• Washington Examiner: Thank fracking for drop in U.S. carbon emissions

    Washington Examiner Editorial | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    PRESIDENT Obama announced in November 2014 what was supposed to be an “ambitious” new climate agreement with China. The Chinese obligation was derisory: The world's most populous nation would try to slow the growth of its carbon emissions so that they stopped growing altogether by 2030. Obama announced that America, meanwhile, would reduce its carbon emissions to at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. If you're wondering what sort of a sacrifice this is going to mean for you, we have some good news. By the time the ink had dried on the sham climate deal, the U.S. was already halfway to fulfilling its end of the bargain.

  • George Will: The inaugural address we won't hear, but should

    GEORGE F. WILL Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    WASHINGTON — The mere possibility of a Donald Trump presidency — gold-plated faucets in the house first occupied by John and Abigail Adams — will perhaps have a salutary effect. It might demystify an office that has become now swollen with inappropriate powers and swaddled in a pretentiousness discordant with a republic's ethic of simplicity. This wholesome retreat from presidential grandiosity would be advanced if on Jan. 20, 2017, the 45th president delivered the following inaugural address: My fellow Americans, brevity is not only the soul of wit and the essence of lingerie, it is, on occasions such as this, polite.

  • Point of View: No wiser investment than Oklahoma early childhood ed

    Point of View: No wiser investment than...

    By Ann Cameron | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness/Smart Start Oklahoma board leads the state's early childhood development and education efforts. We comprise 32 members — half are state agency directors and half are appointed by the governor from the private sector. Our mission is to ensure that all children have positive early education opportunities, health and nutrition support, and the nurturing environment they need for success in school and life. We understand the profound challenges faced by the governor and lawmakers in addressing Oklahoma's fiscal crisis, and realize budget cuts must be part of any comprehensive plan to fund state programs.

  • Mental health advocate: Funding of state mental health agency is critical to Oklahomans

    Mental health advocate: Funding of state mental...

    By Michael W. Brose | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    With the end of the legislative session looming, the primary topic of discussion is the budget shortfall and the dismal forecast for Oklahoma's financial future. As our legislators make critical decisions about the state budget and consider potential cuts that will certainly have a negative impact on our communities, we must join to advocate for funding in support of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. As the chief executive officer of Mental Health Association Oklahoma for more than 20 years, I am well aware of how budget cuts to the state's mental health service system negatively impact the lives of our families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and communities.

  • Clarence Page: Would 'President Hillary Clinton' open the X-Files?

    Clarence Page Tribune Content Agency | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    If "the truth is out there," as they used to say on the old "X-Files" program, Hillary Clinton says she's eager to expose it. No, she's not talking about her controversial email server, although an FBI investigation is looking into that, too. She's talking about UFOs (unidentified flying objects) or, as she corrected Jimmy Kimmel when he recently asked her on his late-night-TV show about possible visitors from other planets, "unexplained aerial phenomena" — or UAP. "That's the latest nomenclature," she said, scoring points, no doubt, with UFO — or UAP — enthusiasts.

  • OKC doctor: With pain meds, safety and effectiveness can jibe

    OKC doctor: With pain meds, safety and...

    By Blake Christensen, M.D. | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Specialists in pain management use a comprehensive approach developed with specific goals to improve the quality of life and restore normal function while decreasing the need for addictive pain medication. While prescription drugs have been used effectively and appropriately to treat medical and psychiatric illness in the majority of patients, rates of abuse have escalated at alarming rates in the past decade. The increase of availability of prescription drugs has contributed to a dramatic rise of nonmedical use and abuse of these medications. This is partly due to the paradigm shift within the medical community to how pain is treated.

  • Charles Krauthammer: Donald, Hillary and the Bernie factor

    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson's. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn reflecting stagnation at home and failure abroad. Two-thirds of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. Yet after nearly two terms of Barack Obama's corrosively unsuccessful liberalism — both parties have decisively moved left. Hillary Clinton cannot put away a heretofore marginal, self-declared socialist. He has forced her into leftward genuflections on everything from trade to national health care.

