• Many universities go the extra mile to protect students' feelings

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    UNIVERSITIES and colleges across the country are bustling with activity in these early days of the fall semester, with students moved into their dorms, teachers handing out their first assignments — and administrators at many of these schools doing all they can to ensure no student ever has his or her feelings hurt. At many institutions of higher learning, programs are in place to guard students from every possible offense. Some are a result of efforts initiated by students who appear incapable of, or unwilling to, leave their feel-good cocoons. Greg Lukianoff, a constitutional lawyer and president of a group that defends free speech and academic freedom on campus, co-wrote a recent essay about this movement at

  • Trump is attempting to undermine the GOP

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    It's my belief that Donald Trump, who is known to be a longtime friend and supporter of the Clintons, is deliberately attempting to undermine the GOP. The more people he can draw away from erstwhile presidential hopefuls, the better chance his friend Hillary has to gain her goals. So I say beware of those whose attempt is to deceive. Study your candidates and make a wise and educated decision in the coming election.

  • Michael Gerson: Trump declares war on demography

    MICHAEL GERSON The Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON — "I don't want it to be about me," Donald Trump explained at a recent event in Nashville. In other news: War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Trump campaign is emphatically about Trump, in a manner typical of populism from Huey Long to Hugo Chavez. The people are infallible, but they require someone who embodies their collective wisdom. The country — betrayed by elites, beset by foreigners, exploited and humiliated at every turn — needs more than policy papers. It needs a savior. Populism is not identical to demagoguery, but it attracts demagogues. Trump, on the evidence of past behavior, would take whatever political shape the moment required. But the direction upon which his

  • Paul Greenberg: In praise of losers

    Paul Greenberg Tribune Content Agency | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    There is a romance to losing, at least on a grand scale, that no string of victories can match. Who really loves the New York Yankees? Who does not sigh a sigh for the ever-doomed Chicago Cubs, who haven't won a World Series since ... when, 1908? There would be something seriously wrong with American life, or maybe the universe, if the Cubs brought a world championship home to Wrigley Field after more than a century of defeat; the ivy on the brick walls would probably shrivel. Chicago wouldn't be Chicago any more, not in its soul and spirit. Something ineffable would have gone out of it. Think of how much was lost when the Boston Red Sox suddenly turned into one of the winningest teams in the major leagues, ending their

  • Americans know we struck a bad deal with Iran

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    During the Iranian nuclear negotiations, President Obama and other officials repeatedly said that no deal is better than a bad deal. They were right. If no deal had been reached, tough U.S. sanctions would have remained in place — the very sanctions that forced Iran to the negotiating table in the first place — and Congress was ready to pass even tougher sanctions. Unfortunately, Obama accepted a bad deal that made too many concessions to Iranian demands. How do we know this is a bad deal? The Iranian regime is getting at least $100 billion in sanctions relief — money that will be used to support terrorist proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah. Iran is still refusing to recognize Israel's right to exist.

  • Human reason enables us to rise above victimization

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Virginia shooter Vester Flanagan seemed to be sending a message that the only possible response to irrationality was more irrationality. I reject this. As a gay man, I know that the power of human reason enables us to rise above the victimization imposed by those who teach that human beings are monsters by nature. Such people have been striving to keep the human race down for millennia. But their game is up. Western civilization was built by those who chose to rise above irrationality. The human race's potential to be something better is clearer than ever, and the tools available to make that happen are within our grasp. Each individual possesses the power of reason and the choice to use it. Yes, making that choice means learning

  • Oklahoma food news and notes

    BY DAVE CATHEY Food Editor dcatchey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Oklahoma food news and notes

  • Community

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Trees to be harvested EDMOND — City of Edmond's Urban Forestry Department will begin harvesting eastern red cedar trees later this week from city-owned property just north of Gracelawn Cemetery. This property is the proposed future location for cemetery expansion. A selection of eastern red cedar trees will be chipped to provide beneficial mulch for trees and landscapes planted throughout Edmond's street medians. The project will save the city money, as cutting then chipping the cedar trees can be done at a lower cost than buying mulch commercially. This project also provides the benefit of managing the spread of eastern red cedars within local forest and prairie ecosystems.

  • OETA to air 'Truth About Wheat'

    BY DAVE CATHEY Food Editor dcathey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Other dining notes of interest to Oklahomans include that The Drake has opened in Oklahoma City; and The Coach House continues to welcome alumni of its apprenticeship program as guest chefs while celebrating its 30thanniversary.

  • Upcoming health law tax is not just a levy on luxury

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018. The so-called Cadillac tax was meant to discourage extravagant coverage. Critics say it's a tax on essentials, not luxuries. It's getting attention now because employers plan ahead for major costs like health care. With time, an increasing number of companies will be exposed to the tax, according to a recent study. The risk is that middle-class workers could see their job-based benefits diminished. First to go might be the “flexible spending accounts” offered by many companies.

