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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...

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: 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...

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Point of View: Clear goals, metrics needed to track early childhood gains

Almost four years ago, the Potts Family Foundation unveiled what we called the Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition, which we...

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Your Views Wednesday, March 4

Race massacre curriculum a good idea Regarding “Tulsa race massacre curriculum in the works” (Associated Press, Feb. 23): I...

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Cal Thomas: We’re all in this together

There is a disease going around, and I’m not talking only about the coronavirus. It’s a political disease, and it seems to be...

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Point of View: SQ 805 a bad idea for Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Constitution is a load. Bulking in with a scale-busting text and 150 amendments, the document was the most lengthy...

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A worthwhile push for parity in health coverage

Oklahoma lawmakers have thus far given solid support to a bill requiring that health care coverage for mental illness be on par...

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Oklahoma AG's office the target of some legislation

Attorney General Mike Hunter riled some legislators last year with his handling of cases against opioid manufacturers. This...

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Stephen Moore: The mistake of mammoth mass-transit spending

Why in the world is the federal government, 20 years into the 21st century, continuing to pour tens of billions of tax dollars...

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Jonah Goldberg: Sanders still giving way too much credit to authoritarianism

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, is praised by his admirers for being...

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Point of View: Administration should reduce barriers for Oklahoma seniors needing innovative cancer care

Whether you call Manhattan or Muskogee home, American seniors across the country should have access to the most innovative...

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Point of View: Oklahoma should pass "In God We Trust" bill

In what should be a relatively noncontroversial proposal, the Oklahoma Legislature is considering a bill that would require...

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Your Views Sunday, March 1

Lots of sound and fury among Democrats I watched the Democratic debate on Feb. 19, hoping to learn where each candidate stood...

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Point of View: Oklahomans should choose vaccination

The issue of vaccination and its role in public health, including declining immunization rates throughout the country that...

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Has Inhofe decided it's time to leave Senate?

Barack Obama in the White House and a slender Republican Senate majority in play helped shape Sen. Jim Inhofe’s decision to...

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Holt's interest in OKC schools commendable

Early in his run for mayor two years ago, David Holt talked about wanting to pursue a strategy that bolstered Oklahoma City’s...

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Point of View: OKC park tax would raise quality of life

On Tuesday, Oklahoma City voters will decide on a proposed sales tax that would generate about $15 million annually for parks,...

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Point of View: Our kids are America's most precious resource

Unfortunately, we are a divided nation and seem to be moving further apart. With the presidential election fast approaching, a...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A reasonable approach to teacher shortage

The state Senate Education Committee approved a reasonable bill this week designed to help deal with Oklahoma’s shortage of...

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Rich Lowry: White House shouldn't downplay the coronavirus

The White House has been walking into a coronavirus trap. By pooh-poohing worries about the virus and saying everything is...

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Michael Barone: Are nonwhites voting more like other Americans?

Bernie Sanders' victories in the inaccurately counted Iowa caucuses, the crisply conducted New Hampshire primary and the Nevada...

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Bernie's past not an issue yet for voters

Sen. Bernie Sanders took heat this week for comments on “60 Minutes” in which he applauded some of Fidel Castro’s work as...

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Gun-rights efforts by Oklahoma officials no surprise

Recent events in Oklahoma underscore just how much many elected officials cherish their constitutional right to bear arms....

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Jonah Goldberg: Why aren’t Democrats issuing a Sanders alert?

In “Jaws 2,” Roy Scheider reprises his role as Police Chief Brody, the landlubber lawman forced to battle a great white shark....

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Point of View: SoonerCare 2.0's hospital fees hurt mental health

Oklahomans want federal health care dollars to support the health and wellness of Oklahomans, but not at the expense of rural...

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Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 26

Dems should stop attacking each other The array of candidates vying to be their party's nominee for president would be well...

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Cal Thomas: Mike did not get it done

The only thing that can be said about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s first appearance with his fellow...

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So much pessimism among Dem candidates

It’s the norm in presidential politics for the person or persons seeking the office to attack the person who holds it. But have...

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Point of View: Consolidating health care agencies won't help Oklahomans

When the Legislature gave the governor the ultimate authority to hire and fire the five major agency heads and replace all the...

