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The Incredible Shrinking Capitol Press Corps

BY ARNOLD HAMILTON The Tulsa World’s layoffs are bad news for Oklahoma journalism – and even worse news for civic discourse and understanding. Among the 26 newsroom personnel getting pink slips were two of the World’s three Capitol bureau reporters: Mick Hinton and Tom Lindley. Only Bureau Chief Barbara Hoberock survived Bloody Tuesday. Hinton had...
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The Wisdom Of Three States

BY DANNY M. ADKISON Recently we learned that Rod Blagojevich, governor of Illinois, may have been auctioning off the U.S. Senate vacancy created when Barack Obama resigned from the Senate following his election to the presidency. Have you ever heard of a governor using his appointment power to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House?...
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American Justice

BY EDWIN E. VINEYARD Justice is an interesting concept. Most of us would prefer mercy to justice for ourselves. However, most of us think that others, particularly strangers who are different from us, should have justice tempered with little mercy. Mercy tempering thoughts about justice, or lack thereof, seem ironically to be more related to...

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Playing Monopoly For Real

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Shouting “Down with big government,” today’s tea party Trumpateers claim to be tax rebels – direct descendants of the Boston bunch who boarded three British ships in 1773 and heaved their cargo of tea chests into the harbor. But wait! That historic Tea Party wasn’t actually a tax protest. The audacious colonists...
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Paris And New York Are United By Urban Horror

BY FROMA HARROP Many of us watching the inferno at Notre Dame de Paris felt that 9/11 dread. This week, as nearly 18 years ago, the news channels kept looping the same horrific video of towers collapsing. At the end, the medieval cathedral remained mostly standing while the twin towers at New York’s World Trade...
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Change Is Coming To Health Care. Vote Wisely.

BY FROMA HARROP It’s a solid bet that our health care future won’t look quite like the present. Whether the outcome would be good or bad for the average working stiff will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election. If Donald Trump is re-elected, we know where health coverage for...
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Apr’19 Newsmakers

House Democratic Floor Leader David Perryman, right, and Oklahoma Hospital Association President Patti Davis discuss Oklahoma’s health care crisis with Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton at April 11’s Newsmakers event at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.
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Mar’19 Newsmakers

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister discusses the state of Oklahoma public education as Pastors for Oklahoma Kids Executive Director Clark Frailey, right, and Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton listen during the Mar. 14 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers event at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.
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