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Archive for: October, 2013

The man who made the world one

The Christopher Columbus Gallery
In Sight of the New World. Oil on canvas, 1852, Peter Kohlbeck (German, active 1850-1878). picture from web

  By Patrick B. McGuigan The sailors — from Spain and other nations — grew restless after a month of sailing to the west. They only continued the voyage because they could see for themselves what the Italian captain kept pointing out: there were birds in the sky, and bits of wood floating on the […]

Health Outcomes might improve with community gardens and co-ops

On a recent night, a homeless man in Oklahoma City declared himself “too ugly to prostitute” -- but he accepted contributions tossed into his guitar case on N. 23rd Street. State and local officials have been investigating ways to promote community gardens and other methods to improve nutrition for the needy.  The City Sentinel staff photo.

Staff Report The headlines and news reports continue to detail the challenges facing needy Oklahomans, including the homeless. Last week, members of the House Agriculture Committee met for an interim study to look at the proliferation of community vegetable gardens and other tactics aiming to improve access to nutritious food for more of our people. […]

COMMENTARY: Americans choose school choice, as the future rushes in


By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   You might say, in the immortal words of Charles Dickens, that when it comes to education reform, particularly choice, these are “the best of times, and the worst of times. “ On the down side, endless legal challenges continue to arise every time a choice system is enacted […]

Ride for Compassion honors former volunteer lost in unsolved murder

From left: Debbi Baecher McCullock, Zack McCullock and Dale McCullock, ride with the OKC First Dicycleship, a cycling group from Oklahoma City’s First Church of the Nazarene, in the 2011 Philip Gokool Ride for Compassion at Stars & Stripes park. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKC Compassion, Inc. is hosting the 5th annual ‘Philip Gokool Ride for Compassion’ on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Lake Hefner’s Stars & Stripes Park in Oklahoma City. The event is in memory of OKC Compassion volunteer and friend Philip Gokool and is open to riders of all abilities. Check-in […]

Schools activities association hearings conclude, legislation likely to follow

At the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, in the foreground at left, state Rep. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, listens during the Interim Study hearing concerning the power of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association (OSSAA). At right is state Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, who had asked for the hearing. Photo by Jason Warfe, Legislative Service Bureau.

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher Last week, the legislative Interim Study focused on the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) concluded after three days of hearings, testimony from dozens of witnesses, and a defense from the association’s executive director. The deliberations illustrated the role of high school sports in the Sooner State, particularly football. […]

A to Z Group helps No Boundaries International fight human trafficking


By Jack L. Werner, Ph.D. CEO, A to Z Group The A to Z Group sponsored No Boundaries International’s 5K Run/Walk at the Oklahoma River (at Western and Interstate-40) at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 6. A to Z Group members also joined in the effort as runners. No Boundaries International is a nonprofit organization […]

Conservative state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft honored by ACLU-OK

Rep Paul Wesselhoft

By Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Paul Wesselhöft, R-Moore, was among a group of state legislators honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma for work during the 2013 legislative session. He has cooperated, in recent months, with ACLU leaders in areas of mutual concern. As it continues to evolve, such […]

Good Medicine Poetry event sparks interest in Obamacare

Organizers of the Good Medicine Poetry reading, held at the Paramount OKC Theater are (L-R) Devey Napier, Katherine Scheirman, M.D., Doctors for America Oklahoma State Director; Lauren Zuniga, Melodie Garneau and Dorothy Alexander. Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Paramount OKC Theater was filled to capacity with people eager to hear poetry and to learn about the new healthcare options during the Good Medicine Poetry event. As part of the ‘Coverage is Good Medicine Campaign’ presented by Doctors for America, Oklahoma poets Lauren Zuniga, Dorothy Alexander, Ken […]

Early shutdown effects modest in Oklahoma, as analysts debate impact

Jonathan Small

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – The early effects of the federal government shutdown were modest, at least in Oklahoma ( State government offices opened as usual. At Tinker Air Force Base, the state’s largest federal employer, workers – both military and civilian — were instructed to report as usual, and await […]

Gloria Steinem rallies Planned Parenthood supporters in Oklahoma City

Over 800 Oklahomans gave a standing ovation for CHOICES 2013 guest speaker Gloria Steinem at what the feminist icon referred to as the National “Cowgirl” & Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Photo by Mary E. Sine.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Over 800 Oklahomans gave a standing ovation for CHOICES 2013 guest speaker Gloria Steinem, at what the feminist icon referred to as the National “Cowgirl” & Cowboy Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Co-chaired by Mari Fagin and Julee Coyle, CHOICES 2013 included an art sale, silent auction, and […]

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