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Poor Rich

BY FROSTY TROY According to the Census Bureau, in 2007 the 20% who own 85% of all wealth also commanded roughly 50% of all income while earning an average of $168,000 that year. Half earned more than $168,000 and half earned somewhere between $100,000 and $168,000. Upper-middle class households earned 23% of aggregate income, taking...
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Blarney, GOP-Style

BY KAREN WEBB There is enough blarney in the GOP to gag St. Patrick. It is too nice to call what they do blarney because blarney is cute legends about little people who dance jigs. It isn’t blarney the GOP is coming out with – it is pure, unadulterated false witness bearing: Sen. Mitch McConnell,...
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Just Like Bush

BY KAREN WEBB Dear Mr. President, Do you believe in the rule of law or not? Do you believe some should obey and others don’t have to? I recall you being very critical of George W. Bush locking people up indefinitely without charges, but you are leaving them locked up without charges and I see...

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Trump Could Confuse Our Way Back Into Climate Deal

BY FROMA HARROP Will President Trump bring the country back into the Paris climate agreement? The bets are on, and this bet says he will. The past few days have produced clashing reports that he may or may not come around. Confusion is how Trump gets turnarounds past the base. What happened right after he...
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The High Holidays

BY SUSAN ESTRICH This week, Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashana, the New Year, the high holidays. It is a very strange time to be Jewish in America. The first president with a Jewish daughter and Jewish grandchildren, the first Jewish “zayde” [grandpa] in the White House, has taught a new generation the...
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Colleges Come To Their Senses To Hard Way

BY FROMA HARROP Harvard University came under justified attack when it named Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. Critics asked how Harvard could honor a former U.S. Army private convicted of leaking 750,000 classified or sensitive documents. The university rescinded the invitation, and Manning hit back, tweeting, “Honored to be 1st disinvited trans woman visiting Harvard...
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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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