: Another year of the interloper?

It's a familiar plot line. An interloper runs for a party's presidential nomination and, with an anti-insider pitch, scores...

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Jonah Goldberg: Democrats still haven’t figured out what went wrong in 2016

Things are not going swimmingly for the Democrats right now. President Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial, and he...

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Report offers more good energy news

In September, the United States became a net exporter of petroleum for the first time since the Energy Information...

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Proposed Oklahoma VA projects are (mostly) good news

President Trump’s new budget includes funding to help build a Veterans Administration hospital in Tulsa and to upgrade the VA...

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Worthwhile effort to shorten infrastructure review process

The Trump administration’s recent decision to streamline the environmental review process for U.S. infrastructure projects drew...

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Point of View: Path forward for DHS begins with strong partnerships

How state government serves Oklahoma's citizens is changing, and I believe the impact of that change can be nothing short of...

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Oklahoma anti-abortion bill: Good cause, but bad plan

Recent rulings by an Oklahoma County judge should buoy those who want to see fewer abortions in the state. On the other hand, a...

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Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 12

GOP opted not to come to its senses Following President Trump’s acquittal, I find myself wanting to ask the man’s supporters:...

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Point of View: Report shows Oklahoma public charter school potential

No two children or families are exactly alike. That’s why, more and more, we’re seeing parents turn to public charter schools...

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Stephen Moore: Defusing the debt bomb

President Donald Trump's new budget confirms that without corrective action, trillion-dollar deficits will be with us for years...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

NewsMay 16, 2019

SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Dire warnings about the deficit. Is anyone listening?

Recent Congressional Budget Office projections about the federal deficit drew nary a sound from most politicians in Washington,...

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Further occupational licensing reform can benefit Oklahoma

Politicians often talk about pursuing policies that help everyday constituents. In Oklahoma, one way lawmakers can do that is...

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Point of view: Four-day-week waiver rules are reasonable

I agree with “Waiver rules reasonable” (Our Views, Jan. 29) regarding Senate Bill 441’s mandate to create standards for school...

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Point of view: Concurrent enrollment a sound strategic investment

Oklahoma’s future economic growth requires an educated workforce. Twenty-six percent of Oklahomans older than age 25 hold a...

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Your views: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020

We already have term limits in place Regarding the letter by Bill E. Taylor (Your Views, Jan. 29): I've got good news for...

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Rich Lowry: The offensive Bloomberg campaign

The rich are different from you and me — they can buy themselves instant presidential campaigns. Former New York Mayor Mike...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Economic numbers help explain Trump's popularity

Released on the day President Trump delivered his State of the Union speech, a fact sheet from the White House highlights the...

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Jonah Goldberg: Iowa’s big bungle, and the dismantling of political parties

One of my favorite running jokes on the internet is, “You had one job.” It’s a staple of Twitter and YouTube, with images of...

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Michael Barone: Dems' blunders help create favorable wind for Trump

Are we watching a great political party commit suicide? For more than a year, Democratic candidates, up to 26 of them at one...

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Tough road ahead for guns-on-campus effort

Republican leaders in the Legislature gave business officials a reason to cheer recently with their vow to put a proposed...

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A potentially crippling night for Iowa caucuses?

The Iowa caucuses have held outsized influence on presidential elections for decades, owing to the fact they’re the first event...

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Jonah Goldberg: The age of impeachment and the death of shame

As the impeachment trial fizzles out this week, I’m left wondering if the GOP has lost its mind, because the only other choice...

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Stitt's "change" theme continues in 2020

His second year in office looks to be much like the first for Gov. Kevin Stitt — a focus on changing how state government looks...

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Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 5

Lankford, Inhofe chose to shield a crook Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe had a chance to be U.S. senators during the...

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More efforts to change judicial selection process in Oklahoma

The process used to select Oklahoma’s appellate court judges has been a target of conservative lawmakers the past several...

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Point of View: Expo removes obstacles to dental care

Dentists and volunteers from around the state come together annually for the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy (OkMOM), a free two-day...

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Rich Lowry: The end of 2016

And so, 2016 finally draws to a close. It's been the longest election year in American history. It ran from Feb. 1, 2016, the...

