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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…

Can’t Tell The Candidates Without A Scorecard
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Can’t Tell The Candidates Without A Scorecard

BY GARY EDMONDSON My newspapering past lingers in my tendency to take notes while watching public performances. About three lifetimes ago, that note-taking led me to become a freelance dance reviewer. Can’t say it was a “job” or “task.” Too much art and grace involved. But unless we’re talking a solo or pas de deux,…

Why Republicans Fail – Part II
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Why Republicans Fail – Part II

BY VERN TURNER In Part I we introduced the operating philosophy comparisons between conservatives and progressives. It should be noted that most, but not all, people with conservative attributes are Republicans, with the same being true that all progressive people are not Democrats. That said, let’s look at what has become of the Republican Party…

Lipstick On A Pig
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Lipstick On A Pig

BY DAVID PERRYMAN There are a number of phrases and rhetorical statements that may be used to describe the vanity that exists when one wants to exude an image for which there is simply no underlying basis. A British sitcom of the mid 1990’s named Keeping Up Appearances captured that idea. In that show, Hyacinth Bucket…

A Conversation With Jim Keith
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A Conversation With Jim Keith

In a wide-ranging interview with Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, new Oklahoma Education Association Executive Director Jim Keith, right, discusses the impact of last year’s teacher walkout, what public education stakeholders expect from this year’s legislative session, OEA’s priorities for the next five years-plus, the challenges facing Oklahoma educators and the state’s changing political landscape. [Recorded…

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