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Jonah Goldberg: Times owes an explanation for 1619 Project reversal

Something strange is going on with The New York Times and the 1619 Project. By now you’ve probably heard of the 1619 Project....

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Point of View: With high court picks, play is the same for both parties

Since the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a cascade of commentators has insisted that our constitutional principles and...

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Point of View: The GOP's dishonest, dangerous approach to filling court seat

Sen. Mitch McConnell surprised no one with his decision following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. President Trump’s...

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Your Views Sunday, Sept. 27

Hypocrisy on display by GOP senators I was deeply saddened by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an absolute giant in...

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Opinion: With redistricting, Oklahoma lawmakers must keep their pledge

Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate are promising an open and inclusive process in redrawing the state’s...

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Opinion: First debate should test both presidential candidates

Several weeks ago, a late-night talk show host dismissed the idea of holding debates ahead of the presidential election,...

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Point of View: Confirmation process an exercise of power, chance

Sen. Mitch McConnell serves as the architect in a decades-long movement to confirm an army of federal judges who share an...

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Michael Barone: Who is violating norms these days?

Norms, we are told, matter. Violating norms, recklessly disregarding norms — these are charges on which President Donald Trump...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Good news for Oklahoma City's east side

Residents of Oklahoma City’s east side got good news this week — groundbreaking is set Thursday on a Homeland supermarket that,...

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Point of View: SQ 805 recognizes Oklahomans are not that bad

Oklahoma has an incarceration problem, bouncing between 49th and 50th nationally in the number of incarcerated individuals per...

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Opinion: An idea to ease potential Election Day concerns

The presidential election is Nov. 3. However, a record number of mailed ballots combined with questionable election policies in...

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Opinion: Flu shot more important than ever this year

The shutdowns that were part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to fewer U.S. school children getting their...

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Jonah Goldberg: Deal on court vacancy would make sense, but will never happen

I’ll confess: There was a time when I would have considered the question facing Republicans a no-brainer. Of course they should...

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Point of View: Supreme Court brawls torch our Constitution

It has now been just over 233 years since 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution following...

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Point of View: Oklahoma schools are facing their own pandemic

State leaders have talked about making Oklahoma one of the nation’s top 10 states in education. But recently, Oklahoma fell one...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

NewsMay 16, 2019

SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Clarence Page: ‘Notorious RBG’ will be remembered for victories yet to come

I hear that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s law clerks had to explain to her that her increasingly popular nickname, “Notorious RBG,” was...

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Point of View: Teaching the practice of a different type of medicine

In many ways, 2020 has opened our eyes to what has long been a public health concern: racial injustice. As part of an academic...

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Your Views Wednesday, Sept. 23

Inhofe owes many Oklahomans an apology I believe it is the job of our U.S. senators to represent all Oklahomans. And yet, in a...

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Opinion: Working to avoid COVID nightmare for Oklahoma prisons

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating challenges for Department of Corrections Director Scott Crow that are unlike any his...

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Opinion: Brace for more rancor after Ginsburg's passing

The passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ensures that a presidential campaign already riven by rancor and...

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Remembering Ginsburg

Though Ginsburg’s death has roiled American politics, the roiling should be kept in perspective: A majority of Americans cannot...

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Point of View: Open the presidential debates

In the current election there is a presidential candidate who holds a Ph.D, ran a successful technology business for many...

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Cal Thomas: The conservative moment

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives conservatives and Republicans what they claim to have wanted...

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Point of View: Be careful with broad-brush approach to occupational licensing reform

“States need to cut licensing red tape permanently” (Point of View, Sept. 9) describes a push to weaken occupational licensing...

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Point of View: COVID escalating the need to pass Lymphedema Treatment Act

I have lived my whole life with primary lymphedema — swelling in my feet and legs due to the faulty development of my lymphatic...

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Point of View: Meat producers trying to herd competitors out of Oklahoma

As anyone who has walked through a grocery aisle knows, a product’s name is usually the biggest thing on its label. Think of a...

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Opinion: Might Electoral College debate renew in November?

The role that mail-in ballots may play in the 2020 election is front and center presently. Depending on the outcome Nov. 3, the...

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Your Views Sunday, Sept. 13

Who is Kendra Horn trying to fool? U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn says she works for the people of Oklahoma and she will never forget...

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Point of View: Plan paves way to better roads, bridges in Oklahoma

A recent study showed Oklahoma to have one of the lowest gas taxes in the nation (44th to be exact), yet we probably have more...

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Opinion: Pandemic makes fighting opioid abuse even tougher

At a virtual symposium last week at Oklahoma State University, experts talked about treatment methods that could benefit Native...

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Point of View: A police crisis is coming

American policing is heading for a crisis. Cops are going to keep showing up for work. But they are going to stop performing...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Reminders of why Covid diligence matters

Some of the news this week provides a reminder of why it is incumbent on Oklahomans to do their level best to help tamp down...

