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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...

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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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...

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Point of View: "Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants"

Each year, more than 1 million people visit the Liberty Bell. Inscribed on the bell when it arrived in 1752 is the following:...

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Opinion: Back-to-school planning a major challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic made Oklahoma’s 2019-20 school year unlike any other, although the coming school year could rival it....

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Your Views Wednesday, July 1

Not an example of the Oklahoma Standard According to Gov. Kevin Stitt, “The Oklahoma Standard was on full display in Tulsa as...

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Point of View: Data show SQ 805 is smart policy for Oklahoma

Oklahoma sends people to prison for much longer than almost every other state — nearly 70% longer, on average, for property...

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Point of View: Now is the perfect opportunity to give

Last week, Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, introduced bipartisan legislation that will give Americans an invaluable...

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Opinion: Words worth heeding from Fauci

Oklahoma and several other states are trying to manage an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, a surge driven in...

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Point of View: End anonymous shell companies to crack down on human trafficking

Last fall, Tulsa officials identified several hundred women who exchanged money for sexual favors. “Operation Velvet Fury”...

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Point of View: Exploring renewable energy online

With schools closing for summer and many camps cancelled due to COVID-19, parents and camp coordinators are looking for...

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Point of View: Racism is a disease, and Oklahoma isn't immune

In medical school, I have learned that diseases most often have an underlying root cause. If the cause of a disease is left...

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Point of View: SQ 802 is pro-business, pro-Oklahoma

There are two things we often hear and say about Oklahoma, and we are proud that they are true. Across the state, in urban and...

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Your Views Sunday, June 21

Unable to acknowledge Trump’s failures Anne Rodgers (Your Views, June 14) falls back on the tired Fox News excuse of President...

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Point of View: An example of community reform for criminal justice

Nearly 10 years ago, legislation was passed to create pilot programs to keep mothers out of prison. From this legislation,...

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Opinion: Tulsa lawmaker's good-faith effort at police oversight

Tulsa state Rep. Monroe Nichols’ background lends real gravitas to his plans to try to increase state oversight of Oklahoma law...

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Opinion: Health coverage change pending in Oklahoma?

In Oklahoma’s primary election a week from Tuesday, the most consequential result will involve not a candidate but a cause —...

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Point of View: Oklahoma can't afford Medicaid expansion

If your priority is the education of Oklahoma’s children, you should be worried sick that State Question 802, which would...

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Jonah Goldberg: History of policing gets unfairly twisted

“Policing itself started out as slave patrols. We know that,” Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., declared in an interview with Fox...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Oklahoma City's CVB director made his mark

One mark of an excellent employee is that he or she makes a difference during their term of employment. Mike Carrier has...

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Point of View: Medicaid expansion a bad deal for Oklahoma taxpayers

To expand Medicaid or to not expand Medicaid? That is the question Oklahoma voters will have to answer June 30. If voters...

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Point of View: Oklahomans deserve better than Trump's divisive rally

At a time of unprecedented crisis, Americans are craving leadership that can rally us together. In the face of a global...

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Opinion: A noteworthy rise in Oklahoma's virus cases

Public health officials expected that as the state began to reopen after the COVID-19 lockdown, and as the number of tests...

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Opinion: Many ideas offered in pursuit of better police work

President Trump signed an executive order this week intended to produce better policing practices. The Republican-led U.S....

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Point of View: More than platitudes needed to help Black-owned businesses

After immense public pressure, President Trump decided to move his first campaign rally of the season, set to take place in...

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Point of View: Pandemic isn't an excuse for reckless spending

When you’re in the middle of a national emergency, containing the crisis and helping those in harm’s way is the No. 1 priority....

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Point of View: Managing your mental health during these stressful times

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by fear, anxiety and uncertainty during these fearful times? People are losing their jobs....

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Opinion: The president's badly timed visit to Tulsa

Not that long ago, a visit by President Trump to Oklahoma would have generated excitement locally but barely registered outside...

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Point of View: Visit to Tulsa is another distraction by this president

The planned visit to Tulsa by President Trump on Saturday has become another of many distractions created by this president....

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Your Views Wednesday, June 17

We should stop trying to remove history It is time that we stop trying to hide history by removing anything that shows the bad...

