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Clarence Page: Floyd’s death brings back an old familiar rage

As I watched the fires in the night leap skyward over Minneapolis and watched the protest marchers pour into other streets...

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After protests, Oklahoma can meet this challenge

George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police set that city, and others across the country, ablaze with riots....

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CDC recommendations would burden schools

The COVID-19 pandemic made the 2019-20 school year one for the history books, with students and parents having to adapt on the...

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Point of View: Why Oklahoma needs SQ 805

We have an incarceration crisis, Oklahoma. We keep imposing long, harsh sentences for nonviolent offenses, and we continue to...

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TSET to go before Oklahoma voters

Republicans in the Legislature have long had their eyes on the funds deposited annually into the state’s Tobacco Settlement...

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Your Views Sunday, May 31

An unAmerican threat by Trump President Trump recently threatened to withhold federal funding from Michigan and Nevada because...

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Point of View: Community colleges setting a path forward after pandemic

Community colleges in Oklahoma and nationwide have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, making contributions to enhance...

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Point of View: Beauty in the time of COVID-19

The news is relentlessly bleak. Schools are closed, COVID-19 has taken 100,000 American lives, unemployment has escalated to...

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Point of View: Oklahoma mayors' virus orders were unlawful

In response to COVID-19, the mayors of Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman subjected their citizens to draconian shelter-in-place...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Virus meets its match in Rainbolt

Gene Rainbolt knows a little something about perseverance, having grown up in poverty during the Great Depression, in a...

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Point of View: Which states will follow Oklahoma and ban discriminatory health care rationing?

True to its name, the Sooner State is now the first in the nation to prohibit state agencies from using...

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Rich Lowry: The return of the tea party

It's 2009 again, or feels like it. That was when spontaneous, grassroots protests against overweening government sprang up and...

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Michael Barone: Plague in a time of partisanship

America faces a contagious infection: partisanship. Consider the responses to a poll question about treating the COVID-19 virus...

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With Biden, which record should matter?

During a recent interview, former Vice President Joe Biden was asked whether, as president, he would govern as a progressive....

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Oklahoma merit protection reform: Wait until next year

The coronavirus pandemic put reform of Oklahoma's merit protection system on ice during this legislative session. With this...

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Jonah Goldberg: Biden faces marketing decision on his running mate

The first thing to remember about vice presidential picks is that they are marketing decisions. That is, once a candidate has...

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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Point of View: College student gets lesson in Oklahoma fines and fees

Emily Galik checked her speedometer and breathed a sigh of relief when she saw a police car on the side of the road in Kiowa, a...

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Point of View: Local banking relationship is key for small businesses

Perhaps more than any other time in recent history, community banks have demonstrated the value of personal relationships with...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 27

Korea comparisons not sensible I tire of hearing coronavirus experts trying to identify the Korean COVID-19 remedy strategies...

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Oklahoma's voting law is under siege

As expected, progressive groups wasted no time renewing their fight to undo Oklahoma’s law requiring that absentee ballots be...

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Cal Thomas: Name-calling

Writing and making public one’s opinions guarantees people will respond. Writers, performers and every human likely desire his...

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Point of View: SNAP is key to fighting hunger, boosting economy during COVID-19

Oklahoma is the fifth-hungriest state in the nation. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with a slumping energy industry has put...

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Parity bill a winner for Oklahomans

A legislative session with more than its share of division and rancor included a bill that engendered just the opposite — to...

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Stephen Moore: The lockdown Democrats

America is starting to reopen for business across the country — except for a handful of states where lockdown orders are...

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Clarence Page: When we develop a virus vaccine, will we want to get it?

As the development of a coronavirus vaccine intensifies with the fury of the 1960s race to the moon, a question haunts us...

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Point of View: Sen. Coburn's annual gift to taxpayers

The pandemic has brought into focus the government’s growing fiscal challenges. The nation’s public debt will soon reach levels...

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Your Views Sunday, May 17

Why are some ignoring simple precautions? The economy is a wreck, unemployment threatens our way of life, while the coronavirus...

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OU president: Providing a place of hope, promise for our students

At the University of Oklahoma, the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily affected how we operate, but nothing can change our...

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A needed change to campus assault protocols

COVID-19 has dealt a financial blow to Oklahoma’s colleges and universities, leaving them to make budget choices that could be...

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Point of View: COVID-19 and learning: An opportunity to reinvent

The COVID-19 pandemic's impact on education is staggering. Early closure has affected nearly 700,000 Oklahoma students....

