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Stephen Moore: How solar, wind mandates tax the poor and middle class

Liberals love to talk about helping the poor and the middle class, and they are obsessed with reducing income inequality. So...

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Redo of Title IX policy meant to restore balance

THE office of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing new guidelines regarding how universities should handle sexual...

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Your Views Wednesday, Sept. 19

Where's the Libertarian? The Oklahoman is sponsoring a gubernatorial debate Sept. 26 at the Oklahoma Museum of Art. I hope the...

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Oklahoma City owes debt of thanks to Jim Couch

AFTER 18 years as city manager and 31 working for Oklahoma City, Jim Couch is heading for retirement at the end of the year....

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Point of View: It's time to honor our extraordinary Oklahoma teachers

On Aug. 29, I had the privilege of serving on the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year selection committee. Little did I know my hope...

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Ruth Marcus: We know who Kavanaugh's accuser is. What should happen now?

WASHINGTON — So what should happen now that the woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting...

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Disruption needed in PLO relationship

PRESIDENT Trump has been described as a disruptive agent in politics. That's certainly proving true in foreign affairs in ways...

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Pattern clear in reviews of Oklahoma academic standards

IN 2014, the Legislature voted to repeal Common Core academic standards in English and math and develop a replacement set of...

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Michael Gerson: Kavanaugh nomination now hangs by thinnest of strings

WASHINGTON — It is difficult to comment on an unfolding news story, but this one demands it. It is hard to write about someone...

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Parents should note FDA warning about vaping

PARENTS of teenagers ought to pay attention to what the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said last week about...

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Washington Examiner: Wages, the real economic indicator, finally look strong

OVER the eight years of the Obama presidency, the stock market climbed, corporate profits climbed and the economy grew. But for...

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Jonah Goldberg: Hillary, Kavanaugh and the art of trolling

Why did Clinton do it? I realize that a question like that needs to be a lot more specific, so let's try again. Why did Hillary...

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Homeless solutions are hard to come by

LIKE every city in America, Oklahoma City is confronted with the question of how best to help its homeless population. There is...

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Stricken California gun law based on laughable logic

TO advance an anti-gun agenda, California lawmakers restricted gun advertisements, claiming that doing so would prevent...

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Boys & Girls Clubs exec: Preparing our children for the jobs of tomorrow

As the jobs of tomorrow become centered around science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), we must provide our youth...

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George Will: In Texas, a Democratic template for national victory in 2020

HOUSTON — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance ("Basket of deplorables"!) to the election of...

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Your Views Sunday, Sept. 16

Law needs amending Regarding “Suspect abuse? Report it now” (News, Sept. 9): Isn't it great how our Legislature can think up...

Clinton moving in right direction, earns program win No. 800

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When John Higbee took over as Clinton head coach last year after the proud Red Tornadoes missed the playoffs for the first time in 28 years, he said one of his first goals was to find a senior group of players that he could count on.

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Michael Gerson: Kavanaugh is better than his senatorial accusers

WASHINGTON — A surefire ideological Kool-Aid test? Those who think Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was wounded during his...

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Pastor: Ocean health should be a priority for NOAA

Oklahomans know the power of a storm, whether it be thunderstorms or tornadoes. With the National Weather Center located in...

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Michael Barone: A cold wind off Lake Michigan

"It's the Lord of the Flies on LaSalle Street," wrote columnist John Kass in the Chicago Tribune. In case the references are...

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Your Views Saturday, Sept. 15

Wrong about taxes The Democrats' candidate for governor has a terrible idea to solve a problem that no longer exists. Drew...

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Byron York: New Woodward book raises old questions about methods

Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump in the White House" is filled with extended accounts of behind-the-scenes conversations...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Lankford, the taxpayers’ friend

THIS week the National Taxpayers Union recognized Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, with its “Taxpayers' Friend Award,”...

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Rich Lowry: An economic boom is a terrible thing to waste

President Donald Trump is showing that it's possible to preside over a period of peace and prosperity and still be notably...

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E.J. Dionne: The grassroots revolt against Kavanaugh

PORTLAND, Maine — Exceptional dangers require exceptional and sometimes unusual responses. This was the spirit animating the...

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Jonah Goldberg: Democratic norms are now weapons rather than guidelines

"It was very disappointing to see President Obama break with the tradition of former presidents and become so political,” Vice...

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Point of View: Technology, ingenuity make for a bright oil-gas future

As leaders of Oklahoma's defining industry, individuals and companies from the oil and natural gas industry have often found...

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ODOT's 8-year plan working as intended

THIS week's approval of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's newest eight-year plan provided a reminder of just how...

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Your Views Friday, Sept. 14

Christmas wish Dear Santa, we have all been good boys and girls here in Oklahoma City and have a common request for Christmas...

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Anti-Kavanaugh activists ignore true role of judges

JUDGES are supposed to rule based on the text of the U.S. Constitution and the law, but too many activists want judges to...

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As nonbeliever ranks grow, will their political clout?

WITH less than two months until the midterm election, one group is busy trying to motivate people based on their religious...

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Kathleen Parker: Things left behind

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Tuesday morning, I did what millions of people have done in hundreds of places for centuries. I picked...

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Pension wisdom needs to continue in OK Legislature

STATE Treasurer Ken Miller used the lead article in his latest monthly economic report to note the strong gains seen in the...

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George Will: The college campus's cult of fragility

WASHINGTON — The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick...

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Point of View: Oklahoma’s math standards don’t make the grade

In spring 2016, Oklahoma adopted new math and English language arts (ELA) standards after making the decision drop the Common...

