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BY HARRY T. COOK So now we have 59 people shot in cold blood in Las Vegas, without a sense of why. It seems clear even from this point of view that the shooter had no idea whom he was shooting. President Trump and other people in power hasten to assure people of their prayers...
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Signs Of Progress?

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The Oklahoma Legislature is in special session and I feel that it is important to discuss the some of the pending issues. Although there is not currently a budget agreement, the three days that lawmakers spent at the Capitol was not wasted. Those days were used to meet technical requirements of the...

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We Are Luddites!

BY JIM HIGHTOWER “The robots are coming! The robots are coming! … Eek! They’re already here!” Today’s proliferation of industrial robots is an advanced generation of powerful, autonomous machines driven by artificial intelligence. The profiteers and techies propelling us into the deep unknown of a robot economy concede that the fast-evolving machines will be radically...
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America Creates Industry To Clean Up Massacres

BY FROMA HARROP America woke up Monday to news of the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. As of last count, 59 dead, hundreds wounded. And you know what jumped into my head? Oh, another one. Took place in Las Vegas? Uh-huh. Horrifying? Yes. Shocking? No. But something made this story stand out. It was the...
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Here We Go Again

BY SUSAN ESTRICH Fifty-nine dead this time. The collective handwringing; the thoughts and prayers; the stories of lives tragically lost crowding the news; funerals to come; politicians spouting mournful messages. And then what? We know the answer. Then nothing. What is wrong with us? How many more innocent people must die in these horrific massacres...

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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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Aug ’17 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

From left, Oklahoma Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, state Rep. Mickey Dollens and Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest discuss the state of public education in Oklahoma at our Aug. 24 Newsmakers event at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.
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