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On Oklahoma budget, system worked as designed

Some critics of Gov. Kevin Stitt compare him to President Trump, another businessman who made a successful foray into politics....

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Poll shows coronavirus is partisan, too

Just about every issue in America today seems drawn along partisan political lines. In Oklahoma the coronavirus is no...

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Rich Lowry: Fauci is not the villian

For his critics, Dr. Anthony Fauci cemented his status as the Rasputin of public health with his Senate testimony the other...

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Jonah Goldberg: COVID-19 could shake the foundations of higher ed

Here’s a thought experiment for you. Would you rather have a Princeton education, or do without the education but get the...

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COVID-19 could mute church singing

As churches in Oklahoma and elsewhere gradually reopen, they might do well to discourage congregational singing and keep the...

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OU believes it has its man in Harroz

Joe Harroz endured his share of challenges during one year as interim president at the University of Oklahoma. In removing the...

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Point of View: Big downside to premature return to "normal"

While Oklahoma has been experiencing a decline in daily deaths and new infections, our death rate from COVID-19 is still one of...

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Point of View: Best student outcomes are on campus

We have labored over whether to resume classes this fall at the six universities in the Regional University System of Oklahoma....

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Cox on borrowed time at Oklahoma Health Department

Gov. Kevin Stitt insists Gary Cox is the right person to lead the state Health Department now and in years to come. Instead,...

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Point of View: Tips for wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic

Daily headlines report the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19, with grim statistics that highlight unemployment, flat...

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Sad news from Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. has weathered many economy-related challenges during its 31 years in existence. The latest one,...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 13

Grateful for OCU’s swift response Oklahoma City University held a special online graduation ceremony Saturday to recognize and...

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Jonah Goldberg: Face coverings aren’t a symbol of tyranny

One of the things I love about America — and there are many — is her deeply ingrained rebelliousness. When the government tells...

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Cal Thomas: Michael Flynn's exoneration

For three years, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was put through a legal and financial wringer by top officials...

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Rich Lowry: It happened in New York

New York is the greatest city in the world. It also is uniquely suited to the spread of the coronavirus. As the national debate...

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Point of View: Oklahoma's TSET doesn't need changing

Twenty years ago, Oklahoma was the first state to constitutionally protect the funds it receives every year from Big Tobacco....

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Point of View: Dear Mom

I don’t think I was more than 3, when one day you were bringing me home from Spreckle’s Lake. On the way out of the park, I...

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Oklahoma gaming divide not narrowing

On the topic of gaming, the chasm between the governor’s office and many of Oklahoma’s Indian tribes could not be wider. It...

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Your Views Sunday, May 10

Pandemic underscores benefits of school choice The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted schools and educational efforts in...

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Point of View: Legal aid is a front-line responder

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some of the best and worst aspects of our society. Many are meeting the challenge —...

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Mike Turpen: Advice to Oklahoma grads: 3 tools for success

As a State Regent for Higher Education, I have had the privilege of watching thousands of Oklahoma’s graduates walk across the...

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Pardon and Parole Board can be lightning rod

The work of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has long been a part of corrections-related policy discussions, especially as...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Absentee voting fight likely not over

Absentee voting in Oklahoma, generally an afterthought during elections, has become a front-burner issue during the COVID-19...

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Your Views Saturday, May 9

Salute to great work by Oklahoma bankers In early March, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the federal government created the...

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Rich Lowry: Everyone deserves to live under the Joe Biden standard

Why should Joe Biden get due process, but not others accused of sexual misconduct? That's the question raised by the...

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Michael Barone: Law professors for "speech control"

"In the great debate of the past two decades over freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United...

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Virus impact an early test for Oklahoma City's MAPS 4

Previous iterations of MAPS proved to be resilient in the face of economic dips. Will MAPS 4 show itself to be just as hearty...

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Facemask pushback a bad look for Oklahoma city

The city of Stillwater found itself in the national news recently, and it was not the sort of coverage coveted by city leaders...

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Point of View: A nation of humble heroes

The American people have always answered the call. Great presidents have recognized and harnessed the resiliency and “can-do...

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Point of View: Democracy doesn't pause, neither does the Census

Generation Citizen is working to ensure more of our neighbors than ever are counted this Census and to lay the groundwork for...

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Republican leaders: A stable, workable budget for Oklahoma during a tough time

The Legislature convened three months ago with the state budget in sound shape. Our ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility...

