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Why Words Matter

BY SHARON MARTIN Kids with a healthy vocabulary score better on tests. They make better grades. They make a good impression in interviews. They aren’t necessarily smarter than other kids, but they have any easier time getting through school. As a reading teacher, I see this bear out day after day and year after year....
December 14, 2012
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Decline In Union Membership, Legislative Term Limits, Loss Of ‘Local Control’ Highlight Latest ‘Newsmakers’ Program

BY MIKE W. RAY The decline in union membership in Oklahoma, and state pre-emption of local control in several critical areas, were among the issues discussed during the latest Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers program. State Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater, and Jimmy Curry, president of the Oklahoma AFL-CIO, also pointed out several dramatic changes in the state...
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Grass Roots Activism

BY JOE DORMAN “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who...
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    The Village Is Burning

    Editor’s Note: This is a brilliant political call to arms for Oklahomans, especially Millennials, who are tired of, and embarrassed by, the dema...

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    Editor’s Note: This video, produced by Walter Jenny, captures the wackiness and hypocrisy on display at the Oklahoma Capitol these days. Jenny l...

    Interview: Don Holladay
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    Interview: Don Holladay

    Attorney Don Holladay, lead counsel in the federal lawsuit that led to marriage equality in Oklahoma, visits with Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, lef...

  • Interview: Joe Dorman
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    Interview: Joe Dorman

    Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton interviews Joe Dorman, Democratic nominee for governor, during the Payne County Democrats annual Brayfest Oct. 3 in St...

    Interview: Dr. John Cox
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    Interview: Dr. John Cox

    Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton interviews Dr. John Cox, Democratic nominee for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, during the Payne County De...

    Video Observer: Tea Party Twins
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    Video Observer: Tea Party Twins

    Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, left, and longtime Tulsa-based contributor Richard L. Fricker discuss Eastern Oklahoma’s Tea Party twins, Jim B...

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The French Have A Right To Ban The Burkini

BY FROMA HARROP A few years ago, I took a French friend to a crowded beach in Rhode Island. No sooner had we hit the soft sands than she ripped off the top of her two-piece, baring her breasts to the sun and to curious boys playing nearby. “You can’t do that,” I said. “This...
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August

BY SUSAN ESTRICH It took a long time, but every record must eventually get broken, and no one is happier about this one than me: Finally, a presidential campaign has had a worse August than we did in 1988. That year, Michael Dukakis came out of the convention with a lead a mile wide and...
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