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Abuse reporting law is about doing the right thing

WHILE passing a farm east of Meeker this summer, someone noticed a boy on the property who appeared to need help. The passerby...

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Your Views Wednesday, Sept. 12

Experience matters If you need surgery, you find an experienced surgeon. When your car breaks down, you get a top mechanic....

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Are Oklahoma taxpayers getting their money’s worth?

IN politics, there's a tendency to equate increased government spending with improvement. Yet data often paint a different...

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Michael Gerson: A passion for social justice is inseparable from the Christian gospel

WASHINGTON — Since the Council of Nicaea, Christians have been prone to issue joint statements that are designed to draw the...

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Stephen Moore: Give Trump the Nobel Prize for economics

This past week I asked a friend at the White House about how the president was holding up against the onslaught of media...

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Cal Thomas: Obama's arguments fall flat against Trump successes

He's back! Former President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump. Obama broke with a...

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Actor’s comments on work also apply to state policy

THE dignity of work has come to the forefront of public consciousness after publicity surrounding former "Cosby Show" actor...

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Washington Examiner: Seek not the faith of North Korea's tin-pot dictator

FROM Kim Jong Un, we need one thing more than anything else, and that is denuclearization and the disarming of North Korea's...

How OSU overcame a rough first quarter to lasso Boise State

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Over the final three quarters of their 44-21 victory over the No. 17 Broncos, Taylor Cornelius and the Cowboys shook whatever spirits might’ve been targeting them in the opening 15 minutes. OSU posted only 15 yards of offense in the first quarter...

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Other states offer fuel tax lessons

IT may be small comfort to Oklahoma drivers paying higher fuel prices due to this year's tax increase, but things could be...

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U.S. energy industry in the cross hairs

THE shale revolution of the past several years has transformed the U.S. energy industry, creating good-paying jobs, driving up...

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Rich Lowry: A new standard for stupid

It's not easy to set a new standard for stupid in 2018, but a few left-wingers on Twitter managed it during Brett Kavanaugh's...

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ACLU official: It's time to end mass incarceration in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has the dubious distinction of incarcerating the highest number of people per capita of any state. That makes our...

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Harvard case shows need for color-blind admission

A lawsuit alleging racial bias against Asian-American students in Harvard University's admission processes continues to...

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Most folks want less noise, more substance, from lawmakers

THE politics in America has perhaps never been so amplified, as was evident last week during Supreme Court nominee Brett...

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Your Views Sunday, Sept. 9

Beware Trojan horses Deception is a mainstay in politics that makes candidate evaluation difficult, particularly for those who...

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Marc Thiessen: NY Times op-ed writer shouldn't serve if he or she can't serve honorably

WASHINGTON — The "deep state" exists after all. But it turns out it's not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy...

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George Will: A policy that's worth another look

WASHINGTON — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama's Education Department...

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Point of View: Work requirements in SNAP will reduce poverty

With Congress considering adding work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), I...

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Jonah Goldberg: Theater of the absurd has taken over the Senate

Supreme Court confirmation hearings have mostly been theater for a long time. The dismaying thing about the latest episode —...

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Michael Barone: Democrats' visions of hand signals from white supremacists

The highlight, at least for some television watchers, of the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the...

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Your Views Saturday, Sept. 8

Data analysis Cal Hobson (Your Views, Sept. 1) cites border walls and sanctuary cities as “hot-button issues [that] clearly...

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Opinion: Online services are great for vets – if they can get online

President Lincoln's promise to care for those “who have borne the battle” is a constant reminder that America has a solemn...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A good fit for Inhofe, Oklahoma

THIS week, U.S. Senate leader Mitch McConnell named Sen. Jim Inhofe to serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services...

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Point of View: It's society, not foster care, that needs fixing

Jill Berrick (Point of View, Sept. 5) calls attention to the paucity in numbers of available foster parents, and the media...

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Ruth Marcus: Kavanaugh should not decide any cases concerning Trump

WASHINGTON — Under the unusual circumstances surrounding his selection, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should have...

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Rich Lowry: Neil Armstrong didn't forget the flag

History is usually airbrushed to remove a figure who has fallen out of favor with a dictatorship, or to hide away an episode of...

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Kathleen Parker: Advise and dissent

WASHINGTON — If you missed Day One of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing, just try to imagine a mud-wrestling contest...

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Many tracks available to a successful career

ONE of the striking observations from a recent conference about changes in the U.S. workforce came from the keynote speaker, an...

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Edmond physician: Medicare for all equals advancement for few

In today's world of thousands of information sources and the ability to self-select one's own news, there's an abundance of...

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Your Views Friday, Sept. 7

Good choices I want to congratulate all Democrats and independents in Oklahoma County who voted in the Aug. 28 Democratic...

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A baseless effort to tie attorney to 'collusion'

SINCE the election of Donald Trump as president, Democrats and their allies have clung to the belief that Russian collusion...

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Net neutrality repeal is benefiting consumers

CRITICS claimed that repeal of “net neutrality” regulations by the Trump administration would devastate consumer access to the...

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George Will: Mississippi election tells an American story

"To understand the world, you must understand a place like Mississippi." — Attributed to William Faulkner OXFORD, Miss. — Time...

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Open process is best in OKC school district planning

OKLAHOMA City's new superintendent of schools, Sean McDaniel, hit the nail on the head in discussing the unused space in...

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Stephen Moore: The threat of tariffs may work

Love him or hate him, you've got to hand it to Donald Trump. His trade and tariff strategy — risky as it is — seems to be...

