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BY WANDA JO STAPLETON During Sen. Tom Coburn’s Town Hall meeting in OKC yesterday, I was on the second row holding up my sign which said “Public Option Saves Money.” At one point, the senator said, in essence, “Tell me one thing the government does right.” My hand shot up in front of his face,...
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Coburn Loves Union-Negotiated Health Plan

BY TIM O’CONNOR I couldn’t believe it! Just when I thought I had wasted an hour at Sen. Tom Coburn’s Town Hall Meeting today, the heavens opened up and rainbows filled the sky. The best example Sen. Coburn had for employer paid healthcare that was low cost and provided incentives for workers to improve their...
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Talking Out Of Both Sides Of His Mouth

BY DARLA REYNOLDS SPARKS My soul is saddened. Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is opposed to President Obama’s health plan. Obama hasn’t put forth a health plan yet. The health plans, Dr. Coburn, are still in committees. The opposition is a bit premature and I’m confused about your opposition to a government plan – especially since...

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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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