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Report highlights need for school choice in Oklahoma

THE education debate in this year's legislative session focused on funding, but mostly ignored another pressing need: the...

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Washington Examiner: Trump tries to break America’s addiction to high drug prices

President Trump, like former President Barack Obama, campaigned on the promise of taking on high drug prices. Trump, unlike...

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Rich Lowry: The Russia temptation

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, uttered a forlorn sentiment at a Center for American Progress conference. She...

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Your Views Sunday, May 20

Commentary on our governance No financial crisis at the state Health Department? A secret slush fund with plenty of money to...

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Special session for veto overrides? It's a bad idea

BEFORE adjourning earlier this month, Oklahoma lawmakers had been in session essentially non-stop since February 2017 due to...

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VA privatization: It would save veterans

Privatizing the Department of Veterans Affairs is an untapped opportunity for bipartisan cooperation that would advance both...

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Oklahoma grand jury report shows public is right to be skeptical

The multi-county grand jury's investigation of financial mismanagement at the Oklahoma State Department of Health identified no...

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VA privatization: An effort to get U.S. out of health business

The public reasons given for firing Dr. David Shulkin as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the withdrawal of Rear...

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George Will: Battling campus oppression of the freedom of expression

WASHINGTON — On election night 2016, Mark Schlissel, the University of Michigan's president, addressed more than 1,000...

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Cal Thomas: The coarsening of political language

CANBERRA, Australia — Here in Australia, “Question Time” has long been one of my favorite exercises of parliamentary democracy....

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Clarence Page: Thanks, Kanye -- let's talk more about race in politics

I'll say this for Kanye West's recent enthusiasm for President Donald Trump: Thanks to him, people are talking again about the...

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Physician: Solutions, not misleading tactics, needed in Oklahoma health care

In “A missed chance for health care bill” (Point of View, May 11), Toni Pratt-Reid accuses physician groups of working to...

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Your Views Saturday, May 19

Ignoring the people When changing the names of three schools, one Oklahoma City school board member said, “I think that the...

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Point of View: VMT tax is fairest remedy for roads upkeep

At a time when Oklahoma's infrastructure desperately needs repair, America's highways are in danger of going broke. The...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Welcome news in drug abuse analysis

CITIZENS often have reason to complain that Oklahoma appears at the top of national rankings of negative trends and the bottom...

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Job's toll evident in DHS official's resignation

THE head of the Department of Human Services' child welfare division, Jami Ledoux, has decided after 17 years with the agency...

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Democrats moving even further to the left

DONALD Trump's presidential victory in 2016 came as a shock to many people, especially Democrats. Recent electoral trends...

A 10-year-old kid just wrote one of Oklahoma's newest laws

NewsMay 14, 2018

Fifth-grader Ephraim Bowling noticed that Oklahoma didn't have an official state raptor. On Nov. 1, his bill becomes law.

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Your Views Friday, May 18

Bust out your turquiose Every five minutes, a woman is told she has lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer of women. We need more...

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Marc Thiessen: To understand why Trump won, look at Democratic hysteria

WASHINGTON — If you want to understand why Donald Trump is president today (and why he could very well win a second term), look...

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Paul Greenberg: War and peace: Either may break out without warning

When is a rattlesnake most dangerous? When it doesn't rattle but strikes without warning. Checking out the artillery range one...

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Jonah Goldberg: The right must reckon with its generation gap

The conventional image of baby boomer political rebellion features a young left-wing activist organizing, protesting or...

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McCain, Barbara Bush provide end-of-life inspirations

DAYS before she died at age 92, former first lady Barbara Bush announced that she would stop seeking treatment for congestive...

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SCOTUS ruling a chance to reconsider Oklahoma’s gaming compacts?

THE U.S. Supreme Court says the federal government cannot prohibit states from legalizing sports wagers. In response, Oklahoma...

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George Will: At last, prohibition has been lifted on sports wagering

WASHINGTON — Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 instantly reduced crime by reducing the number of criminalized activities, including...

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Point of View: States must lead in adapting to big weather events

Recent wildfires in Oklahoma and New Mexico forced evacuations, ignited by what the U.S. Drought Monitor calls an "exceptional...

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Oklahoma businesses rightly concerned about SQ 788

IN outlining some of our reasons for opposing approval of “medical” marijuana in Oklahoma, which will be decided by voters June...

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Troubling allegations leveled against OKC councilman

HIS passion to revitalize northeast Oklahoma City was evident when Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis met with The Oklahoman's...

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Mental health advocate: Time to cure this stigma for good

We have certainly come a long way and are more accepting about mental illness, but we have a lot of work to do. Thus, the theme...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 16

Proof's in the pudding Democrats ran the state for a century. During that time, we languished in the bottom third of everything...

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Bernard Goldberg: McCain choosing not to forgive and forget. Can you blame him?

If you want to lose faith in humanity, just glance at a few of the many angry comments posted on social media, especially the...

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Stephen Moore: Who turned off the lights?

Is anyone paying attention to the crisis that is going on in our electric power markets? Over the past six months, at least...

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Washington Examiner: Sunshine on California's economic mismanagement

WHEN you hear a diatribe about income inequality, you can bet you're listening to a left-winger describe what he believes is...

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Cal Thomas: The bitterness tour

MELBOURNE, Australia — When you hear "world tour" you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for...

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No need to return to politicized road planning in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA government has long been hindered by politicians' preference for placating parochial interest groups at the expense of...

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Judge should grant request for cameras in courtroom

JUDGES are often required to make difficult decisions during cases. One facing Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman...