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Point of View: Oklahoma needs to protect big cats

The “Tiger King” series, featuring Joe Exotic and his Wynnewood zoo, should embarrass Oklahoma which, for decades, allowed Joe...

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Opinion: Spirit of open records law is important, too

Oklahoma City is following the letter of the law in withholding certain police video footage of recent downtown protests. It...

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Point of View: Trump and Tulsa: A reckoning

Donald Trump’s decision to restart his re-election campaign rallies in Tulsa on June 19 caused a swift backlash. In 1921, the...

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Stephen Moore: Don't break up Big Tech

It's the oddest thing. The more America's Big Tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter...

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Point of View: Tulsa should be concerned about the seen, unseen costs of Trump rally

Ahead of President Trump’s first campaign rally since the coronavirus outbreak, it’s safe to assume that he will echo recent...

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Point of View: We are all Americans

For the last couple of weeks, I have been watching the protests over the killing of George Floyd. I was saddened to watch the...

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Point of View: SQ 802 would be a step forward for Oklahoma

At my white coat ceremony almost a year ago, I pledged to “do no harm” in the pursuit of a medical career. However, one does...

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Your Views Sunday, June 14

Trump must be voted back into office I disagree with Judith S. Smith (Your Views, June 10). President Trump must be voted back...

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Opinion: Lankford offers practical suggestions on a way forward

U.S. Sen. James Lankford doesn’t pretend to have the cure for what ails this country’s race relations. Lankford does, however,...

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Point of View: Helping fellow Oklahomans with convalescent plasma donations

I will never know for certain where or when the COVID-19 virus and I crossed paths, but I can tell you what began as a typical...

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Opinion: OKC councilor's proposals on police, neighborhoods are worth considering

Proposals to “defund” police departments are winning support in some parts of the country. Oklahoma City Ward 2 Councilman...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Gifts make art accessible to youngsters

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, thanks to the help of friends, is making it easier than ever to introduce young people to the...

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Rich Lowry: A presidency is a terrible thing to waste

President Donald Trump is in the midst of a polling swoon largely of his own making. It's true that events have taken a hand —...

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Opinion: Oklahoma gaming compact issue remains muddled

By doing nothing, the U.S. Department of the Interior did plenty to raise the rhetoric surrounding tribal gaming and little to...

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Jonah Goldberg: Romney is owed an apology for how he was attacked in 2012

“Romney didn’t win, did he?” That was former Senate Democratic majority leader Harry Reid’s response to whether he regretted...

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Opinion: Amid racial unrest, Norman pastor offers a plan

George Floyd’s ghastly death in Minneapolis has fueled calls for real change in this country regarding race relations. One of...

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Point of View: Saving local news must be a priority in this time of crisis

Oklahomans have always relied on local news reporting during times of crisis. Yet like many other small businesses, local news...

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Your Views Wednesday, June 10

Schools must be central to civil rights conversations Improving the quality of education in Oklahoma City Public Schools has to...

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Point of View: Appreciation for Oklahoma delegation's response to pandemic

As someone who spent time in Congress, there were those special times when you really felt like you made a difference in...

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Opinion: Powerful talks about race happening across Oklahoma

If meaningful, empathetic conversations are central to improving race relations, then Oklahoma is off to a good start. Powerful...

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Cal Thomas: A contract with black America

n October 26, 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a mostly African American audience in Charlotte, North...

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Opinion: Approach by OKC police chief encouraging

In naming Wade Gourley police chief 11 months ago, City Manager Craig Freeman said Gourley was “open, honest, innovative and...

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Point of View: SQ 805 offers redemption, recovery and savings

We are living in interesting times to say the least. From our daily lives being upended by COVID-19 to the impact the pandemic...

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Clarence Page: While Trump blames antifa, a menacing far-right ‘boogaloo’ movement rises

In response to nationwide protests over the shameful killing of George Floyd, President Donald Trump promises to go after...

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Point of View: How would T. Boone Pickens have bounced back from the pandemic?

T. Boone Pickens didn’t live to see the COVID-19 pandemic, but he knew something about weathering difficult times. As we deal...

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Point of View: "We the people" are at a crossroads

The country is in the throes of a pandemic, social and racial unrest, and economic problems as serious as the Great Depression....