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Oklahoma mental health agency should be spared

Beaman was right to be concerned. A budget plan presented by Republican legislative leaders included a cut of 5%, or roughly...

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Stephen Moore: The federal government cannot bail out blue states

Battle lines are being drawn up between the two parties on the next round of "stimulus" for the economy. House Speaker Nancy...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 6

Not interested in becoming collateral damage It has become clear that some Americans are deeply worried about the state of the...

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An Oklahoma budget deal, but without governor

Republican leaders at the state Capitol have produced a budget plan for fiscal year 2021 that they say creatively addresses...

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Tribal chairmen: New gaming compacts a win for tribes, communities, Oklahoma

In April, the state of Oklahoma and the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe announced new gaming compacts that are in the...

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Point of View: Stay safe, take advantage of Oklahoma's mail-in balloting

Oklahoma has the opportunity to make changes that will not only increase voter access and engagement, but also increase voter...

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Point of View: Marijuana and Oklahoma's budget crisis

On April 22, when asked about the possibility of additional tax revenue from legalizing recreational marijuana, Gov. Kevin...

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James Lankford: Oklahomans will weather this storm

As Oklahomans, we know all too well how to weather a storm. This spring we are experiencing more than hailstones; we are facing...

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Point of View: Virus presents challenges and hope for Oklahoma's animal future

John F. Kennedy once said that in a crisis, be aware of the danger but recognize the opportunity. As COVID-19 unfolds as the...

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Your Views Sunday, May 3

The problem with government dictating activity Isn't it ironic that the people making the decisions about whether businesses...

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Reasonable suggestions about life post-pandemic

Philip K. Howard is someone this page has cited every now and again for his longtime push to bring more common sense and less...

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Burns Hargis: Congratulations, students and educators, you did it!

Under normal circumstances, Oklahomans would be gathering in locations large and small during the next several weeks to...

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Funding just one of many K-12 challenges

The economic collapse from COVID-19 has education leaders across the country urging Congress to provide more relief. Funding,...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Pandemic keeping mental health professionals busy

The COVID-19 pandemic is, unfortunately but unsurprisingly, keeping Oklahoma’s mental health professionals and law enforcement...

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Rich Lowry: No, science can't tell us how to respond to the coronavirus

If you thought the coronavirus presented difficult policy questions, don't worry — we have science. Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted...

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Michael Barone: Time for reopening

Time for reopening? Let's reframe the question. Time for what to reopen? With what precautions? In which states and counties...

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Good news and bad in Oklahoma's pandemic response

The COVID-19 pandemic has left states scrambling to obtain facemasks and other items needed to protect health care workers. In...

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Pandemic helping push telemedicine to the fore

In one of his recent columns for The Oklahoman, Scott Meacham, CEO and president of Oklahoma City-based i2E Inc., touched on...

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Jonah Goldberg: A modest proposal to counter Chinese pressure on Hollywood

During the filming of the 1939 movie “Jesse James,” a stuntman and his horse went over a cliff and fell 70 feet into a river....

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Slow, steady approach to reopening Oklahoma businesses

Some barber shops and hair salons in the metro area reopened on Friday, taking advantage of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plan for a...

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Point of View: Conspiring pandemics in our country

The COVID-19 pandemic is a societal earthquake, but the pandemic of poverty will be its tsunami. The swell of this wave has...

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Legislature best place to handle Oklahoma election law request

The coronavirus pandemic is producing a push in many states to make it easier to vote without going to polls. A version of this...

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Ernest Istook: Oklahoma should not become OPEC

Oklahoma should not become OPEC. Nor should Texas or any other U.S. state become price-fixers or supply manipulators like the...

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Cal Thomas: Then as now, attitude is key

Getting my parents and grandparents to talk about their experiences during the Great Depression and World War II was always...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 29

Let's see steady decrease before reopening What are we doing? President Trump’s White House says a state should not...

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Point of View: Oklahoma 2.0, here we come!

As Oklahomans prepare to get “back to work” safely and smartly, it’s important to note that more than 70% of the workforce has...

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Point of View: Short-term health insurance has long-term benefits

About 26 million people have filed for unemployment since mid-March, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department...

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Stephen Moore: China deserves stringent financial penalties for role in outbreak

We have known for years that China lies and cheats and steals when it comes to international trade. Now we've learned that it...

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Point of View: Proposed oil proration hurts energy industry

The American energy industry has been on a seemingly never-ending roller coaster ride over the past month. Between the...

