David Perryman

Clouded Politics
March 21, 2017

Clouded Politics

BY DAVID PERRYMAN This week marks the beginning of Spring and there are few childhood memories that give me a warmer feeling than those of laying in the soft green grass watching clouds float across the sky. Normally, a few minutes of “cloud-watching” would produce a number of clouds that with minimal imagination resembled animals…

As Sure As The Swallows Of Capistrano
March 13, 2017

As Sure As The Swallows Of Capistrano

BY DAVID PERRYMAN For centuries, March 19 of each year has marked the return of thousands of orange-tailed cliff swallows to the area in and around San Juan Capistrano, CA. The annual 6,000-mile migration of the mud-nesting birds from their winter home in Argentina is one of the most reliable and amazing rituals in the…

The Right Thing
March 7, 2017

The Right Thing

BY DAVID PERRYMAN There is a line in C.S. Lewis’ book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in which Susan, one of the children who discovered the Kingdom of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe, expressed fear when she learned that King Aslan, whom she would be meeting was not a man, but…

Take A Shot For The Common Good
March 5, 2017

Take A Shot For The Common Good

BY DAVID PERRYMAN San Francisco is famous for its cable car lines. Since cable cars have controls on only in their front end, they must be turned around at each end of the line. Turntables have been used for centuries when trains are “headed in the wrong direction.” On a number of levels, Oklahoma is…

When The Going Gets Tough
February 21, 2017

When The Going Gets Tough

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In May 2003, when the price of oil was just under $40 per barrel, Oklahoma’s state government enjoyed relatively dependable streams of recurring revenue. Property taxes and gasoline taxes were both comparatively low. Legislators were well aware of the necessity of keeping income tax rates at a level that would not harm…

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