The Hillary I Knew

The Hillary I Knew

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BY RICK NEWCOMBE When I saw Bernie Sanders’ supporters chanting “She’s a liar!” about Hillary Clinton, I felt compelled to write about the Hillary I knew and worked with for five years. In all of my dealings, she was always straightforward and dependable. Our first meeting occurred in the spring of 1995 at the White

America Needs A Pragmatist In The White House

America Needs A Pragmatist In The White House

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BY CHRISTIAAN MITCHELL The debate in the Democratic primary presents us with a simple choice between the starry-eyed radicalism of Sen. Bernie Sanders and the hard-nosed practicality of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Those in the Democratic Party who consider themselves pragmatists tend to support Hillary, while those who feel that we “need a

Why Conservatives Should Oppose Corporate School Reform

Why Conservatives Should Oppose Corporate School Reform

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BY JOHN THOMPSON School reform began during the Reagan Administration and it sought standards-based instruction. It called for academic standards [the main concepts and skills that should be taught], tests to measure learning, and choice. I opposed those efforts. But the real harm of accountability-driven reform came two decades later as it morphed into standardized test-driven

Dismantling Public Education

Dismantling Public Education

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BY SHARON MARTIN If your idea of good governance is to take care of the top 10% of the citizens in your state, your first job will be to take down public education. In the first minutes of Gov. Mary Fallin’s 2016 State of the State address, she called her policy-induced budget disaster “an economic

Amendments With A Purpose

Amendments With A Purpose

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BY VERN TURNER This election cycle is producing a lot of chatter about amending the U.S. Constitution, that venerable document that has endured over 200 years of examination that only yielded 27 such amendments. By comparison, the Texas state constitution has over 400 amendments and is barely readable or manageable. This would suggest that great

Rural Oklahoma’s Blue Light Special

Rural Oklahoma’s Blue Light Special

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN In the 1960s corporate chain stores displaced Main Street merchants and altered the way that Americans shopped. They promised lower prices, but sometimes lacked quality merchandise or service. The “bargain bin” in the basement of a multi-story department store was no longer the place where merchants sent discontinued or obsolete merchandise for

The Re-Election Game

The Re-Election Game

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BY JOE DORMAN It seems far too many voters suffer from Stockholm Syndrome. This was made famous in the 1970’s when Patty Hearst went from a kidnapping victim to sympathizing with her captors, even helping them accomplish their goals. Citizens often grow angry with policy decisions by elected officials, but when it comes to Election

We Are A Socialist Nation

We Are A Socialist Nation

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BY BOB BEARDEN Socialism in pure form doesn’t work and probably never would. Most socialists [at least in this nation] understand that. The old Labor and Socialist firebrand Eugene V. Debs understood that. But he used socialism to inform and educate. Socialism is a very misunderstood ideology and it is almost always [by opponents] equated

Duck And Cover

Duck And Cover

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN Will Rogers said, “This country has come to feel the same way when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. It’s just a question of how much damage he can do with it before you can take it away from him.” Well, the state Legislature is

John Hope Franklin: A Giant Of U.S. History

John Hope Franklin: A Giant Of U.S. History

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First In A Series BY DON McCORKELL Legacies tend to fade away with time, but there are exceptions, individuals whose singular impact was so vivid and so vast that the passage of time only sharpens their image. This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Hope Franklin, and he was one of those

Well, That’s Too Long

Well, That’s Too Long

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN Oklahoma’s own Will Rogers was what you might call a chili connoisseur. Even as a world traveler, he knew that when it came to chili, there were two places on earth that delivered the best of what he called “bowls of blessedness” and both were in Texas. One was a little café

Election Year Blues

Election Year Blues

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BY SHARON MARTIN My husband has been self-employed since his early 20s, first as a commercial artist and then as a fine artist. Here are a few things he has learned: – Insurance is an issue for self-employed people. – Business is better during Democratic administrations. – Election years are always off. That election-years thing

The Rumble From The People Can Work

The Rumble From The People Can Work

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BY RALPH NADER If only the people who engage in “road rage” would engage in “corporate rage” when they are harmed by cover-ups or hazardous products and gouging services, aloof CEOs would start getting serious about safety and fair play. With press report after press report documenting how big business stiffs millions of its consumers and

Just A Modest Proposal

Just A Modest Proposal

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN Gulliver’s Travels’ author Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1667. He was a priest, a poet and a satirist. Among his lesser-known works was a 1729 essay, formally named A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and for

OPEN DOOR POLICY: Earthquakes, Aquifers, and Inaction

OPEN DOOR POLICY: Earthquakes, Aquifers, and Inaction

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 BY JOE DORMAN There has been heightened discussion on earthquakes in Oklahoma by the public in the beginning days of 2016, but will that translate to policy by lawmakers? After averaging 1.6 earthquakes annually of magnitude 3.0 or higher, the state experienced 64 in 2011, including its largest in recorded history – a quake reaching