OSU football: M.K. Taylor, Patrick Cashmore rejuvenating special teams play

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Oklahoma State's new special teams coaches are putting the Cowboys in position to succeed, as seen Saturday against Boise State

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Jonah Goldberg: DeSantis guilty only of Trump sycophancy, not racism

I don't know Rep. Ron DeSantis, the GOP nominee for Florida governor. I met him once. He seemed nice enough. I know he's got an...

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U.S. needs new trade deal with Canada

TRADE representatives from Canada and the United States are scheduled to resume talks Wednesday in pursuit of a new agreement....

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Professor: When kids are harmed in foster care, we're all responsible

Recent reports of children harmed in foster care make our collective soul mourn. Who is at fault? How is the agency guilty? The...

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Oklahoma lawmakers solicit experts, then reject them

THE Legislature's failure to prepare in any way for the possible legalization of medical marijuana has long been obvious....

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Your Views Wednesday, Sept. 5

Appealing candidate My family promoted and voted for 45-year-old businessman and political outsider Kevin Stitt throughout...

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Washington Examiner: Florida lays out the choice: Trump or Bernie

IF last week's Florida primaries had occurred in the political environment of last decade, before the tea party, before...

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Ruth Marcus: Kavanaugh's hearing will be an interview on behalf of the American people

WASHINGTON — Another Supreme Court nomination hearing is about to begin, so brace yourself for talk of kabuki — as in then-Sen....

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Kavanaugh protests little more than background noise

WHEN he arrives on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to begin his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Supreme Court...

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Cal Thomas: Bipartisanship or caving in?

In the days following the death of Sen. John McCain, there have been mournful cries lamenting the lack of bipartisanship for...

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Labor force has much to like this year

LABOR Day, while technically a union-centered holiday, is more broadly observed as a day to celebrate American workers and the...

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Rich Lowry: Fixing the kangaroo courts

A judicial process that doesn't allow the accused to cross-examine his accuser or reliably see the evidence against him is a...

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Power shift is possible in 2019 Legislature

GIVEN this year's primary and runoff elections, it's worth asking if Democrats could hold a functional majority in the Oklahoma...

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George Will: Final queries for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Four decades ago, New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an intellectual Democrat, observed with amazement and...

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Marc Thiessen: Impeachment is just a liberal fantasy

WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen's decision to plead guilty for making hush-money payments on Donald Trump's behalf has raised the...

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Your Views Sunday, Sept. 2

Free to disagree In a recent Bethany City Council meeting, a spokesperson for Atheists in Oklahoma gave a respectful and...

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Oklahoma DHS dispute can't take focus off kids

AN apparent souring of the relationship between the Department of Human Services and three child welfare experts is concerning,...

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Point of View: Improvements made in Oklahoma Department of Labor

This will be my last Labor Day to serve as Oklahoma's commissioner of labor, an appropriate time to reflect on my tenure and on...

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Your Views Saturday, Sept. 1

A telling display Last Saturday, we learned about the passing of Sen. John McCain. The flags over all public buildings were...

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Michael Barone: Warm remembrances of McCain

Warm remembrances of Sen. John McCain have been filling the political air since his death last weekend. They'll continue...

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E.J. Dionne: Can we escape 1968?

CHICAGO — "Get the thing straight once and for all: The policeman isn't there to create disorder," said the late Mayor Richard...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Help wanted, outsiders preferred

THIS week's runoff elections showed Republican voters in an anti-incumbent mood and viewing Gov. Mary Fallin, whose...

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Bob Funk: Every day is Labor Day for me

Every day is Labor Day for me. Having been blessed to be in the staffing industry for the past 50 years, I've helped put 7...

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Point of View: The rest of the story about fracking

Let's be clear, horizontal well drilling and fracking have been an economic boon for Oklahoma. It has provided a much-needed...

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Assaults on police show a troubling trend

IT'S always been difficult and dangerous work, but new statistics indicate that wearing a badge on the job carries more risks...

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Oklahoma lawmakers should stay out of sports

WATCHING the multi-year cycle of major budget shortfalls that occurred even as taxes were increased, Oklahomans have good...

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Your Views Friday, Aug. 31

Health care Regarding Cal Thomas' column about the declining number of doctors due to undue interference between doctors and...

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Kathleen Parker: A hero's farewell

WASHINGTON — The world seems already a lesser place with the passing of Sen. John McCain. The ensuing deluge of accolades and...

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Jonah Goldberg: How McCain’s patriotism can still best Trump’s nationalism

The death of Sen. John McCain has elicited an enormous amount of commentary about the differences between the former Navy pilot...

Dream lab becomes reality

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Engineering majors at Oklahoma State University are applying concepts learned in the classroom and exploring their own ideas in the newest building on campus. Endeavor is four stories of laboratories and state-of-the-art technology that invite...

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Might this immigration bill find success?

WE have written any number of times about the unwillingness of Congress to deal with immigration reform, one of the most...

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George Will: Additional questions for Judge Kavanaugh

"Why should we bother to reply to Kautsky? He would reply to us, and we would have to reply to his reply. There is no end to...

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Oklahoma results underscore the importance voting

AFTER weeks of tiresome negative advertisements in several races, it fell to Oklahoma voters to choose their candidates in...

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Rich Lowry: The spirit of 1968

The Battle of Michigan Avenue is finally over, and it was won by the protesters. The lopsided fight between anti-war...

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Your Views Wednesday, Aug. 29

Rethinking term limits Recent editorials regarding the need for legislative leadership (state constitution, prison reform) lead...