  • Ignite Oklahoma founder: Youth unemployment rate remains too high

    BY DAVID LEWIS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    According to the latest statistics from our state government, youth unemployment (ages 16 to 19) stands at a shameful 19.9 percent. The current nationwide average unemployment rate for this age bracket is 11.7 percent according to the Department of Labor. Oklahoma is lagging in igniting the careers of young people. We should applaud Gov. Mary Fallin's attention to this important issue. She has established an aggressive goal to reduce the youth unemployment rate in Oklahoma to 15 percent by 2017. Policymakers can help; business leaders can help even more. Young people have fewer skills as a result of less experience. This makes them less attractive to hire for most employers.

  • Youth unemployment rate remains too high

    BY DAVID LEWIS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    According to the latest statistics from our state government, youth unemployment (ages 16 to 19) stands at a shameful 19.9 percent. The current nationwide average unemployment rate for this age bracket is 11.7 percent according to the Department of Labor. Oklahoma is lagging in igniting the careers of young people. We should applaud Gov. Mary Fallin's attention to this important issue. She has established an aggressive goal to reduce the youth unemployment rate in Oklahoma to 15 percent by 2017. Policymakers can help; business leaders can help even more. Young people have fewer skills as a result of less experience. This makes them less attractive to hire for most employers.

  • ‘We’re not acting fast enough’

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Of course, we're here today to discuss a challenge that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other — and that's the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate. Our understanding of climate change advances each day. Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways faster than we previously thought. The science is stark. It is sharpening. It proves that this once-distant threat is now very much in the present. In fact, the Arctic is the leading edge of climate change — our leading indicator of what the entire planet faces. Arctic temperatures are rising about twice as fast as the global average. Over the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed about twice as fast as the rest of the

  • Your Views

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Rising above Virginia shooter Vester Flanagan seemed to be sending a message that the only possible response to irrationality was more irrationality. I reject this. As a gay man, I know that the power of human reason enables us to rise above the victimization imposed by those who teach that human beings are monsters by nature. Such people have been striving to keep the human race down for millennia. But their game is up. Western civilization was built by those who chose to rise above irrationality. The human race's potential to be something better is clearer than ever, and the tools available to make that happen are within our grasp. Each individual possesses the power of reason and the choice to use it. Yes, making that

  • Donald Trump declares war on demography

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON — “I don't want it to be about me,” Donald Trump explained at a recent event in Nashville, Tenn. In other news: War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Trump campaign is emphatically about Trump, in a manner typical of populism from Huey Long to Hugo Chavez. The people are infallible, but they require someone who embodies their collective wisdom. The country — betrayed by elites, beset by foreigners, exploited and humiliated at every turn — needs more than policy papers. It needs a savior. Populism is not identical to demagoguery, but it attracts demagogues. Trump, on the evidence of past behavior, would take whatever political shape the moment required. But the direction upon

  • Some schools go extra mile to fend off any hard feelings

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    UNIVERSITIES and colleges across the country are bustling with activity in these early days of the fall semester, with students moved into their dorms, teachers handing out their first assignments — and administrators at many of these schools doing all they can to ensure no student ever has his or her feelings hurt. At many institutions of higher learning, programs are in place to guard students from every possible offense. Some are a result of efforts initiated by students who appear incapable of, or unwilling to, leave their feel-good cocoons. Greg Lukianoff, a constitutional lawyer and president of a group that defends free speech and academic freedom on campus, co-wrote a recent essay about this movement at

  • With death penalty, caution doesn't signal opposition

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    DOES a district attorney's stance on the death penalty effectively dictate a community's support for it? A recent article by The Marshall Project, a news organization covering America's criminal justice system, suggests this is the case and cites Oklahoma County as an example. Nationally, the Death Penalty Information Center reports 2 percent of U.S. counties accounted for 56 percent of death row inmates as of 2012. The Marshall Project reports, “One reason for the national disparity: The fervor of local prosecutors.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, September 2

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. — Iowa at OKC — KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 p.m. — N.Y. Yankees at Boston — MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m. — Detroit at Kansas City — Cox 77/FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m. — Washington at St. Louis — ESPN (Cox 29) 9 p.m. — Texas at San Diego — FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 9 p.m. — San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers — KTOK-AM 1000 TENNIS Noon — U.S. Open — ESPN (Cox 29) 5 p.m. — U.S. Open — ESPN2 (Cox 28) WNBA 2:30 p.m.

  • With death penalty, caution doesn't signal opposition

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    DOES a district attorney's stance on the death penalty effectively dictate a community's support for it? A recent article by The Marshall Project, a news organization covering America's criminal justice system, suggests this is the case and cites Oklahoma County as an example. Nationally, the Death Penalty Information Center reports 2 percent of U.S. counties accounted for 56 percent of death row inmates as of 2012. The Marshall Project reports, “One reason for the national disparity: The fervor of local prosecutors.

  • There's something to be said for history's losers

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    There is a romance to losing, at least on a grand scale, that no string of victories can match. Who really loves the New York Yankees? Who does not sigh a sigh for the ever-doomed Chicago Cubs, who haven't won a World Series since ... when, 1908? There would be something seriously wrong with American life, or maybe the universe, if the Cubs brought a world championship home to Wrigley Field after more than a century of defeat. Chicago wouldn't be Chicago anymore, not in its soul and spirit. Something ineffable would have gone out of it. Think of how much was lost when the Boston Red Sox suddenly turned into one of the winningest teams in the major leagues, ending their historic losing streak.




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