One Issue Voters

One Issue Voters

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BY SHARON MARTIN Say you are pro-life. You want to stop abortions, but you don’t want sex education. You don’t want your taxes paying for birth control. You want to close the Planned Parenthood in your town, the only source of healthcare for some women and a fighter against the spread of STDs. Think about

History Will Not Be Kind To GOP Leaders

History Will Not Be Kind To GOP Leaders

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BY BOB BEARDEN In the Grand Old Party of Lincoln, there is a crisis of leadership. It is totally inconceivable to me – and totally abysmal, in my opinion – for a national leader of one party to be so afraid of not having his party retain majority status that he would consciously put his

Time To Demand More From Policymakers

Time To Demand More From Policymakers

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BY JOE DORMAN There has been much discussion about the FY 2017 Oklahoma state budget. We heard the panic about doctor and nursing home provider rates being slashed to levels which could shut down Medicaid coverage in Oklahoma and close hospitals. We are about to see schools shift to four-day school weeks. We are still driving over terrible

The Root Of All Evil

The Root Of All Evil

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BY SHARON MARTIN When Donald Trump trash-talked Susanna Martinez, governor of New Mexico and chair of the Republican Governor’s Association, she talked back. She and Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina, think Trump is hurting the “Republican brand” with his anti-immigrant talk. These are predictable responses from a party who needs minority voters. What’s also

Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN One of history’s most famous quotes is attributed to Marie-Antoinette, the young bride of French King Louis XVI. Supposedly, in 1789, when she was told that the French people were without bread, the queen who was likely far removed from the reality of food insecurity, responded, “Let them eat cake.” Whether an

A Gun Too Far

A Gun Too Far

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BY VERN TURNER In one of George Carlin’s books, the introduction page has a quote from Hermann Goering, Hitler’s No. 2. It goes something like this: “Of course the people don’t want war, but if you keep telling them they are being attacked and that if they don’t follow the government’s policies, you accuse them

Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here?

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN We know all about Charles Lindbergh and the pride that he brought to our country as an aviation pioneer. His non-stop 1927 transatlantic flight in the “Spirit of St. Louis” brought him world acclaim. But today, few recall the name of the mechanic who modified the fuel tanks on Lindbergh’s plane and

How Do You Define ‘Truly Needy?’

How Do You Define ‘Truly Needy?’

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BY MIKE W. RAY In an editorial published earlier this month, the Oklahoman newspaper heartily embraced a package of recommendations by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), a right-wing, free-market “think tank.” Instead of expanding Medicaid to “a new class of able-bodied adults,” the OCPA contended, legislators should refocus their efforts on improving the

Hate Mongers Intent On New American Apartheid

Hate Mongers Intent On New American Apartheid

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BY JAMES NIMMO I reject the president’s calls for prayers and other religious solicitation as sympathy for the Orlando shooting that killed at least 50 people and wounded 53. No doubt Oklahoma’s governor and Oklahoma City’s mayor will get on the wagon along the same road, both of whom have made anti-gay statements in their

Reaping The Harvest

Reaping The Harvest

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BY BOB BEARDEN And suddenly they don’t like The Donald. Not just America, in general, but the Grand Old Party of Lincoln, in particular. He has been called out by the likes of Scott Walker, no piker himself to the nasty innuendo, and even Newty the Gingrich has gotten in the name-calling race and he,

‘I Am America’

‘I Am America’

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BY CHARLES C. HAYNES “I am America,” Muhammad Ali famously declared. “I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me – black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.” And get used to him we did. So much so that when

Dignity Lost

Dignity Lost

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BY VERN TURNER In light of recent events that include the presumptive coronation of Donald J. Trump as the new leader of the Republican Party’s assault on dignity, grace, intelligence, compassion and rational thought, here is a summation of what it looks like on the reality side of Alice’s looking glass: The first part is

Errors And Omissions

Errors And Omissions

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN It’s hard to believe that it has been 40 years since our nation’s Bicentennial, but it was in 1976 that my Mom crocheted and gave me one of my most cherished items. It is a red, white and blue afghan. She actually made five seemingly identical afghans and gave one to me

Cheating Donald

Cheating Donald

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BY RALPH NADER Donald Trump brags about “branding” his political opponents. He repeatedly has called Marco Rubio “Little Marco,” Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted,” and Hillary Clinton, “Crooked Hillary.” Repetition makes these epithets stick – a lesson Trump has drawn from the advertising world and his own fragile ego. Astonishingly, his opponents have not successfully branded

R-e-s-p-e-c-t

R-e-s-p-e-c-t

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BY DON NELSON Tis a thin line I’m treading with this post. That said, I am tired, no, I am sick and tired of the “but you have to respect me and my opinion” crowd. The word respect has many uses – to hold someone in esteem, to have admiration for, to have high regard for,

