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A Cost-Cutting Measure That Hurts Kids

BY JOE DORMAN With a $900 million budget shortfall dominating this year’s legislative session, many lawmakers are looking to balance the budget by cutting government spending. As advocates for children, our job at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy [OICA] is to shield Oklahoma’s youngest and most vulnerable residents from any “cost-cutting” measures that would...
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Electoatychiphobia

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Most of us experience some kind of phobia. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders and ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes. The fear of heights is acrophobia. Phobias often make normally logical people act illogically. Oklahoma’s legislators are no different. It would be very unusual for a person to file for office...
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Bait And Switch

BY KAREN WEBB I have often said that in the 40-plus years Trump has been mouthing off he has never said or done anything that would cause me to think he was qualified for anything that had any kind of control over my life or my rights. He also has convinced me that a high-dollar...

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What It Means To Be Truly Liberal On Abortion

BY FROMA HARROP Donald Trump has mastered the authoritarian act, and that’s how he attracted his brigade of humble followers. Some on the left seem to envy this ability to force obedience through threats and attacks. But that approach doesn’t work on issue-oriented voters, doubly so on matters requiring nuance. Abortion is one such issue....
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Trump [And Putin] Still Pushing Fascist ‘Nationalism’

BY JOE CONASON Hold the exhalations of relief about the supposed moderation of Donald Trump and the apparent demotion of Steve Bannon, his official strategist. With Trump’s all-but-explicit endorsement of Marine Le Pen, the French neo-fascist presidential candidate, it is now clear that he remains enthusiastic about the fascists who have rebranded themselves as “nationalists.”...
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Is The First Amendment Dead?

BY SUSAN ESTRICH On Wednesday, officials of the University of California-Berkeley announced that they were canceling a speech to be given by conservative writer Ann Coulter scheduled for April 27. Then on Thursday, facing the prospect of a lawsuit, caught between the First Amendment and the fear of violence, university officials proposed that Coulter’s speech be moved...

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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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