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Point of View: Rural areas and the Black Lives Matter movement

To my rural neighbors having trouble understanding the Black Lives Matter movement: My hometown of Woodward, being a rural...

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Trimming OKC police force not the solution

The Oklahoma City Council heard last week from residents, upset by George Floyd’s death and other examples of police...

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Your Views Sunday, June 7

Unfair to accuse all police of wrongdoing Every case of excessive force used by police officers should be thoroughly...

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What will arrival of COVID-19 vaccine mean?

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, drug companies and medical researchers have worked tirelessly to produce a...

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Point of View: Ticket to better health, better economy, a stronger state

What if I said you have the power to change Oklahoma for the better? What if you could provide health care to more than 200,000...

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Point of View: TSET working to address food insecurity

Can you imagine running out of food before your next paycheck? Or pulling together a meal for your family from items sold at a...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Guthrie seeking "Flag Day" recognition

Flag Day is a week away (it’s June 14), and members of the American Legion in Guthrie want to make it a celebration to...

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Your Views Saturday, June 6

Demonstrators are exercising their rights American demonstrators are exercising their right of peaceful assembly and to...

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Delaney offers sound advice about reopening

Former Maryland U.S. Rep. John Delaney, a voice of reason last year during his brief run for the Democratic presidential...

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Jonah Goldberg: Wait, did China just criticize America over human rights?

Few things bring out the Irish in me more than the Chinese government dunking on the United States of America. Like just about...

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OKC mayor showing solid leadership amid turmoil

Oklahoma City’s municipal government doesn’t provide much authority to the mayor. However, first-term Mayor David Holt’s...

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Headline mea culpa: Meeting senseless acts with class

The headline to an editorial published on this site Wednesday, June 3, caused considerable pain for some readers who felt it...

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Norman pastor: America's underlying problem: ethnic social distancing

I’m an African-American pastor of a multi-ethnic church that is 70% white. One of my favorite times on a Sunday morning is...

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Your Views Wednesday, June 3

The impact of one person's actions If you want to see how the actions of just one person can affect this nation, consider what...

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Former prosecutor: This isn't a police thing, it's an "us" thing

For years, I have wondered if I was living in a sort of alternate universe. Many fellow whites may identify. You hear the...

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Cal Thomas: Racism, rioting and redemption

It was a night I shall never forget. The date was April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis and I...

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Empathy, listening needed

And, it’s our sincere hope that this awful series of events will, locally at least, provide an opportunity for police and...

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Opinion: America works because we work out our problems

Just as it seemed as if we were coming together as a nation during the pandemic lockdown, we find ourselves in the midst of...

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Clarence Page: Floyd’s death brings back an old familiar rage

As I watched the fires in the night leap skyward over Minneapolis and watched the protest marchers pour into other streets...

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After protests, Oklahoma can meet this challenge

George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police set that city, and others across the country, ablaze with riots....

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CDC recommendations would burden schools

The COVID-19 pandemic made the 2019-20 school year one for the history books, with students and parents having to adapt on the...

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Point of View: Why Oklahoma needs SQ 805

We have an incarceration crisis, Oklahoma. We keep imposing long, harsh sentences for nonviolent offenses, and we continue to...

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TSET to go before Oklahoma voters

Republicans in the Legislature have long had their eyes on the funds deposited annually into the state’s Tobacco Settlement...

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Your Views Sunday, May 31

An unAmerican threat by Trump President Trump recently threatened to withhold federal funding from Michigan and Nevada because...

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Point of View: Community colleges setting a path forward after pandemic

Community colleges in Oklahoma and nationwide have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, making contributions to enhance...

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Point of View: Beauty in the time of COVID-19

The news is relentlessly bleak. Schools are closed, COVID-19 has taken 100,000 American lives, unemployment has escalated to...

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Point of View: Oklahoma mayors' virus orders were unlawful

In response to COVID-19, the mayors of Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman subjected their citizens to draconian shelter-in-place...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Virus meets its match in Rainbolt

Gene Rainbolt knows a little something about perseverance, having grown up in poverty during the Great Depression, in a...

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Point of View: Which states will follow Oklahoma and ban discriminatory health care rationing?

True to its name, the Sooner State is now the first in the nation to prohibit state agencies from using...