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Your Views Monday, May 14

Thank the Blue This is National Police Week, when we pay special tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their...

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Clock is ticking on NAFTA negotiations

PRESIDENT Trump has been busy with international affairs, spiking the Iran nuclear deal agreed to by the previous...

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David Boren: Working to improve, strengthen public education

When George Washington delivered his farewell address, he encouraged the leaders of our young nation to “Promote then as an...

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Ruth Marcus: Haspel failed to demonstrate that she has learned from history

WASHINGTON — The nomination of Gina Haspel to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency presents an exquisitely difficult...

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Your Views Sunday, May 13

The right move The Obama administration entered the Iran deal with two goals in mind: to delay the entry of Iran into the...

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George Will: With Iran, is containment our only option?

WASHINGTON — The path to today's problems with Iran passed through the University of Chicago squash court where on Dec. 2,...

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Remember foster moms on this Mothers Day

Each May, we take a day to celebrate mothers. The month is also used to spread awareness about foster care. These two things...

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Your Views Saturday, May 12

Think twice about it Pros and cons of approving use and access to medicinal marijuana have been widely and passionately...

The OK -- The Travel Issue

LifeMay 6, 2018

As probably too many of my co-workers here at The Oklahoman can tell you, I bleed purple. In a newsroom and state where the favored college colors tend to crimson and cream or orange and black, that can make a fella feel, well, let's just say...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Longtime tug-of-war continues

THE Oklahoma Ethics Commission and the Legislature banged heads in the final week of the session. What else is new? The two...

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Clarence Page: Why Rachel Dolezal still tries to bend racial rules

Remember Rachel Dolezal? The 40-year-old Spokane, Wash., civil rights activist became a national punchline three years ago when...

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Rich Lowry: Donald Trump, a man of his word

The instant analysis on cable TV of President Donald Trump's decision to dump the Iran deal had a weary resignation to it: He...

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Will Oklahoma school spending improve results?

THIS year's legislative session will be remembered primarily for passage of multiple tax increases that were used, in part, to...

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Budget boost offers some relief for Oklahoma DHS

LIKE several state agency heads, Department of Human Services Director Ed Lake is looking to the new fiscal year with some...

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Jonah Goldberg: No rush for Giuliani to get his facts straight

If there were any doubt that the multi-front battle over the Russia investigation has become the political equivalent of a Tong...

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Bernard Goldberg: Questions for the top editor at The New York Times

Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, was on CNN recently, interviewed by Brian Stelter, the host of the...

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Marc Thiessen: Gina Haspel is too qualified to pass up

WASHINGTON — It was one of the Clinton administration's biggest counterterrorism successes. Just weeks after al-Qaida...

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A welcome ruling on Oklahoma voter ID law

IN challenging Oklahoma's voter identification law approved by the electorate in 2010, attorneys for the plaintiff said it...

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Trump’s Iran decision well within mainstream

IN his willingness to dump the Iran nuclear accord crafted by the Obama administration, President Trump reinforced his status...

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Your Views Friday, May 11

What's next? We have a newly dubbed term of offense to add to the dozens of others invoked by the snowflake generation:...

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Nurse practitioner: Mistruths sway Oklahoma legislators on health care bill

This year, the Legislature had the opportunity to increase consumer choice, cut needless red tape and make quality health care...

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Oklahoma gun bill’s flaws outweigh its benefits

LIKE many Oklahomans who support gun rights, we think training is a good thing when it comes to gun use. We also think law...

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Official: Medicaid expansion working in Arkansas

Regarding "Arkansas Medicaid holds lessons for Oklahoma officials" (Our Views, April 25): In several respects The Oklahoman...

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George Will: Pence is a model of governing by groveling

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite...

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Pelosi wants to stick around a while longer

NANCY Pelosi wants to be House speaker again. Far from certain is whether enough of her fellow Democrats want the same. We...

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Price transparency would benefit health consumers

FOR years, health care costs have increased faster than inflation. A national push has begun to change that trend through one...

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E.J. Dionne: Jesuitgate, Trumpian hypocrisy and the flight from religion

WASHINGTON — Do you wonder why the proportion of Americans declaring themselves unaffiliated with organized religion has...

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Cal Thomas: The exhaustion factor

The "wall of protection" that conservative media has erected around President Trump may be crumbling. Fox News Channel, whose...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 9

Great news “Lawmakers head home” (News, May 4) was the best news I have heard from NE 23 and Lincoln in several months. Russell...

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Annual food drive: A way to help Oklahoma's hungry

If you've seen one hungry child, you've seen one too many. Oklahoma is the sixth-hungriest state in the nation, with one in...

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Point of View: Coburn, others off mark with anti-tax petition

Tom Coburn is a revered Oklahoman, but he and his followers are wrong as acid rain in their efforts to deprive our teachers of...

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OK should move away from life without parole for juveniles

THE Legislature has sent Gov. Mary Fallin a bill that would leave it to judges to determine whether juvenile killers should be...

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Washington Examiner: Afghanistan — Mike Pompeo’s other theater

SECRETARY of State Mike Pompeo has Korea, Iran and ISIS to deal with. With such a full agenda, it would be easy for him to...

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Your Views Tuesday, May 8

It's totally partisan Angela Wood (Your Views, May 2) is just another Democrat who cannot accept that Hillary Clinton lost the...

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Gov. Fallin makes right call with reading law veto

NATIONAL tests have shown a sharp decline in Oklahoma third-grade reading performance. State lawmakers responded by trying to...

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Shortage of ready students is Oklahoma's biggest college problem

A report published by the Urban Institute argues millions of Americans live in “education deserts” with no access to a college...