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Point of View: The tension is building -- Child Abuse Prevention Month

I have owned three houses during my adult life. All three have had a garage. Throughout the day my garage would open a minimum...

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Point of View: Be adaptable during gradual return to business

In the coming days and weeks, we will see a gradual return to business throughout Oklahoma under Gov. Kevin Stitt’s “Open Up...

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Point of View: Protecting the lives of Oklahomans

While leaders are planning a reopening of the state, each long-term care community and its staff remain on the front lines of...

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Your Views Sunday, April 26

Let Oklahomans get back to work In early April, the state Health Department forecast that Oklahoma would have its worst day of...

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Point of View: Businesses may pay price as CARES Act saps workforce

Modern medicine cures diseases, controls chronic conditions and saves lives. Frequently, there can be mild side effects that...

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Progress on Oklahoma gaming compacts, or more problems?

Gov. Kevin Stitt sees new gaming compacts reached with two Oklahoma Indian tribes as progress in a legal dispute with several...

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COVID-19 fallout should renew debate over municipal funding

Previous efforts have failed to change how Oklahoma’s municipalities get the bulk of their operational funding. Perhaps the...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: OKC bracing for rough months ahead

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are leading to a proposed large reduction in Oklahoma City’s general fund spending for...

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Rich Lowry: Social distancing isn't a religion

Forgive Jacksonville, Florida, for it has sinned. The largest city in Florida partly reopened its beaches, and it became...

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Michael Barone: Don't look for coronavirus consensus

In the clashing commentary about whether lockdowns and stay-at-home orders should continue, or whether businesses and stores...

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Point of View: Month highlights need for child abuse prevention amidst pandemic

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, it is clear that we are in the throes of a modern-day pandemic. But as we focus our...

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Oklahoma governor's reopening plan has some risks

With his three-tiered plan to reopen Oklahoma’s businesses, Gov. Kevin Stitt is relying on good news on the COVID-19 front and...

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Covid's mental health toll could be substantial

Stay well. Be safe. Stay healthy. These wishes have become a part of our everyday interactions amid the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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Jonah Goldberg: Quarantine protesters are no heroes of civil disobedience

Our culture has a wonderful way of taking controversial or partisan figures and weaving them into the broader story of...

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Point of View: Mandating cuts in oil production not the answer

The secret sauce that’s made the United States the greatest economic superpower in history really isn’t that big of a secret....

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Point of View: Government has overreacted amid crisis

We are in a crisis! You can rely on the government to overreact. No politician will be criticized for being too safe. But the...

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Opinion: Strong supply chain, not government intervention, will be Boeing's tailwind

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate...

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Point of View: Block and tackle the coronavirus

If we want to loosen social distancing measures in Oklahoma, we must step up our state’s contact tracing efforts. In an...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 22

Crisis shows need for national energy policy In recent years, due to the ingenuity of our independent drillers, our domestic...

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Monumental budget challenge for Stitt, lawmakers

Just a year after signing the largest budget in state history, Gov. Kevin Stitt is dealing with budget woes that present a...

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Point of View: Everyone can make great childhoods happen

COVID-19 has made life difficult for everyone. No one is immune to frustrations and fear brought about by these unprecedented...

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Stephen Moore: Moves needed now to help save U.S. energy industry

America's domestic energy producers are under siege. The price of oil fell to below $0 a barrel on Monday, down from roughly...

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Resuming elective surgeries can succeed in Oklahoma

A new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic begins Friday in Oklahoma — the resumption of some elective surgeries, which have been on...

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Point of View: Former state rep played large role in Oklahoma's medical, economic health

The recent death of former state Rep. Linda Larason provides an opportunity to remember and celebrate her tremendous impact on...

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Point of View: Applauding our hospital workers

A recent viral video shows police and fire workers outside a New York hospital cheering and applauding as doctors, nurses and...

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Point of View: To help rebuild Oklahoma, turn loose home food producers

Many small businesses are hurting, but demand has grown at the Conscious Community Co-Op, an indoor farmers’ market that we...

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Point of View: Fair Housing Act fights sexual harassment in housing

A landlord told a female tenant who fell behind on her rent that she could exchange sexual favors for rent. Another woman had...

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Point of View: Co-parenting in the face of COVID-19

While we are all overwhelmed at the idea of having to quarantine and social distance, the thought of custody and visitation...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Resilience defines Oklahoma history

As all of us deal with the COVID-19 crisis, it is worth remembering that Oklahomans have faced many challenges over the years....