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Rich Lowry: Trump's "play it down" debacle

The latest hammer of a book to fall on President Donald Trump is Bob Woodward's soon-to-be-released "Rage," and it's Trump's...

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump aside, Hispanic vote is not a given for Democrats

As ambivalent as I am about a Donald Trump victory — or, for that matter, a Joe Biden one — there is one scenario I would...

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Point of View: A conservative defense of the Black National Anthem

The start of the professional football season will spark a new chapter in the controversy over the playing of the Star-Spangled...

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Opinion: Here's to more streaming of Oklahoma trials

The ouster trial of an Oklahoma County district judge is being livestreamed on the internet, and attracting a good number of...

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Michael Barone: The campaign is at knife's edge

The presidential campaign is at knife's edge. Both parties' campaigns assume that patterns of support will closely resemble...

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Jonah Goldberg: In American politics today, the center is a lonely place to be

Who is a moderate now? Who’s a centrist? Until recently, the answer to such questions was primarily ideological. Centrists were...

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Point of View: States need to cut licensing red tape permanently

As President Trump continues to take deregulatory action to fight the coronavirus pandemic, states have taken similar measures...

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Opinion: Virus underscores importance of infrastructure investment

When Oklahoma finally is out from under the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps the importance of regularly upgrading state agency...

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Opinion: For more and more young people, home is where the living is

We can add an item to the list of similarities between the COVID-19 pandemic and the Great Depression — the percentage of young...

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8 states to watch

The selection of these swing states is based on a variety of factors. ... The individual campaigns have also revealed the...

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Your Views Wednesday, Sept. 9

Judge employees by their character Your article about transforming your newsroom has provoked a lot of thought. You are...

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Cal Thomas: Another day older and deeper in debt

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports that the American government will soon reach a debt level equaling its...

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Labor Point-Counterpoint: What is our government doing to labor?

America has lost more than 12 million jobs in the past six months. An estimated 12 million people have lost their...

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Labor point-counterpoint: Workplace transformation will affect everyone, even labor unions

The Labor Day holiday dates to the early 20th century and envisioned as a public celebration of “the strength and esprit de...

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Point of View: Cutting red tape helps American workers

Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of attending an event at the White House where President Trump highlighted how...

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Point of View: How we're fixing Oklahoma's broken benefits system

In late May, as COVID-19 cases soared in the state, unemployed Oklahomans struggled to get any resolution to their claims in an...

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Your Views Sunday, Sept. 6

Common sense and logic lose again An Oklahoma City ordinance banning panhandlers in the medians was declared unconstitutional...

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Opinion: Mask use falls to us as Oklahomans

The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to extend for six weeks its ordinance requiring people to wear masks when indoors in...

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Opinion: Parking fees offer a lifeline to Oklahoma state parks

Some legislators have questions and concerns about parking fees implemented this summer at 22 Oklahoma state parks. The...

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Point of View: Education the key to breaking cycle of poverty

At Feed the Children, we understand the importance of education and believe it is one of the best ways to break the cycle of...

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Point of View: Illegal and cruel greyhound training tarnishes Oklahoma's reputation

Animal cruelty has again reared its ugly head in Oklahoma, with new surveillance video revealing the killing of jackrabbits for...

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Point of View: Pandemic contributing to increasing overdose trends and deaths

Some of the recent statistics indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is driving fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses. Clinical labs,...

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Your Views Saturday, Sept. 5

For something different, change must happen Donald Trump said he was going to make America great again. But what has he done...

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Point of View: Bubble has burst for Oklahoma prisoners

The bubble has burst for our Thunder and for our state’s prisoners. Neither wished it were so. The Thunder had been living in...

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Michael Barone: Were the lockdowns a mistake?

Were the lockdowns a mistake? To that nagging question, the answer increasingly seems to be yes. Certainly, they were a...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Time running out to complete Census

If you have not filled out a Census questionnaire, you’re not alone — Oklahoma’s response rate, unfortunately, is among the...

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Rich Lowry: Democrats should curb their enthusiasm for mail-in voting

There's a giant scheme afoot to disenfranchise voters in November — it's called mail-in balloting. Mail-in voting has, like...

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Opinion: Large stakes in race for U.S. Senate control

A recent comment by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid underscores one reason why the fight for the White House is...

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Opinion: Vets' center report remains in the dark

A state agency may technically be allowed to withhold the results of an investigation into the treatment of residents of the...

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Jonah Goldberg: Democrats can’t afford to let far left hijack the party

Last week, a mob of white protesters swarmed a white woman eating dinner in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C....

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Point of View: Labor Day then and now — Is it still relevant?

Ask people what comes to mind with the mention of “Labor Day,” and you will most likely hear two responses: “Back to school”...

