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Another Oklahoma Scam
September 21, 2016

Another Oklahoma Scam

BY SHARON MARTIN This year I got a small tax refund from the state of Oklahoma. It wasn’t a check; it was a debit card from a third party. Apparently, the Oklahoma Tax Commission is edging toward privatization. You can get cash from your card when you use it at the grocery store, the gas…

Public Money For Religious Purposes
September 20, 2016

Public Money For Religious Purposes

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Most Oklahomans don’t want public tax dollars to be used for private and religious schools. That has pretty much been a part of the American mindset since our country was established. In fact, when Oklahoma’s original constitution was adopted, it contained the following language in Article Two, Section Five: “No public money…

Whither The Death Penalty In Oklahoma?
September 14, 2016

Whither The Death Penalty In Oklahoma?

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Charles Milles Maddox turned 41 in prison doing life without parole, but that wasn’t the beginning. For several weeks after his birth to a 16-year-old Ohio girl, he was simply called “No Name Maddox.” By his 32nd birthday he had spent more than half of his life incarcerated. In 1969, after he…

Advocating For A Brighter Future
September 13, 2016

Advocating For A Brighter Future

BY JOE DORMAN On Monday, I had the great pleasure of assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy [OICA]. I have long respected the work of this organization as a champion for improving the lives of Oklahoma’s youngest generation of citizens – its children. For the past three decades, the…

No New Sales Taxes
September 12, 2016

No New Sales Taxes

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two essays by veteran Oklahoma educators analyzing State Question 779, the proposed one percent sales tax increase for public education that will appear on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot. Both essays first appeared in the September edition of The Oklahoma Observer. BY SHARON MARTIN My daughter was shopping…

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