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Archive for: November, 2010

How to improve Oklahoma’s public schools

COMMENTARY By Greg Forster The debate rages over State Question 744 to the very end. It was a proposal which aimed to improve Oklahoma’s public schools by giving them a lot more money. More money was not likely to help. School budgets have been ballooning for decades with no improvement, and empirical research confirms that […]

Peace Festival to Highlight Local Groups

The 25th annual Peace Festival will offer vast array of groups concerned with the diversilty, the oppressed, bigotry, peace, environmental responsibility, plus a multitude of other causes.

The Fall Peace Festival returns to downtown Oklahoma City and the Civil Music Center’s “Hall of Mirrors” this Sunday. Admission is free to the 25th annual Fall Peace Festival, scheduled for Nov.14, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Civic Center, 201 N. Walker Avenue. Tables of some 50 organizations working for human rights, […]

Expanded Military Welcome Center provides vast array of comforts for traveling military personnel

Fort Sill Captain Jamie Stamper stops by for a snack and a drink at the Military Welcome Center at Will Rogers World Airport. Photo by Stacy Martin.

Veterans Day Nov. 11 is a fitting day to call attention to the newly-expanded military welcome center for soldiers thanks to generous support led by the metro YMCAs. “Comfort and refreshments, that’s saying a lot, that’s what we provide,” said Director Clyde Tullos. “Everything you see at home, you’ll see here,” The center operates primarily […]

Today’s busy lifestyles often a challenge to elder care, options are available

Busy families are often faced with difficult choices when an aging loved one can no longer live without some help. At the same time, seniors cherish their independence.  Photo provided.

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles on caring for senior citizens in their latter years. It will explore the challenges families face in helping their loved ones try to retain their quality of life as their health deadlines. “In the back of their minds, a lot of people think they’re […]

Askins reflects on her defeat, calls campaign “exhilarating”

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut Independent who caucuses with Democrats in the U.S. Senate, visits with Lt. Gov. Jari Askins at last week’s gala fundraiser for the Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins says, “The experience of running for statewide office was exhilarating. “That experience is about the people. I met people in all parts of Oklahoma for more than a year. Connecting and reconnecting with the people was something I’ll never forget. It reaffirmed my faith in Oklahoma.” Askins ran hard in her […]

Analysis: SQ 744 trounced; reform gains fans

Oklahoma voters chose school reformer Janet Barresi as the state office as state superintendent. School reform is on the minds of the nation and the Sooner state as well. Photo provided

State Question 744 was pummeled in Oklahoma’s recent general election. In the returns, it seemed clear that the citizenry wants something better and likely different for schoolchildren, recent developments indicate. As SQ 744 was flaming out, voters placed school reformer Janet Barresi into the state superintendent’s post, succeeding Sandy Garrett, who didn’t seek re-election. Showings […]

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Cleveland Neighborhood beautification projects plagued by vandals and thieves

The Cleveland neighborhood’s gazebo has been the repeated target of vandals and thieves. The neighborhood is located between NW 23 and NW 30 and N Villa and May avenues. Photo by Jeanie Ruedy

Vandals and thieves have targeted the Cleveland neighborhood’s gazebo at NW 23 and for about three years, frustrating neighborhood association leaders who spent much effort to make it a gathering place and an aesthetic addition to their neighborhood. Association vice president Dan Martin said there have been thousands of dollars in vandalized, stolen decorative items […]

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