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COMMENTARY: Mayor Mick should debate Dr. Ed

Ed Shadid on left, Mick Cornett on the right. Picture from watchdog.org

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher Mayor Mick Cornett may win another term of office. However, that is not guaranteed. An election is scheduled for March 4. The mayor has presided over Oklahoma’s largest and most important city in a time of economic growth, and during an era of optimism about the future of our […]

Commentary: Law and life, secrecy and privacy, politics and wisdom

Dr. Ed Shadid, candidate for Oklahoma City Mayor with ex-wife Dina Hammam, and two of their children at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market, where Shadid launched his mayoral campaign. Photo by Mary E. Sine, courtesy of The City Sentinel

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher The great Solomon prayed not for wealth or power or even the defeat of his enemies, but for wisdom. And it was granted unto him (1 Kings 3: 7-12, in all translations) As I grow older, this seems the better part of valor. As an important mayoral election nears, […]

COMMENTARY: Few dare call it bribery: Grants, e-cigs, and another brick in the wall

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  By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – Call me slow, but don’t call me dumb. Call me patient, but don’t call me long-suffering. Slow to burn? Yep. Clueless? Nope. The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is cajoling and pressuring local communities into equating e-cigarettes and similar products (“personal vaporizers” as fans call […]

Dollars and Sense: OK prison reform by the numbers, and in understanding hearts

  By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – It matters not if true prison reform comes for practical reasons or for more reasons, of some combination of each. What matters is whether or not change will happen. For fiscal reasons, effective alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent crime must be nurtured, to flatten or reverse […]

Dr. Smith goes to Washington: OK’s favorite (doctor) son rises to national prominence advocating for free markets

Dr. Keith Smith

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – Opposition to the Affordable Care Act is only one of the reasons Dr. G. Keith Smith is scheduled to appear Monday night on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News program. Smith and his colleagues have since the early 1990s rebuffed not only federal health care funding, but most “Big […]

COMMENTARY: Ronald Reagan, John Kennedy and the Republic

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 Pat McGuigan Oklahoma City – A few years ago, during one of her visits to Oklahoma City for a speech, I spent time with columnist Peggy Noonan, a friend from my decade of work in Washington, D.C. Ted Kennedy had died a few days before. Our conversation turned not to Ted, but to Ronald Reagan’s […]

Good Citizens: Russell Perry and Vicki Miles belong in the Hall of Fame

Russell Perry

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – When I left The Oklahoman editorial page in 2002, some local politicians – both liberal and conservative – hoped they’d seen the last of me. Russell Perry, publisher of The Black Chronicle and owner of the largest privately-held radio broadcasting company in the U.S., wanted me […]

In Oklahoma and Israel, blessings from a broken heart

LESSONS FROM BROKEN HEARTS: From left, Seth, Koby and Sherri Mandell. Koby was murdered near the west bank town of Tekoa in 2001. Seth and Sherri formed a foundation in his honor, working around the world to support the parents and siblings of murdered children.

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   I felt safe, in crowds or on my own, everywhere I went in Israel. I feel safe here at home, since returning from my vacation in the Holy Land. In both cases, the sense of safety may be delusional, given the news of terrorist violence that reaches here […]

COMMENTARY: Whether start-up nation or pipeline nation, Israel’s economy booms, shadowed by Iran’s push for nukes

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher JERUSALEM – An acclaimed book describes the modern state of Israel as a “Start-Up Nation” – an economic miracle wrought by determined people in a desert land, in the midst of war and despite the nearness of enemies. The 300-page book by Dan Senor and Saul Singer is better […]

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 […]

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