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Imitation Is Sincerest Form Of Flattery

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Charles Caleb Colton was a colorful guy. First a member of the clergy, spending 20 years with the Church of England between Devon and London, he was known as a gifted clergyman with an “eccentric, indulgent disposition.” His eccentricity led him to a life of writing, gambling and wine collecting. His role...
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A Children’s Agenda For The New Year

BY JOE DORMAN For those who are involved in politics and policy at the Oklahoma Capitol, 2017 feels like the year that will never end. Special legislative sessions, elusive budget deals, and an early start to political campaigning have given this year an endless “Ground Hog Day” vibe that makes it seem like 2018 exists...
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Prison Facilities, Equipment Exhibit Years Of Neglect

BY MIKE W. RAY Oklahoma’s prison system is outdated, underfunded and overextended, as demonstrated by the second consecutive request by Corrections Department Director Joe Allbaugh for a budget of $1 billion-plus. Oklahoma consistently has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. The total convict population numbered 62,601 on Nov. 27. That included 26,658...

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Mature Women Want Their Stories On Screen

BY FROMA HARROP Back when the boomers were babes, the girls would strut and preen around a stylish health food restaurant in Manhattan. No one took much note of a 70ish woman in comfy shoes who would sit quietly along the wall at lunch. She was Greta Garbo. Garbo famously enjoyed her privacy and accepted...
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Pelosi’s Toothless Commission

BY JOE CONASON Very soon, Congressional leaders are expected to announce the creation of a new commission to investigate the real causes of America’s crippling financial disaster. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that this investigative panel will be modeled on the legendary “Pecora Commission,” which held a series of...
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Free Food Can Be Yours For The Picking

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Years ago, a young, sorta-hippyish couple who lived nearby knocked on my front door. They had noticed that fig trees in my side yard were laden with ripening fruit. “If you’re not going to pick all the figs for yourself,” asked the couple, “could we harvest some of them?” Sure, I said,...

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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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Oct ’17 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

From left, Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth and Sierra Club Oklahoma Director Johnson Bridgwater discuss the state’s environmental and energy future, including water and air quality, injection wells and earthquakes, the post-carbon age and renewable energy, state regulation and the future of the Corporation Commission.
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