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Clarence Page: Biden’s familiar straight talk faces Trump’s doublespeak

He’s alive! After watching his widely praised speech at the socially distanced Democratic National Convention, I wondered when...

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Your Views Wednesday, Sept. 2

Resources available to help with chronic pain According to the U.S. Pain Foundation, 50 million, or 20%, of American adults...

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Opinion: Free speech wins out in OKC anti-panhandling case

Oklahoma City argued that safety was the goal of an ordinance that banned anyone from being in traffic medians at busy...

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Point of View: Federal court ruling in OKC case is a victory for the First Amendment

More than four years ago, Oklahoma City made it a crime to “stand, sit, or stay” on roadway medians to exercise the right of...

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Opinion: A ray of hope regarding suicides in Oklahoma

Any port will do in a storm, and so we’ll hope that what the head of the suicide prevention program for the state’s mental...

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Point of View: SQ 805 moves veterans from inmates to community members

All across Oklahoma, brave men and women enlist in the military, willing to risk their lives to protect our great nation. These...

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Cal Thomas: A tale of two conventions

The two political conventions are finally over. To paraphrase Charles Dickens, one convention promoted the best of times, the...

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Point of View: Silence of Oklahoma's majority party has been deafening

In the course of a few weeks, we have discovered that the governor has withheld information from the public concerning how...

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Opinion: Criminal justice reform going to Oklahoma voters

Oklahoma voters have supported criminal justice reforms in recent years and are being asked to do so again in November, this...

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Opinion: States hold remedy for mailed ballot concerns

Tuesday’s runoff elections in Oklahoma went smoothly, which was no surprise. An orderly process on election days and quick,...

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Your Views Sunday, Aug. 30

Time to invent another fairy tale I can only hope whatever information Joe Davis (Your Views, Aug. 23) provided during his time...

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Point of View: Take action against hunger in Oklahoma

Today, we ask you to consider the reality that one in six Oklahomans faces food insecurity every day. This includes one in four...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Another OKC arts option opens its doors

Art lovers itching for an in-person experience during the pandemic got good news this week when Oklahoma Contemporary Arts...

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Michael Barone: Trump's Republicans scoring on issues Democrats wouldn't mention

You know the first two nights of the Republicans' virtual national convention have gone well when you see that Politico's...

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Rich Lowry: The Trump GOP isn't as different as you think

Donald Trump took over the Republican Party, but it's still discernibly the Republican Party. The Republican National...

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Snowden Point-Counterpoint: No, Trump should not pardon Edward Snowden

Presidents were given the pardon power for two principal reasons: one, in times of crisis, a timely pardon might be in the...

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Snowden Point-Counterpoint: Yes, Trump should pardon Edward Snowden

Former President Obama should have pardoned Edward Snowden. Now, it is up to President Trump to do what’s just. It is...

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Opinion: A mother's powerful plea for healing

The country is torn again by shootings, just a few days apart, of Black men by police, events that prompted outrage, grief,...

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Opinion: Second chances pay off for some Oklahoma runoff winners

Oklahoma is one of just 10 states that require political candidates to win the primary election with a majority of the vote, a...

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump campaign shouldn't take solace from Bush-Dukakis race

In July 1988, Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis enjoyed a 17-point lead against Vice President George H.W. Bush...

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Point of View: A working mom's choice to put her kids back into school

Last month, I put my kids back into daycare. Is it because I don’t care about my kids and dismiss the risk of COVID-19? Of...

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Cal Thomas: Disproving a negative

Labeling another person has become a popular political pastime. The intent is to use a label that is impossible to disprove no...

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Clarence Page: Missing from both conventions: Making jobs great again

A week after the Democrats convened under a platform that could best be summarized as “We’re not Donald Trump’s party,”...

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Your Views Wednesday, Aug. 26

Replace ousted sorting machines, postal boxes Only an idiot would believe that removing high-speed sorting machines from postal...

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Opinion: With virus, the more information, the better

The week began with some good, if belated, news on the COVID-19 transparency front, with Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration...

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Point of View: Federal proposal would burden Oklahoma's small businesses

Federal legislators recently introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021. The legislation...

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Opinion: Stark differences between parties on energy policy

There are many policy differences between former vice president Joe Biden, who formally accepted the Democratic Party’s...

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Point of View: Importance of distancing measures can't be overstated

Historically, infectious diseases have been responsible for the greatest human death tolls. The Bubonic plague killed...

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Stephen Moore: A tale of two tax cuts

Democrats keep attacking President Donald Trump's idea of a payroll tax cut for 140 million American workers. At the Democratic...

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Opinion: Should TSET fund part of Oklahoma Medicaid expansion bill?

State Question 814, if approved, would increase the sum of money the Legislature gets each year from the Tobacco Settlement...

