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Give Thanks

BY SHARON MARTIN There is nothing quite so human as the sharing of food. My mother fed people. My dad brought them home for her to feed. Sometimes he was the cook. My siblings and I learned the joy of sharing by their example. As I write this, it is two days until Thanksgiving, and...
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Boom Goes The Budget

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Formally called an “Extraordinary Session” and commonly referred to as a “Special Session,” seven weeks of unrehearsed antics at the state Capitol made it apparent that the resulting pandemonium was neither special nor extraordinary. If the fact that underpaid teachers are leaving the state and exiting the education field after a decade...
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Economic Failure

BY SHARON MARTIN Supply-side economics works for no one but the already wealthy, but the hucksters are at it again. Giving breaks to rich donors is not good for most of us, but don’t just take my word for it. A recent Credit Suisse study shows that millennials [those born between 1982 and 2000] are...
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Geithner’s Troubling Ethics

BY JIM HIGHTOWER In describing a suspicious character who had visited his home, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” Average Americans today might need to be counting their spoons, because President Obama and the Congress have visited Timothy Geithner upon us. He’s the new...
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Getting Off The Dog Track

BY FROMA HARROP I know a lot of greyhounds. A greyhound track operates near my house, and many of its retirees end up in the neighborhood. Something you notice about these dogs: Greyhounds are built for speed, but once they move into a comfy home, they’re in no hurry to go anywhere. Let me pay...
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Caroline’s Exit

BY SUSAN ESTRICH I do not know what ultimately persuaded Caroline Kennedy to withdraw her name from consideration for the U.S. Senate. Maybe it was something about taxes or a housekeeper, the two rumors that seem to have the most “juice” as I write this. To be honest, I don’t care. All I know is...

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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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Oct ’17 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

From left, Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth and Sierra Club Oklahoma Director Johnson Bridgwater discuss the state’s environmental and energy future, including water and air quality, injection wells and earthquakes, the post-carbon age and renewable energy, state regulation and the future of the Corporation Commission.
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