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It’s time to send Postal Service into the future

Since the pandemic hit U.S. shores last year, mail service has been slower and, in some cases, halted altogether due to USPS...

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Shared journeys will build stronger future — together

Creating our future depends on sharing the truth of our collective pasts, seeing our reflections are alike and accepting our...

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol deserves investment

As a lifelong Oklahoma business owner, employment professional and supporter of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, I firmly believe...

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New convention center marks milestone for OKC

Our new, state-of-the-art Convention Center is 500,000 square feet with a 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall on the first floor,...

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When facts don’t matter, consequences don’t either

Another brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, two daughters-in-law, two cousins and several grandchildren are all recovering from...

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Reflecting on the year

Little did I know that these worries were going to quickly subside, and be replaced with new, bigger worries — worries the size...

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Point of View: Building cities, rebuilding careers: In construction, women see opportunity

Despite many sectors being in turmoil, Oklahoma is still growing. This is causing many women to look to a less likely industry:...

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Point of View: HR 1 could undermine state system

Election nights in Oklahoma never end without a full count by midnight in our memory, if ever. On the rare occasion that...

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Point of View: International Women’s Day is an Opportunity to Celebrate Women’s Achievements in Education

On March 8 — International Women’s Day — we celebrate women’s achievements. It is a day to recognize women worldwide who have...

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Point of View: Yes, in many states, people can still be fired for being gay

After all, they gave it their best effort, endlessly admonishing about “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” They were insistent...

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Point of View: State agency should not control local health departments

The autonomously governed health departments in Tulsa and Oklahoma City operate through the receipt of local county ad valorem...

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Point of View: Remembering Vernon Jordan, a different kind of civil rights leader

His outsize personality, courtly manner, commanding presence, historic impact, strategic thinking and robust — occasionally...

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Point of View: Lower prescription costs essential to better health outcomes

SB 734 will lower the costs of prescription drugs in this state by tens of millions of dollars. It will result in lower...

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Point of View: How farmers could fight climate change (and make a profit)

The idea is fairly straightforward. Farmers would take steps to reduce their carbon output, such as reducing tillage to avoid...

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Inhofe: Democrats should focus on what families need

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress enacted the largest relief package in history: $4 trillion over five laws passed...

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Point of View: Make co-pay assistance count toward deductible, out-of-pocket expenses

One of the most difficult experiences of my life was watching my grandpa “papa” struggle with complications from rheumatoid...

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Point of View: S.E. Cupp: Elite pedigrees are normal for the Right’s phony populists

But that’s what a Fox host, Pete Hegseth, said to an approving crowd at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference,...

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Point of View: Lessons learned from state’s intervention in natural gas markets

This past year Oklahoma officials pursued a unique experiment — with the state Corporation Commission reducing how much natural...

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Point of View: Bad medicine for Oklahoma

Senate Bill 734 would establish price controls on cutting-edge drug treatments, making it illegal for any health plan to...

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...

Exclusively from The Oklahoman

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Point of View: What we need to learn from power outages in Oklahoma

What can we learn from the problems facing both Oklahoma and Texas? The hard truth is we must recognize that our energy system...

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Point of View: Legislation misses the mark

The rhetoric surrounding these bills is centered on narratives about failing schools, ZIP codes and helping marginalized...

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Point of View: A different take on ERCOT’s failures

Record-setting cold weather took down Texas’ electrical grid, known as the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT),...

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Point of View: Bipartisan OK lawmakers on saving Indigenous women

As Oklahomans born and raised, we saw the injuries inflicted upon our Indigenous brothers and sisters when land was repeatedly...

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Point of View: Leonard Pitts Jr.: Black history is America’s history. It will not be erased — no matter how hard America tries

For 30 years, let’s require that young people are taught nothing about the moon. Let’s scrub Earth’s satellite from books and...

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Point of View: Jonah Goldberg: ‘Return to normalcy’ isn’t really what Biden’s base wants

Biden didn’t actually use the slogan “return to normalcy.” But as numerous political observers (including yours truly) noted...

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Commentary: Fighting human trafficking: A cause that should transcend politics

There can really be no difference of political opinion about the virtue of dismantling criminal networks that prey upon...

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Point of View: Clarence Page: We have a ‘domestic terrorism’ double-standard problem

And in a similar vein, nothing divides lawmakers — even in the same party — like the question of what to do after the domestic...