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Point of View: Tribes left with a risky wager in gaming dispute

Anyone who has seen a “United Oklahoma” ad on TV in recent months knows the state’s tribal friends have written a blank check...

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Cal Thomas: After Trump acquittal, what's next?

Just because the Senate is about to acquit President Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of “high...

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Point of View: Canada exposes the false promise of Medicare for All

Democratic presidential hopefuls seem determined to bring Canadian-style health care to the United States. From Sen. Bernie...

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Point of view: Let's make this the year of kindness, healing

It seems to me that we — Oklahomans and this nation — are experiencing a lot of pain. We are no doubt in the middle of an...

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What awaits in year two of Stitt administration?

Throughout what proved to be a successful campaign for governor, Kevin Stitt promised voters a departure from governmental...

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Voters ultimately will decide Oklahoma's Medicaid route

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s proposal to use federal block grants to fund Oklahoma’s Medicaid program is the antithesis of what’s being...

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Your views: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020

Now one fewer Democrat on the rolls There is now one fewer Democrat out there — me. I am so infuriated with Nancy Pelosi and...

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Point of view: What has gone wrong in regards to State Question 788?

Depending upon who you are talking to, State Question 788 is either an incredible success or tragic failure. On the positive...

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Point of view: Neither recluses nor revolutionaries

Like many modern-day conservatives, I am wont to blame the deterioration of American culture on Hollywood, Washington...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Exciting glimpse at new OKC convention center

A story this week by The Oklahoman’s Steve Lackmeyer heightens the anticipation for the opening later this year of the MAPS 3...

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Michael Barone: A Sanders sweep?

The old becomes the new. It's less than a week from of the Iowa caucuses, and Bernie Sanders, born in September 1941, three...

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Jonah Goldberg: Dershowitz’s central argument for Trump must be rejected

Dear Republican senators, I will not try to convince you how to vote in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. I...

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Point of View: It's your EITC refund, Oklahoma City. Go claim it

With another tax season upon us, Oklahomans are facing a choice: bring millions of dollars back into their homes and...

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Start time debate worth having in OKC school district

The Oklahoma City school board is considering a change that really could make a difference in student performance — later start...

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White's departure as mental health director a blow for Oklahoma

Terri White has announced her departure as head of the state’s mental health department, leaving to someone else the job of...

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Point of view: Oklahoma's parole merry-go-round

State-run parole and probation programs are designed to keep persons convicted of crimes, including a large number of...

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Point of View: Why I'm taking a teacher to the State of the Union

My life and countless others have been shaped by educators, by people who took the time to teach and mentor and grow potential...

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Point of View: Proposed legislation shows support for Israel

Israel has long been one of this nation’s greatest allies and a prominent trading partner. As a Christian, I believe Israel has...

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Point of View: Oklahoma bill is anti-speech

A bill filed for the 2020 legislative session seeks to exclude private business owners from state markets if their political...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 29

Not making progress toward top 10 Oklahoma is making no progress toward becoming a top 10 state with Kevin Stitt as governor....

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State ed board fulfills Oklahoma lawmakers' wish

The state Board of Education has sent to the Legislature for its approval proposed rules for school districts that wish to...

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Spreading the news about the census

Did you know this is a census year? If not, then you haven’t been paying attention. State officials are doing all they can to...

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Cal Thomas: Nonstop election campaigns

I love Ireland for its natural beauty, its people, its food (some of it), its music, its writers and especially its elections,...

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Stephen Moore: Low interest rates are the economy's unsung hero

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, President Donald Trump again talked positively about negative...

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Point of view: School choice is a basic American freedom

This is “National School Choice Week” and it is a good time to take stock of what rights we have been granted as parents to...

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Lobbyist meals give voters something to chew on

A story in The Oklahoman about lobbyist spending on meals in 2019 provides an interesting look at legislators’ views on the...

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A welcome focus on improving military housing

A fair amount of work was accomplished last year in Congress amid the run-up to President Trump’s impeachment. One of the most...

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Your views: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020

Senators shirk their responsibility to country Regarding “Oklahoma senators see no need for witnesses” (News, Jan. 22): Both...

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Point of view: Seeking a win for all Oklahomans

When I came into office, I inherited letters from two Oklahoma tribes concerned that their Model Gaming Compact would expire on...

