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COMMENTARY: For State Question 779, and paying a salary that says we value teachers

Joshua Putnam, former Oklahoma school teacher.  Photo provided.

by Joshua Putnam Convincing teachers to stay in our classrooms is becoming more difficult every year we fail to offer them a raise. I know because I’m a teacher who had to make the painful decision to leave. After 13 years in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, including three tours in Afghanistan and one in […]

COMMENTARY: Pro-Life for Earth

Nathaniel Batchelder, director of the Oklahoma City Peace House.  Photo provided.

by Nathaniel Batchelder For more than 50 years, climate scientists have warned that increasing emissions of CO2 and methane from human sources were warming the atmosphere, and that this would have dire consequences for nature and society if not reversed. The warnings have been ignored – even ridiculed – and concentrations of these gases have […]

Editorial: Don’t make over-the-counter med allergy meds harder to get for young workers

Oklahoma State Capitol.  File Photo

To The Editor: Pseudoephedrine (PSE) is a common ingredient in cold and allergy medication that can be bought over-the-counter. It can also be used to manufacture meth, which concerns lawmakers. Unfortunately, some of our lawmakers are not fully aware of the shortage of physicians in our state and by turning allergy medication into a prescription […]

COMMENTARY: ln the land of immigrants, time for reform

The Very Rev. Justin Alan Lindstrom. Photo provided.

by Justin Alan Lindstrom In the first chapter of the Bible God says, “Let us make humankind in our image, in our likeness.” In other words, God views every individual as someone who has gifts that can contribute to the common good. Passing immigration reform in 2017 would lead to a $4.6 billion increase in […]

ANALYSIS As the future rushes in: Tuition hikes and horses and buggies vs. MOOCs and Innovation

Patrick B. McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Tuition at Oklahoma’s 25 public colleges and universities will go up an average of 8.4 percent this year, the Associated Press reports. Hikes for undergraduates will range from Langston’s 3.7 percent boost to about 13 percent at Rose State. The state Higher Education Regents and Chancellor Glen […]

Indian People, Black People, and avoidable deaths while in police custody

Another Dead Indian, by artist Samuel F. Reynolds.  Photo provided.

To the Editor: My visceral sympathy favors the police, in a dispute. This I attribute to growing up in a neighborhood where there were no professional persons — not until college did I realize that doctors, lawyers, accountants, college professors and so forth were actually people with families who sat down to dinner every night […]

COMMENTARY: Light at the end of the tunnel, deeds in life as a prelude to Eternity, reaping the harvest, working together for good

Russell Crowe as the lead charter in the film ‘Gladiator’ reflected the philosophy of Marcus Aurelius: “What we do in life echoes in Eternity.”

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Some words on light, life, death, the harvest, and working together. Presenting the latest news about gross tax receipts for state government, Oklahoma state Treasurer Ken Miller delivered a somber message, detailing what his overview release characterized as the continued “downward trajectory” of the state economy. However, […]

COMMENTARY: As we conclude Immigrant Heritage Month, it’s time for reform

ihm border

by Francisco J. Treviño Tulsa, Oklahoma – As business owners, we are aware of the dangers of alienating ourselves from the surrounding community and make conscious decisions each day to further involve ourselves with the public. We do best when we can engage, collaborate, and interact with others. From adapting to customer preferences to creating […]

Time for criminal justice reform, both state and federal

A rally for “Just Lawmaking and Sensible Lawmakers” will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol south plaza at noon. File photo

To the Editor: As someone who recently worked in the state legislature as a Page Chamber Lead, I have seen firsthand how a bill becomes a law. All legislation goes through a thorough vetting process as staff and legislators consider the most effective way to solve a problem facing their community. In a time when […]

COMMENTARY: Getting the right answer by changing the question: If left-wing academic bias is a given, why should taxpayers finance it?

Patrick B. McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – You have to love a policy wonk who asks a question different from the one people assume is “the question” of the day. Neal McCluskey is such a wonk. He starts with a reality that has taken more than seven decades to unfold: “Academia did not become an […]

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