Low enrollment may force OKC district to close schools

News18 hours ago

Oklahoma City Public Schools will consider closing some schools, expanding others and redrafting boundaries before the end of the year to cut costs amid declining enrollments.

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Global warming lawsuit could hammer OK, other states

LOCAL governments in liberal locales, including places like San Francisco and New York City, have been filing federal lawsuits...

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Stephenson director: Addressing cancer in Oklahoma

One in two men and one in three women in Oklahoma will develop cancer. Of the 3.9 million Oklahomans alive today, 1.5 million...

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New OU president brings bold expectations

JIM Gallogly has no intention of being a placeholder as president of the University of Oklahoma, someone to simply help OU...

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George Will: Are we now trapped in a debt spiral?

WASHINGTON — From Scotland, where Adam Smith pioneered systematic thinking about economics, comes an adjective, "carnaptious,"...

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David Blatt: Oklahoma Legislature still has much work to do

Oklahoma lawmakers are celebrating an early end to the 2018 legislative session. There is no question they've made substantial...

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Talking about suicide could help save a life

AS the mother of a child who died by suicide, Helen Coffey preaches a message that more Oklahomans need to hear. “We need to do...

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Your Views Sunday, May 6

Get informed on 788 Regarding “Voters should say no to 'medical' pot” (Our Views, April 29): In states that have legalized...

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Your Views Saturday, May 5

Reduce incentives Gov. Mary Fallin and the majority of legislators have approved an abundance of big-money incentives that...

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Point of View: Military caregivers merit a salute

I glanced outside as I hurriedly prepared for work and saw the lawn tech had just arrived. After running out to his truck with...

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Point of View: Fixing drug discount program would boost rural health care

For a state like Oklahoma, improving citizens' access to affordable health care and medicine is a critical priority. With...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Prison bonds a sensible move

IN discussing a bond issue proposal to fund repairs in Oklahoma prisons, state Sen. Roger Thompson told his colleagues, “It's...

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Ruth Marcus: Hear something, say something -- but keep a sense of proportion

WASHINGTON — "Ladies' lingerie." It was a lame, outmoded joke — the sort of thing you say in a crowded elevator, an artifact of...

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Michael Barone: Democrats' dangerous case of Trump derangement syndrome

Isaac Newton's third law of motion states that for every action in nature, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It can...

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Kathleen Parker: An assassin in Wolf's clothing

PAWLEY'S ISLAND, S.C. — When I moved to Washington several years ago, a D.C. veteran whispered a warning that she had learned...

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Jonah Goldberg: Our coalition instinct on display

Last year, John Tooby, a founder of evolutionary psychology, was asked by the website Edge.org what scientific concept should...

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OK Ethics Commission budget doesn’t pass smell test

THIS year, lawmakers approved large tax increases and bragged that they increased government spending across the board. Thus,...

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Washington Examiner: Time to gush for American oil production

SPRING has sprung, and you might have noticed that gas prices have sprung a little, too. It's never pleasant to fill your tank...

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Your Views Friday, May 4

Not funny We laughed at the "cone of silence" spies Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 used when they discussed classified information...

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OK engineer: Move over football, robots have come to town

In Oklahoma, high school football brings communities together. These days, robotics is giving sports a run for its money. In...

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Michael Gerson: A contempt for science can have a human cost

WASHINGTON — In keeping with our era of ideological boycotts, I will no longer be purchasing Kind bars. Or Barilla pasta. Or...

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George Will: The president who knew too little about the Electoral College

WASHINGTON — Among the recent garbled effusions from today's temporary president -- cheer up; they are all temporary -- was one...

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GOP forum shows new approach to criminal justice

FOR too long, Republicans in Oklahoma embraced a tough-on-crime approach to criminal justice and rejected efforts to try...

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A red-letter day for Oklahoma cancer patients

A quest that began 17 years ago ended successfully this week with the Stephenson Cancer Center's designation as a National...

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Bernard Golberg: Left-wing fools in the high church of American liberalism

Where do we draw the line? If you're a college professor with tenure, can you say anything, no matter how hateful, and get away...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 2

Protect Mueller I'm very concerned that the closer Robert Mueller gets to President Trump's connections with Russia that Trump...

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Time to change social worker licensing in Oklahoma?

IT'S commonly argued that excessive occupational licensing reduces worker opportunity. But in some instances, it may also...

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OKC businessman: Hoping Supreme Court chooses fairness for all

My family has been in the insurance business for more than 60 years. We sell personal and business insurance, so we get to know...

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Poll reveals unease among OK Republican voters

REPUBLICAN lawmakers gambled this year that voters have embraced an “end justifies the means” attitude toward teacher pay...

The OK -- The Food Issue

LifeFeb 4, 2018

Peanut butter. If I have one go-to food, that's it. Crunchy or smooth? Doesn't matter. Jif, Skippy or Peter Pan? Don't care. Love them all. On toast, on a cracker. Plain or with a pickle, like my mom taught me. Even on a hamburger. If you...

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State Chamber CEO: Direct appointments, direct accountability

A few weeks ago, The Oklahoman laid out an excellent, detailed synopsis of the financial fiasco at the state Department of...

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NRA official: Law-abiding Oklahomans deserve 'constitutional carry'

Three years ago, a beautiful young woman in New Jersey, Carol Bowne, was stabbed to death in her driveway by an ex-boyfriend....

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Same tired rhetoric from OK House Democrats

IT was soon after the Legislature sent Gov. Mary Fallin the largest budget in state history that House Democrats did what comes...