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Bernie Sanders: Oklahoma’s fight for public education is far from over

Less than two years ago, teachers in Oklahoma organized a state-wide walkout to protest poor working conditions, abysmally low...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A shorter pile of legislation in 2020

Members of the Legislature weren’t quite as active filing bills for the 2020 session, which begins Feb. 3, as they were a year...

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Michael Barone: Historians say NY Times gets history wrong

We live in history-making times. Not so much because of the impeachment trial going on in the Senate, which will make history...

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No guarantee in Bloomberg's huge spending

Michael Bloomberg’s self-funded race for the Democratic presidential nomination has upset some in the field, most notably Sen....

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Upholding law would be victory for low-income kids, religious liberty

Kudos to Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter for joining 17 of his colleagues in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a...

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Rich Lowry: McConnell is the master of the Senate

Every hostile nickname that Mitch McConnell gets is further confirmation of his effectiveness. The latest is "Midnight Mitch,"...

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Jonah Goldberg: Nation paying for Trump’s refusal to be presidential

I've long argued that Donald Trump’s presidency will end poorly because he’s a person of bad character. I still think that’s...

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Point of view: The war on the unborn: We must keep fighting

If you watch the liberal news media today, you would think no one is advocating for the unborn or standing up for the right to...

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Cal Thomas: The show trial begins

The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous...

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Point of View: Oklahoma deserves districts that make sense

I live in a historic, tight-knit Oklahoma City neighborhood that has many perks of living in the urban core — a short walking...

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Oklahoma legislator takes aim at death penalty

A member of the Legislature has filed a bill to end the death penalty in Oklahoma and make the stiffest punishment for capital...

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Warren’s challenge: Her policies

Her challenge is not that she’s a woman, it is her policies, and maybe something else. I watched the debate with a man who’s a...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 22

Let's not rock the boat on marijuana Regarding “Legalization petitions draw opposition” (News, Jan. 13): I am not sure what the...

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Point of View: Are we educating, or babysitting?

After retiring from military service, I accepted a position as an adjunct professor in a college with more than 30,000...

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DOC has the attention of Oklahoma lawmakers

The operations of the Department of Corrections are on the minds of lawmakers in a variety of ways as the 2020 legislative...

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Stephen Moore: Working hard versus hardly working

Almost all of us know (because President Trump boasts of it in nearly every speech) that our 3.5% unemployment rate has reached...

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Bumpy start for OKC school district reconfiguration

Sean McDaniel, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, crystallized things pretty well in assessing how the district’s...

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Interesting clash over marijuana in Oklahoma

An interesting clash is occurring in Oklahoma over initiative petition drives that seek to legalize recreational marijuana....

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Point of view: Stitt continues Oklahoma Standard for families in need

I applaud Gov. Kevin Stitt’s recent formal consent to continue refugee resettlement within Oklahoma. Stitt is among 42...

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Point of view: Keep religious bias out of the voting process

For years, it has been acceptable to have polling places in churches. For many rural areas, this is the best choice due to lack...

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Your views: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020

Media not to blame for Church’s reputation Robert Rogers (Your Views, Jan. 8) said the press is abusing the Catholic Church's...

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Michael Barone: What we've learned from the Democratic race, so far

Elections are a form of communication. Voting tells politicians, and the press if they're capable of getting the message, what...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Oklahoma AG goes after opioid distributors

U.S. drug makers and distributors could be forgiven if they ever ask “What if?” as it relates to Oklahoma’s 2018 election for...

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Rich Lowry: The botched Democratic case for witnesses

The fate of the republic, we are now supposed to believe, hinges on whether there are witnesses at a Senate impeachment trial....

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Point of View: It’s time to end wildlife killing contests in Oklahoma

One morning in the 1930s in Yellowstone, biologist Adolph Murie watched a trotting coyote joyously toss a sprig of sagebrush in...

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Booker's departure a blow to charter school advocates

Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate included six candidates. Among those missing the cut was New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker,...

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Jonah Goldberg: Democratic battle is reminiscent of Kerry-Dean in 2004

As of this writing, the Democratic presidential contest looks very fluid, with four candidates bunched up in Iowa and New...

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Stitt rekindles off-and-on debate about state post

With his stated desire to see the state superintendent of public instruction job become appointed instead of elected, Gov....

