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Bought And Paid For

BY SHARON MARTIN Fifty kids in a sixth-grade classroom! Legislators, this is what your tax cuts have done. You cannot cut your way to economic prosperity. A generation from now, citizens you’ve starved, some literally, will be raising families in a Third World state unless you quit catering to a few rich donors and do...
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Our Biggest Mistake

BY VERN TURNER The turmoil created by the current political situations in the United States has most thinking people trying to fathom what went wrong. What mistakes or accumulation of mistakes has brought us to this place of national and social rancor that conjures up headlines from the 1850s? The voices of discontent no longer...
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Flag, Anthem Are Symbols, Not Deities

BY BOB BEARDEN Three million-plus Americans on Puerto Rico are facing a terrible humanitarian crisis while the guy with the projectile eyebrows sits in the Oval Office tweeting out his displeasure over athletes disrespecting our flag and national anthem. Which, of course, they aren’t. Despite what a lot of people on one side are saying,...

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Old Dogs

BY SUSAN ESTRICH Old dogs teach you the meaning of love. Judy couldn’t get up this morning. She’s 14, my oldest, and she’s named after my best friend, who died. A brilliant idea, it seemed, at the time. I was missing her, and this would be a way to talk to her every day. The...
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Will You Wed Work Till Death Do You Part?

BY FROMA HARROP Many Americans now face retirement, hearts full of dreams, bank accounts full of nothing. For them, those Wall Street ads showing silver-haired couples sailing warm blue seas may seem aspirations beyond their grasp. Instead, they may find themselves the 72-year-old hired to drive the platinum couple from the airport to the docks....
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Let’s Not Neglect The Alpha Creep

BY JOE CONASON The accumulating allegations of sexual assault and harassment raised against Harvey Weinstein in recent days are deeply disturbing, and may well result in criminal prosecution of the Hollywood producer. Beyond Weinstein’s own fate, this latest episode in the very old history of women’s mistreatment by unscrupulous men seems likely to expose still...
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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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