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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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Live To Risk

BY SUSAN ESTRICH Why would someone risk his life by, as the LA Times described, “extending his body away from a motorcycle and grabbing the seat as the motorcycle is upside down, then pulling back aboard as the motorcycle is righted before landing”? Or not. In which case, as it was with 24-year-old Jeremy Lusk,...
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The Old Folks Are Doing OK

BY FROMA HARROP “Round up everybody that can ride a horse or pull a trigger,” John Wayne says in Chisum. “Let’s break out some Winchesters.” That’s how I feel every time someone calls for “saving” Social Security. Conservatives have been likening it to the Bernie Madoff scandal. Some call it a Ponzi scheme, as MSNBC’s...
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Stronger, Please, Mr. President

BY JOE CONASON Having allowed his Republican opponents to dominate the economic debate for two weeks as his stimulus proposal languished, President Obama used his first news conference to rebut them – coolly and civilly, yet without leaving any doubt that he can strike back harder if necessary. He drew the lines that had to...

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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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