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Good news from OK County drug court

Drug courts have been around for many years in Oklahoma, and statistics show they’re effective. The judge who oversees Oklahoma...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 15

Time to bring back the paddles? Regarding “Teacher survey a concern” (Our Views, Jan. 8): These are very dedicated teachers who...

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Cutting Oklahoma regulations a worthwhile pursuit

Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to see the number of Oklahoma state regulations cut by one-fourth by the time he leaves office. That...

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Point of View: Oklahoma's community colleges important to health care

“Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing.” — Anonymous Patient Oklahoma’s community colleges play a vital...

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Point of View: Much at stake in next Census

A lot is at stake in the next U.S. Census, and that’s why we — as the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Oklahoma Senate...

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Cal Thomas: What I’d like to hear from candidates

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of holding on to the two weak articles of impeachment against President Trump was...

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Stephen Moore: Why does Washington demonize drug companies?

Over the holidays, I read Elton John's biography, "Me." He writes about his friendship with Freddie Mercury, the ultratalented...

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Your views: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020

Is this a preview of Trump II? My stepson texted me Monday after boarding his flight to Boston. Sen. James Lankford was sitting...

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Public's help needed to meet Oklahoma foster care demand

The latest critique of the Department of Human Services’ child welfare practices provided considerable positive news and one...

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Point of view: Responding to anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred

Jewish communities around the world have been overwhelmed with a significant increase of anti-Semitic incidents and attacks....

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Point of view: Agency seeking reasonable licensing standards

Occupational licensure is the requirement to meet various educational and experience measurements to practice a trade or...

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Young voters continue to feel the Bern

Only one year in age separates Sen. Bernie Sanders from former Vice President Joe Biden, yet the support Sanders engenders from...

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Point of view: Higher tobacco purchase age only first step

Last month, President Trump signed legislation that increased to 21 the minimum age to purchase tobacco. That move, one...

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Rich Lowry: Neither neocon nor isolationist

Donald Trump isn't George W. Bush. That should be obvious to everyone by now, but his critics and even some of his supporters...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Governor's savings push was well worth it

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s successful push last year to place $200 million in the state’s savings account is looking better and...

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Michael Barone: Trump responds to Iran's act of war

In all the reportage and commentary on the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, I haven't seen much mention of an interesting...

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Task force promoting a new look at Oklahoma justice reform

What should the public expect when a task force charged by Gov. Kevin Stitt with studying criminal justice reform issues its...

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Census estimates reveal blues for many blue states

The facts and figures generated by the U.S. Census Bureau are often instructive, and that’s certainly true of the bureau’s...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 8

Sanders would hurt the working class I suggest Tom Guild (Your Views, Jan. 1) read Stephen Moore's article (Commentary, Jan....

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Stephen Moore: Will economy roar or whimper in 2020?

Let's face it: 2019 is going to be a hard year to beat — stocks and 401(k) plans up more than 25% on average, wage gains of 3%...

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OKC teacher survey is disconcerting

This has been a year of change for the Oklahoma City school district, the result of an overhaul in which 15 schools were closed...

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Cal Thomas: Add Iran's leadership to ash heap of history

Addressing the British Parliament in 1982, President Ronald Reagan outlined a plan for placing the Soviet Union and...

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One-sided support for attack on Soleimani

Many Democrats are loath to give President Trump credit for anything, as we’re seeing to their reaction to Trump’s decision...

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Rising minimum wage could mean problems

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives wants a $15 minimum wage from coast to coast. The truth is that minimum...

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Your views: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020

Trump doesn’t deserve the treatment he gets I am dismayed by most political letters to Your Views the past three years. The...

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A new day at the Oklahoma County jail?

His recent interview with The Oklahoman’s Kayla Branch made it clear that Greg Williams considers the men and women locked...

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Point of view: Some people we can admire in these times

It is unfortunate, but true, that our current headlines are little more than tawdry tales of political corruption, deceit and...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: OKC owes debt of gratitude to Stern

One of the most important men in Oklahoma City’s recent history died this week. David Stern, former longtime commissioner of...

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Rich Lowry: Historians roast the 1619 Project

The reviews of the 1619 Project are in. It is "a very unbalanced, one-sided account." It is "wrong in so many ways." It is "not...