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April 19, 1995: A moment of eternity

A moment in time. A moment of eternity. Lives were brutally stolen in that moment. The lives of hundreds of others were forever...

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Bill Clinton: What Oklahoma City can teach us

On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, claiming 168 innocent lives...

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Point of View: Love letter to Oklahoma City

This is my love letter to Oklahoma City, the hometown that adopted me. I was born in Illinois, but my family moved to Oklahoma...

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Cathy Keating: After Oklahoma City bombing, love won

A quarter century has now passed since a bomb killed 168 people and injured more than 650 at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal...

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Point of View: Foresight for the road ahead

We are all in this together. Last legislative session, Gov. Kevin Stitt was criticized for saving $200 million instead of...

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Point of view: Oklahoma high school seniors illustrate hope, thankfulness

It’s Easter Sunday, ending what has been the most tumultuous Lenten season in memory, but this is a day when we can gather to...

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Point of View: Now is the time for innovation in public education

If there is an upside to great disturbance and upheaval — and we are certainly living through both — it is that unforeseen...

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Easter offers message of hope

Easter Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the most important date of the Christian calendar. Churches,...

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Your Views Sunday, April 12

No overstating importance of social distancing "Viral load" is the amount of viral particles a person is inoculated with when...

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Free press important amid COVID-19

A recent column by William McKenzie, former longtime reporter for The Dallas Morning News and now senior editorial adviser at...

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Point of View: The coronavirus and the humanities

What is the truth, and how do I discern it from “fake news”? How can we move forward as a unified nation after this crisis?...

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Opinion: All of us are homeschoolers now

With reports of nearly 1 billion students around the world missing school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, education is poised for...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: COVID-19 now behind prison walls

The day has arrived that Oklahoma corrections officials knew would come but hoped would not — COVID-19 has made it behind...

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Rich Lowry: Blaming China, WHO isn't scapegoating

President Donald Trump slammed the World Health Organization at a news briefing this week and was immediately accused of...

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Michael Barone: Will post-virus America blaze new trails or keep hunkering down?

On my daily walk down a side street, I saw the restaurant with a diagonal cross made of adhesive tape on its sign. Gone was the...

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Jonah Goldberg: What will post-pandemic GOP politics look like?

I’ve been telecommuting for decades, so for me sheltering in place isn’t remotely the burden it is for a lot of Americans. But...

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Oklahomans will determine COVID-19 surge

In the midst of what health experts fear will be the worst couple of weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the...

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Some churches hurting badly amid coronavirus

A recent poll found many small businesses are in dire straits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of those in the business of...

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Point of View: Stimulus enables nonprofits to continue aiding Oklahoma communities

While our nation has faced myriad uncertainties due to the coronavirus pandemic, our ability as a nation to put aside our...

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Point of View: COVID-19 shows social services first, education second

One alternative to turning out school for the rest of spring in response to COVID-19 would have been to extend school into...

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Point of View: Oklahoma needs statewide shelter in place

Gov. Kevin Stitt must take further action to combat the spread of COVID-19. Specifically, he must implement a shelter-in-place...

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Point of View: State, federal law enforcement fight coronavirus fraud

We are in an unprecedented time. Sadly, our law enforcement partners across the country are seeing an uptick in crimes related...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 8

Writer’s attacks on Trump were unwarranted Nancy Davis (Your Views, April 1) accused President Trump of saying the COVID-19...

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Stephen Moore: Don't put Uncle Sam in corporate boardrooms

There is nothing worse than the government bailing out private industries. I've spent a career opposing corporate welfare...

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Virus provides reason to forgo primary runoffs

The three-day filing period for Oklahoma’s state, federal and legislative elections begins Wednesday, and like just about...

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Point of View: AP courses open opportunites

Families are struggling to meet the challenges brought forth by the coronavirus. We see schools rushing to adjust to distance...

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Point of View: Oklahoma higher ed and the war on COVID-19

The line between disorder and order lies in logistics. — Sun Tzu Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities are uniquely...

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Another bad headline from Oklahoma Health Department

Try as it might, the state Health Department can’t seem to avoid making the sort of news that dents the public’s faith and can...

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Cal Thomas: Try to accentuate the positive

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (Proverbs 17:22 NLT) Everywhere you look —...

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Point of View: Test all Oklahoma nursing home employees ASAP

Reports from the state Health Department now advise that coronavirus infections have been found in nine nursing homes in...

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Belt-tightening ahead for Oklahoma state agencies

In an excellent article last week by The Oklahoman’s Jack Money about how world events are pounding the state’s energy sector,...

