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Democrats’ Flashpoint

BY GARY EDMONDSON Wandering around the living room on a recent Sunday morning, waiting for the grass to dry so I might consider mowing [I didn’t], I saw the KFOR promo for Flashpoint. I stopped, and wondered: Who is this Mike Turpen that has this cool gig of speaking on behalf of the Democratic Party? I mean,...
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‘Newspeak’ Is Routine Practice In Today’s Politics

BY MIKE W. RAY English author George Orwell coined several terms in his groundbreaking dystopian novel 1984. Among those terms was “Newspeak.” Newspeak was a controlled language of restricted grammar and restricted vocabulary, meant to limit freedom of thought. In the appendix to his book, which was published in 1949, Orwell explained that “Newspeak” follows...
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A Sleeping Giant Awakens

BY MARION HILL Repealing ObamaCare is dead. For now. That doesn’t mean the Republicans have given up trying to get rid of the law, or to make health care more expensive and/or less available for lots of families. I would argue that the long period of uncertainty over what GOP legislators would do to the...

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Trump’s Deadly Ego Trip

BY JOE CONASON Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim that he would “take care of everybody” with a “beautiful” new system that insures all Americans, regardless of their ability to pay. Such election-year vows were abandoned months ago, when the Trump White House allowed Republican...
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Souls vs. Fossil Fuels

BY FROMA HARROP There are regions where economic stress coexists with a beloved way of life. It can be hard to make a living in parts of the rural West, northern New England and the South. But people stay put in these places for reasons other than the almighty dollar. They include community, tradition and...
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Free Speech

BY SUSAN ESTRICH The thing about free speech is how often it’s just plain wrong – wrongheaded, factually wrong, deceitful, even. That’s always been true. And there have always been two schools of thought about what you do about it. One is that you pronounce yourself, or like-minded others, to be the ruler of the...

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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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