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Reflections: DREAM a little dream for them – Still hoping for wisdom on immigration policy impacting those who are undocumented

In every state, undocumented workers pay millions of dollars in state and local taxes. Graphic from, an advocacy group founded by Facebook executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Patrick B. McGuigan This essay consists of not-so-rambling thoughts on immigration policy, driven by recent developments in the news. I am sometimes frustrated with the operational definitions of certain liberties that seem to animate the contemporary version of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), but I’m glad they exist. Without the ACLU, the debate over […]

CASA presents “An Evening to Remember” fundraiser in May


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Oklahoma County will host its annual fundraising celebration themed, “An Evening to Remember: A Night of Stars,” on Friday, May 4. 

The event will take place from 6-8 Aloft Hotel, 200 N. Walnut Avenue, in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district. The […]

OKC Cinco de Mayo 2018 moves to Wiley Post Park


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 2018 Oklahoma City Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held on Sunday, May 6, from 1 – 10 p.m. Through a partnership with the City of Oklahoma City Parks Department and Sister Cities OKC, this year’s Cinco de Mayo event will be held for the […]

OKC’s annual Festival of the Arts opens April 24

Over 250 performers will delight festival goers on three stages during the 2018 Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The annual Festival of the Arts returns to Oklahoma City’s Bicentennial Park at 500 Couch Drive at Walker Avenue, from April 24 to 29.  The event will feature more than 140 of the nation’s most talented artists, an expanded children’s art area, returning food faves, […]

1889 Institute recommends school districts start “conversion schools”

Vance Fried  Photo provided

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The 1889 Institute, an Oklahoma state policy think tank, has published “Conversion Schools: Local Districts Have No Excuse.” A short paper, released March 29, points out that school districts now have the power to free themselves of many of the rules and regulations imposed by the state. Local school boards […]

Brightmusic: Savoring memories of a March “Montage” – anticipating April’s “old and the new”

On April 17, Brightmusic will continue the 2017-18 season of great chamber music with "Old and New" -- a collection of works building on the local group's excellent repertoire. In this file photo from May 2017, Brightmusic winds (with cello and double bass) perform "A Great Night for Winds." For information on this month's performance, visit Brightmusic’s website at Photo credit: Anderson.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – In wake of the stirring “Montage of Sound” concert held in March, Brightmusic is preparing for an April 17 concert celebrating a range of “Old and New” works building on the chamber music tradition. The March performance, at downtown’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, brought to stirring life a diverse […]

ChoiceMatters question: After teacher raise, what is the plan to improve Oklahoma schools?

ChoiceMatters Executive Director Robert Ruiz.  Photo provided.

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – With teachers poised to receive the largest salary increase in state history, parents and education reform groups are now asking legislators to focus on improving Oklahoma schools and boosting student outcomes. ChoiceMatters, which works to connect parents with educational resources and options, said the pay raises were needed but […]

OCU President Robert Henry honored at recent retirement ceremony

Robert Henry receives the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Distinguished Public Service Award during the Much Ado About Robert” retirement ceremony April 7.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Newspaper OKLAHOMA CITY – The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation honored Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry with its Distinguished Public Service Award during a surprise presentation at Henry’s retirement celebration on April 7. The foundation recognized Henry for his career in all three branches of government including his time as […]

Editor’s Notebook: Conservative Linda Murphy seeks GOP nod for Superintendent, local teachers return to classes, pro-life students walk out around the nation

Linda Murphy, candidate for Republican nomination for superintendent of Public Instruction.  Photo provided.

  Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – From an editor’s notebook, a conservative educator runs for superintendent of public instruction, local public school teachers are returning to work after the end of their strike/walkout, and here and there across the nation, pro-life students have a “walk out” of their own. * Linda Murphy, who […]

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issues statement at end of nine-day teacher’s strike

Governor Mary Fallin on Tuesday (April 10) signed a measure that allows expanded casino gaming for Oklahoma’s Indian tribes.   Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin on Thursday evening (April 12) issued a statement on the announced end of the nine-day public school teacher walkout. In comments sent to The City Sentinel and other news organizations, the state’s chief executive said: “Oklahomans and our elected officials have proven they are committed to school […]

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