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Report points way forward for Endangered Species Act

THE federal Endangered Species Act is often defended for its good intentions, not its results. Yet that attitude stymies reform...

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Cal Thomas: Learning from North Korea's history

Before meeting with North Korea's "very honorable" (President Trump's words) dictator, Kim Jong Un, the president should bone...

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Good fit a must in OKC superintendent search

THE search is well underway for a new superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, with interviews conducted last week with...

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GAO report shows Congress is ignoring waste

THE saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but can't make him drink,” may now have a modern corollary: You can identify...

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Frank Keating: SB 888 a step in the right direction

When I was governor in 2001, the wind industry made many promises. It promised us jobs but very few have been produced. It...

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New funding has OK mental health agency in better spot

THERE have been many times in recent years that Oklahoma lawmakers have touted the budget they approved, and state mental...

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George Will: Gowdy aimed to close the circle of South Carolina's history

WASHINGTON — Trey Gowdy's emotions sometimes bubble disconcertingly close to the surface, but unlike many members of the...

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Marc Thiessen: What Democrats can learn from Emmanuel Macron

WASHINGTON — Emmanuel Macron and President Trump don't agree on much. Macron is a globalist; Trump is a nationalist. Macron is...

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Oklahoma voters should reject 'medical' pot question

CANDIDATES seeking election to state and federal offices in Oklahoma have the next two months to convince voters of their...

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Your Views Sunday, April 29

Filling the swamp There seems to be a local campaign to minimize and normalize EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's Washington...

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DOC director: Oklahoma prisons in precarious spot

I dread the day when I will have to attend the funeral of one of our correctional officers or nonuniformed staff or account for...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: No end to law enforcement’s pursuit

THIS week's announcement of charges being filed in an 18-year-old Oklahoma murder case provides a reminder that law...

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Feed the Children CEO: The importance of mealtime

When I was a kid, we ate dinner as a family almost every night. My mother would cook dinner, and she also involved us in meal...

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Your Views Saturday, April 28

Medicaid expansion benefit “Arkansas effort holds lessons for OK officials” (Our Views, April 25) omits the fact that health...

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Clarence Page: Dems' lawsuit not as nutty as it sounds

When you don't know what else to do, sue. To critics in both major national parties, the Democratic National Committee seems to...

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Michael Barone: Trump's Saudi policy gamble

Seventy-three years ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt, on his trip back from the Yalta conference with Winston Churchill and Josef...

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Adam Soltani: High court should strike down Muslim ban

There come those moments in everyone's life that you envision sharing with your family. Weddings, the birth of your children...

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Paul Greenberg: The saints next door

In a document made public the other day by the Vatican, the pope called on his flock the world over to live holy lives whatever...

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Jonah Goldberg: North Korean regime can’t be swayed through diplomacy

Responding to reports that North Korea said it “no longer needs” nuclear tests, Jim Hanson, president of the generally...

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Washington Examiner: Trump’s tweets are temporary, the rule of law is permanent

UNLESS you live under a rock, you're aware that President Trump routinely tweets his way up to and over the edge of what is...

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Your Views Friday, April 27

No change in Cuba All the talk about how the Castros are no longer in charge in Cuba is deceiving as the reality is this has...

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Justice reform bills mark welcome pivot in Oklahoma

A few days before this legislative session began, House Speaker Charles McCall said in a visit with The Oklahoman's editorial...

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Point of View: Who mourns these innocents?

Dr. Eli Reshef (Point of View, April 20) speaks of the continued practice of humankind for genocide based on religion, politics...

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Lankford right in effort to defuse partisanship

PARTISANSHIP has its place in politics, but you've clearly crossed a line when you oppose something you previously supported...

Employment falls as the oil industry becomes more efficient

Business1 day ago

A heightened focus on technology and efficiency gains over the past four years has allowed the oil and natural gas industry to return to profitability and recover from the deepest industry downturn in a generation. But not all of the industry...

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OK labor commissioner: Workplace safety is more than statistics

Electrocution at work claimed the life of a single father of five children last year. More than 90 Oklahomans a year leave...

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Oklahoma GOP candidates don't mind a good laugh

A forum this week featuring six Republican candidates for governor revealed that all of them have a sense of humor — a trait...

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George Will: A showcase of the vilest and noblest manifestations of humanity

WASHINGTON — As the museum of human nature, aka the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, marks its 25th anniversary, it...

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Point of View: Immunizations produce a healthier Oklahoma

For years, Oklahomans have braced themselves against national rankings as we place continually lower in areas like education...

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Ruth Marcus: Echoes of Barbara Bush in this past week's three heroines

WASHINGTON — Something tells me that Barbara Bush would have enjoyed reading the news over the last week — and I don't mean the...

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Michael Gerson: ICE and the bitter fruit of dehumanization

WASHINGTON — The attitude of President Trump toward federal law enforcement is, to put it mildly, mixed. The FBI refused to...

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Administration should free up law enforcement grants

THE Trump administration is trying to crack down on “sanctuary cities,” a worthwhile goal. Cities that thumb their noses at...

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Arkansas Medicaid holds lessons for Oklahoma officials

WHEN Arkansas became one of the first Southern states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, those on the political...

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Advocate: Justice reform works for all Oklahomans

Every year nearly 700,000 people are released from prison nationally — approximately 10,000 in Oklahoma. Statistics show that...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 25

Students, teachers misused The teacher strike lasted way too long. Don't get me wrong, teachers should be paid well. However,...

