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The Effect Of A Nuclear Event On All Of Us

BY FANNIE PASCHALL BATES Who will be hurt if Donald Trump drops a nuclear bomb on North Korea? South Korea, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Alaska, the state of Washington, Oregon, California, the coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean, billions of fish, lobster, whales, dolphins and shrimp, the seaweed which millions of people depend on as...
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Save Our State By Balancing The Budget Responsibly

BY JOE DORMAN We are approaching a critical deadline in Oklahoma as we near the end of the legislative session. No comprehensive budget solution has moved forward to address the roughly $1 billion shortfall facing our state. Both Gov. Mary Fallin and the House Democratic caucus have released plans to balance the budget by raising...
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Rural Health Care

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Some people think that rural health care is one of those things that we don’t need until we really need it. However, the truth is that rural health care is not only essential for the individual and collective health of rural residents, it is also essential for all people who visit or...
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Putting The Bite Back In Our Financial Watchdog

BY JIM HIGHTOWER After Bernard Madoff confessed in December to looting some $50 billion from investors through a long-running, widespread Ponzi scheme, Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., complained that this massive fraud “fell through the cracks of our regulatory system.” Indeed it did, but let’s be blunt – there are now a lot more “cracks” than...
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R-e-s-p-e-c-t

BY SUSAN ESTRICH I don’t hate George Bush. I never have. I voted against him twice. I disagree with him, sometimes passionately. I think the country is in worse shape now than it was eight years ago, and that history will not be kind to him. I think America’s standing in the world has dropped...
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When, Not If, Taxes Will Be Raised

BY FROMA HARROP During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama portrayed his tax plan as a way to help “spread the wealth around.” That was an unfortunate choice of words, though not as silly as the “conservative” formulation that raising taxes “punishes success.” The object of taxation is not to spread the wealth and certainly not...

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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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