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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...

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It’s Not Socialism; It’s What People Want

BY JIM HIGHTOWER “Socialism,” snarled Donald Trump at a recent pep rally of far-right Republicans. And the obedient crowd of faithful Trumpistas snarled back in unison: “So-shull-izz-ummm!” And there you have the entire intellectual content of the GOP’s 2020 re-election strategy under Generalissimo Trump – slap Democrats silly with a scurrilous campaign branding them as...
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Scant Economic Joy In Mudville

BY FROMA HARROP The American people have been ordered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the economic recovery. Note the lack of balloons, however, and that the marching bands have their feet up. President Donald Trump, of course, is a brass section unto himself. He’s been trumpeting the “Trump economy,” even though nearly eight of...
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Why Canadians Rule The Cannabis Business

BY FROMA HARROP President Trump routinely waves his fist at alleged unfair trade practices, including at the hands of our good neighbor Canada. But what about playing fields that are uneven because the U.S. government makes them so? Witness the cannabis industry. It’s enjoying explosive growth worldwide, but Canadians are running away with the profits...
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Feb’19 Newsmakers

Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, left, and state Rep. Jason Dunnington discuss criminal justice reform and other important legislation during Feb. 14’s Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.
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