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Rich Lowry: The return of the tea party

It's 2009 again, or feels like it. That was when spontaneous, grassroots protests against overweening government sprang up and...

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Michael Barone: Plague in a time of partisanship

America faces a contagious infection: partisanship. Consider the responses to a poll question about treating the COVID-19 virus...

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With Biden, which record should matter?

During a recent interview, former Vice President Joe Biden was asked whether, as president, he would govern as a progressive....

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Oklahoma merit protection reform: Wait until next year

The coronavirus pandemic put reform of Oklahoma's merit protection system on ice during this legislative session. With this...

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Jonah Goldberg: Biden faces marketing decision on his running mate

The first thing to remember about vice presidential picks is that they are marketing decisions. That is, once a candidate has...

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Point of View: College student gets lesson in Oklahoma fines and fees

Emily Galik checked her speedometer and breathed a sigh of relief when she saw a police car on the side of the road in Kiowa, a...

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Point of View: Local banking relationship is key for small businesses

Perhaps more than any other time in recent history, community banks have demonstrated the value of personal relationships with...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 27

Korea comparisons not sensible I tire of hearing coronavirus experts trying to identify the Korean COVID-19 remedy strategies...

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Oklahoma's voting law is under siege

As expected, progressive groups wasted no time renewing their fight to undo Oklahoma’s law requiring that absentee ballots be...

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Cal Thomas: Name-calling

Writing and making public one’s opinions guarantees people will respond. Writers, performers and every human likely desire his...

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Point of View: SNAP is key to fighting hunger, boosting economy during COVID-19

Oklahoma is the fifth-hungriest state in the nation. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with a slumping energy industry has put...

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Parity bill a winner for Oklahomans

A legislative session with more than its share of division and rancor included a bill that engendered just the opposite — to...

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Stephen Moore: The lockdown Democrats

America is starting to reopen for business across the country — except for a handful of states where lockdown orders are...

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Clarence Page: When we develop a virus vaccine, will we want to get it?

As the development of a coronavirus vaccine intensifies with the fury of the 1960s race to the moon, a question haunts us...

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Point of View: Sen. Coburn's annual gift to taxpayers

The pandemic has brought into focus the government’s growing fiscal challenges. The nation’s public debt will soon reach levels...

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Your Views Sunday, May 17

Why are some ignoring simple precautions? The economy is a wreck, unemployment threatens our way of life, while the coronavirus...

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OU president: Providing a place of hope, promise for our students

At the University of Oklahoma, the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily affected how we operate, but nothing can change our...

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A needed change to campus assault protocols

COVID-19 has dealt a financial blow to Oklahoma’s colleges and universities, leaving them to make budget choices that could be...

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Point of View: COVID-19 and learning: An opportunity to reinvent

The COVID-19 pandemic's impact on education is staggering. Early closure has affected nearly 700,000 Oklahoma students....

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On Oklahoma budget, system worked as designed

Some critics of Gov. Kevin Stitt compare him to President Trump, another businessman who made a successful foray into politics....

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Poll shows coronavirus is partisan, too

Just about every issue in America today seems drawn along partisan political lines. In Oklahoma the coronavirus is no...

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Rich Lowry: Fauci is not the villian

For his critics, Dr. Anthony Fauci cemented his status as the Rasputin of public health with his Senate testimony the other...

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Jonah Goldberg: COVID-19 could shake the foundations of higher ed

Here’s a thought experiment for you. Would you rather have a Princeton education, or do without the education but get the...

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COVID-19 could mute church singing

As churches in Oklahoma and elsewhere gradually reopen, they might do well to discourage congregational singing and keep the...

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OU believes it has its man in Harroz

Joe Harroz endured his share of challenges during one year as interim president at the University of Oklahoma. In removing the...

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Point of View: Big downside to premature return to "normal"

While Oklahoma has been experiencing a decline in daily deaths and new infections, our death rate from COVID-19 is still one of...

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Point of View: Best student outcomes are on campus

We have labored over whether to resume classes this fall at the six universities in the Regional University System of Oklahoma....

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Cox on borrowed time at Oklahoma Health Department

Gov. Kevin Stitt insists Gary Cox is the right person to lead the state Health Department now and in years to come. Instead,...