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Michael Barone: Census numbers undercut 'ascendant America' theory

From the first years of the one-fifth of this century already completed, we've been told that a new, ascendant America — more...

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Jonah Goldberg: Brace for a nasty 2020 presidential campaign

Here’s a fun New Year’s prediction for you: The 2020 presidential campaign will be even uglier than the 2016 contest. In part,...

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Biden continues to lead the pack

The new year dawns with former Vice President Joe Biden in a place where just a few months ago some pundits weren’t convinced...

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Oklahoma closing fund worth supporting

Oklahoma’s Quick Action Closing Fund has had an interesting history. What it hasn’t had are consistent deposits to help the...

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Wishes for a new year

The new year is generally reserved for resolutions — individual promises to eat right, or exercise more, or put down the...

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Point of View: Oklahomans safer because of administration's policies

In 2019, we charged the most defendants in the history of our office, including the most gun, drug and immigration defendants....

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 1

No high crimes or misdemeanors “Horn's courage a fine example" (Point of View, Dec. 22) is a fine example of biased liberal...

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Stephen Moore: The middle class never had it so good

These days, when you listen to the gloom of the media and many of the presidential candidates, you have to wonder what country...

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Another justice reform measure for Oklahoma voters?

Oklahoma voters showed in 2016 that they were comfortable with some changes to the state’s criminal justice system. They may...

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Point of view: Oklahoma student-athletes should be paid sooner than later

Collegiate athletes fuel a multibillion-dollar industry and they receive no compensation beyond a scholarship. It’s time for...

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Your views: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019

Stitt taking a bullying position with tribes It seems the trait of the bully President Trump has taken root with Gov. Kevin...

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Jonah Goldberg: If this has been super-decade, why are we still so angry?

There is a strong case to be made that things are getting better. In 2010, Matt Ridley made the case in “The Rational Optimist”...

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Gulf widening in Oklahoma gaming dispute

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole’s hunch in the early months of a gaming dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Indian tribes looks more...

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Point of view: Why mentoring should be part of every school

Only 40% of students feel discipline at their school is fair, according to a YouthTruth student survey. Students are often left...

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Your views: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019

A prayer worth saying ‘Amen’ to A bold, 1-inch headline in the Dec. 19 Oklahoman announced: "TRUMP IMPEACHED" and was followed...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A notable post for Lankford

It says something about Sen. James Lankford’s makeup and his reputation that he was named chairman of the Senate Ethics...

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Michael Barone: We're living in the (almost) best of times

The best of times, the worst of times. Your instinct on which one we're living through is affected by your basic temperament,...

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Stitt takes the right stance on refugees

An Associated Press story Monday in The Oklahoman focused on how several Republican governors across the country are wrestling...

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Warren's anti-big money crusade rings a bit hollow

Sen. Elizabeth Warren brought her “anti-big money” message to her home state recently, one that seems to resonate on the stump...

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Cal Thomas: Socialism's cyclical appeal

Like swallows returning to Capistrano, socialism makes an appearance on a regular cycle. The current presidential campaign...

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A father's Christmas story

During his 30 years with The Hartford Courant, Owen Canfield, the recently deceased father of The Oklahoman’s Opinion editor,...

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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 25

Businesses, citizens should make the choice Regarding “Sunday liquor sales? No thanks” (Point of View, Dec. 15): Oklahoma...

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Stephen Moore: Fed monopoly shouldn't compete with private banks

If there is any lesson we have learned about the Federal Reserve system in the past few years, it is that the supposed oracles...

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No sign of end to Oklahoma gaming impasse

A dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and tribal leaders over casino gaming took a number of interesting turns this week but none...

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Math-science school should take audit findings to heart

A state audit critical of the school’s operations prompted something of a “There’s nothing to see here” reply from the Oklahoma...

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Point of view: Horn's courage an example to others in Congress

Rep. Kendra Horn's decision to vote for the impeachment of President Trump was grounded in respect for the Constitution, the...

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Point of view: The musical theater of our political theater

Before answering Donald Trump’s call to pull the stopper on Washington, D.C.’s swamp, Rudy Giuliani took a bow for draining...

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Your views: Dec. 22, 2019

Horn sees what most reasonable people see Critics of Rep. Kendra Horn say, "If she votes for impeachment, she's screwed."...