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Point of View: Oklahoma must open doors to Advanced Placement

While Oklahoma families know college is often the most direct pathway to the top-earning careers, college affordability remains...

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TSET again on Oklahoma lawmakers' radar

As has happened regularly in recent years, the state’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has the attention of lawmakers who...

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Rich Lowry: Is America ready for President Noam Chomsky?

Bernie Sanders may be on the verge of gaining an insurmountable lead in the Democratic nomination fight, but he's not letting...

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Your Views Sunday, Feb. 23

Autocratic climate hypocrites Bernie Sanders, communist wannabe, spent $1,199,579 on private aircraft flights during the last...

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Oklahoma slowdown shows prudence of 2019 deposit

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s call in 2019 to place $200 million in the state’s savings account during a flush budget year was criticized...

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Political considerations and the work of Congress

After a short break, members of Congress return to Washington this week, ostensibly to do the people’s business. But will any...

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Point of View: More transparency needed with OKCPS

On Jan. 27, I attended the Oklahoma City Public Schools news conference on student population declines and the school board...

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Point of View: Time to set election date on Medicaid expansion

When it comes to Medicaid expansion, more than 300,000 Oklahomans just like me have raised our voices to be heard loud and...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A new chapter for Red Earth Festival

For the past 33 years, the Red Earth Festival has graced downtown Oklahoma City with its tribute to and celebration of Native...

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Point of View: Middlemen profiteers driving up your prescription drug costs

Prescription drug costs are an urgent issue for many Oklahomans. But understanding why so many patients’ drug costs continue to...

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Rich Lowry: Mike Bloomberg's technocratic threat

Mike Bloomberg is cool, correct and effective, and all the more worrisome for it. If November were to come down to a...

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Michael Barone: Democrats' DNA makes them feel the Bern

The 2020 presidential race has got the Democratic Party, the oldest political party in the world, twisted in knots. Its basic...

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Compromise bill will benefit Oklahomans

All too often, compromise seems to be missing in politics. It made a welcome appearance at the Legislature this week. The...

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Bloomberg steps in it again

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg spent part of last week (and part of Wednesday night's debate) apologizing for...

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Point of view: Imagine this: Oklahoma is Native America, too

The state launched its new branding logo and message about Oklahoma. We desperately need to tell our story, our identity as a...

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Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 19

Stones, glass houses don’t mix To all who complain about President Trump: You say Trump lies but ignore Hillary Clinton deleted...

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Point of View: Brand New State agenda puts people before politics

During my first few years serving in the Legislature, our state made drastic cuts to vital services that serve all Oklahomans....

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Point of View: Trump shows his hand on the rule of law

How can we be certain that a president has turned away from the rule of law and embraced a politics of naked power? We harbor...

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Stephen Moore: Trump's criticis on the economy: So wrong, so often

There's an old saying about baseball and life that no one ever had a 1.000 batting average. It turns out that's not exactly...

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Oklahoma decision stokes arguments over death penalty

In declaring that the state of Oklahoma would resume capital punishment after a five-year hiatus, officials rekindled a debate...

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OK County sheriff's race one to watch in 2020

As the Oklahoma County jail moves toward being managed by an administrator, the sheriff finds himself adjusting to a new role —...

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Cal Thomas: Moderate, centrist: What do these mean?

“For all the thunder on the Bernie Sanders left, the most interesting trend in the Democratic campaign this year may be the...

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Point of View: Oklahoma bill would protect child sex-trafficking victims

I was in elementary school and 11 years old when I met the man who would soon rob me of my childhood. Coming from a home and...

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Point of view: Oklahoma Senate bill to arm teachers is a bad idea

Last year, I stood with a coalition of parents, students and other teachers against a bill that would have slashed Oklahoma’s...

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New Oklahoma brand only a start

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

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Point of view: StittCare riskier than proven Medicaid expansion option

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

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Point of view: Freedom for the farmers' market

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

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Your views: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020

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

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Potentially wild sprint ahead in Democratic race

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

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Your views: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020

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

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Judge seeks quick resolution of gaming dispute

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

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Michael Barone: Another year of the interloper?