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Stephen Moore: Don't let the Fed end the Trump prosperity

There's an old cliche that the Federal Reserve likes to take away the punch bowl just when the party is getting going. That's...

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Point of View: OKC is more than it's depicted in new book

“Oklahoma City was never more coherent than when it was nothing.” — From "Boom Town" by Sam Anderson Have you ever laughed at a...

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Trump clean air plan far better than Obama’s

THE Environmental Protection Agency recently unveiled the Trump administration's proposed replacement for the Obama...

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Coburn doesn't tire of fighting for fiscal responsibility

RETIREMENT from the U.S. Senate did nothing to temper Tom Coburn's interest in the affairs of Washington or his concerns about...

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Oklahoma primary runoffs could have great impact

JUNE'S primary elections drew huge turnout, driven primarily by a state question on medical marijuana. Voters should not ignore...

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Cal Thomas: Double standards

Finding someone in Washington who is nonpartisan and puts the nation's interests ahead of their own is so rare these days that...

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Country loses an honorable man in McCain

TWO things stood out to us regarding the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain — the kind words offered by many longtime political...

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E.J. Dionne: John McCain and the last of human freedoms

WASHINGTON — Few politicians who fail to win the presidency are subsequently judged to be giants in our history. Among the...

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Your Views Monday, Aug. 27

Confirm Kavanaugh Donald Trump is now an “unindicted co-conspirator” in several federal crimes. If the further examination of...

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U.S. Senate should advance election security bill

WHEN Oklahomans go to the polls Tuesday to vote in runoff elections, they should do so with the confidence that their vote is...

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OKC physician: Medicaid work requirement rule is ill-conceived

Like many states, Oklahoma's health care system is in crisis. As a primary care physician, I witness daily the struggles...

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George Will: Questions for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and Democrats are at daggers drawn over confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court....

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Marc Thiessen: Catholic Church needs a #MeToo moment

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis's letter to the Catholic faithful last week was remarkable in that the Holy Father apologized not...

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Your Views Sunday, Aug. 26

They don't speak for me I taught in Oklahoma classrooms for 22 years for students. I was a teacher because I loved students....

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Concerns over Oklahoma pot law continue to emerge

ALMOST daily, it seems, another layer of the medical marijuana onion is peeled away and exposes a concern related to the law...

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ABA’s rating raises more questions than it answers

THE American Bar Association has long demanded it have a role in vetting federal judicial nominations. But the way the ABA is...

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Your Views Saturday, Aug. 25

Disqualifying behavior It is my understanding that until this June, when his name was on the ballot, Kevin Stitt had not voted...

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Point of View: Don't politicize Oklahoma's schools

School districts should not close schools on Election Day for the express purpose of increasing their employees' political...

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Michael Barone: Democrats better off playing by the rules

When you lose a game, particularly a game you had good reason to expect you'd win, do you try to figure out how to play better?...

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Rich Lowry: Trump should come clean

If it wasn't obvious before, it should be now: President Donald Trump is in an impeachment fight. It hasn't fully ripened yet....

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Agency stays busy helping others

AS development coordinator for HeartLine Inc., Eric Herrera gets to promote the agency's good work, as he did this week during...

OKC City Manager Jim Couch's retirement coincides with start of new era

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The announcement by Jim Couch on Monday that he is set to retire doesn't just mark the end of a record stint as city manager, nor is it notable only for how it was a time of growth and innovation for Oklahoma City.

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Interesting views on execution method from Oklahoma's death row

THE death penalty remains a source of controversy across the United States, with opponents arguing it is inhumane and...

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Federal water rule a threat to Oklahoma

THE Obama administration's “Waters of the United States” rule is an overly broad and economically destructive proposal that...

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E.J. Dionne: Trump meets his real enemy

WASHINGTON — Can he survive? This became the central issue in American politics late Tuesday afternoon. It's also the only...

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Point of View: Oklahoma’s record reporting system needs repairs

Gov. Mary Fallin signed seven criminal justice reform bills last session meant to combat Oklahoma's growing prison population....

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Your Views Friday, Aug. 22

School threats On the first day of school for many Oklahoma students, there were at least three incidents. A 14-year-old high...

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Cal Thomas: The doctor is (not) in

If you are frustrated by wait times to see your doctor, the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, just wait until...

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Jonah Goldberg: Turning a blind eye to discrimination in China

The moral landscape of America's self-understanding is often reduced to a few easily recognizable landmarks: slavery and...

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George Will: A pistol-packing Republican vs. an oatmeal Democrat

NASHVILLE — The easternmost bit of Tennessee is east of Atlanta, the westernmost bit is west of New Orleans, and all of this...

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California Medicaid shows Obamacare failure

ONE longtime problem that has caused insurance costs to rise is too many people going to emergency rooms for routine care....

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Oklahoma judge did right thing by stepping down

CURTIS DeLapp did himself a favor by resigning as district judge for Washington and Nowata counties. His behavior on the bench,...

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Your Views Wednesday, Aug. 22

Child separation Regarding Jon Womastek's letter (Your Views, Aug. 10): In 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Flores v....

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Point of View: Living freer than ever in Oklahoma

Recent reports show an upswing in economic growth for Oklahoma. The state is moving in the right direction — but don't let it...

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Economy is an issue Republicans should tout

WHILE President Trump's Twitter feed often serves to distract from this fact, the national economy is doing very well on his...

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Oklahoma's constitution can use some retooling

A group that wants to immortalize medical marijuana in the Oklahoma Constitution won't be able to accomplish that this year....

