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Remembering Bush-World

BY KENNY BELFORD   Approaching the New Year, and the end of the reign of error of George W. Bush, perhaps a brief reflection of the past eight years might be interesting.  This list isn’t in a strict chronological sequence, just a few of the highlights we should never forget.    * Florida 2000 –...
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The Spirit Of The Season

BY EDWIN E. VINEYARD This writer finds himself regretfully drawn into this thing we have going again about “Christmas.” Unfortunately, for too many this has become a controversy about nomenclature – “Holiday” versus “Christmas” – for naming the season. While many of us think that this is a tempest in a teapot, a totally unnecessary...
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Budget Blues

BY ARNOLD HAMILTON The numbers are worse than we thought: State lawmakers will have $309.6 million less to spend next year than they had last spring. Government-haters will no doubt be cheering. But those who care about improving roads and education or caring for the mentally ill and poor – just to cite a few...



Bernie The Good vs. Bernie The Bad

BY FROMA HARROP Bernie Sanders is back in the news, showing us all both his good side and the bad. Let’s start with the good. “If Democrats control either the House or the Senate,” he recently told The New York Times, “Trump’s agenda is dead.” Here is Bernie at his best – blunt and colorful,...

The Woman Who Landed The Plane

BY SUSAN ESTRICH For years, people such as myself have been arguing that gender discrimination doesn’t just hurt women: It hurts all of us, our economy, our efficiency, and, yes, even our safety. The stories about the obstacles that Tammie Jo Shults, the now-famous pilot of Southwest Flight 1380, faced in her quest to become...

Imagine A Cuomo-Trump Street Fight In 2020

BY FROMA HARROP Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an especially strong combatant. Five...
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Apr’18 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton discuss the Oklahoma teacher walkout, education funding and the future of the state’s public schools during the April 12 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers event at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.
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