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Point of View: Public school teachers deserve hazard pay

I am, and always have been, a strong supporter of our nation’s military. It is a critical component for the safety and...

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Opinion: COVID's heavy mental toll continues

The CDC analyzed responses from 5,412 people who completed an online survey anonymously between June 24 and June 30. Among the...

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Your Views Sunday, Aug. 23

We are witnessing a coup attempt I was an Air Force information officer during the Cold War. While stationed in Washington,...

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Point of View: Make it your business to be part of OKC's future

This summer, Oklahoma businesses have been trying to implement new processes and procedures to comply with Centers for Disease...

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Point of View: "Tiger King" zoo closed, but weak laws leave animals vulerable

The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, made famous by Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary, has finally closed to the public....

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: End near for noisy 5th District GOP runoff campaign

Tuesday’s 5th District Republican runoff election probably can’t get here soon enough for candidates Terry Neese and Stephanie...

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Cal Thomas: The source of Republican problems

In a new book about her grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower, titled “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest...

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Rich Lowry: The Democratic convention was a massive evasion

The number of Republicans speaking at the Democratic National Convention had progressives on edge. They shouldn't have fretted....

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Opinion: Heart-wrenching stories of veterans' treatment

Oklahomans should know before long what the Department of Human Services finds about treatment of residents at the Lawton/Fort...

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Jonah Goldberg: Birtherism makes an unwelcome return in 2020 race

The Birtherism 2.0 brouhaha began the way so many do. A Trump sycophant, in this case Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis, handed...

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Opinion: Sound and fury and the U.S. mail

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is scheduled to testify Friday before a Senate committee about the postal service and its...

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Michael Barone: Blue-red America differences could hurt Democrats

Give Politico's chief Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, some credit. After Michelle Obama's speech capping the first night...

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Clarence Page: The DNC’s TV party: More democratic, less conventional

If necessity is the mother of invention, as the old saying goes, then Democrats turned the necessity of convening a...

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Point of View: Recall efforts active in Oklahoma this year

While the response to the coronavirus pandemic has shaken up the national political landscape, it has also had a significant...

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Opinion: Less yelling, more listening, might do some good

It was encouraging to see Oklahoma County commissioners vote down a resolution that would have regulated speech on county...

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Your Views Wednesday, Aug. 19

GOP doing nothing to protect voting rights President Trump is interfering with the smooth operation of the U.S. Postal Service...

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Opinion: Public shut out of Birx visit to Tulsa

A leading member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force paid a visit to Oklahoma on Sunday. Dr. Deborah Birx,...

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Stephen Moore: V-shaped economic recovery requires freer trade, not tariffs

It seems obvious that President Trump is going to need a blockbuster economic revival if he hopes to win re-election in...

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Point of View: Are private schools really an option during COVID-19?

One of the many negative side effects of COVID-19 has been the turmoil faced by public school educators. School districts have...

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Point of View: Tinker AFB vital to Air Force sustainment and to Oklahoma

When I talk with people about the Oklahoma economy, usually the first thing that comes to mind is oil and gas. However, the...

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Cal Thomas: The Israeli-UAE agreement

Anything that reduces tensions in the Middle East and contributes to Israel’s security should be applauded. The agreement...

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Point of View: Health care middlemen driving up prescription drug prices

Oklahomans are concerned about the cost of prescription drugs. They should be. Total spending reached an eye-popping $335...

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Opinion Point-Counterpoint: Keeping schools closed will do more harm than good

As the dog days of summer drag on, schools throughout the country need to make decisions regarding their reopening procedures....

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Opinion Point-Counterpoint: Ditching accountability for schools should get failing grade

In the midst of the greatest threat to public health in our lifetimes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his...

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Your Views Sunday, Aug. 16

A sinking feeling about vaccinations As a child of the 1930s and 1940s, I contracted almost every disease that came along;...

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Opinion: Digital subscriptions vital to newspapers

In one of his recent columns, The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel noted how the internet and social media have turned the...

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Opinion: Energy recovery may take some time

Some segments of the U.S. economy, such as airlines and restaurants, are showing signs of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Point of View: Independent seniors imprisoned in their homes

My life’s work has been spent empowering, educating and equipping people so they can make informed decisions for themselves —...

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Point of View: What's a college degree worth in Oklahoma?

With some Oklahoma high school students facing quarantine after exposure to the coronavirus at places ranging from football...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Welcome news about state's bridges

A year ago, state Transportation Director Tim Gatz expressed some disappointment in Oklahoma ranking No. 13 nationally for...

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Rich Lowry: The QAnon rot in the GOP

QAnon is getting its first congresswoman. Marjorie Taylor Greene won a runoff in a Republican primary Tuesday in Georgia, all...

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Michael Barone: Biden-Harris/Trump-Pence race 'tightening'

Just as Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his vice presidential nominee, and a week before the Democrats' virtual national...

