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COMMENTARY: Family Matters — In the Class 3A state championship basketball game, the Coaches Cudjoe count

The Star Spencer Bobcats, coached by Lance Cudjoe, compete in Oklahoma’s Class 3A basketball championship game on Saturday, March 11. Photo: Star Spencer High School Facebook.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – I have had the privilege of knowing folks named Cudjoe for most of my life, but I need to pay closer attention to certain intra-family information, including spelling of the last name. Seriously, now: The Cudjo family unit attending the same church as the McGuigans comes from the branch […]

OPINION: OTA Taking Your Tax Dollars From Oklahoma Schools

Frank Volpe is a retired U.S. Navy commander. Photo provided.

by Frank Volpe Dear Fellow Oklahomans: Nationally, we rank 49th in teacher pay and 48th in education, however, with 600 miles and counting we are #2, soon to be #1 in “pay as you go” turnpikes. THIS IS BACKWARDS. As we prayerfully prepare for another legislative session we cannot help but think of our schools, […]

48 Hours For Richard Glossip: When In Doubt, Kick It Out

Richard Glossip

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – An execution is set for Wednesday, Sept. 30. A few weeks ago, attorneys trying to save the life of death row inmate Richard E. Glossip filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Three hours before his scheduled execution on Wednesday (September 16), the court […]

Pharmacists thank U.S. Rep. Mullin for resolution

Shonda Lassiter, DPh

To The Editor: On behalf of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association, I would like to thank Congressman Markwayne Mullin, R-Tulsa, for co-sponsoring House Resolution 592, The Pharmacy and Medically Under-served Areas Enhancement Act. This legislation promotes increased access to care for patients who are otherwise medically under-served. It is vital for pharmacies and pharmacists to continue […]

Op ed by Marilynn Knott..

vigil banner 2014

by Marilynn Knott.. On January 29 we the people will execute Richard Eugene Glossip for allegedly paying Justin Sneed to kill Barry Van Treese in 1997. I say allegedly because it was essentially Glossip’s word against Sneed’s regarding the murder. The courts found that Mr. Sneed was the person who did the killing. He negotiated […]

Letter to the Editor: Benefits to a U.S.-Iran Alliance

Recent demonstration photo provided, Batchelder on far right

Letter to the Editor Benefits to a U.S.-Iran Alliance To The Editor: The United States must not miss the opening right before us for agreements with Iran that would bring economic benefits to both nations. Such an alliance seems possible because the nuclear negotiations have been extended, and Iran is in compliance with dramatic demands […]

Leaders express tempered enthusiasm for watered-down pension reform

Randy McDaniel

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – With unfunded liabilities on government pensions somewhere between $11.5 billion and $44.1 billion, the Legislature watered down and passed a bill that took small steps at reform. House Bill 2630 is directed at maintaining full pension benefit for government worked hired in late 2015 and thereafter. Bob […]

Letter to the Editor: Halt Executions in Oklahoma

Bud Welch

Dear Editor, After the tragically botched execution of Clayton Lockett, I support a halt to all executions and a full investigation into how executions are carried out in Oklahoma. Surely the outrageous, cruel and unusual suffering imposed on Mr. Lockett will be a wake up call to our Governor, Legislators and Department of Correction officials. […]

Negotiations With Iran Serve U.S. Interests

Nathaniel Batchelder (right) is a director of the Oklahoma City Peace House and a member of Americans Against the Next War (AANW).  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Nathaniel Batchelder, Americans Against the Next War Ongoing negotiations with Iran could lead to normalized relations, even a major trading partner with the U.S. Iran would import U.S. beef and grains, benefiting Oklahoma producers. American firms serving the petroleum and other industries are eager to open offices in Iran and become trading partners. Releasing […]

COMMENTARY: How the ‘Pay for Success’ program could boost prison reform

Senator Kim David

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – A proposal authorizing a “pay for success” revolving fund could boost prison reform prospects in Oklahoma. Enactment would mark an overdue start to practical programs envisioned in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) of 2014. Having cleared the upper chamber, the measure’s next stop will be in […]

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