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At Capitol, It’s Toga Time

BY RICHARD L. FRICKER It’s Toga Time! Republican members of the Oklahoma House and Senate should be required to wear togas, an affirmation of the bread and circus they’re feeding taxpayers in lieu of substantive legislation. A Roman idea: give peasants free bread and provide entertainment, usually the killing off of the socially unacceptable by...
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Legislative Follies

BY ARNOLD HAMILTON Can we really be this backward? I’ve long told people the Legislature is more representative of this state than many of us care to admit – but the last two days in the House were astonishing even by Oklahoma’s low standards. Yesterday, 20 would-be theocrats voted against a routine memorializing of the...
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The Okie Inquisition

BY KAREN WEBB Just in the nick of time state Rep. Sally Kern has decided to drop her attack on homosexual’s civil rights just long enough to attack women’s rights. She filed her “Women don’t have sense enough to make their own decisions resolution” on the last day to file legislation for this session. That...

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The President And The Attorney General

BY SUSAN ESTRICH “It’s Bobby,” President-elect John F. Kennedy supposedly whispered, announcing that he had chosen his brother as his attorney general. A brother or sister is what every president wants. The attorney general is the only Cabinet member who can effectively take the president’s job away. So of course the president is upset with...
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The Partisan Use Of Preemption Is Surging

BY JIM HIGHTOWER We the People are being burgled. Again. The latest hit is just the latest in a long string of political robberies, a nationwide crime wave being pulled off by moneyed elites and their political henchmen. With each heist, they haul off a little more of our democratic power: the ability of the...
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The Suicide Epidemic: Social, Economic Or Both?

BY FROMA HARROP Ours is a nation in despair. U.S. suicide rates have surged to a 30-year high, and it’s not just among struggling middle-aged whites. Suicides by girls age 10 to 14 have spiked over the last 18 years. And there’s been a shocking surge in children 17 or under dying from self-inflicted gunshot...
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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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