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Point of View: S.E. Cupp: The GOP knows exactly where it’s headed: CPAC 2021 is depressingly revealing

This week, CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference founded in 1974 — will lay siege to Orlando instead of...

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Editorial: The pending charges against a Register reporter who was arrested while covering a social justice protest last spring are a clear infringement on...

That makes the upcoming trial of a Des Moines Register reporter who was doing her job covering a protest last spring all the...

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Point of View: Proposed bill would hurt consumer protections, risk safety and security

The state Legislature is currently considering HB 1011, which would mandate that electronics manufacturers treat repair shops...

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Commentary: After the pandemic, put women first

That approach won’t work for the COVID-19 crisis. As leaders face the enormous challenge of rebuilding post-pandemic economies,...

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Point of View: Personal choices, public health — Eliminating mask mandates, vaccination standards is wrong for Oklahoma

National security is also threatened when our population is weakened through illness. That aspect of the pandemic is broadly...

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YOUR VIEWS

Perils of party loyalty Now that Republican politicians have demonstrated it's more important to get reelected than to protect...

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Point of View: Flawed energy policy blackouts

The short answer is a flawed energy policy built more on ideology than reality. We’ve shuttered coal plants and subsidized...

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Point of View: Redistricting making progress in Oklahoma Senate

Additionally, the public comments made have been submitted to the Senate and House redistricting committees and posted for...

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Point of View: History-making art exhibition

Last week, I had a sneak peek of what I’m willing to go on record as saying is the most important art exhibition in the history...

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Point of View: The Rush Limbaugh I knew

Limbaugh, who died of lung cancer on Wednesday at age 70, spoke my values. He didn’t tell people what or how to think, as his...

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Point of View: New Public Health Lab ushers in bright future for Oklahoma health

This time last year, Oklahoma’s Public Health Lab was antiquated, facing the real possibility of a loss in accreditation and...

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Point of View: Washington, D.C., shouldn't be an armed camp

The city isn't divided down the middle between the forces of the United States government on one hand and secessionist rebels...

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The anthem isn’t a litmus test of patriotism

We flunked big time. About a dozen preseason and regular season home games passed before someone noticed. But since many fans...

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Point of View: Retaliation by legislation? In bills to curb initiative petitions, legislators choose power over democracy

Last year, with hundreds of thousands of uninsured and hospitals closing by the dozen, Oklahomans had had enough. After a...

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Point of View: Gender identity, sexual orientation protection laws needed

State Sens. Micheal Bergstrom and David Bullard have brought Oklahoma’s current hate crime law into the spotlight by proposing...

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Creating the education system students deserve

This past year Oklahoma’s teachers and parents faced what some might have believed was an insurmountable challenge. I am in awe...

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S.E. Cupp: Impeachment matters, even without conviction

It’s more than likely true. A whopping 17 Republican Senators would need to join Democrats to convict Trump, and all but five...

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Point of View: Oklahoma can lead the nation in defining the future of higher education

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has created historic disruption for education systems across America. From the...

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Point of View: Biden is too timid on school reopening

It takes another level of chutzpah, though, to set out as a target something that has already happened. Some in the press has...

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Point of view: The stuff of heroes in the COVID pandemic

Hurricane Harvey affected a larger area and population than Hurricane Katrina, yet resulted in 100 deaths while Hurricane...

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Your View: On masks, lawmakers should set an example

Is Capitol rule just a masquerade? Regarding the headline in The Oklahoman’s 1-30-21 edition,“Lawmakers Exempted from Mask...

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Point of view: Cookies make it all better

Just over 100 years ago, our nation was battling World War I, and citizens at that time also searched for ways to cope. There’s...

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Point of View: Managed Medicaid: Bad for Rural Hospitals… Bad for Oklahoma

Privatizing Oklahoma's Medicaid program may prove to be too much for the long-term survival of rural health care. The governor...

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Opinion: Stitt on leading Oklahoma toward becoming a 'top 10 state'

This week, we hit a milestone in our COVID fight: over half a million vaccines have been administered, meaning more Oklahomans...

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History will repeat itself and our state’s most vulnerable population will suffer

Under Oklahoma’s previous experience with managed care, 90% of Oklahoma’s dentist providers quit the program for many reasons,...

