The City Sentinel
Archive for: July, 2013

Commentary: Affordable Care Act makes insurance coverage possible

Dr. Katherine Scheirman

By Katherine Scheirman, MD Oklahoma State Director, Doctors for America Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, for the first time ever, many people who have been unable to get high quality, low-cost health insurance will soon be able to do so. Unfortunately, due to misinformation, the very people who stand to benefit the most and […]

Paseo First Friday Gallery Walk to feature monthly Sidewalk Astronomy event

From left: OKC Astronomy members Mike Madden, Brad Ferguson (President), Chris Taylor and Phil Cloud at Cheddar Ranch Observatory (CRO) near Watonga, owned and operated by the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Visitors to the First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo District will discover a new addition beginning Aug. 2 when the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club launches a monthly Sidewalk Astronomy program. Astronomy Club members will set up telescopes on the central island at N.W. 29 and Paseo beginning at […]

VA hires 1,600 Mental Health professionals expanding access to care and outreach efforts OKC VA Medical Center adds 19 new Mental Health professionals

One of the 19 new mental health professionals hired under President Obama’s August 31, 2012, Executive Order, Dr. Ana Maria Bautista-Gutierrez, a Psychiatrist with the OKC Department of Veterans Affairs speaks with a visiting Oklahoma veterans. Photo by Mark Hooten.
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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obama’s August 31, 2012, Executive Order. The program will improve access to Mental Health Services for veterans, service members, and military families. Toward this […]

VOICE alliance continues listening campaign effort to solve issues facing OKC families

: (From left) Dr. Ed Shadid held a reception for VOICE last fall attended by Robyn Lemon Sellers, Bob Lemon and Sheri Chan. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Founded in February 2012, Voices Organized in Civic Engagement, or VOICE, is a coalition of 25 church congregations, nonprofits and schools that share a concern for Oklahoma City metro area families. Over 1200 Oklahomans gathered to attend the VOICE founding convention. Last April, VOICE held a Health Care Summit […]

OSU Extension offers workshops for aspiring young photographers

The Youth Photography workshops, hosted by the OK County OSU Cooperative Extension and Bedford Camera & Video, will help participants understand how to avoid common photography mistakes so they can get the best picture possible. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer On Thursday, July 18, young people ages nine to 19 can learn to take dynamic and creative photographs by attending one of two “Youth Photography” workshops being held in Oklahoma City. Bedford Camera & Video of Oklahoma City in partnership with the 4H Program will be holding classes at the […]

OKC Zoo hosts annual bowling event to save wild Rhinos on July 20

The OKC Zoo Bowling for Rhinos event to support wild rhinoceros conservation is set for July 20 at 7 p.m. at Heritage Lanes, 11917 N. Penn, in Oklahoma City. Photo courtesy OKC Zoo.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer This month you can help save wild rhinoceros populations with the roll of a bowling ball. The Oklahoma City Zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) will host the 19th annual Bowling for Rhinos on Saturday, July 20. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at […]

Nothing ‘Anonymous’ about bad policies and ruined lives: Oklahoma’s prisons must change

Patrick McGuigan

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher A new study from “Anonymous Analytics” takes on the issue of over-incarceration and devotes critical attention to Corrections Corporation of America, one of the largest firms in the private prison industry. The document hit the world wide web in early July. Although laced with editorial commentary, the analysis accurately […]

At Capitol rally, diverse leaders and activists form anti-war coalition

A diverse range of activists and leaders organized a state Capitol rally opposing U.S. involvement in the Syrian Civil War. The rally at the Capitol, last Friday, drew some 200 people. A pre-rally briefing on the cause included, from left, Jason Byas, Ryan Kiesel of the Oklahoma arm of the American Civil Liberties Union (who spoke in his private capacity), Oklahoma Constitution publisher Steve Byas, state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Oklahoma City (at the podium), Ron Paul 2012 state grass roots coodinator Lucas Collins, and Nathaniel Batchelder of the Peace House in Oklahoma City.
Photo by Jason Warfe, OK state legislative service bureau

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Editor A diverse coalition of individuals allied for an anti-war rally at the Oklahoma state Capitol last Friday. Theme of the gathering and related activities was “Syria – Not Our War!” Despite the heat (just shy of 100 degrees as the program kicked off at 7 p.m.), approximately 200 people […]

What a way to make a living! “9 to 5: The Musical” at Poteet Theatre

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher From top to bottom, performances in Poteet Theatre’s “9 to 5: The Musical” are superbly delivered. The age-old story of abusive, misogynistic and hypocritical males has rarely been rendered with greater verve, intensity and slicing humor than in this script – and the Poteet crew delivers the tale in […]

If government has a role in creating a business-friendly environment, it also has a role in subsidizing health care

Brian Renegar

By Brian Renegar Oklahoma Representative – McAlester If a role of government is creating a business friendly environment, government should also be involved in bringing health care to workers, said Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester. A lot of conversation here at the capitol focuses on what will bring new business to the state. We passed worker’s […]

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