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Point of View: Coburn was a model of selfless service to country

There are very few truly great men, but I consider former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn right up there with the Founding Fathers in...

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Your Views Sunday, April 5

Situation underscores importance of teachers After this mandatory home-schooling situation, are there any parents left who...

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Virus impacting Oklahoma's November ballot, too

The election ballot in November is unlikely to be quite as crowded as expected, and for that you can cite the coronavirus...

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Point of View: Oklahoma's oil industry caught in crossfire

Oil and natural gas have been Oklahoma’s lifeblood since before statehood. Our state’s natural resources have allowed Oklahoma...

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Point of View: Real estate "essential"? Not quite

As if this coronavirus pandemic and borderline hysteria haven’t been rough enough, last week I suddenly found myself sick. But...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Audit another blow for FBI

The coronavirus pandemic has rightly made most other news incidental. However, a report this week by Justice Department...

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Rich Lowry: We are all restrictionists now

When President Donald Trump announced a restriction on travel from Europe in a mid-March Oval Office address, European Union...

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Michael Barone: Contrasts show communist regime's true character

There's no greater contrast between how countries have treated COVID-19 than that between nations on both sides of what might...

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Point of View: Remembering a waste warrior

Last week, the nation lost a great leader with the passing of former Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D., following a long battle with...

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Pandemic forcing changes, some perhaps long-term

Much has changed in the weeks since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States. Businesses practices have been upended,...

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Should desperate measures include inmate releases?

The COVID-19 pandemic has most Americans being forced to stay home unless it’s essential they leave, because these desperate...

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Cal Thomas: Save the media

I confess to a certain self-interest in today’s column. The media, especially newspapers, are in trouble. Conservatives like...

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Jonah Goldberg: Daily briefings illustrate Trump shortcomings

On Sunday, President Trump, absent any hard evidence, suggested that large numbers of masks were being stolen from New York...

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Point of View: It's census time. Let's make sure every Oklahoman is counted.

We’ve entered April 2020. It’s not news to say that these are not normal times. This April won’t include a Tax Day, an Oklahoma...

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Openness remains a challenge for some Oklahoma bodies

As part of a study of states’ willingness to provide public records, graduate students at Marquette University in...

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Keep doing your part to stem coronavirus

On hearing of the death this week of country singer and fellow Oklahoman Joe Diffie at age 61, Toby Keith tweeted, “We are...

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Point of View: Oil tariffs not the answer amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has changed life for all Americans, and combined with the battle between Saudi Arabia and Russia over oil...

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Point of View: Why we should #LetHopeRise in Oklahoma

Containing the spread of COVID-19 has created unprecedented circumstances in most of our lives. The news each day keeps us...

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Stephen Moore: Living in an Ayn Rand dystopia

"Government help to business is just as disastrous as government persecution. ... The only way a government can be of service...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 1

Now is the time to stand united Whatever we believe concerning the coronavirus pandemic — that our government’s response has...

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Point of View: How Tom Coburn helped Rhode Island reform Medicaid

Chapter 10 of the Book of Proverbs tells us that the memory of the righteous is a blessing. And so it is with former U.S. Sen....

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Cal Thomas: The dark hole of debt

It is not cognitive dissonance — the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously — to favor the...

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Your Views Sunday, March 29

Stop the negativity against Inhofe I wish all the naysayers would quit their negativity against Sen. Jim Inhofe. He and I are...

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Point of View: Officials should shut down Oklahoma

Shut down the whole state, not simply counties with infections. I know that it is hard (mentally and economically), but it is...

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Point of View: Where Oklahoma's economic recovery is already underway

While the world staggers from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, an essential component of Oklahoma’s economic recovery is...

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Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma patriot

A Scripture passage has Jesus saying of Nathanael, “There is no duplicity in him.” The description applied perfectly to former...

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Tending to mental health amid coronavirus

Organizations in Oklahoma that serve victims of abuse expect to be busier than normal while the coronavirus outbreak plays out....

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Oklahomans chipping in where they can

During a telephone town hall this week, Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, noted that coronavirus testing will increase due...

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Rich Lowry: The cipher as presidential candidate

What William McKinley was to the front-porch campaign, Joe Biden is to the basement campaign. Sidelined and confined to his...

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Michael Barone: Anti-pandemic rules the opposite of anti-climate change rules

It's unnerving, and perhaps instructive, that the arrangements elites have been prescribing for dealing with what they call our...