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Dissatisfaction not seen in OK court races

THE public's frustration with the Legislature is evident in the large numbers of people who filed to run against House and...

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Cal Thomas: Following Jesus, or following Trump?

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise...

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A high price may be paid for ignoring zoning issues

IN politics, zoning regulations typically fly below the public radar but those policies can have major repercussions, including...

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Court rightly knocks mandated pay for volunteers

DO minimum wage laws apply to volunteers who don't expect payment? The answer is self-evident to all but the federal Department...

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This craze should get parents' attention

IF you're the parent of a child in high school or junior high and haven't heard about or seen a Juul, be advised: It's...

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A shifting mindset regarding criminal justice

THE criminal justice reform bills approved by the Legislature last week don't go as far as reformers would have liked. Yet they...

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Michael Gerson: Evangelicals can't advance human dignity by dehumanizing others

WASHINGTON — If the stages of a social movement are emergence, coalescence, bureaucratization and decline, the reaction against...

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Your Views Sunday, April 22

Reading score factors “Scores show impact of social promotion” (Our Views, April 16) credits the state's Reading Sufficiency...

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OKC chamber chair: House must reject handgun amendment

On Monday, the Oklahoma House of Representatives plans to vote on an amendment to Senate Bill 1212 — legislation originally...

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Union leaders: Campaign aims to improve Oklahoma schools

Anna Graven told her Oklahoma City high school students on the first day back after the walkout that as she looked at their...

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Greater reward from work than subsidies alone

ONE reason Oklahoma government struggles with budget challenges is that officials are too quick to dismiss as insignificant any...

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George Will: Gorsuch strikes blow against administrative state

WASHINGTON — Last week, one week after the first anniversary of Neil Gorsuch's ascension to the Supreme Court, he delivered an...

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Michael Barone: Collusion, anyone?

As the likelihood that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different...

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Marc Thiessen: The Senate must confirm Pompeo

WASHINGTON — For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Yukon school plan raises questions

YUKON school officials recently announced they will close school for November's general election. Said Superintendent Jason...

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Wind farm POV: New wind farms without tax subsidies

Over the past few years, PNE Wind USA, Inc. has invested millions of dollars toward the development of a wind farm in Oklahoma...

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Your Views Saturday, April 21

Audits needed The Oklahoman has done a great job in bringing to light the state budget shortfalls and the...

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Pollster: What far-right Oklahoma legislators don’t understand  

There's a crisis. Your house is on fire and you call the fire department. When they arrive, you then try to talk them into...

Great expectations

LifeMay 12, 2018

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has raised more than half the funds needed to build a 2000-seat church and Stanley Rother shrine in south Oklahoma City.

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Physician: Tobacco company racketerring -- Oklahoma's story

A 2006 federal court verdict determined that Altria, Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies had committed...

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump’s muddled message to Syria

President Trump was right to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad with airstrikes. Some have said the bombing campaign didn't...

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Washington Examiner: James Comey's book falls as flat as its cover

THE new memoir by James Comey, former FBI director, is light on new information but heavy on petty insults. It is being...

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Your Views Friday, April 20

A funding proposal With Oklahoma's current low ranking in so many categories, including teacher pay, we should all be in...

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OKC physician: Education central to remembering Holocaust

I never met my grandparents David and Esther, Shlomo and Chaia-Helena. I never Facetimed or Snapchatted with my first cousins...

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Frustration, motivation seen in Oklahoma election filings

THERE are numerous storylines from the candidate filings for Oklahoma's 2018 elections, although one stands out: People are...

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George Will: 'Little Pink House' speaks truth to power

WASHINGTON — Coming soon to a cinema near you — you can make this happen; read on — is a bite-your-nails true-story thriller...

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OKC charter school supporters deserve better treatment

OKLAHOMA City School Board members often tout the importance of diversity and racial sensitivity. Yet the board's response to a...

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A reminder of why corrections reform matters

JOE Allbaugh's phone rang late one night recently and Allbaugh braced for bad news. It's the nature of his work as director of...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 18

Davis was done wrong Regarding "Davis meets with team, apologizes for remarks" (Sports, April 14): What is this world coming...

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OK Health Department saga shows need for regular audits

THE state Health Department is dealing with significant budget concerns resulting from several years of mismanagement...

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Spending, not tax cuts, deserves federal deficit hawks’ focus

IT'S a longstanding practice in federal politics: Deficits are portrayed as a problem only if they are allegedly created by tax...

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OKC businessman: Oklahoma doing something about opioid crisis

With more than 65,000 annual overdose deaths attributed to opioids nationally, and tons of prescription opioids coming into...

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Bernard Goldberg: The GOP's secret weapon

Paul Ryan, the GOP leader in the House, won't run for re-election — the latest warning sign that a blue wave may be coming in...

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Michael Gerson: High explosives do not constitute a Syria policy

WASHINGTON — "Mission Accomplished" may be the most famous presidential words never actually uttered by a president. I know...

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E.J. Dionne: Profane president, penitent pontiff

WASHINGTON — A news interlude dominated by speculation about "golden showers" and a graceless president who described his...

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Marc Thiessen: Syria strike did the opposite of projecting strength

WASHINGTON — In 2013, after Syrian dictator Bashar Assad crossed President Obama's red line and used chemical weapons on...

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Reform bills get usual resistance from OEA

IN ending a two-week strike by teachers, the president of the Oklahoma Education Association noted that common education had...

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Next Oklahoma Legislature will have many new faces

WHILE no votes will be cast for months, 2018 is already guaranteed to significantly change the composition of the Legislature....