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Point of View: Oklahoma law forces small businesses to fire workers until they learn someone else’s job

Shazia Ittiq learned to thread in Pakistan when she was 14 years old. She learned from a friend, like many women in Middle...

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Point of View: 'Privatize' doesn't capture Medicaid plan

“Privatize” is an often-used pejorative term to indicate the transfer of power and management of a governmental service to a...

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110 years later, act may finally help tribal businesses

It can take the federal government a long time to do something. A really, really long time. After 110 years, the Indian Health...

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Oklahoma should focus on improving all public schools

Likewise, Jesus’ teaching is clear that children are important and that we should care for them. A complementary Christian...

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Point of view: Oklahoma school funding model needs fixing

This is because Oklahoma law states that school districts receive funding based off the highest student enrollment number from...

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Jonah Goldberg: For Democrats, a Senate conviction of Trump isn’t the point

Let me say up front I think it’s an open-and-shut case that Trump committed numerous impeachable acts, and in a healthy...

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Point of View: Reimagining branding in the "new normal"

Though 2020 was a challenging year for many, it also gave businesses opportunities to innovate. Out of necessity, brands...

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Opinion: Worn out, it is time to bid farewell

On the day of Joe Biden’s swearing-in, a reader emailed to complain about a story that morning in The Oklahoman — printed ahead...

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Point of View: On Medicaid, lessons unlearned in Oklahoma

The board of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state’s Medicaid agency that provides health insurance coverage for nearly...

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Your Views Sunday, Jan. 31

Improvements needed to immunization sign-up process I'm sure I have no clue as to the issues, including a smaller-than-expected...

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Opinion: What awaits in year three of Stitt administration?

Year three of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s administration begins officially Monday with the start of the 2021 legislative session. Stitt...

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Point of View: Oklahoma's school funding system needs a fix

Many of Oklahoma’s public school districts may be haunted. Official enrollment records show that nearly 90% of Oklahoma school...

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Point of View: Celebrating 100 years of the Mother Road

Hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans live within a few miles of Route 66, driving on it every day. Part of the fabric of their...

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Opinion: With OKC arts fest, later date is better than none at all

Oklahoma City didn’t get to enjoy the Festival of the Arts last year — the COVID-19 pandemic saw to that. Thus, it’s good to...

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Jonah Goldberg: For Dems, a Senate conviction of Trump isn't the point

The debate over whether to hold Donald Trump accountable for his role in the events that led to the siege of the U.S. Capitol...

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Michael Barone: The United States of Racial Quotas and Preferences

On Tuesday, six days into Joe Biden's administration, it became clear why Susan Rice, hitherto a foreign policy specialist, was...

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Opinion: ‘They’ve got to start seeing … hope’

Plans are taking shape in Clark County, Nevada, to get students back into public school buildings as quickly as possible. The...

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Opinion: Biden's continued blitz against fossil fuels

The climate plan forwarded last year by candidate Joe Biden made clear that fossil fuels would be in his crosshairs. Even so,...

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Jonah Goldberg: Biden needs to set even more ambitious vaccination goals

We are far from the destination, but the return to normalcy has begun — and so have the normal games presidents play. Donald...

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Rich Lowry: "Free speech for me, but not for thee"

Long a stalwart defender of the First Amendment, the American media is now having second thoughts. For decades, it was a...

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Point of View: Use school choice to live your family's values

As a child growing up in Colombia, attending a private bilingual school was a great privilege and a blessing that I never took...

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Point of View: The hurtful use of Holocaust analogies

Last week at a Broken Arrow City Council meeting, a resident decided to use Holocaust imagery, including images of Anne Frank...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 27

Lankford’s pipeline comments incomplete I grew up in the oil pipeline industry. My dad worked operating pump stations for Shell...

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Opinion: More turns of the crank from McGirt ruling

Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to be part of discussions regarding state-tribal relations as they relate to a historic U.S. Supreme...

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Opinion: With elections, ballot security must remain paramount

The COVID-19 pandemic led to new voting procedures last year in Oklahoma and in many states across the country. Going forward,...

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Cal Thomas: Is modern media more biased than before?

There is a perception, supported by many surveys, that what passes for contemporary journalism is more biased, even...

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Point of View: Spreading the word about Earned Income Tax Credit

Supporting Oklahoma families and working to grow small businesses have been two of my focal points while in political office....

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Opinion: With COVID, don't let your guard down!