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Rich Lowry: Brennan shows how to lose to Trump in one easy step

John Brennan may not know it, but he is acting in a drama scripted and produced by Donald J. Trump. As Eli Lake of Bloomberg...

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Stephen Moore: Who's the cleanest of them all?

Take a wild guess what country is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions the most? Canada? Britain? France? India? Germany?...

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Michael Gerson: The crazy-rich Asian experience

WASHINGTON — The breakthrough Hollywood film about the Asian experience, told from an Asian perspective, featuring an Asian...

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Kathleen Parker: A time to mourn

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Ecclesiastes tells us that there's a time to mourn and a time to dance, but lately I can hardly find...

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Schumer's humorous call for bipartisanship

CHUCK Schumer, it seems, has quite a sense of humor. In talking with reporters last week about the nomination of Brett...

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Washington Examiner: America needs no parade to show its might

LATE-20th century lyricists the Geto Boys once stated, in their own way, that truly powerful people need not engage in...

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Activists’ zealotry at odds with common sense

Every day it seems another news story highlights how “social justice” zealotry is incompatible with common sense. Consider the...

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A worthwhile effort to clarify Oklahoma voting statute

THERE have been many examples through the years of wording in legislation causing headaches. One of the most recent was the...

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Your Views Monday, Aug. 20

Fan of Cornett We are soon to have the runoff election for the Republican candidate for governor of Oklahoma. It always saddens...

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Your Views Sunday, Aug. 19

Questions to consider On Aug. 28, voters will elect final party nominees for their November ballot. Since most Republicans wear...

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Pinnell merits GOP voters' support in Oklahoma lt. gov. runoff

ON Aug. 28, Oklahoma Republicans will select nominees in several statewide races. One race that hasn't received much attention,...

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DOC director: Oklahoma needs to invest in prison staffing

In "Will 'hero' emerge on prison reform?" (Our Views, Aug. 14), The Oklahoman quoted a Texas politician asking who Oklahoma's...

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Even some SQ 788 backers want it overhauled

THE many concerns about the flawed language of State Question 788, which legalized medical marijuana, are proving valid as...

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George Will: America is overdue for another Lehman-like episode

WASHINGTON — Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist...

Defending Army's option: 'Do your job and you'll be fine'

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NORMAN — According to former Oklahoma star safety Roy Williams, there's no magic to defending the triple option. “Do your job, have everybody else around you do their jobs and you'll be fine,” Williams said. Williams knows, having been part...

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Michael Barone: Has Trump delivered on his economic promises?

Is President Trump fulfilling candidate Trump's promises? You can make a case that he is, based on some surprising and widely...

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E.J. Dionne: Republicans are playing with fire in the states

WASHINGTON — The backlash to President Trump and the steady rightward journey of the Republican Party could sharply shift the...

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Rich Lowry: The immortal Indianapolis

The worst disaster in the history of the United States Navy only began with the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Three hundred...

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Michael Gerson: How celebrity culture infected our democracy

WASHINGTON — From the beginning of the American republic, its Founders obsessed about how it all would end. "Democracy never...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Difficult choices for Oklahoma City Council

THE 1-cent MAPS 3 sales tax, approved by Oklahoma City voters in December 2009, was projected to raise $777 million by the time...

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Pastor: Peace, not hate, is aim of OKC conference

In "Concerns about Mideast conference" (Point of View, Aug. 11), Rabbis Abraham Cooper and Yitzchok Alderstein said the Christ...

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Your Views Saturday, Aug 18

Save pet lives Animal shelters have been above capacity this summer. Several of these shelters have held special adoption...

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OKC taking sound approach to scooters

AS has happened in cities across America, Oklahoma City is figuring out how best to handle an uninvited but popular attraction...

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Jonah Goldberg: The problem with the left’s attempts to redefine racism

People are making this so complicated. A couple of weeks ago, The New York Times editorial board hired a technology writer,...

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Marc Thiessen: Failure to condemn alt-right bigots hurts Trump presidency

WASHINGTON — How can a president as successful as Donald Trump be so unpopular? Fueled by his historic tax reform and an...

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Your Views Friday, Aug. 17

Marijuana and civil asset forfeiture State Question 788 is now law and recent rules state that all transactions can only be...

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OK superintendent survey shows need to focus on reform

THIS year Oklahoma lawmakers approved some of the biggest tax increases in state history and spent much of that money on...

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Opinion: No simple fixes for education challenges

Very soon, all of America's 100,000 public elementary, middle and high schools will have reopened their doors to 51 million...

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George Will: Markets know better than bureaucrats what society needs

WASHINGTON — Governments, seemingly eager to supply their critics with ammunition, constantly validate historian Robert...

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Defense bill shows that business can get done in D.C.

AS a longtime hawk on U.S. military matters, Sen. Jim Inhofe was gratified to see President Trump sign the 2019 National...

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President's "fake news"claims hurt all media

DURING a speech last month to military veterans, President Trump touted the strength of the U.S. economy and dismissed stories...

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Harvard’s defenders tout strange “diversity”

HARVARD University is fighting a lawsuit that accuses the school of discriminating against Asian Americans in admissions....

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Meeting between OKC school district, charter leaders a good sign

LOCAL charter school leaders sat down recently with members of the Oklahoma City School Board. Here's hoping the result proves...

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Point of View: Oklahoma doesn't need recreational pot

Hardly a week goes by without a familiar story: Someone with access to an Oklahoma business or civic group bank account is...

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Your Views Wednesday, Aug. 15

Not our values I was made aware of an organization called Oklahoma Values that set out to raise money and air derogatory...