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Wave goodbye to the handshake?

Our coronavirus-inspired social distancing practices make shaking hands off limits. When things return to normal, will the...

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We're all responsible for stemming tide of COVID-19

Some have criticized Gov. Kevin Stitt’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in Oklahoma — in particular, contending he hasn’t...

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Your Views Wednesday, March 25

Price tag a key part of tax-credit debate In “Tax-credit bill helps all schools” (Point of View, March 18), the CEO of Positive...

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Oklahoma lawmakers should pass budget, end session

The Capitol building has already been closed to the public as a precaution. Only elected officials, essential staff,...

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Oklahoma distance-learning plan worth pursuing

A proposal by state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister would have coursework conducted through “distance learning,”...

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Cal Thomas: A lesson from the coronavirus

Interviewed by NBC News, retired Brigadier General John Adams said, “Basically, we’ve outsourced our entire industry to China....

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Opinion: Coronavirus claims the reusable shopping bag

From coast to coast, the coronavirus is claiming yet another unexpected victim: reusable shopping bags. On Friday, the mayor of...

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Point of View: Online filing could mean cash in your pocket

I think it is safe to say we are living history at the moment. There are no sporting events to watch on our televisions. Our...

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Stephen Moore: $5 trillion down the drain

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, everyone should read Robert Higgs' economic classic "Crisis and Leviathan." The...

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Faith communities hit hard by virus

In times of crisis, pews tend to become more crowded in places of worship, at least for a while. We saw this after the 9/11...

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Your Views Sunday, March 22

Appreciation for hospital’s salute to veterans Thank you, Mercy Hospital, for hosting Vietnam veterans on March 10 with the...

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Point of View: A sensible effort to thwart local natural gas bans

Oklahomans should strongly applaud legislation approved by the state House and pending in the Senate that would prohibit local...

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Point of View: Newspapers are "essential services"

California’s governor has issued a “shelter-in-place” order directing everyone to basically stay inside their homes...

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Careful approach needed with bail reform

Changes to the bail system have been a focus for those advocating criminal justice reform in Oklahoma. Reports from New York...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Keep nonprofit groups in mind

The coronavirus outbreak could not have struck at a worse time for Oklahoma’s nonprofits. The springtime calendar, usually...

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Rich Lowry: Only the "crooks" can save us now

A specter haunts progressive America — the possibility that a company might make too much money solving the world's coronavirus...

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Kindnesses aplenty during virus scare

You may have heard about the man in Tennessee who figured he’d make a buck off the coronavirus outbreak by hoarding hand...

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Sometimes, instituted setbacks matter

The COVID-19 outbreak has introduced us to “social distancing,” the practice of maintaining several feet of space between you...

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Cal Thomas: The virus and what matters most

Some years ago, I wrote a book titled “The Things That Matter Most.” It was a critique of the continuing impact the 1960s...

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Rich Lowry: Trump's coronavirus response isn't the work of a dictator

What happens when the supposed dictator won't dictate? This is the conundrum confronted by the harshest critics of President...

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Point of View: Getting through coronavirus in Oklahoma together

About this time each year, we look to the western skies and start making plans to confront the worst nature can deliver. We...

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Leadership matters during these unsettling times

The COVID-19 outbreak presents the United States with its most serious health scare in generations. All precautions taken thus...

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Your Views Wednesday, March 18

Oklahomans stand in solidarity with Israel I was pleased to hear of the passing of House Bill 3967, legislation that will...

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Point of View: In defense of EPIC graduation rates

"Epic Charter grads less likely to enroll in college" (Oklahoma Watch, March 1) suggested EPIC Charter School students...

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Election mess a result of home-grown meddling

The recent primary election in California was a debacle, and it had nothing to do with Russian meddling. Instead, home-grown...

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Point of View: Positive Tomorrows supports expanding tax credits for all schools

"Do most good for the most kids" (Point of View, March 11) was akin to the politics of divisiveness we too often see at the...

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Jonah Goldberg: This one virus debate is a waste of energy

Amidst all of the well-placed urgency and occasionally misplaced panic of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have decided there’s a...

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Point of View: Help domestic violence victims with real solutions

Domestic violence often becomes a flashpoint in conversations around criminal legal system reform. The debate over State...

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COVID-19 info to know in Oklahoma

Oklahoma, thank goodness, has thus far had only a small number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused...

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Your Views Sunday, March 15

A construction heads-up was warranted I wanted to express my dismay that the city of Oklahoma City did not warn residents...