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Rich Lowry: The victim president

President Donald Trump's impeachment letter to Nancy Pelosi is nothing if not sincere. The missive establishes, if there were...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Event remembers those who died homeless

The second annual “Homeless Person’s Memorial Service” is scheduled Saturday in Oklahoma City to remember those homeless...

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Michael Barone: 'One-nation' conservatism wins again in Britain

Last week the world's second-oldest political party showed, and not for the first time, its capacity to regenerate itself and...

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Rules for Oklahoma's four-day school districts should be firm

The state Department of Education has angered some folks with its proposed rules for school districts that want to continue...

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Jonah Goldberg: Why we have two moon parties, no sun party

Here’s a theory for why our politics are so confusing these days: Neither party wants to be a majority party. From an...

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Horn's impeachment vote could be costly

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump, and in doing so may have assured that she will be a one-term...

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No surprise in push to legalize recreational pot in Oklahoma

Well, that certainly didn’t take long. Little more than a year after Oklahoma voters approved “medical” marijuana, an effort is...

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Point of View: The HPV vaccine is a cancer vaccine

To the parents and guardians on the fence about giving their child the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, please read this. It...

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DNC right to stick by its debate rules

The next Democratic presidential debate, scheduled Thursday, will feature seven candidates — a welcome departure from the...

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Cal Thomas: Is it 1979 again?

“Blowout” was how one UK newspaper described the decisive victory of Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in last week’s...

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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 18

Blame the voters, not our system Greg Campbell (Your Views, Dec. 11) expressed concern that in special elections such as MAPS...

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Point of View: National curriculum ignores Oklahoma academic standards

There’s an old expression that goes like this: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always...

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Rich Lowry: The insane effort to make homeless encampments a de facto constitutional right

The Supreme Court just ensured that the nation's homelessness crisis will continue. The court declined to take up an appeal of...

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Stephen Moore: A cheer for the Trump uranian plan

Our sources are telling us that President Trump is nearing a decision on how to revive the all-but-dormant American uranium...

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Horn and other vulnerable Dems are in a bind

Sometime soon, Rep. Kendra Horn will have to decide whether to join most U.S. House Democrats and vote to impeach President...

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Your views: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019

What’s the true cost of casino gaming? Oklahomans should applaud Gov. Kevin Stitt for his efforts to negotiate a more fair...

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Point of view: Why I oppose Sunday liquor sales

For a state that worries rightly over the costs of addiction, Oklahoma has made some baffling choices in recent years. From...

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Jonah Goldberg: Diversity panic hits the Democratic field

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An Asian guy, two black guys, three white women (one of whom spent much of her life...

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Point of view: Governor turns gaming dispute into an "intolerable risk"

Unfortunately, Gov. Kevin Stitt is leveraging the tribes over gaming revenues. He asserts the compacts terminate Jan. 1,...

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Energy index bodes ill for Oklahoma

In recent weeks, the heads of two state government agencies have asked Oklahoma lawmakers for less money next fiscal year than...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: deadCenter director leaves an impressive legacy

The deadCenter Film Festival has grown tremendously under the leadership of Lance McDaniel, but the 2020 event will be his last...

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Rich Lowry: The unhistoric impeachment

Never has history felt less consequential. The impending impeachment of President Donald Trump is, as news accounts and...

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Michael Barone: The (sometimes) bizarre Democratic nomination race

Some recent news stories verge on the bizarre — the House Democrats' futile fuss over impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi's...

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Here's to eight more years of growth, improvement for OKC

What will Oklahoma City look like eight years from now? Voters expect that, due to MAPS 4, it will have prettier parks, more...

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Congress produces a people-centric defense bill

The bill that Congress uses to fund the U.S. military is generally designed to ensure the various branches have what they need...

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A breakthrough, finally, on USMCA

At a town hall meeting Sunday, a woman told U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, “We want Congress to get back to work for the American...

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Point of View: Congress must ensure agencies faithfully implement federal laws

I traveled recently to Washington, D.C., to inform the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs of federal agencies’ intransigence in...

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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 11

How about issuing licenses for gamblers? While the state of Oklahoma finishes renegotiating its gaming compact, we should...