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Stephen Moore: An easy way to lower the trade deficit

From the first day Donald Trump started running for president, he has raged against America's large and persistent trade...

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Rich Lowry: The Turkish hostage crisis

It's never a good idea to negotiate with a hostage-taker, but when it's a NATO ally, there isn't much choice. The Trump...

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Clarence Page: A cure for urban violence right under our noses

Cities have multiple personalities. I am reminded of that with bracing clarity by what some Chicagoans are calling the "weekend...

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Cal Thomas: An unlikely GOP issue

Prison reform has normally been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the...

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Small businesses feel pinch of tight job market

HERE are three words rarely heard during eight years of the Obama administration: Tight job market. In the Trump era, the U.S....

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Will 'hero' emerge to lead Oklahoma corrections reform?

ONE of the key leaders of successful corrections reform in Texas says a primary ingredient is to find “a hero … somebody who's...

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REAL ID compliance still a problem for Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA lawmakers' tendency to put off addressing problems is long-established and continues to generate uncertainty on issues...

Nine being assisted through 'commutation campaign' advance to stage two

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Thirty-two individuals who are being assisted through a "commutation campaign" led by Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform have advanced to the second stage of review. The Pardon and Parole Board voted to advance 23 individuals last month. The...

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Are prospects dimming for GOP in November?

OKLAHOMA'S five U.S. House seats have long been held by Republicans and that will almost certainly remain the case after...

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Oil exports are boosting American clout

WHEN Congress finally lifted the 1970s-era ban on U.S. oil and gas exports, supporters argued the change would strengthen the...

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Your Views Sunday, Aug. 12

They laid the foundation I often think of Paul Strasbaugh and Stanley Draper Sr. What would they think today of all the changes...

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Edmondson's strategy emerging in run for governor

IN campaigning for governor, Republicans Kevin Stitt and Mick Cornett have sold themselves as potential difference makers....

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Marc Thiessen: Democrats have their own foreign espionage problem

WASHINGTON — Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy...

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George Will: Book underlines axiom that if you want peace, prepare for war

WASHINGTON — Scholars have already debated for decades, and will debate for centuries, the role U.S. policies — military,...

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State rep: OKC's shelter shortage needs attention

I'm waiting in line at the McDonald's in Bricktown. I'd been craving a McDouble. That's a problem for me, but not the purpose...

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Michael Barone: Still not clear which party will lose the House

We're heading into the home stretch in America's unusually lengthy (six months and nine days) primary election season. Some...

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Opinion: Rural broadband is a gateway to a better politics

At a time when it's almost a cliche to lament our broken politics, one vital area of policy has the chance to break the...

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Wanted: A Mideast conference that promotes peace, not hate

Tehran we could understand. Perhaps even Berkeley. But why bring a conference to Oklahoma that preaches contempt for Jews?...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: High price of ending “lunch shaming”

NATIONALLY, there's been a push against “lunch shaming” in public schools. While students from poor families are given free or...

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Your Views Saturday, Aug. 11

Defending homeschooling Regarding Fran Morris' letter (Your Views, Aug. 6): My three youngest children were homeschooled and...

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Marc Thiessen: The Democrats' rhetoric is just as dangerous as Trump's

WASHINGTON — This week a New York man, Carlos Bayon, was arrested after leaving threatening messages for House Majority Whip...

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Jonah Goldberg: We’re all living in Trump’s kayfabe world

President Trump's demonization of the media as the “enemy of the people” is mostly kayfabe. A professional wrestling term,...

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Lots of homework in store for Oklahoma voters

TURNS out proponents of a state question to legalize recreational marijuana collected fewer signatures than they claimed they...

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Washington Examiner: On Iran, Trump's hard-headedness is smart

THE Trump administration's sanctions against Iran were a good first move. Targeting the fanatical Tehran regime's foreign...

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Your Views Friday, Aug. 10

Setting it straight “Officials should tout state economy” (Our Views, Aug. 8) incorrectly stated that sales taxes imposed on...

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Point of View: OKC school district should alter its calendar

Since the 2011-12 school year, Oklahoma City public schools have followed a year-round or “continuous learning” calendar that...

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George Will: Poor Portland progressives

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." — L.P. Hartley WASHINGTON — They do things differently in...

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E.J. Dionne: Listening to history's echoes

WASHINGTON — How do democratic countries get to the point where they give up on self-rule? Under what circumstances do...

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Still too high, but OK teen pregnancy rate trending in right direction

AS a mother at just 17 years of age, Leslie Marban of Oklahoma City has a tough road ahead. The statistics make that abundantly...

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Oklahoma officials should note marijuana market shift

THE failed effort by the Oklahoma Board of Health to ban smoking of medical marijuana met with outcry from some pro-marijuana...

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No need to downplay economic growth in Oklahoma

USUALLY politicians miss no opportunity to tout economic growth and take credit, so it was surprising to see Gov. Mary Fallin's...

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Physician: Let's work to make Oklahoma's indoor air smoke free

As a pediatrician, one of the first questions I ask families and caregivers of my young patients is, “Is there smoking in your...

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Your Views Wednesday, Aug. 8

A patient-centered approach For nearly 18 months, I had the privilege of serving on panel discussions sponsored by Good...

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Stephen Moore: Trump rules making driving safer, cheaper

A few years ago, I spoke at my son's fifth-grade class about all of the wonderful things that we have today in our great...

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President's actions cloud good policy moves

LATE last week, the Trump administration proposed rolling back Obama-era mileage standards for cars. It's a move that, not...

