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February 21, 2017

When The Going Gets Tough

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In May 2003, when the price of oil was just under $40 per barrel, Oklahoma’s state government enjoyed relatively dependable streams of recurring revenue. Property taxes and gasoline taxes were both comparatively low. Legislators were well aware of the necessity of keeping income tax rates at a level that would not harm...
February 20, 2017

The Lord’s Prayer And 45

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES The Lord’s Prayer was taught to a group of disciples by Jesus, a person who according to Christian scriptures was a refugee and whose family had been refugees, who came from a very humble and poor background, whose religion was under constant threat by the Empire, and who eventually would be...
February 20, 2017

Betrayal! The Ugliness Of Trump

BY VERN TURNER Upon reviewing my previous essays on betrayals within our nation’s politics and government, I saw that certain prophecies have unfortunately come true, and some things not imagined have come to pass that are even worse. There is a sense of ugliness coming from this newly ordained administration and Congress that smacks of...
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Columnists

January 26, 2017

Hitting Our Heads Against A Border Wall

BY FROMA HARROP Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday’s problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But if Donald Trump were to follow through on threats to ditch or decimate the North American Free Trade Agreement, illegal immigration from Mexico would become tomorrow’s problem. Just...
January 25, 2017

Why So Many People Loathe Congress

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Uncle Sam wants you! Not the symbolic Uncle Sam, but Sam Johnson. Although he’s been a member of Congress more than a quarter of a century, it’s unlikely you’ve ever heard of him. He’s a lawmaker who holds a congressional seat, but just sits in it, achieving so little that he’s unnoticeable....
January 24, 2017

Three Comforting Thoughts About Trump

BY FROMA HARROP It’s still hard wrapping my brain around the words “President Donald Trump” – but there are strategies for moving in that direction. Indeed, I’ve come up with three comforting thoughts about the next how-many years. 1] Trump has no fixed principles. He’s not a real conservative, which presents some interesting possibilities for...

News

  • Real Economics: Teacher Pay
    December 12, 2016

    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
    October 27, 2016

    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
    September 21, 2016

    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
    September 20, 2016

    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
    September 19, 2016

    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
    September 16, 2016

    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...

Newsmakers

November 24, 2016

Oklahoma Observer Newsmaker on Education and Children

Oklahoma politics and its effect on education and the children of Oklahoma with State Representative George Young and Joe Dorman, former State Representative now CEO of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. Oklahoma Observer Newsmaker on Education and Children from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

Videos

  • Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers Series: Politics And The Judiciary
    September 26, 2016

    Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers Series: Politics And The Judiciary

    Essential Viewing for Oklahoma Voters: Garvin Isaacs, President of the Oklahoma Bar Association and David Perryman, Oklahoma State Representative disc...

    Yuval Rabin Interview
    September 25, 2016

    Yuval Rabin Interview

    Arnold Hamilton, Editor of the Oklahoma Observer, interviews Yuval Rabin, son of Yitzhak Rabin, about the documentary “Rabin: In his own Words&#...

  • Cory Williams and Jimmy Curry Interview
    September 4, 2016

    Cory Williams and Jimmy Curry Interview

    Cory Williams and Jimmy Curry Interview from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

    The Village Is Burning
    March 14, 2015

    The Village Is Burning

    Editor’s Note: This is a brilliant political call to arms for Oklahomans, especially Millennials, who are tired of, and embarrassed by, the dema...

  • Sorry
    February 25, 2015

    Sorry

    Editor’s Note: This video, produced by Walter Jenny, captures the wackiness and hypocrisy on display at the Oklahoma Capitol these days. Jenny l...

    Interview: Don Holladay
    November 7, 2014

    Interview: Don Holladay

    Attorney Don Holladay, lead counsel in the federal lawsuit that led to marriage equality in Oklahoma, visits with Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, lef...

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