Peddling Fear

Peddling Fear

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 BY SHARON MARTIN It’s an election year, and candidates think they can win by stoking your fears. They want you to be afraid of Muslims, the Iran nuclear deal, and godless socialists. Obama’s coming for your guns, and Mexicans are coming for your jobs. There is, indeed, plenty to fear, but it isn’t what they’re

Remembering Mike Barlow

Remembering Mike Barlow

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BY JOHN THOMPSON Oklahoma City legend Mike Barlow died last fall at the age of 71. His funeral at the Temple B’nai Israel was attended by a sanctuary full of friends and family; teachers and administrators from within and without Oklahoma City; leaders and the rank-in-file of both teachers unions; civil rights and social justice activists;

The Lust For Power

The Lust For Power

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Editor’s Note: As you read this account of what’s happening in Texas, feel free to substitute Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in the narrative. Pruitt’s Obama-hating, states rights’ lovin’, theocratic agenda mirrors Abbott’s lunacy in so many ways – including the squandering of taxpayer dollars on frivolous anti-federal lawsuits. Like

The Importance of Learning From Mistakes

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 BY VERN TURNER To err is human, of course, but is not learning from mistakes also human? It seems so when it comes to economics and politics in recent, post-industrial revolution times. So, why are we constantly in a pickle when it comes to operating a successful economic theory, or a form of government in

Two Left Shoes And Oklahoma’s Revenue Failure

Two Left Shoes And Oklahoma’s Revenue Failure

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN Back in my college days, I had a class comparing economic systems from around the world. It was my first real exposure to the inefficiencies of Soviet industrial manufacturing and provided specific examples of factories that produced goods according to the demands of the government and not to the needs of its

Missing Mayberry

Missing Mayberry

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN Rascal Flatts’ 2003 song Mayberry laments a society of constant toil and unmoderated pursuit of “more of everything” and is reminiscent of a slower time where houses had porches that were actually used to visit with friends and neighbors. Mayberry means many things to many people. A good number of us were

Knowledge Helps … If You Want It To

Knowledge Helps … If You Want It To

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BY VERN TURNER Too often we all start expostulating on things, including our own fears, without having a working knowledge of the topic at hand. One of the consequences of writing for public consumption is receiving feedback and information that enhances the writer’s knowledge base, thus increasing the ability to communicate more clearly in future

Revolt Against Corruption

Revolt Against Corruption

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BY SHARON MARTIN Why should Oklahomans have to pay for the mistakes of their elected officials? Why should we suffer in understaffed schools, drive over dangerously potholed roads, worry about riots in crowded prisons, and watch people die from lack of healthcare while we pay for expensive emergency room care for the uninsured? Because we

An Oklahoma Capitol Christmas Carol

An Oklahoma Capitol Christmas Carol

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BY CLAUDIA SWISHER My first year of teaching was in a tiny elementary school, where I was one of the two sixth-grade teachers. My shiny English teaching license didn’t get me a job, so I taught my first of four years with an emergency certificate … but that’s a story for another time. I was

The Tradition Of Charity

The Tradition Of Charity

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BY RALPH NADER The old saying “it’s better to give than to receive” is often recited around the holidays when it comes to the tradition of gift giving. This type of giving is usually centered on small, personal gifts such as items of clothing, books, and delicious food. But the saying can apply to the

Ted Cruz’s War

Ted Cruz’s War

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BY KAREN WEBB Here it is Christmas Eve, tornadoes wiping out Christmases, and instead of talking about those who are actually in need, we are talking about a cartoonist’s attack on Ted Cruz’s children and not about Cruz attacking other people’s children. The cartoonist shouldn’t have attacked Cruz’s kids because it isn’t their fault their

Merry Christmas: Right-Wingers, The Red Pope And Jesus

Merry Christmas: Right-Wingers, The Red Pope And Jesus

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BY JIM HIGHTOWER Aah, ’tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols – and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war. Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no – this is the far right’s God-awful “War on Christmas.” In this season of Peace on Earth, a delusional faction of rightists has cooked up a hokey

It Could Happen Anywhere

It Could Happen Anywhere

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BY DAVID PERRYMAN A few nights ago a small rural community near you convened its regular monthly meeting. It is a good town populated by good people and normally town meetings there draw half a dozen people who are interested in local government and about that many more who are bored with NCIS or Chicago

What Is It Good For?

What Is It Good For?

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BY SHARON MARTIN Marauding Buddhist monks terrorize citizens in Myanmar. Buddhists, for heaven’s sake! An avowed Christian kills three at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Two Christian patriots blow up the federal building in Oklahoma City. Hindus and Muslims clash. Israelis and Palestinians deny each other their humanity and common ancestry. Men who have subverted Islam

Greetings

Greetings

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BY JOE DORMAN Merry Christmas! There, I said it. Did that hurt anyone’s feelings? What if I were to wish you happy holidays instead? I know that would anger a few people. In this age of hyper-sensitivity, I do not understand why people get so offended when one wishes to spread cheer with whatever greeting

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