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Lessons From An Air Raid

BY DAVID PERRYMAN During World War II, Americans from Washington state to Southern California kept their eyes on the western skies for any sign of a Japanese attack. During that same era, those living along the east coast from Maine to Florida were ever vigilant regarding German activity. Hundreds of miles inland, many civil defense...
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Hope

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES “Hope” is not the first word that comes to mind when I think of the Trump presidency, but the word came up in James Comey’s testimony about his private interactions with the president. This may mark the only time when any substantive discussion about the word hope will occur during this...
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It Isn’t Over Till The Fat Lady Sings

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The Oklahoma Constitution requires that the state legislature wrap up its work no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May. The deadline is called “Adjournment Sine Die” and literally means “adjournment without assigning a day for further meetings.” Arguably, it is about the only constitutional mandate that the Oklahoma...

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The GOP Will Free You From Having Health Care

BY JIM HIGHTOWER When I think of freedom, I think of it in positive, aspirational terms – our First Amendment freedoms, for example, or FDR’s “Four freedoms” or the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed people around the globe. But right-wing, corporate-funded ideologues have fabricated a new negative notion of “freedoms” derived from individual...
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Trump Rates Close To Zero On ‘War’ Against Opioids

BY FROMA HARROP Police near Daytona Beach, FL, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, OH, posted a shocking photograph of another overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open from a...
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Trump’s Lousy Numbers Spell Doom

BY FROMA HARROP Thing about Donald Trump is he doesn’t have the numbers. That became apparent starting on Election Day, when he trailed Hillary Clinton, a flawed candidate, by three million votes. And that was a high point. Ever since then, except for a few blips, Trump’s numbers have been going down, down and down....

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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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Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers On Immigration

At the April 27, 2017 Newsmakers event, Oklahoma Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton discusses the challenges facing immigrants, social service agencies that help them and public policymakers in the age of Trump with [from left] state Rep. Forrest Bennett and immigration law attorneys Paola M. Alvarez de Bennett and Michael Brooks-Jiminez.

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