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We Needed The Eggs

BY DAVID PERRYMAN There is the joke about the man who thought that he was a chicken. He acted like a chicken. He sounded like a chicken and sometimes he even tried to look like a chicken. It literally drove his wife crazy. Finally one day she took him to a psychiatrist and begged for...
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Rudderless Ship Of State Drifts Aimlessly

BY RICHARD MORRISSETTE The ineptitude of Oklahoma’s “leaders” is breathtaking. The Republican-dominated Legislature manages the state government with a meat axe; they excel at cutting – taxes and services alike. They carved more than $1 billion out of the state treasury. They did so by slashing the gross production tax and the state income tax....
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State Government Failing To Help Needy

BY JOE DORMAN If you have driven the H.E. Bailey Turnpike south from Oklahoma City, you have most likely seen a billboard that reads “Government takes from the Needy and gives to the Greedy,” a statement that is famously attributed to President Ronald Reagan. The quote is from a speech that Reagan gave before Congress,...
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Why Are Pregnant Women Likelier To Die At Rural Hospitals?

BY FROMA HARROP While giving birth at a small hospital in central Tennessee, Whitney Brown developed terrible breathing problems and seizures. The medical staff in McMinnville decided she needed the attention of specialists at a big hospital in Chattanooga. It took nearly two hours to get her there. Despite the new team’s heroic efforts, the...
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Speaking Truth To Power

BY SUSAN ESTRICH Speaking truth to power: Nothing is more difficult, especially in politics. In business, after all, people have contracts and stock options, and if nothing else, at least they can find similar jobs at other companies. But there’s no such thing in government. There’s one treasury secretary, one head of the National Economic...
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Trump No Longer Shocks; Helpers Who Know Better Do

BY FROMA HARROP An insane woman was madly swinging her pocketbook at strangers on the street. No one tried to shame or reason with her. They knew she was unwell and needed to be removed by responsible parties. In a similar vein, I’ve stopped expressing shock at things Donald Trump says, tweets and does. His...
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  • Real Economics: Teacher Pay
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    Real Economics: Teacher Pay

    BY SHARON MARTIN The state legislator stared straight into the television camera and said that we don’t calculate teacher pay honestly. He suggested t...

    Tips For A Safe Halloween
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    Tips For A Safe Halloween

    BY JOE DORMAN With Halloween approaching, everyone has to be on the watch for ghouls and goblins. That does not mean to be fearful, but to be careful ...

    Another Oklahoma Scam
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    Another Oklahoma Scam

    BY SHARON MARTIN This year I got a small tax refund from the state of Oklahoma. It wasn’t a check; it was a debit card from a third party. Apparently,...

  • Public Money For Religious Purposes
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    Public Money For Religious Purposes

    BY DAVID PERRYMAN Most Oklahomans don’t want public tax dollars to be used for private and religious schools. That has pretty much been a part of the ...

    Birthers, Birchers, And Lee Harvey Oswald
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    Birthers, Birchers, And Lee Harvey Oswald

    BY DON WILKEY With the stoke of a pen, Peter Savodnik, in his book, The Interloper, discredited a billion dollar industry … the JFK conspiracy b...

    Three Monkeys
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    Three Monkeys

    BY VERN TURNER We are all familiar with the statuary of the three monkeys demonstrating their innocence from negativity. The statue kind of reminds me...

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