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A Proverb Oklahoma Lawmakers Should Heed
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A Proverb Oklahoma Lawmakers Should Heed

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In case you haven’t heard, the state’s budget is in a lurch. In what may be the most predictable decision of the century, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled last week that the leadership in the Oklahoma Legislature violated the Oklahoma Constitution when they passed SB 845 to increase cigarette taxes. It isn’t…

Migratory Patterns, Then And Now
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Migratory Patterns, Then And Now

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In a hollow, deep in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains on an October Sunday afternoon 56 years ago, more than 25,000 Oklahomans patiently gathered at a remote junction for the formal opening of a road. The striking size of the crowd was because it was not just anyone who would be…

When Six Of One Is NOT Half A Dozen Of Another
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When Six Of One Is NOT Half A Dozen Of Another

BY DAVID PERRYMAN My Dad was a Vo-Ag instructor of the old school. He taught hundreds of young men about much more than just farming and ranching. Maybe it was because he grew up young having lost his mother, enlisted in the Navy and married my mother all before he graduated high school. Maybe it…

A Zenger Of A Publisher
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A Zenger Of A Publisher

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In January 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote this to fellow Virginian and Continental Congressman Edward Carrington: “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers,…

Oklahoma’s Ship Of State
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Oklahoma’s Ship Of State

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Between the 30th and 38th Parallel are high pressure belts that are often characterized by low winds and little rain. Over land, this phenomenon produces dry arid deserts like northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. At sea, undependable winds and extended periods of calm made the zones dreaded by early sailors….

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