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Absence, Noted

BY ARNOLD HAMILTON You could almost feel a collective hold-your-breath-moment developing in the Oklahoma House today. A resolution marking NAACP Day – and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – had just been read by the House clerk. All that was left was for lawmakers to give...
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Limits To Free Speech

BY KAREN WEBB In the last couple of days there have been two examples of people getting jiggy with word definitions for explaining why their actions should not be a threat to the life of the president of the United States. One of them everyone knows about and the other only those of us in...
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Sally Kern’s Twin?

BY FRANK P. BELCASTRO “They’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.” So what’s America’s greatest threat? The weakest economy in 80 years? Widespread layoffs, bank collapses, meltdown in the auto industry and a housing crisis? Not according to Utah state Sen. Chris Buttars. In a recent interview obtained by Human...

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The President And Israel

BY SUSAN ESTRICH We always used to put a “moving the embassy” plank in the Democratic platform even though we never expected it to happen – or even thought it should before the larger issues about Jerusalem were resolved. I think the first time was in 1980, to try to show up Jimmy Carter, the...
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Alabama Was A Win, And Not Just For Democrats

BY FROMA HARROP The Democratic conquest of a senate seat in Alabama produced a lot of winners other than the victor himself, Doug Jones. Many were Republicans, including some who voted for the inexplicable Roy Moore. The obvious celebrants, of course, are Democrats. For them, it wasn’t all dumb luck. The state party had a...
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The Great Scamazon

BY JIM HIGHTOWER As you’re doing your holiday shopping this season, think about this: While big brand names travel hither, thither and yon to play Milk the Taxpayer, Amazon is totally rewriting the rules of the taxpayer subsidies game, super-sizing their piles of public money without even having to go door to door. In September,...
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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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Oct ’17 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

From left, Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth and Sierra Club Oklahoma Director Johnson Bridgwater discuss the state’s environmental and energy future, including water and air quality, injection wells and earthquakes, the post-carbon age and renewable energy, state regulation and the future of the Corporation Commission.
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