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Domestic violence bills merit Oklahoma Legislature's attention

As with other prosecutors across Oklahoma, Angela Marsee has had to tell victims of domestic abuse that state statute doesn’t...

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Point of View: Simple solution to an ever-growing problem

Last month, the University of Oklahoma Student Government Association passed a bill removing “Sooner” from “Sooner Freshman...

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Stephen Moore: Congress must stop subsidizing wealthy car buyers

Why are Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi teaming to lobby for a tax bill that would provide about...

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Point of view: Why we voted no confidence at the University of Tulsa

On Nov. 13, the faculty of the University of Tulsa held a referendum on the administration. Four out of five ballots cast by...

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Point of View: Ominous trends amid Medicaid expansion efforts

In 2018, Oklahoma ranked 47th in overall health status according to America’s Health Rankings, an annual report issued by the...

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Point of View: Mend, don't end, the School Report Card's chronic absenteeism indicator

The Oklahoma Report Card chronic absenteeism grade is getting pushback from educators who correctly complain that they are...

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NBA has a gem in Enes Kanter

Fans of the Boston Celtics are learning what we in Oklahoma City came to learn about Enes Kanter — this is not your ordinary...

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Your Views Sunday, Dec. 8

This should be the season of giving Now is the season of giving, and with Christmas around the corner, most are getting into...

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Oklahoma City will gain with MAPS 4 approval

In the years since the original Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS, was approved by Oklahoma City voters in 1993, a growing...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A big week for one Oklahoma City school

Congratulations are extended for Positive Tomorrows, which this week opened its new building to serve homeless children and...

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Jonah Goldberg: Nostalgia is the ace up Biden’s sleeve

I like the word malarkey, consarn it. It’s the bee’s knees. Sure, the youngsters might say, “OK, Boomer” on hearing Joe Biden...

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No shortage of examples of government waste

In the fifth edition of his “Federal Fumbles” report, Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, cites more than three dozen...

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Refreshing budget request from Oklahoma agency head

State Health Department Commissioner Gary Cox is following through on his pledge to, as he said in a September interview,...

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Rich Lowry: Our faltering social vitality

The economy is in robust good health, but our social fabric isn't. By two basic measures of social vitality, births and deaths,...

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Point of view: MAPS 4 is for all of us

I ran for office because I believe government works best when it works for all of us and when everyone has a voice. When Mayor...

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Point of view: Love, art, activism at center of Oklahoma's fight for reproductive freedom

Access to abortion is under attack in Oklahoma. Despite court rulings against a law that would force medical providers to...

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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 4

Single-item MAPS recommendations needed Raymond Pappe (Your Views, Nov. 27) nailed it when he wrote we’re headed for a MAPS 10....

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Stephen Moore: Making the poor pay a high price

Washington do-goodism almost always fails to help the people it is supposed to because politicians ignore the Law of Unintended...

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Lessons to last a lifetime

As he fed his ailing father Jell-O, a particularly soothing treat that morning, the son couldn’t help but recall the many...

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Point of View: Oklahoma students, teachers, families and businesses need our help

This year, student performance fell on state academic tests, the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the ACT. More...

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Point of View: Another historic opportunity for OKC

Through the power of a penny, MAPS has forever changed the way Oklahoma City sees itself and the way the world sees us. In...

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Skills concerns in Oklahoma merit policymakers' attention

The point has been made on these pages many times through the years but bears repeating: Although Oklahoma needs more people...

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Point of View: National Dems seek inroads with Oklahoma redistricting push

Democratic Party leaders that include former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder are spearheading a...

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Point of view: School board service invaluable to communities

In 2019, it’s still easy to think about school as a place and education as an activity that happens mostly within the physical...

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Your views: Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019

Effort puts people before politicians Our Constitution gives the people the ultimate power of the ballot box to determine their...

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Jonah Goldberg: Calls for national unity mask ideological ambition

“The purpose of the presidency is not the glorification of the president,” South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg recently...

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Point of view: The merits of Oklahoma's merit protection system

An efficient and fair merit system at state agencies is Oklahoma’s first line of defense against favoritism and patronage in...

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Vaccine fight not abating in Oklahoma

Let’s hear it for the Oklahoma Alliance for Healthy Families, which is doing all it can to drive home the point that childhood...

