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

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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 […]

Reader Poll Part Two: The Death Penalty – Why or why not?

By Patrick B. McGuigan, editor June 5, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY — Although polling organizations continue to find majority support for capital punishment for the worst crimes, public affirmation of the ultimate sanction appears to be slipping. Here in Oklahoma, polls indicate that many who have previously backed executions have shifted toward a preference for penalties […]

‘A productive, tax-paying citizen’ who supports criminal justice reform

Nathasha Purnell, at podium, speaks Thursday (June 2), moments before a delegation of citizens submitted initiative petition signatures seeing ballot status two criminal justice reform proposals. Photo Provided

By Natasha Purnell My name is Natasha Purnell. I began using drugs at 12 years old.  As an adolescent, I would run away from home and stay gone for weeks. I had always felt different or out of place when I was young, and I was using drugs and hanging out with the wrong crowd […]

COMMENTARY: Judicial Reform? Keep Selection Over Election

Julie Knutson, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, based in Norman. Photo Provided

By Julie Knutson In 2014, The Oklahoma Academy annual Town Hall focused on Oklahoma’s Health, and throughout the three-day session a common phrase was often heard: “At least we aren’t as unhealthy as Mississippi.” The 2015 Town Hall focused on the Oklahoma budget, and again, a phrase heard throughout the Town Hall conference was, “at […]

Honoring ‘The Defender’ – the story of one of America’s most consequential newspapers

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by Patrick B. McGuigan Rarely does any one book capture a city and one of its most vital institutions as well as ‘The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America’ (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 633 pages with index and bibliography, $32 hardcover). This tale of the Chicago newspaper founded by Robert Sengstacke Abbott in […]

COMMENTARY: Dust to dust, ashes to ashes … Reflections on law, mortality and the meaning of words

Justice Antonin Scalia

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor This past week was Ash Wednesday. Words associated with it are as meaningful as all words in Scripture. When the faithful gather to receive the remains of burnt Palms, we are reminded, “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” These are solemn words, worth hearing. In […]

OPINION Gratitude for 10 years of ‘the peak of education in Oklahoma

J.R. Gray

by J.R. Gray OKLAHOMA CITY – I have been in Catholic Schools all of my life, and for the past ten years, I feel that I have been granted the peak of education in Oklahoma. Bishop John Carroll is a school like no other. It is a place of fun, excitement, kind and interesting teachers, […]

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