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Point of View: Historic ticket won't win over women, minorities

Kamala Harris is the first black woman and South Asian-American named to a presidential ticket. We can recognize and applaud...

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Opinion: Childhood vaccine trends troubling amid coronavirus

Revising a recently approved state rule could make it easier for Oklahoma parents to opt out of getting their children...

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Opinion: Harris provides polish, vitality for Biden campaign

California Sen. Kamala Harris showed during a Democratic presidential debate last summer that she can play hardball,...

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Point of View: Kamala Harris -- on the shoulders of giants

The nomination of Kamala Harris as the Democratic candidate for vice president is more than a political landmark. As the first...

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Point of View: Woman fights hunger, receives hefty fine

If you wanted to share food with a neighbor, would you expect to need the government’s permission first? And would you expect...

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Point of View: AG's agreement doesn't address Native domestic violence victims

In a recent op-ed in the Tulsa World, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter addressed how he and others are “tackling the...

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Clarence Page: Protesters? Sorry, they look like thieves to me

As shopkeepers and volunteers were sweeping up Monday after an overnight looting rampage through downtown Chicago’s ritziest...

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Opinion: Anxiety, uncertainty greet new school year

The start of a school year generally brings excitement, for students moving to their next grade and for teachers eager to guide...

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Point of View: Continuing the fight for fair maps in Oklahoma

With next year’s redistricting process approaching, politicians are gearing up for their chance to manipulate electoral...

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Point of View: The high cost of Oklahoma's incarceration crisis

What is the cost of keeping so many citizens in prison in Oklahoma? According to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, our...

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Point of View: Private schools provide stability for Oklahoma students, parents

The COVID-19 pandemic has been changing our way of life since March. But recent weeks have seen additional chaos as public...

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Stephen Moore: Investor immigrants will stimulate the economy

One way President Trump built the best economy in 30 years was by attracting nearly $1 trillion of foreign capital to these...

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Opinion: Presidential executive orders can be problematic

Unemployed Americans are in line to receive up to $400 per week in enhanced federal benefits, not because Congress produced a...

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Cal Thomas: Some reasonable concerns about all-mail voting

I begin with a personal story to make a greater point. Two weeks ago, I mailed an 8-by-10-inch envelope from a Miami post...

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Point of View: Now isn't the time to roll back our look into student learning

Some Democratic state legislators have asked State Superintendent Joy Hofeister to seek a federal opt out of student testing...

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Point of View: Coronavirus makes one thing clear: Andrew Yang was right

In February, quixotic Democrat Andrew Yang dropped out of the presidential race after failing to stoke enough excitement for...

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Your Views Sunday, Aug. 9

Looking forward to a new day in politics I look forward to the day when whether a candidate has pale skin or dark, or whether...

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Point of View: Imagination is a muscle

For several weeks this summer my two granddaughters, ages 10 and 8, stayed at my home. I was able to observe them at play and...

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Student Editorial Board Opinion: Distance learning impacts those with disabilities

Some of my best friends have disabilities and special needs. They are some of the only people who will always be willing to...

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Opinion: Inhofe likes Trump's chances in November

Look at the polls and you see the prospects of President Trump’s re-election appear bleak. Trump is losing badly in...

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Student Editorial Board Opinion: Lights, camera, action?

Do you love movies? Maybe you like watching them. Perhaps you love making them. As an aspiring actress in a small town, I...

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Opinion: Survey a chance to help shape Oklahoma's child abuse prevention plan

The state Health Department’s primary focus the past several months has been the COVID-19 pandemic. The department has many...

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Student Editorial Board Opinion: Oklahoma schools aren't equitable

The COVID-19 pandemic has not treated school districts equally. While some schools have the necessary resources to function...

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U.S. Ag Secretary: Amid pandemic, deploying rural broadband more important than ever

Access to high-speed broadband internet is not simply nice to have, it is a necessity in the 21st century. Investing in the...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Array of talent on OKC police reform panel

City Manager Craig Freeman this week announced the members of a 12-person group that will study policing reforms in Oklahoma...

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Michael Barone: Ticket balancing may be risky for Biden

If the presidential nominating process is the weakest part of our political system — and, perhaps not coincidentally, one not...

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Rich Lowry: Joe Biden's authoritarian VP finalist

Last year, Sen. Kamala Harris may have become the first presidential candidate in history to laugh derisively at the idea that...

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Opinion: Hunter right to try to stem legal onslaught

Some of Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s fears are being realized about the potential ramifications of a recent U.S....

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Opinion: Mask message from a conservative

Every topic has a political hue, it seems, during these polarizing times. Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are no exception....

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Jonah Goldberg: If mail-in voting will be a disaster, why isn’t Trump trying to prevent that?

