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COMMENTARY: Saving Julius Jones: A time for truth, and a time for wisdom

  By Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher of The City Sentinel Thursday, June 11, 2020   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma state Pardon and Parole Board is asking Attorney General Mike Hunter whether or not they have the authority to consider requests for commutation of sentences imposed on death row inmates in our state. Those […]

An Easter Message from “Mr. McGuigan”

    by Patrick B. McGuigan Thursday, April 9, 2020 Dear Students (and readers and friends): For as long as I can remember, I have loved to write, and to read. And, since 1976 I have been – off and on, between or in the midst of other professional incarnations – a teacher. Here is […]

COMMENTARY: More school counselors would help diminish adverse childhood experiences

Joe Dorman, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy   Recently, I was pleased to be a part of a very successful pair of events held in Duncan, sponsored by Pathways to a Healthier You, the Potts Family Foundation, and several local partners. Two viewings of the documentary film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science […]

Dr. Nyla Ali Khan addresses Kashmir crisis for members of Oklahoma “Inns of Court”

  Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City, OK – In a recent speech to Oklahoma members of the national “Inns of Court,” a leading American voice for her native Kashmir — Dr. Nyla Ali Khan – addressed “politics that create short-sightedness” during the current crisis in northern India. A crowd of around 190 people attended […]

Commentary: Governor Stitt, the Oklahoma Tribes and the Outside Vendors

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher, The City Sentinel   When it comes to Compact negotiations between the state of Oklahoma and the various tribes involved in gaming enterprises, this essay could focus on the seemingly dramatic events of the last two weeks before Christmas. First: After months of encouraging words and hopeful gestures to reach out […]

Why I care about events in Kashmir

Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Some friends have wondered about my recent interest in the decision of the government of India to first erode and then revoke the semi-autonomous status of Kashmir within the geographic area identified on maps as India. I have provided a forum to Nyla Ali Khan, a South […]

COMMENTARY: Changing Scenario in Saudi Arabia and a Need to Rigorously Implement New Laws

Nyla Ali Khan The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued new laws to allow women to apply for passports and travel without male guardians. The new laws, which will be implemented at the end of August 2019, “allow women to register a marriage, divorce, or a child’s birth, and obtain official family documents, which could […]

COMMENTARY: Let’s call the whole thing off: As policy and for principle, no more executions

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher and Editor OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Mon., Jan. 28, 2019 – Over the past several years, doubts about the validity of death sentences and executions in this state, both past and pending, have increased. There is absolutely no reason to believe that there is any likely scenario in which this state […]

The full picture: 401(k) plans vs. public pensions

by Curtis Shelton   Note: Curtis Shelton is a policy research fellow for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), the Sooner State’s largest public policy research group, which is based in Oklahoma City. OCPA recently highlighted how generous government pensions  can be for high-level officials like superintendents. While most government employees will not receive […]

COMMENTARY: At OU, refreshing leadership

  Jonathan Small   More than three months ago, I said incoming University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly was a terrific hire. Since then, Gallogly has focused on the core work of a university, showing a relentless dedication to what’s best for students and their families. Presiding over his first meeting of the OU Board […]

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