This disease was the most feared of its time. It hit without warning, requiring long quarantine periods in which relatives were...

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Point of View: Developing tomorrow's leaders through mentorship today

If you have ever had a mentor, you know how positive and impactful one can be. After the continuous turmoil we have experienced...

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Clarence Page: Pragmatism is the focus of my 1776 Unites essay

I have an extra reason to be pleased that President Joe Biden has revoked the Trump administration’s 1776 Report, released on...

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Point of View: Let's remove barriers to getting Oklahoma voters engaged

The 2020 presidential election saw record voter turnout as citizens overcame barriers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to make...

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Point of View: This country needs the Electoral College

Many arguments for the so-called popular vote are based on a misreading of history. The foundational premise of the...

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Jonah Goldberg: Both sides need to condemn bad actors

As many feared, after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, a mob unleashed destruction. They stormed the Democratic Party...

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Opinion: Oklahoma knows something about power sharing

As the week ended, Sens. Mitch McDonnell, R-Ky., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., were working to come to agreement on how to run the...

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Opinion: Out with the Keystone XL pipeline, again

As expected, President Joe Biden wasted no time using executive orders to undo many of former President Trump's initiatives....

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Point of View: Financial bridge available to Oklahoma families seeking education alternative

One of the most sacred values in our society is encouraging nurturing parents to raise children based on the academic and...

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Your Views Sunday, Jan. 24

Common sense needed with vaccine plan We have National Guard and Reserve medical units in every state that could be set up in...

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Opinion: Historic judicial career coming to an end

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert is retiring effective Feb. 1, ending an honorable and historic career as a public...

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Rich Lowry: No, there won't be unity

After the events of Jan. 6, there is much to be said for more unity, or at least less poisonous division, and Biden’s emphasis...

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Michael Barone: Biden's heartfelt appeal for unity likely to be unavailing

"We must end this uncivil war," Joe Biden proclaimed Wednesday shortly after he became the 46th president. Hours earlier, in...

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Opinion: Biden hit many high notes in inaugural speech

It will take some time to measure the effectiveness of President Joe Biden’s inaugural address. As delivered, however, it was...

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Opinion: No hospital administrator should have to make these choices

Every little while we’re offered another reminder of why it is so important that Oklahomans from border to border and all walks...

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John Kass: Biden seeks an end to ‘uncivil war,’ but will he defend free speech?

As Joe Biden was sworn in as our 46th president, he delivered a simple yet eloquent speech about America’s “uncivil war” and...

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Cal Thomas: For Trump, what might have been

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.” — John Greenleaf Whittier There are many...

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Opinion: Trump's absence from inauguration probably best

President Trump will not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing-in Wednesday, and perhaps that’s for the best, given what...

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Opinion: Biden's pledge likely to be tested by Democratic House, Senate

President-elect Joe Biden has tried to assure Republicans and conservatives that their concerns about his administration...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 20

Cole looking to avoid accountability U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3-ranking Republican in the House, said, "The President of...

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Being ‘boring’ may work for Biden

The words will be heard as sensible by any sensible person. Unless he somehow sought help from the wrong speechwriter, some...

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Rediscovering America: A quiz on presidential inaugurations

The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who will be the 46th president of the United States, takes place Jan. 20. The...

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New administration point-counterpoint: Brace yourself, change is coming

On Jan. 20, the Biden administration will enter the Oval Office in the midst of a pandemic and economic crisis, with the...

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New administration point-counterpoint: Biden's perilous congressional road map in 2021

If you thought 2020 was a surprising year, 2021 will give it a run for its money. As President-elect Joe Biden enters the White...

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Point of View: MLK's call to service against hunger

It was Martin Luther King Jr. who called us to action saying, "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” Each of us...

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Your Views Sunday, Jan. 17

Parents don’t need vaccine instruction Regarding “Vaccine rule should stay in place” (Opinion, Jan. 13): I disagree that...

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Opinion: New Oklahoma guidelines aim at keeping kids in classrooms

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced new guidelines last week designed to get school children back into classrooms and keep them there....

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Point of View: Apprenticeships provide economic solutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work and has had a serious impact on workers in certain industries. During this...

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Opinion: Lankford apology provides a lesson in listening

U.S. Sen. James Lankford apologized Thursday to Tulsa's Black community for partaking in a misguided effort to question 2020...