President Trump’s delay-the-election trial balloon on Twitter last week was resoundingly denounced, and rightly so. Indeed, so...

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Opinion: With these numbers, how is reopening Oklahoma schools possible?

The New York Times reports that on June 1, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a seven-day average of 17 new COVID-19 cases...

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Point of View: No need for congressional fix after McGirt ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in McGirt v Oklahoma has generated renewed interest in the investigation and prosecution of...

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Clarence Page: Police suicides raise questions about a hidden pandemic

A suicide in the upper ranks of Chicago’s Police Department amid a surge in the city’s already high homicide rate highlights a...

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Your Views Wednesday, Aug. 5

Republicans deserve credit for market gains Regarding George Will’s “Upside of a Biden victory” (Commentary, July 31): Part of...

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Opinion: Concerns at Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board

Friday is Steve Bickley’s last official day as executive director of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. After saying he...

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Student Editorial Board Opinion: Infodemic-19, the public health catastrophe

Not long ago, I chose to major in public health for college, as I have always been interested in looking at health care from a...

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Student Editorial Board Opinion: Oklahoma's foster care race against success

Oklahoma’s foster care system must step up its game in order to lower the rates of children who come out the system (age out)...

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Opinion: Mountain of U.S. debt keeps growing

Recent expiration of the $600-per-week federal supplement to unemployment benefits is among the drivers of negotiations in...

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Stephen Moore: Looking for a coronavirus jackpot

Not everyone is suffering job loss, income declines and financial devastation from the coronavirus pandemic. Some people are...

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Student Editorial Board Opinion: State does not prioritize education in Oklahoma

“Education is not preparation for life; but education is life itself,” education reformer John Dewey once said. For years,...

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Student Editorial Board Opinion: College accessibility through concurrent classes

At my high school in 2015, four students took college classes concurrently. This year, those four are the only students who...

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Point of View: CDC adds to voices saying school reopening is safe

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed what my fellow physicians and I have been saying for months: It’s both...

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Clarence Page: Trump turns panic peddler to nervous NIMBY suburbs

Having made his name in real estate, it is oddly appropriate that President Donald Trump’s re-election efforts have steered him...

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Point of View: Oklahoma Senate will conduct open redistricting process

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count. The results not only drive the distribution of billions of...

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Point of View: Higher ed's resilience a beacon during pandemic

The unprecedented challenges of these times demand extraordinary acts of heroism as we fight for the communities we have worked...

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Opinion: Much has transpired, little has changed with Oklahoma gaming dispute

It was during the long Fourth of July weekend last year that Gov. Kevin Stitt, in a newspaper op-ed that angered many tribal...

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Your Views Sunday, Aug. 2

Lessons of youth served us well When is it OK to steal, vandalize or disobey the law? In the home where I grew up, never! My...

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Opinion: College back-to-school plans in flux

Last week ended with Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma on track to reopen their campuses to students for...

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Point of View: I'm a DA and I support State Question 805

I can understand my colleagues' concern about criminal justice reform. As district attorneys, we are tasked with the weighty...

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Point of View: Boosting Oklahoma's economy through investments in CO2 removal

Oklahomans are known for their tenacity and entrepreneurship. It is through their commitment to innovation that Oklahoma's...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A well-earned retirement

A story this week by The Oklahoman’s food editor, Dave Cathey, provided a charming respite from the continuing grind of the...

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Your Views Saturday, Aug. 1

Instead of a recall effort, try voting In left-leaning Norman, a community I represented in the Legislature for 28 years, the...

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Rich Lowry: The folly of the Never Republicans

"Burn it down" is rarely a wise or prudent sentiment. A cadre of Republican opponents of President Donald Trump is nonetheless...

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump’s delay-the-election tweet was just a distraction

On Thursday morning, the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the U.S. GDP had the biggest drop in a single quarter in...

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Point of View: Help Oklahoma teens survive the "100 Deadliest Days"

Anyone with a teenager knows that COVID-19 restrictions and the curtailing of normal summer activities is making for a...

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Opinion: Transparent redistricting process would serve Oklahoma well

Withdrawal of an initiative petition means the Legislature next year will get to redraw legislative and congressional district...

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Opinion: OK County jail's virus cases are a concern

Speaking this week, Oklahoma County Presiding Judge Ray C. Elliott said something that others have noted about the county jail...

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Clarence Page: Voters looking for a fresh script

With fewer than 100 days to go until Election Day, President Donald Trump is campaigning like he did the first time, as a...

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Point of View: McGirt is a chance for greater tribal-state cooperation

On July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in McGirt v. Oklahoma that the reservation established for the Muscogee Creek Nation...

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Dave McCurdy: Horn leading the way on fixing nation's budget

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a steep, severe economic crisis that no one could have predicted. But as Congress debates how...

