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Rural Health Care
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Rural Health Care

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Some people think that rural health care is one of those things that we don’t need until we really need it. However, the truth is that rural health care is not only essential for the individual and collective health of rural residents, it is also essential for all people who visit or…

Electoatychiphobia
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Electoatychiphobia

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Most of us experience some kind of phobia. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders and ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes. The fear of heights is acrophobia. Phobias often make normally logical people act illogically. Oklahoma’s legislators are no different. It would be very unusual for a person to file for office…

Bet Your Bottom Dollar
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Bet Your Bottom Dollar

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In 1977, Broadway gave us the musical Annie based on Harold Gray’s iconic American comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Several songs from the Broadway adaption contain strong messages. Among them are, “We’d Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover,” sung tongue in cheek by homeless shanty dwellers beneath a bridge. Other lyrics from…

A Wing And A Prayer
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A Wing And A Prayer

BY DAVID PERRYMAN During World War II, reeling from the severe losses inflicted at Pearl Harbor and a series of Japanese victories in early 1942, the United States Navy used a strategy of calculated deception to make up for being outnumbered by Japanese vessels across the Pacific. Intrinsic in that strategy was an attempt to…

Restore Oklahoma
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Restore Oklahoma

BY DAVID PERRYMAN As a kid growing up in the 20th Century, I was keenly aware that Oklahoma was a “State of Seasons.” I am not talking about Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. Equinoxes and Solstices occur everywhere. In Oklahoma, childhoods were measured by things like tornado season, calving season, watermelon season, ball season, and…

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