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Sanders' impact on party sure to last

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is running on fumes entering Sunday night’s planned...

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Point of View: In the 2020 Census, Be counted OKC

We humans like to count ourselves. This is nothing new. Even the story of Jesus’ birth is the story of a Roman census. Article...

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Point of View: Restorative justice, the path forward

For far too long, Oklahoma's Legislature abided by the Old Testament concept of "an eye for an eye" when it came to criminal...

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Point of View: Remove barriers that keep pharmacists from assisting patients

Diabetics shouldn’t have to ration their insulin, heart patients shouldn’t have to skip days of treatments to make their...

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Rich Lowry: On coronavirus, the nationalists aren't nationalist enough

Yet President Donald Trump spent the initial weeks minimizing the threat and talking of it magically disappearing, despite...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A milestone to celebrate

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity celebrated quite a milestone this week — dedication of its 1,000th house. That’s 1,000...

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More dispruptions likely amid COVID-19 outbreak

The continuing spread of the coronavirus is making one thing crystal clear: Life as we know it is going to be different for a...

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Oil price war hurts U.S. most

On the surface, the oil price war disrupting the global economy pits the world’s third-largest producer, Russia, against the...

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Point of View: Why Congress should reclaim its constitutional role

Since my nearly two decades representing Oklahoma in Congress, I have enjoyed teaching college students about the U.S....

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Point of View: Congress needs to pass NO BAN Act

In 1995, I lived in Oklahoma City near downtown and I worked at a local hospital. When the Murrah Building and the lives of 168...

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Your Views Wednesday, March 11

Inhofe has broken faith with Oklahomans By running for yet another term at age 85, Sen. Jim Inhofe has broken faith with...

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Point of View: Keep the caps, and do the most good for the most people

When debating expansion of the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Scholarship tax credits, Positive Tomorrows is lifted up as an...

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Cal Thomas: The shame of Chuck Schumer

Just when you may have thought that the low quality of political rhetoric in Washington could not get any worse, along comes...

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Common sense, transparency needed with coronavirus

Coronavirus appeared in Oklahoma officially last week, with a case confirmed in Tulsa. Others are certain to arise as testing...

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Free speech on campus must be defended

One of the state’s largest companies, upset by administrators’ response to racially charged incidents involving University of...

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Point of View: Raising tax-credit cap benefits all Oklahoma students

Every child deserves an education that meets their specific needs and helps them reach their full potential. As Oklahoma has...

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Stephen Moore: Biden and Bernie to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia: Drop dead

The Democratic presidential field is down to two old, white males, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders....

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Opinion: Warren not a victim of sexism

When Elizabeth Warren bowed out of the presidential race Thursday, the prevailing media narrative was that Democratic voters...

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Your Views Sunday, March 8

Happy to have Inhofe running for re-election Glad to see where U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has decided to run for another term....

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Point of View: HB 1310 is a good look for Oklahoma

The national movement for common-sense criminal justice reform looked favorably upon the state of Oklahoma back in November...

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Point of View: Oklahoma needs State Question 805

Life without parole. That was the future I faced when I was arrested on drug-related charges in 1995. Due to two previous drug...

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Oklahoma initiative petition hurdles already high enough

Some members of the Legislature, apparently weary of citizen-led state questions making their way to Oklahoma ballots, want to...

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COLAs seem likely for Oklahoma state retirees

State retirees who haven’t seen a cost-of-living adjustment to their pension since 2008 are likely to see that come to end this...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Mixed results in OKC, OK County voting

Voters in Oklahoma County said this week that they wanted liquor stores to be open on Sundays. This was no surprise, unlike...

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Michael Barone: After 32 years, Super Tuesday finally serves its intended purpose

Super Tuesday has finally served its intended purpose for the first time since it was invented for the 1988 presidential cycle,...

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Rich Lowry: Why the Democratic establishment still has juice

The Democratic establishment managed the nearly impossible. In the course of less than two weeks, it cut off Bernie Sanders at...

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Jonah Goldberg: California's primary shows why early voting is a bad idea

Now will someone listen? Early voting is stupid. Under California’s new election protocols, as many as 40% of California voters...

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Super Tuesday provided latest momentum swing

The next round of presidential primary elections comes Tuesday in six states including Michigan, where we’ll see whether former...

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Health Department move reflects frustration over Oklahoma vaccine law

How emotional is the issue of childhood vaccinations? Consider that in Connecticut last month, a legislative hearing on a bill...