Tag: Oklahoma

When The Going Gets Tough
February 21, 2017

When The Going Gets Tough

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In May 2003, when the price of oil was just under $40 per barrel, Oklahoma’s state government enjoyed relatively dependable streams of recurring revenue. Property taxes and gasoline taxes were both comparatively low. Legislators were well aware of the necessity of keeping income tax rates at a level that would not harm…

Lamb’s Gubernatorial Gambit
February 17, 2017

Lamb’s Gubernatorial Gambit

BY ARNOLD HAMILTON Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb’s break with Gov. Mary Fallin over taxes was hardly a profile in courage. Oh, sure, he asserted it was a decision born of principle. But let there be no doubt: it was primarily a political calculus, part of the early jockeying in the 2018 governor’s race. How do…

Cherokee Nation, State Seek To Halt Burial Of Radioactive Waste
February 17, 2017

Cherokee Nation, State Seek To Halt Burial Of Radioactive Waste

BY BILL JOHN BAKER Cherokee Nation and the state of Oklahoma recently teamed up to file a restraining order to stop the disposal of radioactive material near the Arkansas and Illinois rivers. Sequoyah Fuels Corp. operated a uranium processing plant near Gore from 1970 through the early ‘90s. The plant converted yellowcake uranium into fuel…

Robbing Peter To Pay Paul
February 14, 2017

Robbing Peter To Pay Paul

BY DAVID PERRYMAN A few weeks ago a friend from church asked me about the recurring budget problem that we have in Oklahoma. Like most Oklahomans, he said that he would really like to have three or four things fixed. He asked me to help get teachers a pay raise and to vote for a…

It’s Not What They Say …
February 13, 2017

It’s Not What They Say …

BY VERN TURNER The smartest woman on television, Rachel Maddow, keeps telling us to watch what they are doing, not listen so much to what they’re saying. Examples from the last three months are plentiful to underscore the duplicity coming from our body politic controlled by arrogant, spiteful, backward-thinking and corrupt politicians, aka Republicans. The…

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