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Defining Marriage

BY EDWIN E. VINEYARD Considerable caution should be exercised, and some trepidation felt, when the delicate topic of defining marriage is approached by any writer who is not already an ideologue on the subject. Most people in our country are separated into different camps on this. It seems now that this separation is into two...
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Giving Obama A Chance

By SHEILA SAMPLES Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O Union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate! – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The recent blowout election that gave us President Barack Obama resulted in a flood of...
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McCain’s Gamble, Reconsidered

BY DANNY M. ADKISON There was a candidate. When this candidate was asked about a particular subject matter about which some voters were concerned, the candidate’s response was, basically, the candidate could “see it” [maybe from the backyard]. When pressed with additional, what seemed to be challenging questions, the candidate would seem to play to...

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Why Trump [And Gingrich] Should Stop Whining About Robert Mueller

BY JOE CONASON When Newt Gingrich humiliates himself by smearing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it is all too easy to dismiss the former speaker. As a disgraced politician who left office under an ethical cloud, following a decade spent debasing American discourse, Gingrich has no standing to criticize Mueller, a decorated Vietnam veteran who enjoys...
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Trump As Caesar: Irresponsible, Nasty, Fun

BY FROMA HARROP Lend me your ears. You’ll be glad. Today’s subject is the controversial production of Julius Caesar in which a Donald Trump-like figure gets assassinated. Given today’s angry political climate, the costuming showed poor taste at the very least. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America withdrew their sponsorship, and who could blame...
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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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Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers On Immigration

At the April 27, 2017 Newsmakers event, Oklahoma Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton discusses the challenges facing immigrants, social service agencies that help them and public policymakers in the age of Trump with [from left] state Rep. Forrest Bennett and immigration law attorneys Paola M. Alvarez de Bennett and Michael Brooks-Jiminez.

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