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Literacy And Incarceration
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Literacy And Incarceration

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Literacy is defined as “understanding, evaluating, using and engaging with written text to participate in society, to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” It has been said that prison planners use third grade reading scores to predict the number of prison beds they’ll need 15 years in the…

Pulling The Trigger Words
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Pulling The Trigger Words

BY SHARON MARTIN What words would convince you to vote for a candidate? In Oklahoma, it appears that just calling oneself Christian, conservative, or pro-life is enough to rake in the votes and the dollars. Does anyone bother to check out how the person who claims to be all these things behaves? Just how pro-life…

Investing In Peace
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Investing In Peace

BY HAL SPAKE On April 13, without proof that the Assad regime launched a chemical weapon that killed 80 people, the U.S. fired 68 Cruise missiles at Syrian targets. In 1988 Iraq unleashed 30 gas attacks that killed 50,000 to 80,000 civilians and soldiers. In that attack our government prevented UN inspectors from verifying the use…

Remembering Penny Williams
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Remembering Penny Williams

BY KEN NEAL We called her “Bad Penny,” and “Bright Penny,” and she could be both at the same time. Penny Williams died April 16, leaving an enviable legislative record that spanned 23 years. She was a very serious lawmaker who was in the forefront of whatever cause or movement that she considered progressive and…

A Few Hard Questions For Comey
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A Few Hard Questions For Comey

BY JOE CONASON For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. Echoed by right-wing propaganda media, that theme is now amplified in Donald Trump’s tweeted blasts at former FBI director James Comey, whom he vilifies as a “liar and leaker.” To anyone who remembers the…

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