The City Sentinel
Archive for: January, 2012

District 4 candidate Crystal Hodges touts fiscal accountability, home school experience


By Patrick B. McGuigan Crystal Hodges, a candidate for the Oklahoma City Public Schools’ board of education post in District 4, believes the top three issues facing local education are, in the views of local teachers, “discipline, testing, and funding.” In an online interview, she elaborated her response to The City Sentinel’s question, expanding her […]

Laura Massenat, Oklahoma City school board candidate, supports school choice, better nutrition and Core Curriculum

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor Asked to name the three most important issues now facing the Oklahoma City Public School district, school board candidate Laura Massenat gave a succinct and direct answer: “parental expectations/involvement; teaching to the tests/lowest pass standard; and accountability and transparency.” Although turnout and voters participation in school board races is […]

Patrick Gaines promotes local control, Barresi’s waiver request, technology and charter schools

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor Patrick Gaines, one of three candidates seeking the District 4 position for the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education, has been involved in civic and community leadership for many years. In an interview with The City Sentinel, he listed what he considers the top three issues facing local […]

From Hudson Avenue in Oklahoma City, a letter to the future


By Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor They came to downtown Oklahoma City: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, civic clubs and church groups, labor unions and small businesses. And, there were politicians of every hue: mostly Democrats  (like state Reps. Mike Shelton and Anastasia Pittman, and congressional candidate Tom Guild) but also a contingent of local […]

Regional Food Bank volunteer headcount down 60 percent. Time is crucial to distribute holiday contributions

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By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is in need of volunteers on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4 p.m. Donations from the holiday season need to be quickly sorted for distribution to partner agencies in 53 central and western counties. “Our volunteer headcount is down about […]

The Iron Lady” – despite Meryl Streep and an able cast, a flawed, disappointing and dishonest movie


By Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor The new film ostensibly about Margaret Thatcher, “The Iron Lady,” is a deeply flawed and disappointing movie. It’s little wonder that many of Thatcher’s family and co-workers have either refused to see the film or described their agony after seeing it. The sum total of this movie is mendacious […]

Sen. Holt welcomes new Midtown constituents

State Sen. David Holt, District 30, stands in his Capitol office with a Northwest Classen High School jersey. As a result of reapportionment, Holt's district now includes the near-northwest parts of the Midtown area.

Staff Report Sen. David Holt of Oklahoma City, a Republican, said he’s pleased to welcome 7,984 additional constituents in Midtown Oklahoma City to the District 30 legislative district he already serves. Holt gained new parts of The City Sentinel’s Midtown readership area following redistricting and the departure of Sen. Andrew Rice, an Oklahoma City Democrat, […]

Americans United for Separation of Church & State OKC Chapter Announces 2012 Legislative Preview – Protecting Religion from Itself

OK-AU Communications Chair James Nimmo speaks in the Capitol Senate Chamber during the 2011 Legislative Preview. Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer   The Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State will hold its third annual Oklahoma Legislative Preview on Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Oklahoma Capitol Building State Senate Chamber, in Oklahoma City. The event, “Protecting Religion from Itself,” previews bills submitted by members of both […]

Local Planned Parenthood group hosts activist Janet Taliaferro’s booking signing event


Darla Shelden Contributing Writer Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma (PPCO) is hosting a book signing event for Janet Taliaferro’s latest novel, “Virgin Hall”. The event is to be held 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at Full Circle Book Store, 1900 N Expressway.   Attendees will be able to imbibe in wine and […]

Martin Luther King Holiday events unfold in Oklahoma City

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Staff Report Quietly over many years of evolution in the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Oklahoma City has evolved broader and broader participation, and now has one of the best-attended and popular MLK Day parades and celebrations in the southwest United States. Thousands are gathering to honor the civil rights legend whose work […]

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