David Perryman

A Capitol Idea
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A Capitol Idea

BY DAVID PERRYMAN I often encourage Oklahomans to be involved in Oklahoma government. Sometimes that means traveling from your home to the Capitol at NE 23rd and Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City. Normally, the Capitol is air conditioned and brimming with artwork and artifacts representing the rich heritage of our state from pre-statehood through the…

Lessons From An Air Raid
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Lessons From An Air Raid

BY DAVID PERRYMAN During World War II, Americans from Washington state to Southern California kept their eyes on the western skies for any sign of a Japanese attack. During that same era, those living along the east coast from Maine to Florida were ever vigilant regarding German activity. Hundreds of miles inland, many civil defense…

It Isn’t Over Till The Fat Lady Sings
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It Isn’t Over Till The Fat Lady Sings

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The Oklahoma Constitution requires that the state legislature wrap up its work no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May. The deadline is called “Adjournment Sine Die” and literally means “adjournment without assigning a day for further meetings.” Arguably, it is about the only constitutional mandate that the Oklahoma…

Fees, Assessments, And Corporate Welfare
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Fees, Assessments, And Corporate Welfare

BY DAVID PERRYMAN A few years ago I was fortunate enough to visit the incredible city of Boston. Highlights included the site of the Boston Massacre on King Street, the Old North Church where two lanterns were used to relay Paul Revere’s warning that the British were crossing the Charles River by boat, and the…

The Emperor’s New Clothes
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The Emperor’s New Clothes

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The Emperor’s New Clothes is a short story written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise a vain emperor a new suit of clothes sewn from a fabric that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, hopelessly stupid, or otherwise incompetent. The emperor’s…

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