  • Kathleen Parker: Hillary's viral nightmare

    KATHLEEN PARKER Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    WASHINGTON — You could say that it all depends on how you define "lie." Or, perhaps, that it's hell to have a public record. Either way, Hillary Clinton's vast resume of, shall we say, inconsistencies, is the dog that caught the car and won't let go. A viral video collection of her comments on various subjects through the years is bestirring Republican hearts. To those who'd rather vote for a reality show host than a Clinton, the video merely confirms what they've believed all along. For independents and even Democrats, it's a reminder of how often Clinton has morphed into a fresh incarnation as required by the political moment.

  • Oklahoma state senator: Tax reform has been central to Senate Republicans' efforts

    Oklahoma state senator: Tax reform has been...

    By State Sen. Mike Mazzei | Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Facing a $1.3 billion shortfall, Senate Republicans have worked diligently this year to examine all available options to mitigate cuts to education, public safety, health care and transportation. The most efficient tax code is supposed to provide few, if any, special deals so that all taxpayers can pay the lowest possible income tax rate. This provides for greater productivity, higher job creation and a broader base of taxpayers, generating a growing revenue base to properly fund core services. That's why the Senate is reviewing special tax breaks for businesses and individual taxpayers across all income spectrums.

  • George Will: A cold can of 'America'

    GEORGE F. WILL Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Because advertising is a barometer that often accurately measures America's psychological atmosphere, attention must be paid to this: From May 23 through the presidential election, Budweiser beer will bear a different name. Eager to do its bit to make America great again, the brewer will replace the name "Budweiser" with "America" on its 12-ounce bottles and cans. The Financial Times says this is "a bid to capitalize on U.S. election fever." (Before the Chicago Cubs bestrode the world like a colossus, T-shirts proclaimed "Cubs Fever: Catch it — and die.") A beer bottle metaphysician at the brewer of soon-to-be America says, "We are embarking on what should be the most patriotic summer that this generation has

  • E.J. Dionne: Obama didn't birth Trump's movement

    E.J. DIONNE JR. Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Blaming President Obama for the rise of Donald Trump is popular among Republican leaders. They don't want to take responsibility for the choices made by their own voters or their complicity in tolerating and even encouraging the extremism Trump represents. They also don't want to face the fact that many Trump ballots were aimed at them. It should be said that many conservatives are resisting the Blame-Obama-First temptation by trying to come to terms with what has happened to their cause. National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru offered an admirably sober assessment of his side's role in Trump's emergence that included this observation: "We have come to reward the expression of resentment and anger more than the

  • State Chamber official: Cutting OK higher ed funding wouldn't be prudent

    State Chamber official: Cutting OK higher ed...

    By Jennifer Lepard | Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Oklahoma is facing a budget shortfall and there are many ideas being floated to help bridge the gap. One of them would include further budget cuts to the state's higher education system. But this is the kind of short-term thinking that Oklahoma cannot afford. At a time when our workforce needs more teachers, engineers, doctors and nurses, we can't neglect the colleges and universities that train them. We have seen what happens when you neglect Oklahoma roads and bridges for years: It takes far longer and is far more expensive to correct the situation than if there was an investment in maintaining them. Similarly, while cuts to higher education may help next year's budget, the effects down the road will end up much more costly

  • Michael Gerson: Conservatives' deal with the devil

    MICHAEL GERSON Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    WASHINGTON — In the category of credit where credit is due, Donald Trump has been exactly right in one important respect. He attacked the Republican establishment as low-energy, cowering weaklings. Now Republican leaders are lining up to surrender to him — like low-energy, cowering weaklings. The capitulation has justified the accusation. It would be impolite to name names. So I should not mention that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who now angles for Trump's vice presidential nod, once said: "He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.

  • Colorado Springs Gazette: Opinions of all sorts are allowed in this country

    Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial | Published: Tue, May 17, 2016

    THE human contribution to global warming (“climate change” when things get cold) is a debate of the ages. Brilliant scientists, politicians and pundits disagree on a countless array of climate-related beliefs. Unless and until climate change hypothesis becomes settled science, rather than a topic of “scientific consensus,” the debate will live on. Unless, of course, the staunchest of global warming believers succeed in forbidding dissent. That's right, some global warming activists — people who want immediate government action — would like to punish skeptics they call climate change “deniers.

