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Can policy motivate behavior? Absolutely

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: December 22, 2012

Good choice by i2E

Members of the board of the nonprofit corporation i2E looked nationwide for a new CEO before deciding the person they needed was in the same room. Scott Meacham, former state treasurer and top adviser to former Gov. Brad Henry, has been on i2E's board since 2010. Meacham came to state government after several years in the banking industry; since leaving state government, he has practiced law with Crowe & Dunlevy. In choosing Meacham, the board tabbed a man who is bright, a hard worker and knows everybody. That's just what i2E needs as it looks to grow and expand its ability to help high-tech startup companies that, as Meacham said, “create jobs and wealth for the state.” The more of those jobs in Oklahoma, the better. We wish Meacham and i2E well in their new partnership.

A tough but fair question

ABC News reporter Jake Tapper deserves credit for asking a tough but fair question to President Barack Obama this week. It came during the news conference where Obama announced that, in light of the Connecticut school massacre, he had named Vice President Joe Biden to lead administration efforts to craft new gun policy. Tapper said many observers felt Obama, for political reasons, didn't talk about gun violence much during his first term or the 2012 election. “This is not the first incident of horrific gun violence of your four years,” Tapper said. “Where have you been?” Obama shot back: “Here's where I've been Jake. I've been president of the United States dealing with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, an auto industry on the verge of collapse, two wars. I don't think I've been on vacation.” He forgot to mention campaigning, which he did nonstop during his first term, blaming his predecessor for all the ills he recounted to Tapper. But George W. Bush is no help to him on this issue.

Times are changing

South Koreans have just elected their first female president, Park Geun-hye. That's especially notable in a country with a strong patriarchal culture. It's also notable because Park was the more conservative choice in the election, particularly on national defense issues. Her opponent promised to hold a summit meeting with North Korea; Park said she would not unless North Korea apologized for its recent military provocations. She is also expected to reaffirm South Korea's ties with the United States. In the United States, attitudes toward female candidates are also changing and, as in South Korea, most prominent female candidates who've won in recent years have been conservatives. Oklahoma's 2010 gubernatorial race was actually only the fourth such race in U.S. history to offer a choice between two female candidates. Here and across the globe, voters clearly are less concerned about gender than a candidate's platform.

Such language!

We understand that Kevin Durant is a 24-year-old kid, and that so many young people today don't think twice about peppering their conversations with foul language. Certainly it's commonplace in the NBA, where Durant makes his living. Still, it was disappointing to see his display after breaking away and dunking the ball during Wednesday night's game in Atlanta. After the basket, Durant faced the Hawks fans, bowed up and yelled, “This is my (bleeping) house!” Of course it was easily captured by TV cameras. Durant has been the first-class face of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise from day one. One emotional outburst, in a sport where emotions can run high, doesn't change that. But here's hoping such displays are rare in the future.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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