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Point of View: Oklahoma governor's worrisome spin about coronavirus and schools

Gov. Kevin Stitt continues to misrepresent public health research and U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines while...

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Rich Lowry: The Flight 93 post-election

President Donald Trump finally did what the foremost metaphor associated with his political rise would have suggested — he...

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Opinion: A good idea to vaccinate legislators

There is potential good news for anxious older Oklahomans seeking to fend off the coronavirus: More COVID-19 vaccine is on the...

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Clarence Page: Twitter’s action against Trump opens a can of First Amendment worms

Ironies abound in the debate over free speech, now that Twitter has taken away President Donald Trump’s favorite bullhorn. “We...

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Michael Barone: From impeaching incitement to canceling conservatism

It wasn't just Donald Trump's detractors who felt a sudden sense of relief when they heard that Twitter was blocking his feed...

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Your Views Friday, Jan. 15

Concerns about Big Media and free speech First they came for the communists and I did not speak out because I was not a...

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Opinion: Big Tech's actions problematic indeed

Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, deemed it “problematic” that Twitter had kicked President Trump off its platform forever....

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Opinion: A prayer for peace, respect in days ahead

The FBI’s warning in an internal bulletin could not be more clear, or distressing: “Armed protests are being planned at all 50...

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Jonah Goldberg: Violence at Capitol was horrific, but don’t lose sight of the attempted theft

An attempted bank robber who doesn’t hurt anybody is still guilty of attempted bank robbery. If someone gets hurt, though, the...

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USA Today Opinion: Impeach Donald Trump, start Senate trial without delay

President Donald Trump incited thousands to march on Capitol Hill last week, where they sacked America's seat of government in...

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Point of View: Collective response with vaccine is a must

It is the beginning of the end. Three coronavirus vaccines have shown promising results, and the first wave of vaccinations is...

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Opinion: Oklahoma vaccine rule should stay in place

The state Health Department is mulling whether to roll back a rule requiring parents to receive some instruction before...

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Opinion: Country doesn't need impeachment proceeding

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, is on the mark with his analysis that impeaching President Trump in the waning days of his...

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Point of View: Lankford, Bice, Cole should resign over Jan. 6 events

On the morning of Jan. 6, a violent takeover was instigated at our nation’s capital during the ceremonial counting of Electoral...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 13

Once again talk from political leaders is cheap I strongly agree with Jerome Murray (Your Views, Jan. 9). Due to recent events,...

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Cal Thomas: Free speech is being tested again

Twitter and Facebook have permanently banned President Trump from their social platforms. Former National Security Adviser...

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Point-Counterpoint: No, removing the president now lacks precedent

There’s no doubt Jan. 6 will be remembered as a dark day in American history. But was the breaching of the U.S. Capitol by...

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Point-Counterpoint: Yes, Trump must go

The scene at Capitol Hill on Wednesday was surreal. A violent mob, egged on by President Trump, attacked a building that stands...

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Point of View: Omni Hotel makes Oklahoma City's future that much brighter

The new Omni Hotel is about to become the latest jewel of downtown Oklahoma City's expanding skyline. Set to open Jan. 26, the...

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Opinion: Sharing their son's story could save a life

The year could not have ended more horribly for U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and his wife Sarah. To their great credit,...

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Your Views Sunday, Jan. 10

How does the country move forward now? Under siege by a president bent on insurrection, our Congress voted to approve all...

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Point of View: Attacks on Epic hurt kids, discourage innovation in public education

America is a land of innovators. From the invention of the telephone in 1876 to the release of the first iPhone in 2007, we...

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Opinion: Delagation's tenacity, teamwork pay off for OKC bombing memorial

Every now and then in Washington, items added to pieces of seemingly unrelated legislation are worth pursuing. This is true of...

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Opinion: A new sheriff for Oklahoma County

Tommie Johnson III made a good first impression at his swearing-in Monday as the first Black sheriff in Oklahoma County...

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Your Views Saturday, Jan. 9

Most of the state's delegation must resign Article II of the U.S. Constitution states, “Each State shall appoint, in such...

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Opinion: Challenges clearly remain for Oklahoma County jail

The more things change, it seems, the more they stay the same when it comes to the Oklahoma County jail. A recent spate of...