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Rich Lowry: The last special counsel

Donald Trump shouldn't fire Robert Mueller, but Mueller should be the last special counsel. The Mueller probe just took a Ken...

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Reading scores show need to end social promotion in Oklahoma

THE release of 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) results show the significant gains Oklahoma made in recent...

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Changing OK school board election dates is good move

LOW voter turnout in Oklahoma is a longstanding problem driven, in part, by the timing of many elections. Too many important...

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Your Views Sunday, April 15

An explanation is owed My text on school law, “Public School Law,” states: “Teacher strikes, except in limited situations in a...

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Oklahoma health care groups hoping for better in 2019

WHEN federal matching funds were reduced for Oklahoma's Medicaid system in recent years, state officials handled that change by...

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OSMA president: CDC's tobacco prevention efforts need full funding

As a medical professional, I spend a lot of time figuring out how I can best treat — and hopefully cure — patients' diseases....

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Tight job market underscores importance of trades

OKLAHOMA'S jobless rate in February was 4 percent, down from 4.8 percent in the same month last year and a decrease from the...

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Michael Gerson: Ryan will be remembered for his submission to Trump

WASHINGTON — Some politicians fit their era perfectly; others are born out of their time. Donald Trump — embodying the spirit...

Residents near an old Oklahoma refinery started feeling sick. Now work there has stopped

NewsMay 5, 2018

“It rolls in like a cloud. Then, when the wind blows, it gets worse,” Monique Timmons said of the odorous gas that she and her neighbors blame for their sudden onset of troubled breathing, headaches, nausea and stomach pains.

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George Will: Asking SCOTUS to circumvent Congress and the market

WASHINGTON — South Dakota has become what South Carolina once was — stubborn, pugnacious and wrong. In 1860, South Carolina...

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Michael Barone: Speaker Ryan follows the lead of Speaker Reed

One hundred nineteen years ago, Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed announced that he was, after 22 years of service, resigning...

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Marc Thiessen: Republicans, Democrats just did something big together

Washington seems to be in the grip of hyperpartisan gridlock these days. Important bills are passed on party-line votes (when...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Long-overdue release of Tar Creek audit

AN audit of the work conducted to clean the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeastern Oklahoma raises questions about how money...

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Advocate: Help and hope with Oklahoma's opioid crisis

Recent national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 174 Americans die from a drug overdose...

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Your Views Saturday, April 14

Ethics concerns “Oklahoma senators stand by Pruitt” (News, April 7) said Sen. James Lankford “defended (Scott) Pruitt's...

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Jonah Goldberg: Democrats need more than an anti-Trump platform

One of the right's most common, and best, arguments for the Trump presidency is that it shattered the Republican Party's...

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E.J. Dionne: Paul Ryan's curdled idealism

WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan started his political life hoping to be the champion of a sunny, forward-looking conservatism. He will...

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Teacher: Oklahoma students should know they're a priority

It seems all my conversations lately are geared around my feelings regarding the teacher walkout. I've been asked by family...

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Point of View: Greater STEM funding needed in Oklahoma

The sad truth is the state of Oklahoma is underperforming when it comes to to creating, placing and maintaining competent...

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Your Views Friday, April 13

Govern for the good of all We are all Oklahomans. Some say we have a spending problem; others insist we must increase revenue....

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It was time to end Oklahoma teacher walkout

ONE reason the state teacher walkout lasted so long was the Oklahoma Education Association's unwillingness to take “yes” for an...

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Washington Examiner: Trump should go to Congress to authorize Syrian strikes

PRESIDENT Trump's decision to cancel his Latin America trip is lamentable but necessary. He is sending Vice President Mike...

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Cal Thomas: Syria, Trump and isolationism

The isolationist spirit — a reluctance to become involved in foreign entanglements — goes back in U.S. history to Thomas Paine...

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OK ranchers raise valid concerns on capital gains issue

THE Oklahoma Education Union-led teacher walkout is about school funding and teacher pay rates, which union leaders argue...

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EPA gains clouded by controversies involving Pruitt

IT looked for a time last week as though Scott Pruitt, embroiled in another controversy, might be shown the door as...

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Lawsuits highlight colleges' hostility to free speech

THAT many U.S. college campuses are hostile to free speech is well known, and in most cases it appears administrators crack...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 11

Continuing a rich history Refueling a plane in mid-air is not easy. I should know. I retired from the Air Force with 900...

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OEA officials offering confusing signals

AS the teachers' strike in Oklahoma moves through its second week, the question persists: What, exactly, will it take to end...

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George Will: How should U.S. react to Syria?

WASHINGTON — On April 22, 1915, chlorine gas, wafted by favorable breezes, drifted from German lines toward enemy positions...

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Oklahoma teacher: Modeling what I ask of my students

The high school students in my American Literature class spend the year reading the works of Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry...

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Kathleen Parker: The question at Marquette: to mock or mentor?

WASHINGTON — There are few sympathetic characters in the landmark lawsuit between Marquette University and a suspended...

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Sex offender registry laws grounded in reality, not cruelty

LAST year, a federal court judge ruled that Colorado's sex offender registry was unconstitutional because, basically, citizens...

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Your Views Tuesday, April 10

More money needed Yes, teachers in Oklahoma do want better cars. The governor signed a pay raise that provided teachers with a...

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A new era begins in OKC mayor's office

FOR the first time in 14 years, someone other than Mick Cornett will be in the mayor's chair when the Oklahoma City Council...

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Oklahoma justice reform bills need approval

AT the Capitol last week, a high school teacher expressed discouragement about the fact that as thousands rallied for more...

