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Put A Bow On It
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Put A Bow On It

BY DAVID PERRYMAN There are phrases that are used to illustrate that whatever you call something, it doesn’t change what it is. In Shakespeare’s age, it was “A Rose by any other name is still a Rose.” Some areas of the country say “Put a Bow on It.” In rural Oklahoma, when we recognize that…

School Reform Lesson: Ravitch Was Right
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School Reform Lesson: Ravitch Was Right

BY JOHN THOMPSON Next January, Diane Ravitch’s long-anticipated book on education reform, Slaying Goliath, will be published but it is being preceded by an anthology, The Wisdom and Wit of Diane Ravitch. I contribute to Ravitch’s blog, and we have only had two types of disagreements. One is addressed in the new book. The first…

Why Republicans Fail – Part III
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Why Republicans Fail – Part III

Last In A Series BY VERN TURNER The gap between Part II and this final part is, in part, due to the cascade of events surrounding the United States government, the president [lower case intended due to the current holder of the office] and the Republican Party. I have to begin somewhere, so let’s start with…

How To Build A Better Mousetrap
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How To Build A Better Mousetrap

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Ralph Waldo Emerson, America’s quintessential philosopher, famously said, “If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mouse trap than his neighbors, though he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.” While Emerson’s philosophical and literary…

If You Build It They Will Come
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If You Build It They Will Come

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Kevin Costner was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the 2019 Western Heritage Awards last month in Oklahoma City. Costner has written, directed, produced or starred in a number of great movies that bring our nation’s history into perspective. Some are favorable portrayals and some, like the subjugation of…

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