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Your Views Wednesday, July 29

SCOTUS ruling stands to change everything In spite of all the happy talk coming from Oklahoma's politicians, tribal leaders and...

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Opinion: Local districts well suited to make COVID decisions

The state Board of Education deserves credit for letting local school districts decide whether to impose mask requirements this...

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Opinion: Oklahoma County DA Prater accustomed to tough calls

This summer has opened Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater to criticism for some of his decisions. Prater has not...

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Point of View: Grandparents are a safety net, we must support them now

I am one of the nearly 44,000 grandparents in Oklahoma responsible for their grandchildren. Under normal circumstances, our...

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Point of View: Please take away my senior year of college

For the first time in my collegiate career, I do not want to go back to campus this fall. I am nervous, I am skeptical, and I...

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Point of View: America's families need more public charter schools

Public charter schools have served Oklahoma students well throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. When buildings had to be closed to...

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Stephen Moore: Paying people not to work is not an economic stimulus

Back in 2009, Nancy Pelosi infamously declared the best way to revive the economy was to dole out ever more generous food...

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Point of View: Churches should have to file Form 990s

The Paycheck Protection Program offered by the Small Business Administration was intended to help small businesses in...

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Point of View: The proper role of government

The United States has a representative form of government known as a federal republic. As such, we are governed by law. Laws...

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Opinion: Biden energy plan has decidely green hue

Joe Biden is beginning to roll out policy proposals as he nears the Democratic nomination for president, and on energy, his...

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Opinion: After SCOTUS ruling, Oklahoma navigating uncharted waters

The impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on tribal sovereignty in eastern Oklahoma is already being felt, and the tremors are...

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Point of View: Masking for our own good

Goodwill Industries helps people overcome challenges to employment and transforms lives through the power of work. We help...

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Your Views Sunday, July 19

We’re supposed to take care of one another Oklahomans continue to die from COVID-19. Is there a chance you killed one of these...

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Point of View: America the beautiful, indeed

“America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.” Criticism of this country...

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Point of View: Drone development in Oklahoma and on tribal lands

A surprise July 9 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in McGirt v. Oklahoma will have long-lasting effects in Oklahoma. The...

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Rich Lowry: Joe Biden's shockingly adequate campaign

The Biden campaign has been lucky most of all, but it’s also been smart, at least smart enough. To go, as Joe Biden did, from...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Quicker COVID test results needed

Gov. Kevin Stitt found out in a hurry that he was positive for COVID-19 — he got tested Tuesday and learned the results a short...

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Opinion: Stitt should promote importance of mask use

Oklahoma’s record number of positive coronavirus cases reported Wednesday included Gov. Kevin Stitt, who now must follow...

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Your Views Friday, July 17

A parent’s concern for return to learn The decisions before us are weighty. Oklahoma recently recorded its first child death...

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Opinion: White a great fit for Mental Health Association Oklahoma

In this year’s “Outlook” edition of The Oklahoman, which saluted 21st-century women of Oklahoma City, Terri White said a...

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Jonah Goldberg: GOP now belongs to Roger Stone

Roger Stone is an infamously execrable force in American politics. Perhaps his only saving grace is that he’s not a hypocrite...

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Clarence Page: President plays politics with Chicago crime, a game only criminals win

In this summer of many discontents, my biggest frustration is the way every major crisis seems to open up another culture war....

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Your Views Wednesday, July 15

Brave legislators needed at this time Black families, and other minorities, lag in income and wealth, and the gap between them...

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Point of View: Three cheers for the OSU Board of Regents

When, in the face of heated opposition, government officials do the right thing, we should express our gratitude. That’s why I...

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Point of View: A chance to make a world of difference for Oklahomans

While serving on the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Advisory Board for almost 10 years, I have seen firsthand how small...

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Cal Thomas: Roger Stone's 'cornerstone'

President Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of his longtime friend and political adviser Roger Stone just days...

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Opinion: Gains possible with OKC task force on police

A mayor’s task force on police matters includes two members, John George and Garland Pruitt, whose views of police staffing...

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Opinion: Masks in Oklahoma schools likely this fall?

We all know the drill about how best to keep from catching or spreading the novel coronavirus: Wash your hands frequently, keep...

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Opinion: Downtown's grandest avenue tainted by the racist history of the man it's named for

Oklahoma City was never the hotbed of Confederacy historical revisionism that is now being challenged and torn down across the...

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Opinion: Trump and the GOP's control of the U.S. Senate

If President Trump’s polling struggles continue until Election Day, could that cost the Republican Party control of the U.S....

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Opinion: Oklahoma needs annual OHP academies

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will welcome a new group of troopers later this month but won’t be able to hold a training academy...

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Your Views Sunday, July 12

Welcoming Lankford back into the fold Regarding “Lankford explains abandoned Juneteenth amendment” (News, July 7): As a retired...