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Opinion: Kavanaugh merits quick hearing, favorable vote

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has pledged to hold open, fair and thorough hearings to...

How Cornelius changed a game and a narrative with his feet

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On a day that Oklahoma State dismantled Boise State, there were lots of reasons for the Cowboys’ success. But no player turned the game or changed his narrative more than Taylor Cornelius. A switch seemed to flip for the Cowboy quarterback when he...

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Cristo Rey’s launch in OKC could benefit poor students

CRISTO Rey, a Catholic, college-preparatory school serving inner-city students, begins its first school year in Oklahoma City...

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Cal Thomas: The Matrix at 20

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic "The Matrix," which depicts powerful machines attempting to...

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More hype than substance in Oklahoma Veteran Affairs audit

THERE has been a drumbeat this year for more auditing of state agencies to ensure taxpayers' dollars aren't squandered. A...

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Familiar narrative in domestic abuse story

COURTNEY Smith's story probably sounds familiar to all too many women in Oklahoma. Perhaps others will benefit from hearing...

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Washington Examiner: How government failures make wildfires even worse

WHILE East Coasters are heading off for their August vacations, many families out West are worried that if they leave their...

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Your Views Monday, Aug. 6

Grateful I have a wonderful wife, live on 5 peaceful acres, have plenty of good food, two really nice vehicles, money in the...

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Michael Gerson: Kavanaugh choice is Trump's best decision as president

WASHINGTON — Passions on the left against Brett Kavanaugh are running high. But the main lines of argument against his...

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Poll shows support for change on OK marijuana law

IT is clear the State Board of Health may have exceeded its legal authority in initially approving some restrictions on medical...

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Cornett the best pick in Oklahoma GOP gov runoff

AFTER a particularly contentious past few years in state government, Oklahoma needs a governor who can rise above the fray,...

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Your Views Sunday, Aug. 5

Thank God for Trump Half of the country is mad at the other half, because it hates the man “they” elected president. Americans...

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OKC pastor: The importance of global nutrition funding

At Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene, we believe God is reaching to the ends of the earth with a message of...

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George Will: The future's only constituency is the conscience of the present

"Science, like the Mississippi, begins in a tiny rivulet in the distant forest." — Abraham Flexner WASHINGTON — In 1933, when...

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Marc Thiessen: Where's the outrage of Clinton campaign's actions?

WASHINGTON — All of Washington is waiting with bated breath to find out whether the Mueller investigation will provide evidence...

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Rich Lowry: The John the Baptist of the left

A voice crying in the wilderness is supposed to be ignored, not rewarded with accolades and growing influence. Bernie Sanders...

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Your Views Saturday, Aug. 4

Voting law change needed I see where for teachers and staff, many school districts are closing for Election Day in November....

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Oklahoma lawmaker: Congress should back net neutrality bill

A long and storied strain of populism runs through the history of our great state. Oklahomans have always had an independent...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Slide continues for OK Democratic Party

THE June vote on medical marijuana along with frustration with the Republican-controlled Legislature prompted a boost in new...

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Navy veteran: Medical cannabis for veterans is prudent policy

America's veterans could soon be granted legal access to medical cannabis. Members of a House-Senate conference committee will...

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Attack on abortion protesters was attack on free speech

FEW things offend Americans more than government officials who misuse their power to deny citizens' constitutional rights. An...

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Oklahoma justice reform initiative paying dividends

SOON after voters approved two criminal justice reform initiatives in 2016, lawmakers filed several bills to undo some of the...

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Your Views Friday, Aug. 3

Democratic socialism's appeal More and more centrist columnists and politicians are publicly discouraging us young folk from...

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E.J. Dionne: Why Trump isn't fighting the bots

WASHINGTON — Here is the issue raised by Facebook's revelations this week about disinformation that we need to face squarely:...

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Jonah Goldberg: Will Russia back the Democrats in 2018 midterms?

“I'm very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election,” President Trump tweeted...

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George Will: Ending the 'dance of the lemons' in California?

LOS ANGELES — November's congressional elections will decide which party will control a narcoleptic institution that is...

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Suggested homeschool regs impractical

AN awful case of child abuse involving a family who claimed to be homeschooling has prompted calls for increased regulation of...

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Democrats doing all they can to block Kavanaugh

PRESIDENT Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on July 9. Three weeks later, a Democratic member of the...

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Stephen Moore: Trump's trade triumph

The media and other Trump haters can't seem to let themselves admit it, but President Donald Trump scored a big victory for the...

OU football: Austin Seibert was Sooners' ace in the hole at Iowa State

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On a day when Kyler Murray turned in his best game as the Sooners’ starter and Marquise Brown had yet another monster first half, Seibert might’ve been OU’s most valuable player at Jack Trice Stadium.

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Michael Gerson: This will never be normal or moral

WASHINGTON — One of the current complaints of the Trump right concerns the treatment given to Alex Jones by Facebook, which has...

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OK senator: Legislative panel wants solid Rx pot framework

Regardless of your opinion of State Question 788, it's now law after 57 percent of Oklahomans voted “yes” on the measure in...

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Your Views Wednesday, Aug. 1

This right trumps the other Regarding Julie Burkhart's op-ed (Point of View, July 21) stating that abortion is a human right: I...

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Liberals belatedly love states' rights?

THE politicians of four Democratic-dominated states have suddenly discovered a new appreciation for states' rights and reining...

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OK County jail numbers show impact of reforms

ONE way to reduce the likelihood of problems occurring inside the Oklahoma County jail is to place fewer people in the...