Oklahoma Jenga

Oklahoma Jenga

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN Jenga is a game played with 54 wooden rectangular blocks. Each block is three times as long as its width and one fifth as thick as its length. After the blocks are tightly stacked 18 levels high, players take turns removing blocks from the stack and balancing them on top of the

Actors And Demagogues

Actors And Demagogues

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BY SHARON MARTIN Because the people who benefitted from the demotion of the middle class have kept the legend alive, there are plenty who still believe Ronald Reagan was a good president. He wasn’t. His policies hurt the working poor, the middle class, and minorities. A friend, a good woman who turned out to be

History Lesson

History Lesson

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BY KAREN WEBB I am about to get up on my soapbox again, so look out. Earlier this week I had a post shared with me on Facebook. It had two young African American girls standing on a U.S. flag and had the usual comments from mostly Caucasian Americans indicating they needed to be more

The Roots Of Our Evils

The Roots Of Our Evils

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BY VERN TURNER When did the money meme become the driving force in everything we do? It seems that everything we talk about in our human discourse centers around money, or, more accurately, the shortage of it. Since humans invented the concept even before written language was widespread among us, how could we have shortfalls

Spin Machine

Spin Machine

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BY SHARON MARTIN Listening to the chairman of the Republican Party a couple of Sundays ago, two things were clear: 1. Power is more important to the Republicans than policy or people. 2. The GOP holds the Clintons to standards that they reject for themselves. In one sentence Reince Priebus said that we shouldn’t be

When Is A Tax Not A Tax?

When Is A Tax Not A Tax?

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN The Treaty of Paris in 1763 ended what could actually be referred to as the first world war. Known in North America as the French and Indian War, the Seven Years’ War involved nearly every region of the world and virtually every nation, kingdom and colony were engaged. While the outcome of

Really? Leader Of Lincoln’s Grand Old Party?

Really? Leader Of Lincoln’s Grand Old Party?

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BY BOB BEARDEN As far as the Grand Old Party of Lincoln concerned the race for the nomination is over. The Donald is the presumptive nominee and has essentially wrapped up the nomination. And now comes the time for nose-holding. We are hearing calls for party unity and calls for getting behind the Donald as

Scoop And Toss

Scoop And Toss

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN Raising cattle provided a nearly endless supply of “organic fertilizer” for our garden and flower beds. Gathering the fertilizer from our corrals, pastures and pens was relatively labor intensive but it paid huge dividends. The spring I got my license to drive our old 1951 Chevy pickup to town, I scooped and

No Justice For Larry Yarbrough

No Justice For Larry Yarbrough

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UPDATE: The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board unanimously denied Larry Yarbrough’s parole, despite Gov. Mary Fallin’s commutation recommendation. The baffling decision, particularly given Yarbrough’s health and time served, drew a strong rebuke from Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma: “After nearly two decades in prison for a non-violent offense,

Robbing The Poor

Robbing The Poor

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BY SHARON MARTIN Ever hear something that just stops you dead? On NPR, Mara Liasson was discussing political polls. She said that Republicans don’t poll well on women’s issues. That’s easy to explain – unequal pay, attempts to control women’s bodies, and family issues. Then she said, “Republicans consistently outpoll Democrats on the economy.” Doesn’t

Let’s Make A Deal

Let’s Make A Deal

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN “Tell them what they’ve won, Jay,” was the way Monte Hall awarded game show prizes on the long-running game show, Let’s Make a Deal, as contestants chose from Door No. 1, Door No. 2 or Door No. 3. In less than three weeks, the 2016 legislative session must come to an end

It’s Time To Be Happy

It’s Time To Be Happy

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BY VERN TURNER Finally! The Republicans have picked themselves a candidate to run against Hillary Clinton. Man, I’m glad that’s over. It was a brutal slog through 17 candidates, most of whom had no clue as to why they were running for president or acted like they were only kidding if they did. Our senses

The Need For Progressive Voices

The Need For Progressive Voices

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BY RALPH NADER In 1961, President Kennedy’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission [FCC], Newton Minow, described television as “a vast wasteland.” Perhaps nothing demonstrates that better these days than the rise of Donald J. Trump as a presidential candidate; now the presumptive Republican nominee. Trump’s boisterous carnival barker persona has dominated the airwaves for

Elwood P. Dowd

Elwood P. Dowd

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN Jimmy Stewart’s 1950 portrayal as Elwood P. Dowd featured a carefree and kind man whose best friend was Harvey, a 6-foot, 3½-inch rabbit. The movie was a humorous approach to mental illness, sanatoriums and the somewhat frightening methods of treatment available 65 years ago. Unfortunately, Oklahoma has some of the highest rates

Stealing Razor Blades

Stealing Razor Blades

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This world of ours must avoid becoming a community of dread, fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. – Dwight D. Eisenhower BY VERN TURNER Have you noticed that the razor blade shelf in most large stores has a cover or lid over the blades section? Some of

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