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Nine Presidents

BY LEE H. HAMILTON One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them. I met JFK twice for...
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A Proverb Oklahoma Lawmakers Should Heed

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In case you haven’t heard, the state’s budget is in a lurch. In what may be the most predictable decision of the century, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled last week that the leadership in the Oklahoma Legislature violated the Oklahoma Constitution when they passed SB 845 to increase cigarette taxes. It isn’t...
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Freshman Legislator’s Criticism Misdirected

BY MIKE W. RAY Sunday’s Oklahoman newspaper informed us that first-term state Rep. Tom Gann, a Republican from Inola, is “concerned about local control after an attorney general’s opinion.” Seems an AG’s opinion “confirms that the state Department of Education can overrule a local school board that rejects a charter school application.” “I am disappointed...
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The Stench Of Wall Street Ethics

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Citigroup, once the world’s largest financial conglomerate, has fallen so far down that you can buy a share of its stock today for less than it costs to use one of its ATM machines. A few days ago, however, Citi caused investors’ hearts to go pitter-patter with joy when it loudly trumpeted...
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GOP Racial Code

BY FROMA HARROP In his essay “Why the GOP Can’t Win With Minorities,” conservative scholar Shelby Steele almost nails the half-question in the title. An African-American, Steele contrasts the “moral activism” of liberals with conservative calls for personal discipline. He notes that blacks and Hispanics often poll conservative on social issues and that many Great...
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When Is A Plea Bargain Not A Plea Bargain?

BY SUSAN ESTRICH Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty in federal district court in New York to all 11 counts against him, waiving his right to an indictment, avoiding the humiliation of a trial, and depriving his victims and the public of what might have been a public course in how Ponzi schemes work, and how even...

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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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