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Rich Lowry: The battle over socialism is joined

It's begun. We are having a debate over socialism. Not over whether it's fair to call Democrats socialists. Not over whether...

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Cal Thomas: What's not to like about Trump policies?

Like a baseball team that is way behind going into the fifth inning, Democrats (and socialists) are hoping for the political...

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Demand continues for non-accredited teachers in Oklahoma classrooms

IN demanding that lawmakers approve pay raises this spring for Oklahoma public school teachers, the head of the Oklahoma City...

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Report shows value of welfare work requirements

THE Trump administration has said work requirements should be required as part of eligibility for many able-bodied adults to...

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Washington Examiner: Honor the sacrifices of the Secret Service

THROUGHOUT President Trump's trip across Europe this month, the U.S. Secret Service kept him and his team secure in several...

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Marc Thiessen: Using tariffs to advance a radical trade-free agenda

WASHINGTON — Give President Trump credit. When he chastised NATO allies over their failure to spend adequately on our common...

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A focus on reform could set Oklahoma apart

AS a state senator who filed two bills trying to establish an education lottery, Brad Henry estimated it would gross $500...

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Your Views Sunday, July 29

Light rail concerns I hate to be a party pooper, but let me count the ways that the excitement about pending completion of...

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Patience needed as Oklahoma's Rx pot rules take shape

SUPPORTERS of medical marijuana in Oklahoma want to see their wishes granted sooner rather than later, which explains some of...

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George Will: Ocasio-Cortez could learn a thing or two about socialism from Trump

WASHINGTON — For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where...

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Michael Gerson: Will we owe future generations an apology?

WASHINGTON — In the early 1930s, one of America's leading eugenicists, Madison Grant, received a letter thanking him for...

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Clarence Page: From ‘horseless carriage’ to ‘driverless car,’ are you ready?

Shortly after the first automobile arrived in the small but grandly named village of Ohio City, Ohio, an old story goes,...

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Another quixotic effort to stop a pipeline

AFTER Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission voted recently to approve a new pipeline project for Enbridge Energy, the founder...

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Agee, Merrick: Program is an effort to help local governments

Imagine being asked to oversee negotiations in a labor dispute, but you have no background in labor relations. Imagine having...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A cruelty that's hard to fathom

THE story of a boy found starving on a farm near Meeker illuminates the cruelty that lies within some people. How else to...

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Rich Lowry: The power of low expectations

It's a symptom of our time that a tape of the future president of the United States discussing machinations related to an...

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Opinion: New approach would benefit prairie chickens

In "Prairie chicken numbers belie claims of its demise" (Our Views, July 25), The Oklahoman editorial board described how...

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Michael Barone: Will the trend of low birth rates be reversed?

Sometimes a society's values change sharply with almost no one noticing, much less anticipating the consequences. In 1968,...

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Your Views Saturday, July 28

It seems so simple I need help understanding: The majority of voters passed State Question 788. Why can't our state legislators...

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Cal Thomas: The seduction of socialism

For the current generation, sometimes referred to as millennials, it appears one thing is more seductive than sex — and that's...

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Congressional Democrats charting yet another course

DEMOCRATIC voters want to see their party turn to someone new at the top of the ticket in 2020. Meantime, Democratic members of...

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Marc Thiessen: The hypocrisy of the Democratic Russia hawks

WASHINGTON — With his interference in the 2016 election, Russian President Vladimir Putin achieved something that none of his...

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Your Views Friday, July 27

Show them for what they are For a person who has spent her life teaching our young people in public schools and universities,...

American Indian babies in Oklahoma face developing-world danger level

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American Indian babies born in Oklahoma have only a slightly better chance of reaching their first birthday than infants in Libya, where an ongoing civil war has disrupted health services in much of the country.

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Anti-tobacco effort a long slog in Oklahoma

THIS month the state tax on cigarettes increased by $1 per pack. That's just the latest effort to discourage tobacco use in...

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Point of View: Focus needed on water, wastewater projects

There's no feeling like turning on the water faucet on an oppressively hot summer day and pouring a nice, big glass of …...

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Jonah Goldberg: Don't buy those GOP-Helsinki polling numbers

I think I can say, without fear of inviting reasonable correction, that the Helsinki summit did not go swimmingly. And yet,...

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Democrats ignore financial reality on health care

DEMOCRATS have begun embracing single-payer health care plans that would replace private insurance with government-funded...

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George Will: Protectionism proves that evidence is unpersuasive

WASHINGTON — If you are not collateral damage in the escalating trade wars, the bulletins from the wars' multiplying fronts are...

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Trade war fosters uncertainty, and that's no good

ONE criticism of the Obama administration was that many of its policies created uncertainty in the business and manufacturing...

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Stephen Moore: Liberal war on work

Once upon a time, "work for welfare" was a pretty accepted notion. In 1996, Bill Clinton signed a strict workfare bill, which...

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Prairie chicken numbers belie claims of impending demise

ENVIRONMENTAL activists continue to demand that the lesser prairie chicken be declared “threatened” or “endangered” under the...

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Your Views Wednesday, July 25

The real outrage President Trump did not denigrate the FBI or the CIA when he was with Vladimir Putin at Helsinki. The FBI and...

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Michael Gerson: 'Origin Story' is a marvelous explanation of the whole

WASHINGTON — I would not normally recommend a book on the history of the universe as beach reading. But David Christian's...

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Point of View: Health insurers need to be accountable

As a firefighter, I often battled to save lives. In 2017, however, I had to fight for my own life when I was diagnosed with...