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Times Are A-Changin’
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Times Are A-Changin’

BY DAVID PERRYMAN When Bob Dylan released his 1964 hit song Times, They are a Changin’he had no idea how prophetic the lyrics were. We understand the truth that he sang, “Come gather ‘round people wherever you roam and admit that the waters around you have grown and accept it that soon you’ll be drenched…

Reality Over Rhetoric
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Reality Over Rhetoric

BY DAVID PERRYMAN When I was about four years old, a family in town had agreed to purchase a full-blood Boxer pup from friends of theirs who had a beautiful female Boxer. However, somewhere along the line the mama Boxer had been visited by a bird dog and the pup looked more like Petey, from…

Careful What You Ask For
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Careful What You Ask For

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The Christmas Season is upon us and for many, this time of year jogs family memories from decades ago. The holidays at my grandparents’ house were particularly full of life. In the late 1950s they began using an aluminum Christmas tree that was marketed by a company in Wisconsin. For a little…

Lest We Forget
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Lest We Forget

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Oklahoma State Fire Marshal John Connolly was a man ahead of his time. He served in the early years of Oklahoma’s statehood and brought progressive ideas regarding fire protection and safety to the table. Unfortunately, even a man with the national respect and standing of Marshal Connolly was unable to budge the…

A Day Of Infamy
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A Day Of Infamy

BY DAVID PERRYMAN If you have ever visited my office in the Oklahoma State Capitol, you know that it is on the fifth floor near the north entrance into the public gallery above the chamber of the House of Representatives. Historically, the fifth floor has been used as the location to which the minority party…

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