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Point of View: Tips for wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic

Daily headlines report the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19, with grim statistics that highlight unemployment, flat...

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Sad news from Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. has weathered many economy-related challenges during its 31 years in existence. The latest one,...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 13

Grateful for OCU’s swift response Oklahoma City University held a special online graduation ceremony Saturday to recognize and...

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Jonah Goldberg: Face coverings aren’t a symbol of tyranny

One of the things I love about America — and there are many — is her deeply ingrained rebelliousness. When the government tells...

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Cal Thomas: Michael Flynn's exoneration

For three years, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was put through a legal and financial wringer by top officials...

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Rich Lowry: It happened in New York

New York is the greatest city in the world. It also is uniquely suited to the spread of the coronavirus. As the national debate...

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Point of View: Oklahoma's TSET doesn't need changing

Twenty years ago, Oklahoma was the first state to constitutionally protect the funds it receives every year from Big Tobacco....

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Point of View: Dear Mom

I don’t think I was more than 3, when one day you were bringing me home from Spreckle’s Lake. On the way out of the park, I...

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Oklahoma gaming divide not narrowing

On the topic of gaming, the chasm between the governor’s office and many of Oklahoma’s Indian tribes could not be wider. It...

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Your Views Sunday, May 10

Pandemic underscores benefits of school choice The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted schools and educational efforts in...

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Point of View: Legal aid is a front-line responder

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some of the best and worst aspects of our society. Many are meeting the challenge —...

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Mike Turpen: Advice to Oklahoma grads: 3 tools for success

As a State Regent for Higher Education, I have had the privilege of watching thousands of Oklahoma’s graduates walk across the...

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Pardon and Parole Board can be lightning rod

The work of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has long been a part of corrections-related policy discussions, especially as...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Absentee voting fight likely not over

Absentee voting in Oklahoma, generally an afterthought during elections, has become a front-burner issue during the COVID-19...

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Your Views Saturday, May 9

Salute to great work by Oklahoma bankers In early March, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the federal government created the...

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Rich Lowry: Everyone deserves to live under the Joe Biden standard

Why should Joe Biden get due process, but not others accused of sexual misconduct? That's the question raised by the...

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Michael Barone: Law professors for "speech control"

"In the great debate of the past two decades over freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United...

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Virus impact an early test for Oklahoma City's MAPS 4

Previous iterations of MAPS proved to be resilient in the face of economic dips. Will MAPS 4 show itself to be just as hearty...

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Facemask pushback a bad look for Oklahoma city

The city of Stillwater found itself in the national news recently, and it was not the sort of coverage coveted by city leaders...

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Point of View: A nation of humble heroes

The American people have always answered the call. Great presidents have recognized and harnessed the resiliency and “can-do...

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Point of View: Democracy doesn't pause, neither does the Census

Generation Citizen is working to ensure more of our neighbors than ever are counted this Census and to lay the groundwork for...

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Republican leaders: A stable, workable budget for Oklahoma during a tough time

The Legislature convened three months ago with the state budget in sound shape. Our ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility...

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Oklahoma mental health agency should be spared

Beaman was right to be concerned. A budget plan presented by Republican legislative leaders included a cut of 5%, or roughly...

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Stephen Moore: The federal government cannot bail out blue states

Battle lines are being drawn up between the two parties on the next round of "stimulus" for the economy. House Speaker Nancy...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 6

Not interested in becoming collateral damage It has become clear that some Americans are deeply worried about the state of the...

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An Oklahoma budget deal, but without governor

Republican leaders at the state Capitol have produced a budget plan for fiscal year 2021 that they say creatively addresses...

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Tribal chairmen: New gaming compacts a win for tribes, communities, Oklahoma

In April, the state of Oklahoma and the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe announced new gaming compacts that are in the...

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Point of View: Stay safe, take advantage of Oklahoma's mail-in balloting

Oklahoma has the opportunity to make changes that will not only increase voter access and engagement, but also increase voter...

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Point of View: Marijuana and Oklahoma's budget crisis

On April 22, when asked about the possibility of additional tax revenue from legalizing recreational marijuana, Gov. Kevin...

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James Lankford: Oklahomans will weather this storm

As Oklahomans, we know all too well how to weather a storm. This spring we are experiencing more than hailstones; we are facing...