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Opinion: A sad spectacle at the U.S. Capitol

Unprecedented. Shocking. Troubling. Scary. Pathetic. Pick your adjective to describe Wednesday’s scene at the U.S. Capitol,...

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Point of View: The day that jolted Congress back to life

The mob that breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday did unforgivable violence to one of our nation’s most hallowed spaces. But...

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USA Today: Trump triggers the American carnage he vowed in his inaugural address to stop

In a divided America, the events that unfolded on Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon should unite us all. In a universal sense...

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Point of View: Private philanthropy is the indespensible force in the pandemic

As 2020 came to a close, Congress finally agreed on COVID-19 relief measures — and President Trump signed them into law — after...

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Point of View: Oklahoma AG can right these wrongs

One of the first things Mike Hunter did when he became Oklahoma's attorney general was to right a wrong that happened years...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 6

Lankford’s stance a profile in cowardice Sen. James Lankford’s position against counting state-certified electoral votes is a...

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Point of View: Where is concern over national debt?

When Barack Obama assumed office in 2009, the national debt was about $10 trillion. When Obama left office in 2017, the debt...

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Opinion: Trump's distressing election ploy

Donald Trump has said and done his share of questionable things during his four years as president. Few if any compare to his...

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Opinion: Lankford's disappointing "Hail Mary"

Sen. James Lankford is part of what he calls a “Hail Mary” attempt to take yet another look at the 2020 presidential election...

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Clarence Page: Politics in 2021 — Will the blurring of reality and fantasy continue?

President Donald Trump is on his way out of the White House, but not much else seems as certain. If anything, 2020 will be...

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Point of View: Electoral College needs to be scrapped

I strongly disagree with your contention that the “Electoral College serves us well” (Our Views, Dec. 18). The fact that twice...

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Point of View: Developing the future of aerospace education in Oklahoma

Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” The statement, while simple, is profound. We gain...

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Opinion: Putting a name to editorials

For generations, unsigned editorials have been a staple of the nation's newspapers, including The Oklahoman. Traditionally,...

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Clarence Page: When Hollywood came to my Ohio hometown

Among other momentous events, I’ll remember 2020 as the year when, decades after leaving my Ohio hometown, Hollywood brought it...

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Opinion: Gov's approval numbers could always be worse

Nearly two years into the job, Gov. Kevin Stitt’s approval rating is good-not-great, according to a recent poll. Stitt should...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A reminder of threats first-responders face

It can become shopworn to say police officers and firefighters put their lives on the line every day they're on the job. The...

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Opinion: An overarching wish for 2021

This page has used the past several Jan. 1 editions to offer various wishes for the new year in Oklahoma. These have run the...

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Point of View: 2020 the worst year ever? Not quite

Humans don’t rule the world, it turns out. COVID-19 is too small to see, as President Trump pointed out. It has still killed...

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Cal Thomas: A better 2021?

I don’t like making predictions for a new year because they are just guesses and like palm readers, fortune tellers and...

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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 30

Clock is ticking on the nation’s debt Our nation in heading toward $30 trillion in debt. Both parties know it is immoral to...

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Opinion: Oklahoma's foster care need as great as ever

In a recent op-ed in The Oklahoman, local attorney Lorenzo Banks issued a call made on these pages many times through the years...

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Point of View: Amazed, grateful for care provided while hospitalized for COVID

As someone who spent Dec. 19-25 in an isolated COVID-19 floor of Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, I want to commend the brave...

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Steven Moore: After 40 years, Mitch Rutledge has paid his debt to society

Nearly everyone has seen the classic movie "The Shawshank Redemption." Well, it turns out there is a real life "Red" Redding,...

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Rich Lowry: Behold, the delivery revolution

It's been a terrible year for the American worker, with a notable bright spot courtesy of one of the tech firms in the...

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Opinion: Off-putting pay raise for Oklahoma County officials

Gov. Kevin Stitt drew criticism recently as being tone-deaf for encouraging tourism to Oklahoma at a time when COVID-19 cases...

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Point of View: Don’t let COVID relief packages be a bridge to nowhere

In March, our elected leaders in Congress developed a broad-based COVID-19 relief package designed to build a bridge over the...

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Point of View: To stem pandemic, public health action plan urgently needed

Our haphazard and disjointed COVID-19 pandemic response is worsening this national catastrophe. Although vaccines provide a...

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Your Views Sunday, Dec. 27

Disappointed in votes for so-called stimulus I for one am very disappointed in our U.S. senators, as well as other...

