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Loving Guns More Than People

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES The only people with the power to do something comprehensive about mass shootings are the people we elect to public office, and the majority of the people we elect to public office not only do nothing, but they actively block anything being done and in many cases vote for legislation that...
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The Russians Have Never Been Coming

BY JEREMY KUZMAROV Saturday’s New York Times featured an editorial entitled “The Russians are Coming [Again]” next to a photo of a campaign poster with Vladimir Putin wearing a Make America Great Again hat. The piece discussed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian citizens for intending to “sow disorder” in the American political system by...
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Giving Hawks A Bad Name

BY SHARON MARTIN Sales tax. Fees. Property tax. Income tax. Every person in this country pays taxes, even visitors and undocumented workers. In return, we expect certain things – safe roads, clean water, firefighters with working equipment. The deficit hawks get loud and mean when working people need housing subsidies or help buying food. They...
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Oversharing, Exhibitionism, Loneliness

BY FROMA HARROP It pains me to take Elizabeth Edwards to task for anything. She is suffering from terminal cancer and from assertions that her cheating husband fathered a child with a party girl. So my first instinct is to totally lay off. The only rap against her, it seems, is that she knew of...
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Horse Or Camel?

BY FROMA HARROP A camel, the old saying goes, is a horse made by committee. We don’t want camel health reform. We don’t want Washington lawmakers debating whether it should have one hump or two. We want a horse – a sleek machine that performs with efficiency. One may prefer that landmark legislation enjoy wide...
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A Mother’s Job

BY SUSAN ESTRICH “You have so much responsibility. It’s just hard work all the time,” said Bristol Palin, the new spokeswoman for the Candie’s Foundation to prevent teen pregnancy, at an “Event to Prevent” town hall on Wednesday. I’ve got news for you, Bristol. It gets worse. Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems....

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Jan ’18 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

From left, state Rep. Monroe Nichols, Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton and former Gov. David Walters discuss ways to fix Oklahoma’s broken political system, including Nichols’ proposal to repeal or modify anti-tax SQ 640 and Walters’ efforts to end partisan gerrymandering.
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