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Point of View: A plea for mercy for Julius Jones

The death penalty is the ultimate punishment that a society can impose. The U.S. Supreme Court says it is to be reserved for...

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Point of View: Ideas for getting Oklahoma teachers to stay

When I told my uncle I wanted to be a teacher, he laughed. Among low pay, increasing class sizes and the negative view of the...

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Point of View: Liberal arts, an ancient idea crucial to our future success

In my 20th year as president of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, I hear more and more about the importance of...

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Point of View: Forgiveness, the forgotten message

It’s become a radical idea nowadays: forgiveness. Just look around. There’s so much hatred out there, vitriol, thirst for...

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Rich Lowry: Mark Zuckerberg is right

Mark Zuckerberg clearly hasn't gotten the memo. The founder of Facebook persists in defending free expression, even though free...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A victory for the Little Sisters

It was encouraging to see the U.S. Supreme Court decide, by a 7-2 vote no less, that employers with deeply held moral or...

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Opinion: Oklahoma tribes, state collaborate on way forward after Supreme Court ruling

A U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday regarding tribal sovereignty had the potential to cause havoc with criminal cases, and...

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Opinion: Another low-drama Oklahoma election

After much hue and cry about voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic, last week’s primary election in Oklahoma went as most elections...

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Clarence Page: Trump’s new culture war sounds a lot like his old one

President Donald Trump likes to call himself a fighter. That’s true, although he tends to show it by taking on easy targets,...

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Point of View: These Medicaid taxes harm federal taxpayers

To help states respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, House Democrats have proposed a new stimulus bill that would funnel more than...

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Opinion: Masks could help this vulnerable population

One argument for wearing facemasks during the COVID-19 pandemic is to protect the most vulnerable, which generally is taken to...

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Frank Keating: Honoring A.C. Hamlin would right an embarrassing wrong

One of my early childhood memories of growing up in Tulsa was attending livestock and horse show events at the Tulsa State...

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Opinion: School resource officers can play important role

Oklahoma schools closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic are working on what school will look like in the fall. One...

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Cal Thomas: Will lightning strike twice?

A myth says lightning never strikes twice in the same place. President Donald Trump appears to believe it can when it comes to...

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Point of View: Amid uncertainty, leave decision-making to individuals, not government

In 1921, Professor Frank Knight, an economist at the University of Chicago, differentiated "risk" — where unknowns depend “on...

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Your Views Wednesday, July 8

Proposed mural would raise consciousness, empathy Oklahoma County’s commissioners are considering a request from The Movement,...

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Stephen Moore: It's a good time to be a government worker

The June blockbuster jobs report is more evidence that the economy is healing, but this remains a brutal period for the some 30...

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Jonah Goldberg: What would happen if voting became mandatory?

Let’s have an experiment. Before I propose it, let me set the stage a bit. I have long been a critic of most “reforms” to the...

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Opinion: Harroz a man on the go at OU

You could forgive University of Oklahoma President Joseph Harroz if he wanted just a small stretch of normalcy on the job....

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Opinion: SCOTUS ruling a victory for low-income kids, religious liberty

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on a case out of Montana represents a heartening victory for school choice advocates,...

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Your Views Sunday, July 5

Video casts different light on complaint Regarding “Norman council member defends arrest in Tulsa” (News, June 23): Alex...

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Point of View: Treasury proposal threatens tax increase on Oklahoma farmers

Even with wheat harvest well on its way, Oklahoma’s farmers enter this crop year with a tremendous uncertainty impacting crops...

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Point of View: Be vigilant of scams targeting vets, military

Scammers know most folks will go to great lengths to cash in on “free money.” With the U.S. Department of Treasury sending out...

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A quiz for Independence Day

Many of the activities associated with Independence Day have been canceled this year, including parades, fireworks, and large...

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Cal Thomas: The unpredictable John Roberts

In providing the crucial fifth vote to strike down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Condolences for a fallen police officer

A sentiment this week from Tulsa police Chief Wendell Franklin bears noting amid widespread criticism of police work and calls...

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Rich Lowry: No, Trump isn't going to drop out

After he's repeatedly survived the unsurvivable, we are supposed to believe that President Donald Trump might quit the...

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Opinion: Voters bring Medicaid expansion to Oklahoma

A lin e used on the golf course applies to Oklahoma’s vote on Medicaid expansion — the name of the game isn’t how, it’s how...

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Opinion: Four months out, Trump has ground to make up

Four months out from Election Day, polling shows President Trump trailing presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden by a...

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Point of View: Bill is an attack on Keetoowah people

I write to oppose a bill that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives recently by Reps. Tom Cole, R-Moore, and...

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Clarence Page: Does Trump still want to win? Where's the mojo?

Well, does President Donald Trump approve of what news media are calling the “white power video,” or doesn’t he? That burning...