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Census data undermines theories on city population growth

FOR several years, commentators have said the future lies in urban areas that embrace mostly left-wing political ideology to...

Oklahoma Baptists weigh in on beleaguered seminary leader

LifeMay 13, 2018

Oklahomans are among those weighing in for and against Southwest Baptist Theological President Paige Patterson, a prominent and influential Southern Baptist Convention leader who is currently embroiled in controversy surrounding past remarks he...

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Your Views Monday, April 9

He's our dog now We need to embrace the fact that when we chose Donald Trump to be our president, we knew what kind of dog he...

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Marc Thiessen: Trump is threatening to repeat Obama's mistakes

WASHINGTON — During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump excoriated President Barack Obama for "the way he got out of Iraq," which...

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George Will: What government interest is served by disenfranchising felons?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The bumpy path of Desmond Meade's life meandered to its current interesting point. He is a graduate of...

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Advocate: Oklahoma victims of violent crime need more rights

I go by Leesa again — my given name — but for a long time I asked people to call me “Rhae.” Hearing my own name triggered...

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Passage of opioid-related bills in Oklahoma a good sign

THE Legislature regularly gets accused of ignoring problems, or giving them less attention than they deserve. This is one of...

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Reneging on promises means more legislative dysfunction

PEOPLE often complain “nothing” gets done at the Legislature. Given the bad faith and rank dishonesty apparent in this year's...

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Oklahoma minister: Perspective, prayer and the teacher walkout

Thousands of Oklahoma educators shake the ground outside the state Capitol as they march on NE 23 and Lincoln for the teacher...

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Your Views Sunday, April 8

Leave capital gains alone Economics professor Cynthia Rogers (Point of View, March 30) presents recommendations that would hurt...

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Rich Lowry: Don't talk to Mueller, Mr. President

The chief threat to Donald Trump at the moment isn't that he'll fire Robert Mueller, but that he'll cooperate too readily. The...

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Jonah Goldberg: Like Lincoln, King now belongs to the ages

One of the best things about the passage of historical time is how the partisanship of a given moment melts away. If you've...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: 45 years of helping women

FOR the past 45 years, women facing crisis pregnancies have been able to turn to Birth Choice of Oklahoma for help. The work of...

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Your Views Saturday, April 7

Coburn is missed Regarding “Coburn, anti-tax group oppose revenue package” (News, March 29): Tom Coburn expressing concerns...

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Cal Thomas: Free speech takes another hit

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has apologized, as has the network, for nothing more serious than her tweet: “David Hogg rejected...

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E.J. Dionne: What striking teachers teach us

WASHINGTON — To "reading, writing and arithmetic," we can now add "solidarity." The new teacher activism — born in West...

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Washington Examiner: GOP must exercise power to have any chance of keeping it

IT'S probably time to stop referring to the alarms ringing in Republican offices as “wake-up calls." There have been far too...

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EPA's fuel standards revision a sign of common sense

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a favorite target of those on the left, continues to advance policies most citizens should...

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UCO president: Our most sustainable asset

This week, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the annual premier gathering of exceptional collegiate talent,...

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Your Views Friday, April 6

Throwing money The teachers have a raise. No one would argue they and public employees don't need a raise. A lot of numbers...

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Textbook complaints indict local OK school boards

AT this week's teacher protests, many participants demanded that lawmakers attach more strings to state school funding....

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Oklahoma ag community would prefer more talking, less fighting on trade

PRESIDENT Trump has made it clear he's OK with trade wars because they're “easy to win.” Oklahoma soybean farmers are among...

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George Will: Making the government less larcenous

WASHINGTON — After two years of stonewalling about its theft of Gerardo Serrano's 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck, the government...

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Rich Lowry: Amazon isn't a villain

President Donald Trump gets results. His attacks on Amazon have tanked the company's stock.It's hard to think of a more...

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Bernard Goldberg: Donald and Stormy in the United States of Entertainment

If there was any doubt that we live in the United States of Entertainment just check out the "60 Minutes" ratings for its...

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AARP volunteer: An effort to keep Oklahoma seniors safe

We all watched the horror play out in 2017 after Hurricane Irma: 14 frail residents of a Broward County, Florida, long-term...

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Quieter town halls an indication of OK support for Trump

THE “resistance” to President Trump remains strong in left-leaning parts of the country where activists are convinced Trump has...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 4

The previous strike My husband was a teacher when we married in 1978. With only my high school education, I was making nearly...

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Faith in politicians is often misplaced

AS Politico recently reported, Republican chances of retaining power in Washington may depend upon former Democrats now running...

Auto thefts decline in Oklahoma City

NewsMay 14, 2018

Auto thefts in Oklahoma City have declined by about 30 percent since 2012. Police said although it's difficult to say why the number of thefts increase or decrease from one year to the next, advances in technology likely have played a role in the...

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Michael Gerson: Would you put your trust in America?

WASHINGTON — As an exercise in both empathy and grand strategy, try to imagine being a pro-American Syrian. Perhaps you saw two...

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Reviving insurance penalty will hurt working families

ONE of the triumphs of the tax-cut bill approved by Congress in December was its repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual...

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OK lawmakers should approve licensing commission

GIVEN the cool response that a governor's task force on state occupational licensing received from many Oklahoma agencies, it's...

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Congress should send 'right to try' to president

A “right to try” law was passed in Oklahoma three years ago. Thirty-seven other states have such a law, but the federal...

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Your Views Monday, April 2

The right approach Paul Garcia (Your Views, March 25) says we need to take a hard look at where our residents' money is being...

