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For Kids: Tear Down That Wall

Ronald Regan, picture taken from web

By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   Education is the source of personal reformation and the pathway to achievement of dreams. Throughout my carrer in writing, reporting and teaching, I have supported education reform in the broadest sense. But after decades of observation and hoping against hope, I have lost all confidence that central planning and […]

Are Oklahoma City Bureaucrats Smarter Than Harvard?

Mark Costello

  By Mark Costello   In 1928, the first Roman Catholic ever nominated for president, Gov. Al Smith of New York, came to campaign in Oklahoma at the height of the Ku Klux Klan’s power. Smith was greeted with numerous burning crosses during the night as his train rolled across the state. When Smith spoke […]

COMMENTARY: For a serious November election, vote for a serious runoff candidate: Connie Johnson

Connie Johnson

COMMENTARY By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – In 1978, Democrats in the Fifth Congressional District inexplicably nominated Jesse D. Knipp for the U.S. House. He was the quintessential unserious candidate. He humiliated the party of Jefferson. U.S. Rep. Mickey Edwards, after just one term in Washington, won by a 4-1 margin in […]

COMMENTARY: Remembering Currie Ballard: Inspiration to Oklahomans

cutline: Currie Ballard, speaking last year at a state Senate conference on economic policy co-hosted by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs at the Oklahoma Capitol. Ballard, an historian and journalist who influenced a generation of African-Americans in Oklahoma, died last week. 
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By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY — Currie Ballard, one of Oklahoma’s most respected historians, died last week at his home in Logan County. Ballard’s personal brand of political conservatism, including leadership among African-Americans in the Republican Party, influenced a generation of politicians and policymakers. In a statement, Gov. Mary Fallin described Ballard as […]

Mourning and evening: Memories of Things Past, and reflections on the days to come

Patrick McGuigan

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – We gathered July 1, a windy Wednesday at Lake Hefner in north Oklahoma City. Next to the curved walls of the Eisenhower Plaza there were perhaps 100 people, mostly Jews but a few others, like me. We remembered three Israeli boys who were kidnapped, their tortured […]

Sparks Flying: Party purity and discretionary wisdom

John Sparks

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   The late Paul M. Weyrich, no conservative slouch but nonetheless a man interested in seeing conservatives govern after generations in the policy wilderness, told me a funny story early in my 10 years of work with him during the 1980s. We were discussing the tendency in politics among […]

COMMENTARY: Once upon a time in Washington, a former POW remembered, and I listened

Jeremiah Denton. Picture from web

    By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – Jeremiah Denton spent eight years (1965-73) as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, including time in the “Hanoi Hilton.” Hailed as a hero after his return to the U.S., Denton won Alabama’s 1980 U.S. Senate race. He was among the notable victors in […]

COMMENTARY: The wonderful thing about open records is that they are open to everyone

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLHOMA CITY — In those glorious films based on the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ stories, the character of “Tigger” sang memorably concerning “The wonderful thing about Tiggers.” At one point Tigger concludes a chorus declaring that the best thing of all about Tiggers is “I’m the only one.” When […]

COMMENTARY: Battle over E-cigarettes in Oklahoma is getting lost in the weeds

Patrick McGuigan

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY — As a new legislative week begins at the Oklahoma Capitol, proposals are advancing to clarify that e-cigarettes are products that cannot be sold to minors. Such is already policy in many businesses which sell such devices. In simplistic terms, at least, the disagreement is not […]

State Finance Secretary says appropriations will be tight, but “the sky is not falling”

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  By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   Although the Oklahoma economy is growing and total tax revenue is up, the amount available for legislative appropriations, in the general revenue fund, is down. But the state official responsible for monitoring state government cash flow preempted critics of a proposed income tax cut, saying the state […]

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