David Perryman

A Well Rounded Education
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A Well Rounded Education

BY DAVID PERRYMAN There are three principles regarding the role of government in American society that overwhelmingly occupy the majority of our time and resources. Those, in no particular order, are defense, poverty and public education. Of course defense is addressed by the men and women who serve our state and country and the military…

Pharmaceutical Phairness
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Pharmaceutical Phairness

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In 2017 there were approximately 464 independent community pharmacies in Oklahoma. Today there are fewer. I know that because one community in the rural house district that I represent lost its pharmacy last year. There were six and there are now five. That represents a decrease of over 16% in one house…

The Ethic Of Reciprocity
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The Ethic Of Reciprocity

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The Ethic of Reciprocity is found in nearly every world religion and philosophical tradition or dispensation. Bahá’í Faith: Choose for your neighbor what you would choose for yourself. Jewish Faith [The Talmud]: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men. Buddhist Faith: Hurt no others with that which pains…

Knowing When No Means No
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Knowing When No Means No

BY DAVID PERRYMAN What do low self-esteem, depression, mental health and a high teen pregnancy rate have in common? If your answer was Oklahoma, you are eons ahead of 56 members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. That is the number of men and women who last week voted against HB 1007, which would have…

The Best Government Contains Checks And Balances
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The Best Government Contains Checks And Balances

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In 1907 the people of Oklahoma chose to establish a form of state government in which directors of agencies were chosen to run those agencies based on qualifications. To accomplish this task, agency board members were likewise appointed based on knowledge, experience and qualifications. Like most early 20thCentury Americans, Oklahomans did not…

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