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Redistricting arguments undercut by reality

AS the U.S. Supreme Court considers two redistricting cases, the facts on the ground are undermining the arguments made by...

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Marc Thiessen: There is nothing wrong with a census question about citizenship

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is being sued over its plans to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census,...

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E.J. Dionne: Our big political cheating scandals

WASHINGTON — Cheating isn't winning. We try to teach this to our children, but politics provides the opposite lesson. Political...

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Easter: The day that transformed the world

Easter is the one holiday that celebrates a single event that transformed the world forever. There are many religions with...

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Your Views Sunday, April 1

Time to reward teachers I was born and raised in Oklahoma and am raising my son here. I love my state, my job and, most...

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Much work remains during OK legislative session

AFTER failing for a year to approve a plan to fund teacher pay raises, Oklahoma lawmakers finally got the legislation to Gov....

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Veterans, taxpayers deserve better from VA

VETERANS Affairs hospitals in Oklahoma have been criticized in recent years for shortcomings in patient care, prompting changes...

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Anti-death penalty POV

Attorney General Mike Hunter and Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh recently announced that Oklahoma would no longer attempt to...

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Rich Lowry: The Never Trump delusion

Donald Trump is a dominant presence in our public life, although one that his adversaries have trouble accepting and...

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University president: Wind a welcome partner in NW Oklahoma

In Goodwell, just a little southwest of Guymon, a windy day makes for a great day in our community. Indeed, at Oklahoma...

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Your Views Saturday, March 31

Reasons to skip parole Regarding “Hundreds of inmates pass up parole chance” (News, March 25): The district attorneys in...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: An experienced leader for OCU

PARTICULARLY during the past 40 years, Oklahoma City University has been blessed with outstanding leadership at the top. Martha...

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Michael Barone: Time-tested parties aren't about to fall apart

Some days, the Republican Party seems on the verge of splitting up. Its congressional majorities couldn't produce a health care...

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Paul Greenberg: Solidarity again

Haven't we been here before? It all feels so familiar, even comfortable. Once again, the world is conveniently divided between...

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OKC teacher: Let's walk ... to the polls

Every protest has an element of shame. After years of underfunding education, the byproducts are as follows: districts in...

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Young people rallying, but will they vote?

ACROSS the country last weekend, young people took part in the “March for Our Lives,” protests against gun violence in the...

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Marc Thiessen: Cabinet officials aren't a 'check' on the president

WASHINGTON — In the wake of President Trump's decision to appoint John Bolton as his national security adviser and Mike Pompeo...

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Jonah Goldberg: Omnibus spending bill is no betrayal of Trump

President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending deal last week, averting another government shutdown. Written largely...

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Washington Examiner: Studies blow up assumptions about Obamacare

"We know what works,” then-President Barack Obama said at the Global Center for Health Innovation in 2015. “We know what we...

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Your Views Friday, March 30

Setting it straight "Justice reform needs compromise, spending" (Our Views, March 29) misstated the percentage of Oklahoma...

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Professor: End the Oklahoma capital gains tax deduction

The Legislature has made drastic cuts to core programs and services, no program has gone untouched. Notably, state leaders have...

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Time for Oklahoma to take cue from other states on campaign finance?

IT'S worrisome any time Oklahoma lands at the wrong end of national rankings, particularly when an independent group determines...

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George Will: Baseball's back, and so is the quiz

"There'll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The 2 o'clock bus will be for those of you who need a little...

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Compromise, funding needed to change Oklahoma corrections

IT has taken decades for Oklahoma to get where it is today in corrections — No. 2 nationally in per capita incarceration rate,...

How did the Oklahoma state health department build a slush fund worth millions?

Health2 days ago

The Oklahoma State Department of Health appeared bankrupt because no one at the top fully understood the accounting mechanisms that had built up a “slush fund” worth millions, according to a grand jury and the state’s auditors.

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After 40 years, Hyde amendment still causes a fuss

ONE of the items that didn't make it into the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill approved last week by Congress was...

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Proposed pay gains not enough for OK teachers union

THE Republican-controlled Oklahoma House of Representatives did what many thought it might never do — pass tax increases — as a...

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E.J. Dionne: The hope-mongers' march trumps cynicism

WASHINGTON — For several hours on Saturday, cynicism was banned from the streets of what on many days seems to be the most...

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Kathleen Parker: The shame of it all

WASHINGTON — "Shaming," the modern if tedious trend of shaming the shamer for criticizing anyone, has rendered us incapable of...

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Your Views Wednesday, March 28

A bad execution plan The latest bad idea emanating from the state Capitol is one to euthanize prisoners by nitrogen-induced...

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Jimmie Musick: Crop insurance protects farming for future generations

Wheat farmers in the heartland are facing tough times. Prices have bottomed out, Mother Nature has been unrelenting and this...

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Point of View: A strategy for Oklahoma's teachers

From Altus to Miami, teachers are preparing to walk out to force the Legislature's hand on teacher pay raises. Striking, a...

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Census data show need for government change in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA politicians decry the “structural imbalance” in reference to the ratio of state tax collections to state spending. But...

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Gallogly is a solid choice as next OU president

IN selecting James "Jim" Gallogly as the University of Oklahoma's next president, the board of regents chose someone who isn't...

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Cal Thomas: Budget contributes to national insecurity

President Trump wants us to believe that the ridiculous 2,232-page spending bill passed by Congress, but unread by most...

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Your Views Monday, March 26

Changing the narrative “What do you make of the proposed teacher walkout?” asked a friend. Before an answer could form, I was...