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Point of View: Virus presents challenges and hope for Oklahoma's animal future

John F. Kennedy once said that in a crisis, be aware of the danger but recognize the opportunity. As COVID-19 unfolds as the...

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Your Views Sunday, May 3

The problem with government dictating activity Isn't it ironic that the people making the decisions about whether businesses...

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Reasonable suggestions about life post-pandemic

Philip K. Howard is someone this page has cited every now and again for his longtime push to bring more common sense and less...

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Burns Hargis: Congratulations, students and educators, you did it!

Under normal circumstances, Oklahomans would be gathering in locations large and small during the next several weeks to...

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Funding just one of many K-12 challenges

The economic collapse from COVID-19 has education leaders across the country urging Congress to provide more relief. Funding,...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Pandemic keeping mental health professionals busy

The COVID-19 pandemic is, unfortunately but unsurprisingly, keeping Oklahoma’s mental health professionals and law enforcement...

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Rich Lowry: No, science can't tell us how to respond to the coronavirus

If you thought the coronavirus presented difficult policy questions, don't worry — we have science. Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted...

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Michael Barone: Time for reopening

Time for reopening? Let's reframe the question. Time for what to reopen? With what precautions? In which states and counties...

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Good news and bad in Oklahoma's pandemic response

The COVID-19 pandemic has left states scrambling to obtain facemasks and other items needed to protect health care workers. In...

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Pandemic helping push telemedicine to the fore

In one of his recent columns for The Oklahoman, Scott Meacham, CEO and president of Oklahoma City-based i2E Inc., touched on...

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Jonah Goldberg: A modest proposal to counter Chinese pressure on Hollywood

During the filming of the 1939 movie “Jesse James,” a stuntman and his horse went over a cliff and fell 70 feet into a river....

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Slow, steady approach to reopening Oklahoma businesses

Some barber shops and hair salons in the metro area reopened on Friday, taking advantage of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plan for a...

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Point of View: Conspiring pandemics in our country

The COVID-19 pandemic is a societal earthquake, but the pandemic of poverty will be its tsunami. The swell of this wave has...

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Ernest Istook: Oklahoma should not become OPEC

Oklahoma should not become OPEC. Nor should Texas or any other U.S. state become price-fixers or supply manipulators like the...

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Legislature best place to handle Oklahoma election law request

The coronavirus pandemic is producing a push in many states to make it easier to vote without going to polls. A version of this...

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Cal Thomas: Then as now, attitude is key

Getting my parents and grandparents to talk about their experiences during the Great Depression and World War II was always...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 29

Let's see steady decrease before reopening What are we doing? President Trump’s White House says a state should not...

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Point of View: Oklahoma 2.0, here we come!

As Oklahomans prepare to get “back to work” safely and smartly, it’s important to note that more than 70% of the workforce has...

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Point of View: Short-term health insurance has long-term benefits

About 26 million people have filed for unemployment since mid-March, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department...

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Stephen Moore: China deserves stringent financial penalties for role in outbreak

We have known for years that China lies and cheats and steals when it comes to international trade. Now we've learned that it...

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Point of View: Proposed oil proration hurts energy industry

The American energy industry has been on a seemingly never-ending roller coaster ride over the past month. Between the...

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Point of View: The tension is building -- Child Abuse Prevention Month

I have owned three houses during my adult life. All three have had a garage. Throughout the day my garage would open a minimum...

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Point of View: Be adaptable during gradual return to business

In the coming days and weeks, we will see a gradual return to business throughout Oklahoma under Gov. Kevin Stitt’s “Open Up...

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Point of View: Protecting the lives of Oklahomans

While leaders are planning a reopening of the state, each long-term care community and its staff remain on the front lines of...

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Your Views Sunday, April 26

Let Oklahomans get back to work In early April, the state Health Department forecast that Oklahoma would have its worst day of...

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Point of View: Businesses may pay price as CARES Act saps workforce

Modern medicine cures diseases, controls chronic conditions and saves lives. Frequently, there can be mild side effects that...

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Progress on Oklahoma gaming compacts, or more problems?

Gov. Kevin Stitt sees new gaming compacts reached with two Oklahoma Indian tribes as progress in a legal dispute with several...

