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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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Bernie The Good vs. Bernie The Bad

BY FROMA HARROP Bernie Sanders is back in the news, showing us all both his good side and the bad. Let’s start with the good. “If Democrats control either the House or the Senate,” he recently told The New York Times, “Trump’s agenda is dead.” Here is Bernie at his best – blunt and colorful,...
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The Woman Who Landed The Plane

BY SUSAN ESTRICH For years, people such as myself have been arguing that gender discrimination doesn’t just hurt women: It hurts all of us, our economy, our efficiency, and, yes, even our safety. The stories about the obstacles that Tammie Jo Shults, the now-famous pilot of Southwest Flight 1380, faced in her quest to become...
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Imagine A Cuomo-Trump Street Fight In 2020

BY FROMA HARROP Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an especially strong combatant. Five...
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Aug ’17 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

From left, Oklahoma Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, state Rep. Mickey Dollens and Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest discuss the state of public education in Oklahoma at our Aug. 24 Newsmakers event at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.

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