BY DAVID PERRYMAN Mom and Dad subscribed to several newspapers and magazines. There were a couple of county papers and two dailies and the Cappers Weekly, the Progressive Farmer and the Farmer-Stockman as well as other agriculture and special interest magazines, but none held my attention like the Saturday Evening Post. The Post played up
BY JOHN WOOD Reviewing: THE REPUBLICAN BRAIN The Science Of Why They Deny Science – And Reality By Chris Mooney Turner Publishing Co. 336 pages, $25.95 This book is a well-written manuscript that puts Republicans in the psychoanalyst’s chair to fathom how conservatives think because liberals “fail to understand them.” I agree with the Financial
BY BOB BEARDEN Statistics show that 28% of U.S. households are underserved by traditional banks and they pay over $1 billion every year to onerous payday lenders, check cashers and other financial predators. Hard earned money that they can ill afford to have taken away from them. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others, including Sen. Bernie
BY BOB JACKMAN The list of man-made disasters puts the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown at No. 1. Today, as the holidays near, the question on the minds of 500,000 or more Oklahoma homeowners and renters is this: Will central and north central Oklahoma’s seemingly unstoppable earthquakes let loose a Richter magnitude 5.0 or
BY JOE DORMAN As we paid tribute to our veterans earlier this month, it is as important to remember those who are continuing their battles. Long after concluding their military duty, many who have served our country struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD], anxiety disorders, alcoholism and traumatic brain injuries. Several who are leaving military
BY VERN TURNER This sage advice would serve us all well, especially in light of the hysteria occurring around the world and around the country. The French, remarkably, are “maintaining an even strain” while finally taking pointed action against the forces who use hysteria as a recruiting tool. Good for them. The crazed lunatics who
BY BOB BEARDEN God bless the little children while they’re still too young to hate. A line from an old Tom T. Hall song, but its sentiment and meaning is clear – we have to be taught to hate, we are not born haters. The terrible events in Paris last Friday shocked the world and
BY DAVID PERRYMAN In November 1889 Republican President Benjamin Harrison signed Proclamations admitting both North Dakota and South Dakota into the Union. He purposely did so in a way that no one, including himself knew which state was 39th and which was 40th. What was clear on that fall day and on four more days
BY SHARON MARTIN I’ve heard, and I believe, that if your religious faith practices hate, you’re doing it wrong. God doesn’t love Christians and hate atheists and Muslims. He didn’t endow a chosen people then tell everyone else to go to hell, literally. If you don’t believe in the divine, at least understand that all
BY RALPH NADER Fact: Tens of millions of Americans do not have a bank account. As a result, many of these Americans spend a reported $89 billion annually in interest and fees by using predatory services such as payday loan and check cashing services. It’s a perpetuating cycle of poverty in which the poor get
BY JAMES L. STOVALL In the opening words of the Pope’s encyclical addressing climate change and the environment, we are invited to think of the Earth as a mother who opens her arms to us and embraces us. Too often we have thought about the earth as something simply to be used and exploited. While
BY SHARON MARTIN You want a kid to learn vocabulary, read to him. Don’t talk down to him. Explain what words mean if he doesn’t get them. Vocabulary is the key to comprehension. You want a kid to learn history, share well-researched historical fiction. If you want a child to understand cultures other than her
BY DAVID PERRYMAN Borrowing lyrics from Hee Haw, the country music television variety show, a mournful tune wafts through the air between 2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard and the Governor’s Mansion next door. “Gloom, Despair and Agony on me.” “Deep, Dark Depression, Excessive Misery.” “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”
BY JAMES LOCKHART This Veterans Day I want to say “thank you” to all of our men and women who served. I also would like to thank the families of our veterans. My grandmother moved in with her parents in Drumright, OK, while my grandfather was fighting in the South Pacific during World War II.
The Oklahoma Observer today joined with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and nursing home watchdog A Perfect Cause in a lawsuit demanding Gov. Mary Fallin comply with the state’s Open Records Act. The ACLU filed the suit in Oklahoma County District Court nearly 1½ years after The Observer and A Perfect Cause first
The Oklahoma Observer is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Fall Peace Festival — Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hall of Mirrors, second floor of OKC’s Civic Center Music Hall. Admission is free. Visit our booth and say hello! For more information visit peacehouseok.org.
Last in a six-part series on American politics in the Millennial Age. BY CHRISTIAAN MITCHELL If this series can be summarized in a sentence, it is this: ideology driven politics is destroying American government at exactly the moment when we Millennials need it to function most, and we need to act now to stop it.
BY SHARON MARTIN In a free and wealthy country, there should be no pockets of hunger. In an age of enlightenment, food should provide nourishment, not just taste and calories. And if we want to survive as modern humans, we should be prepared for whatever the natural world and international politics throws at us. We
BY DAVID PERRYMAN November 1st of each year is a common date for new statutes to become effective. This year is no exception. I have assembled information about a few of the new laws that have gone into effect this month. Child Safety HB 1847 provides that all children up to age four must be
Fifth in a six-part series on American politics in the Millennial Age. BY CHRISTIAAN MITCHELL Article four outlined some tentative first steps towards a set of policies that can respond to the particular problems our generation will face in the coming years. Specifically, it focused on the idea of investing in public infrastructure, understood broadly.