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COVID-19 fallout should renew debate over municipal funding

Previous efforts have failed to change how Oklahoma’s municipalities get the bulk of their operational funding. Perhaps the...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: OKC bracing for rough months ahead

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are leading to a proposed large reduction in Oklahoma City’s general fund spending for...

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Rich Lowry: Social distancing isn't a religion

Forgive Jacksonville, Florida, for it has sinned. The largest city in Florida partly reopened its beaches, and it became...

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Michael Barone: Don't look for coronavirus consensus

In the clashing commentary about whether lockdowns and stay-at-home orders should continue, or whether businesses and stores...

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Point of View: Month highlights need for child abuse prevention amidst pandemic

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, it is clear that we are in the throes of a modern-day pandemic. But as we focus our...

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Oklahoma governor's reopening plan has some risks

With his three-tiered plan to reopen Oklahoma’s businesses, Gov. Kevin Stitt is relying on good news on the COVID-19 front and...

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Covid's mental health toll could be substantial

Stay well. Be safe. Stay healthy. These wishes have become a part of our everyday interactions amid the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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Jonah Goldberg: Quarantine protesters are no heroes of civil disobedience

Our culture has a wonderful way of taking controversial or partisan figures and weaving them into the broader story of...

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Point of View: Mandating cuts in oil production not the answer

The secret sauce that’s made the United States the greatest economic superpower in history really isn’t that big of a secret....

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Point of View: Government has overreacted amid crisis

We are in a crisis! You can rely on the government to overreact. No politician will be criticized for being too safe. But the...

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Opinion: Strong supply chain, not government intervention, will be Boeing's tailwind

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate...

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Point of View: Block and tackle the coronavirus

If we want to loosen social distancing measures in Oklahoma, we must step up our state’s contact tracing efforts. In an...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 22

Crisis shows need for national energy policy In recent years, due to the ingenuity of our independent drillers, our domestic...

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Monumental budget challenge for Stitt, lawmakers

Just a year after signing the largest budget in state history, Gov. Kevin Stitt is dealing with budget woes that present a...

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Point of View: Everyone can make great childhoods happen

COVID-19 has made life difficult for everyone. No one is immune to frustrations and fear brought about by these unprecedented...

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Stephen Moore: Moves needed now to help save U.S. energy industry

America's domestic energy producers are under siege. The price of oil fell to below $0 a barrel on Monday, down from roughly...

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Resuming elective surgeries can succeed in Oklahoma

A new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic begins Friday in Oklahoma — the resumption of some elective surgeries, which have been on...

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Point of View: Former state rep played large role in Oklahoma's medical, economic health

The recent death of former state Rep. Linda Larason provides an opportunity to remember and celebrate her tremendous impact on...

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Point of View: Applauding our hospital workers

A recent viral video shows police and fire workers outside a New York hospital cheering and applauding as doctors, nurses and...

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Point of View: To help rebuild Oklahoma, turn loose home food producers

Many small businesses are hurting, but demand has grown at the Conscious Community Co-Op, an indoor farmers’ market that we...

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Point of View: Fair Housing Act fights sexual harassment in housing

A landlord told a female tenant who fell behind on her rent that she could exchange sexual favors for rent. Another woman had...

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Point of View: Co-parenting in the face of COVID-19

While we are all overwhelmed at the idea of having to quarantine and social distance, the thought of custody and visitation...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Resilience defines Oklahoma history

As all of us deal with the COVID-19 crisis, it is worth remembering that Oklahomans have faced many challenges over the years....

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April 19, 1995: A moment of eternity

A moment in time. A moment of eternity. Lives were brutally stolen in that moment. The lives of hundreds of others were forever...

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Bill Clinton: What Oklahoma City can teach us

On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, claiming 168 innocent lives...

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Point of View: Love letter to Oklahoma City

This is my love letter to Oklahoma City, the hometown that adopted me. I was born in Illinois, but my family moved to Oklahoma...

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Cathy Keating: After Oklahoma City bombing, love won

A quarter century has now passed since a bomb killed 168 people and injured more than 650 at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal...

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Point of View: Foresight for the road ahead

We are all in this together. Last legislative session, Gov. Kevin Stitt was criticized for saving $200 million instead of...