  • Coburn, Parman: Medicaid 'rebalancing' plan is Obamacare by another name

    Coburn, Parman: Medicaid \'rebalancing\' plan is...

    By Tom Coburn andLarry Parman | Published: Sun, May 15, 2016

    The Oklahoma Health Care Authority's Medicaid “rebalancing” plan is being considered by lawmakers. The plan is simply Obamacare Medicaid expansion rebranded. As conservatives concerned about fiscal responsibility, we urge lawmakers to reject it. The rebalancing scheme is a policy that expands the scope and size of the federal government and increases dependency on government programs. It removes one more state barrier that separates us from a single-payer system in the United States. And of course it would further balloon state taxpayer spending by $1 billion (at a minimum) over the first 10 years and would increase the federal debt by $10 billion.

  • George Will: Due process is being kicked off campus

    GEORGE F. WILL Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Sun, May 15, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Academia's descent into perpetual hysteria and incipient tyranny is partly fueled by the fiction that one in five college students is sexually assaulted and that campuses require minute federal supervision to cure this. Encouraged by the government's misuse of discredited social science (one survey supposedly proving this one-in-five fiction), colleges and universities are implementing unconstitutional procedures mandated by the government. The 2006 Duke lacrosse rape case fit the narrative about campuses permeated by a "rape culture." Except there was no rape.

  • Oklahoma Hospital Association president: Tobacco tax hike, Medicaid rebalancing plan needed to save health care

    Oklahoma Hospital Association president:...

    By Craig Jones | Published: Sun, May 15, 2016

    The end is near for the legislative session and so is health care as we know it in Oklahoma. Our state's health care system is on life support. Today, we face a crisis. In less than three weeks, all Oklahomans will start experiencing a disastrous failing in our system of care, unless the Legislature acts now. The agency that administers Medicaid in Oklahoma warns it will be forced to slash medical provider rates up to 25 percent in just a few weeks. Previous funding cuts of 18 percent have already taken a heavy toll. Any new health care cuts will be catastrophic. Additional cuts will force physicians to turn away patients on Medicaid. Children on SoonerCare will be hurt the most. With a 25 percent cut, at least a dozen

  • Oklahoma securities administrator: Caution advised with new equity crowdfunding

    Oklahoma securities administrator: Caution...

    By Irving Faught | Published: Sat, May 14, 2016

    Oklahomans will have the ability to raise capital for business ventures through equity crowdfunding when the federal crowdfunding rule goes effective Monday. Any such offering must comply with full disclosure and anti-fraud rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Regulation Crowdfunding. The federal equity crowdfunding laws flow from long-established crowdfunding concepts not involving an expectation of investment profits. People have supported private projects of fledgling businesses, artists, musicians and writers expecting no more than recognition or souvenirs.

  • Jules Witcover: Trump returns to the '90s for his anti-Clinton strategy

    Jules Witcover Tribune Content Agency | Published: Sat, May 14, 2016

    WASHNGTON — Having turned the presidential campaign into a reality TV show, Donald Trump seems bent now on converting it into a fall-season soap opera. His resurrection of Bill Clinton's sex scandal of two decades ago as ammunition to bring down Hillary Clinton promises to take to a new low what already was shaping up as the nastiest presidential contest on record. Trump, ever a master at recognizing political and news media opportunities in a rival's vulnerability, has seized the old episode to combat his own misogynistic comments and behavior. Then he has trumped it by accusing Hillary of "playing the woman card." The strategy has a twofold objective.

  • Cal Thomas: North Carolina fights back

    Cal Thomas Tribune Content Agency | Published: Fri, May 13, 2016

    Standing on principle, not to mention common sense, is so rare these days that when someone does it they make headlines. That's because you can quickly be labeled a "bigot" if you oppose a lot of the sludge dumped on us by the secular left, and few can withstand the onslaught. North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, is unafraid. On Friday, the Department of Justice sent him a letter warning that North Carolina's House Bill 2, also known as the bathroom bill, violated the Civil Rights Act. The bill, which requires that transgender people use public bathrooms that match their birth certificates, was swiftly labeled anti-LGBT, which was all DOJ needed to hear.