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Improving outcomes should be OKC district's sole focus

On the same day last week that Oklahoma School Report Cards showed 30 schools in the Oklahoma City district had received an F...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Never-ending need to help less fortunate

A story Thursday by The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, drove home two points — Oklahomans are willing helpers of the...

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Michael Barone: Give thanks for America's increasing fairness

It's Thanksgiving week in a country whose warring political tribes are not much inclined to giving thanks. But any American...

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Rich Lowry: The most American holiday

According to progressive websites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to arguing with your right-wing uncle. According to...

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Your views: Friday, Nov. 29, 2019

Don’t return state to the ‘spoils system’ Regarding “A reform worth pursuing” (Our Views, Nov. 24): I am puzzled by suggestions...

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On Rx marijuana, quite a difference in states' approaches

The Providence Journal placed on its website last week a news alert that caught our eye because it underscored the stark...

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Cal Thomas: What happened to teaching history?

According to a report by the National Assessment of Education Progress, the teaching of U.S. history to American students lags...

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Opinion: Mister Rogers had it right -- trust in your neighbors

Just in time for the holiday season, moviegoers are being treated to “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks...

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Your Views Wednesday, Nov. 27

Showing what a Democratic ‘moderate’ looks like U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn has demonstrated to the citizens of District 5 what a...

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Your views: Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019

Perhaps new bike laws will change minds Regarding "Cyclists hope new laws lead to safer streets" (News, Nov. 17): Reps. Jason...

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Glad to live where law enforcement are appreciated

A recent event in San Francisco offered another illustration of why we're grateful to live in a place where elected officials,...

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Point of view: Repeal needed of 2001, 2002 AUMFs

In 2001 and 2002, Congress passed authorizations for war. While not declarations of war, these mandates, each titled as an...

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Merit protection reform in Oklahoma worth pursuing

In a 2013 op-ed in The Oklahoman, Mark Costello, who was Oklahoma’s labor commissioner at the time, wrote about his desire to...

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Point of view: OU on firm ground in housing center dispute

Steve Hicks misled readers of The Oklahoman in "Potentially costly move by OU" (Point of View, Nov. 20). Hicks runs Provident...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Some justice for officer's family

How strong was the case against Byron Shepard, accused of shooting and killing a Tecumseh police officer? It took less than an...

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Rich Lowry: Why Democrats are running rings around Republicans on impeachment

On the substance, Democrats have won the first two weeks of the impeachment hearings by TKO. Not that it's required much...

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Michael Barone: The impeachment pseudo-event

"The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America" is the title of a 1960s book by historian and librarian of Congress Daniel...

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Another step in OK County jail transition

Bit by bit, the Oklahoma County jail is moving closer to being managed by an administrator instead of by the sheriff. A major...

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Jonah Goldberg: Louisiana election may not be a crushing loss for conservatives

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards won an impressive re-election victory on Saturday. But the most important lesson isn’t the one...

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Another reason to cheer U.S. oil production

In an interview with CNBC at the start of 2018, Continental Petroleum CEO Harold Hamm said the United States could be a net...

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Your Views Wednesday, Nov. 20

Sentencing reform effort merits support It’s no secret that Oklahoma is one of the world’s largest incarcerators. A...

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Point of View: Move by OU puts taxpayers, others at risk

When the University of Oklahoma decided in 2015 that it wanted to expand on-campus housing through the development of the Cross...

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Point of View: Laying a foundation for the future

As part of The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools’ work, we’ve developed initiatives to create inclusive classroom...

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A hurdle that likely won't be cleared

Members of Congress scurried this week to beat Thursday’s deadline to approve a spending bill funding the federal government...

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Cal Thomas: Desperation is not a policy

If you are in need of more evidence as to why so many Americans are cynical about politics in general and Washington in...

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Direct democracy efforts evident in Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s longstanding embrace of direct democracy is evident again in the growing list of state questions seeking to find...

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Rich Lowry: Elizabeth Warren's "Medicare for All" debacle

The clear loser of the Democratic primary is "Medicare for All." First, it demonstrated the unreliability of Kamala Harris out...

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Stephen Moore: Trump needs Tax Cut 2.0

Every single plausible Democratic candidate for president has endorsed tax increases as a centerpiece of their economic agenda....