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Opinion: Business as usual for Congress en route to COVID deal

A coronavirus relief package finally made it through Congress last week, with broad support. Among those voting against the...

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Opinion: OKC district right to pursue return to school

With any luck, far more Oklahoma City Public School students will be attending class in school buildings during the second...

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Point of View: How to help others with their anxieties and depression

Do you know a friend or loved one who suffers from fear, anxiety or depression and you do not know what to do? It can be...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Good news about new OKC shelter

A project more than two years in the making is expected to be completed next month, to the benefit of Oklahoma City’s...

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Jonah Goldberg: Ted Cruz shows why the GOP isn’t going back to Reaganism

Throughout Donald Trump’s captivity of the GOP, many Republicans have held fast to the hope that after he leaves office, the...

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Opinion: Thinking back on the night before the night before Christmas

During his 30 years with The Hartford Courant, Owen Canfield, late father of The Oklahoman’s Opinion editor, wrote 22 columns...

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Point of View: Canceling student debt would narrow the racial wealth gap, stimulate the economy

President-elect Joe Biden has the power on day one as president to help close the racial wealth gap and stimulate the economy...

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Point of View: Canceling student debt by presidential decree is wrong on many levels

If you lent someone money to start a business that made big bucks, you would expect to be repaid, right? You took a risk and...

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Cal Thomas: The power of Christmas

Of all the great and small events of 1991, the death of CBS News’ "60 Minutes" co-host Harry Reasoner probably rates near the...

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Opinion: One poll federal lawmakers should note

Christmas week began with news of a gift from Congress — roughly $900 billion in pandemic assistance in a deal reached after...

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Opinion: Program making a lasting difference to Oklahoma's outdoors

For those of us who love the outdoors, our hope is to leave Oklahoma in better shape than when we first took steps into the...

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Cal Thomas: Gifts that keep on giving

A phrase one hears this time of year is about gifts that “keep on giving.” Most store-bought gifts are soon forgotten, but are...

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Opinion: COVID alters, but doesn't stop, this OKC Christmas tradition

The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be no match for one of Oklahoma City's dearest Christmas traditions. The Red Andrews Dinner...

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Point of View: Continued silence from Lankford, Inhofe is no longer an option

For nearly two months, soon-to-be-former President Donald Trump and some of his supporters have filed numerous challenges...

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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 23

Gov. Stitt’s complete lack of respect Recently, Oklahoma made the national news twice. Surely Gov. Kevin Stitt's advice...

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USA Today Opinion: Relief deal reached after Americans were left feeling abandoned

Now that Congress has finally reached a deal on COVID-19 relief, it would be nice to say the system worked. But it didn’t,...

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Opinion: Pay people to get vaccinated? It might be worth a shot

In a recent editorial, USA Today proposed five ways to persuade Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. One suggestion was...

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Point of View: Tribe's unilateral actions hurt Oklahoma oil-gas businesses

As someone active in Oklahoma’s oil industry, I am dismayed at the recent actions of the Seminole Nation. Attempting to create...

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Opinion: Restaurants, clubs feeling the pain from COVID-related decisions

An 11 p.m. curfew intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is hurting Oklahoma’s restaurants and clubs. Several bar owners are...

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Point of View: A "course correction" on Medicaid

Every year, the cost of Oklahoma's Medicaid program is the result of blind luck. The vagaries of the health status of the...

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Your Views Sunday, Dec. 20

Much to like about Electoral College The fact that criticism of the Electoral College persists demonstrates two things: the...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Moving teachers up the vaccine list is sensible

The state’s initial plan for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine had teachers in the third phase, with a rollout date uncertain....

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Rich Lowry: Trump should not pardon Snowden

No one will ever accuse President Donald Trump of being overly careful in his exercise of his pardon power. So, it makes sense...

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Opinion: Electoral College serves country well once again

Perhaps all the attention paid to the Electoral College this year will serve to curb efforts to do away with the system, which...

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Opinion: Fears of Oklahoma court case's impact being realized

An effort by the Seminole Nation to tax oil and gas companies working in the tribe’s “jurisdictional area” gives credence to...

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Jonah Goldberg: Give globalism its due for speedy vaccine rollout

In normal times, most people don’t think of vaccines as a political issue at all. But a small minority — one that defies easy...