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

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

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

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Report offers more good energy news

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

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Proposed Oklahoma VA projects are (mostly) good news

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

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Worthwhile effort to shorten infrastructure review process

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

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

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

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

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

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Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 12

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

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Point of View: Report shows Oklahoma public charter school potential

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

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Stephen Moore: Defusing the debt bomb

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

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Dire warnings about the deficit. Is anyone listening?

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

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Further occupational licensing reform can benefit Oklahoma

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

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

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

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Point of view: Concurrent enrollment a sound strategic investment

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

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Your views: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020

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

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Rich Lowry: The offensive Bloomberg campaign

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

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Economic numbers help explain Trump's popularity

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

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

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

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

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

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Tough road ahead for guns-on-campus effort

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

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A potentially crippling night for Iowa caucuses?

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

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

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

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Stitt's "change" theme continues in 2020

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

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Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 5

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

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More efforts to change judicial selection process in Oklahoma

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

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Point of View: Expo removes obstacles to dental care

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

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Rich Lowry: The end of 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What awaits in year two of Stitt administration?

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

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Voters ultimately will decide Oklahoma's Medicaid route

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

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Your views: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020

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

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

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

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Point of view: Neither recluses nor revolutionaries

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

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Exciting glimpse at new OKC convention center

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

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Michael Barone: A Sanders sweep?

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

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

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

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

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

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Start time debate worth having in OKC school district

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Point of View: Proposed legislation shows support for Israel

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

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Point of View: Oklahoma bill is anti-speech

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

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 29

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

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State ed board fulfills Oklahoma lawmakers' wish

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

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Spreading the news about the census

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

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Cal Thomas: Nonstop election campaigns

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

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

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

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Point of view: School choice is a basic American freedom

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

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Lobbyist meals give voters something to chew on

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

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A welcome focus on improving military housing

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

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Your views: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020

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

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Point of view: Seeking a win for all Oklahomans

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

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

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

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A shorter pile of legislation in 2020

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

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Michael Barone: Historians say NY Times gets history wrong

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

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No guarantee in Bloomberg's huge spending

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

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

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

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Rich Lowry: McConnell is the master of the Senate

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

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

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

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

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

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Cal Thomas: The show trial begins

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

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Point of View: Oklahoma deserves districts that make sense

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

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Oklahoma legislator takes aim at death penalty

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

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Warren’s challenge: Her policies

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

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 22

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

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Point of View: Are we educating, or babysitting?

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

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DOC has the attention of Oklahoma lawmakers

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

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Stephen Moore: Working hard versus hardly working

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

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Bumpy start for OKC school district reconfiguration

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

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Interesting clash over marijuana in Oklahoma

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

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

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

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

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

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Your views: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020

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

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

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

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Oklahoma AG goes after opioid distributors

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

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Rich Lowry: The botched Democratic case for witnesses

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

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

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

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Booker's departure a blow to charter school advocates

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

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

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

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Stitt rekindles off-and-on debate about state post

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

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Good news from OK County drug court

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

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 15

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

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Cutting Oklahoma regulations a worthwhile pursuit

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

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

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

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Point of View: Much at stake in next Census

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

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

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

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Stephen Moore: Why does Washington demonize drug companies?

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

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Your views: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020

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

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Public's help needed to meet Oklahoma foster care demand

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

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

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

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Point of view: Agency seeking reasonable licensing standards

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

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Young voters continue to feel the Bern

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

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Point of view: Higher tobacco purchase age only first step

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

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Rich Lowry: Neither neocon nor isolationist

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

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

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

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

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

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Task force promoting a new look at Oklahoma justice reform

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

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Census estimates reveal blues for many blue states

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

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 8

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

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Stephen Moore: Will economy roar or whimper in 2020?

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

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OKC teacher survey is disconcerting

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

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

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

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One-sided support for attack on Soleimani

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

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Rising minimum wage could mean problems

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

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Your views: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020

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

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A new day at the Oklahoma County jail?

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

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

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

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: OKC owes debt of gratitude to Stern

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

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Rich Lowry: Historians roast the 1619 Project

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

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Michael Barone: Census numbers undercut 'ascendant America' theory

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

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Jonah Goldberg: Brace for a nasty 2020 presidential campaign

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

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Biden continues to lead the pack

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

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Oklahoma closing fund worth supporting

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

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Wishes for a new year

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

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

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

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 1

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

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Stephen Moore: The middle class never had it so good

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