David Perryman

Look No Farther Than Your Own Backyard
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Look No Farther Than Your Own Backyard

BY DAVID PERRYMAN At the conclusion of her grand adventure in the Land of Oz, Dorothy made a mature realization that many people never make: “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it…

Imitation Is Sincerest Form Of Flattery
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Imitation Is Sincerest Form Of Flattery

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Charles Caleb Colton was a colorful guy. First a member of the clergy, spending 20 years with the Church of England between Devon and London, he was known as a gifted clergyman with an “eccentric, indulgent disposition.” His eccentricity led him to a life of writing, gambling and wine collecting. His role…

All Generalizations Are False
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All Generalizations Are False

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Mark Twain often quipped that “if you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, and if you do you are misinformed.” Along these same lines, he remarked that, “All generalizations are false, including this one.” Americans are a better people because of Mark Twain and the slightly cynical, but always spirited insight…

Boom Goes The Budget
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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…

Oh So Close … Or Was It?
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Oh So Close … Or Was It?

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Week seven of Oklahoma’s 2017 special session came to a close after a vote last Wednesday produced absolute frustration in everyone who was searching for a solution. Any legislator who still thinks that our state is not in crisis has his or her “Honorable” head in the ground. The vote, HB 1054…

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