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Literacy And Incarceration

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Literacy is defined as “understanding, evaluating, using and engaging with written text to participate in society, to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” It has been said that prison planners use third grade reading scores to predict the number of prison beds they’ll need 15 years in the...
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Pulling The Trigger Words

BY SHARON MARTIN What words would convince you to vote for a candidate? In Oklahoma, it appears that just calling oneself Christian, conservative, or pro-life is enough to rake in the votes and the dollars. Does anyone bother to check out how the person who claims to be all these things behaves? Just how pro-life...
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Investing In Peace

BY HAL SPAKE On April 13, without proof that the Assad regime launched a chemical weapon that killed 80 people, the U.S. fired 68 Cruise missiles at Syrian targets. In 1988 Iraq unleashed 30 gas attacks that killed 50,000 to 80,000 civilians and soldiers. In that attack our government prevented UN inspectors from verifying the use...
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Gay Rights

BY SUSAN ESTRICH Rep. Barney Frank, the first member of Congress to be re-elected after coming out, is right in telling gays not to abandon the president. As Frank put it, “The notion that if someone doesn’t agree with you 100%, then you shouldn’t be supportive of him – versus someone who disagrees with you...
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The AMA’s Unhealthy Obsession

BY JOE CONASON Campaigning to build the widest possible consensus for reform of the nation’s health care system, Barack Obama told the delegates of the American Medical Association [AMA] that he wants their support, too. Persuasive and always polite, the president did not mention the embarrassing truth about his hosts – namely, that the AMA...
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Timid Obama Succumbs To Old Politics

BY FROMA HARROP This has been a tough week for the hopeful ones who believed President Obama’s vow to break with the old politics. Every day, it seems, the president caved in to another Democratic interest group working against the public weal. Let’s start with the mayors’ conference just ended in Providence, RI. One hundred...

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Apr’18 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton discuss the Oklahoma teacher walkout, education funding and the future of the state’s public schools during the April 12 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers event at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.
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