• Ernest Istook: It's time to drop the wind energy subsidies

    BY ERNEST ISTOOK | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Oklahoma’s fight over wind power subsidies becomes moot if the massive federal subsidies end. And those subsidies will end unless the lame duck Congress approves efforts to add five years and $18 billion more. This crony capitalism giveaway was supposed to be temporary, when created 22 years ago. Taxpayers pay three times: through federal subsidies, through state subsidies and through higher utility bills. The Environment and Climate News reports, “Nine of the 11 largest wind-power states are experiencing skyrocketing electricity prices, rising more than four times the national average.” Without the federal subsidy, the industry won’t build in Oklahoma or elsewhere.

  • Kathleen Parker: The people and the pendulum

    By Kathleen Parker | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON — To paraphrase Roger Miller — and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia — America swings like a pendulum do. If projections, human nature and historical bent prevail next Tuesday, we may see a bit of topsy-turvy up on the benighted Hill. Anything still can happen, but it seems as though Republicans may command both the House and Senate beginning next year. In this event, President Obama would be left alone with his pen and executive power. Wouldn’t he rather just have a newspaper and a cup of coffee? Worst. Job. Ever.

  • George F. Will: In Georgia, a capitalist struggles

    By George Will | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    MCDONOUGH, Ga. — In a sun-dappled square decorated with scores of entrants in the community’s Halloween scarecrow contest, a balky sound system enables, if barely, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate to exhort a few hundred people, mostly supporters, to urge neighbors to vote to reduce Sen. Harry Reid to minority leader. The exhorter is David Perdue, a glutton for punishment who has been campaigning incessantly for 15 months and may be doing so for two more. A Jan. 6 vote would end his second runoff, which will be necessary if, because the libertarian candidate gets perhaps 5 percent of the vote, neither Perdue nor his Democratic opponent, Michelle Nunn, wins 50 percent of the vote next Tuesday.

  • E.J. Dionne: The secrets behind 2014

    By E.J. Dionne Jr. | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON — There’s a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What’s not being widely talked about is as important as what’s in the news. Underappreciated fact No. 1: The number of Democratic seats that are not in play this year. In planning its effort to take control of the Senate, Republicans shrewdly launched challenges to Democrats in states that would not automatically be on a GOP target list. “Broadening the map” is wise when you’re in a strong position. Two of the states on that extended list, Colorado and Iowa, have paid off for Republicans. It’s still far from certain that they will defeat Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado or Rep. Bruce Braley in

  • Think twice about that sexy Halloween costume for your daughter

    BY REBECCA S. BIGLER, AND SARAH MCKENNEY | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Thousands of boys and girls across Oklahoma are now deciding what they want to be this Halloween. Boys have a multitude of costume options this year, ranging from scary to funny and from nerdy to powerful. Girls’ costumes, on the other hand, are limited in variety and seem to increasingly feature the same, sexy silhouette: sleeveless, fitted bodice, short skirt and high heels. Is a young girl’s desire for a sexy costume a harmless whim or something more troubling? Should parents go along with their daughters’ requests for those sexy, and often popular, costumes? Based on studies of pre- and early-adolescent girls, we think parents should be worried about sexy costumes and guide their daughters toward less sexually

  • University vice president: “A” rating for USAO is well-deserved

    BY DEX MARBLE | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is one of only 23 institutions out of 1,000 studied nationally by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) to receive an “A” rating for the quality of the required academic core. ACTA stresses the need to know the ways in which society and political systems operate, which is crucial for a citizenry in a democratic republic. These are precisely the issues addressed by USAO’s curriculum.

  • Cal Thomas: Help for Middle East Christians

    By Cal Thomas | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    American Christians have been slow to the point of near silence when it comes to speaking out about the atrocities committed against their fellow believers by the Islamic State in Iraq (ISIS). The Jewish people are much better models in solidarity when Jews are persecuted. Members of ISIS have targeted Christian churches, destroyed symbols of Christian faith and killed Christians because of their beliefs, but from American Christians we hear very little. Even President Obama, a self-described Christian, rarely speaks about the persecuted. Reality television producer Mark Burnett and his actress wife, Roma Downey, are trying to raise awareness and money to help displaced and threatened Iraqi Christians who survived the

  • Washington Examiner: Democrats giving lame ducks a bad name

    The Washington Examiner editorial | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    OUTWARDLY, Democrats express confidence about their chances of holding the United States Senate next week when voters head to the polls. Behind the scenes, their actions tell the opposite story. Democratic Senate staffers are preparing for a very busy post-election “lame-duck” session before Americans’ new choices for Senate can be sworn in, the liberal news website Talking Points Memo reports. “We will definitely move a lot of nominees during the lame duck one way or the other,” an anonymous staffer told the publication, “possibly more if Republicans take the majority.

  • George F. Will: In Wisconsin, done in by John Doe

    By George F. Will | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The early morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on doors and issuing threats. Spouses were separated as the police seized computers, including those of children still in pajamas. Clothes drawers, including the children’s, were ransacked, cellphones were confiscated and the citizens were told it would be a crime to tell anyone of the raids. Some raids were precursors of, others were parts of, the nastiest episode of this unlovely political season, an episode that has occurred in an unlikely place.

  • Michael Gerson: Still in denial on Ebola

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON — It is such a relief about that Ebola thing. The threat of an American outbreak turned out to be overhyped. A military operation is underway to help those poor Liberians. An Ebola czar (what is his name again?) has been appointed to coordinate the U.S. government response. The growth of the disease in Africa, by some reports, seems to have slowed. On to the next crisis. Except that this impression of control is an illusion, and a particularly dangerous one. The Ebola virus has multiplied in a medium of denial. There was the initial denial that a rural disease, causing isolated outbreaks that burned out quickly, could become a sustained, urban killer.

  • Science-tech secretary: Oklahoma poised to be a leader in drone industry

    BY STEPHEN MCKEEVER | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    On Wednesday and Thursday, World’s Best Technology will descend on Stillwater to hold its first forum focused on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — more commonly known as drones. The event will bring together business people, entrepreneurs, investors, federal labs and agencies, and academic researchers to focus on UAS commercialization. That World’s Best Technology chose Oklahoma to hold this first-of-its-kind event isn’t a surprise. This is a leading state for the development and application of drones. Oklahoma is home to the first-in-the-nation graduate degree program with a focus on UAS engineering, at Oklahoma State University.

  • Kathleen Parker: Bears, wolves find a voice in the wilderness

    By Kathleen Parker | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON — If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts — the four-legged variety rather than those running for office. Ballot initiatives aimed at protecting bears and wolves from hounding, trapping and other inhumane hunting practices are up for a vote in two states — Maine and Michigan. Oh, be still thy twitching trigger finger. This isn’t an anti-hunting column; it’s a pro-humanity column. Ours. And the referendums, driven by the Humane Society of the United States, are aimed only at minimizing animal suffering and restoring a measure of decency and fair play in our dealings with creatures. First the bears.

  • Listening: One way to improve national discourse: listen

    BY PEARCE GODWIN | Published: Sat, Oct 25, 2014

    Is there a way to improve the tone of our national discourse, to alleviate the rancor that’s gripping politics and society? Voters believe the answer is simple: listen first. A recent poll of North Carolina voters by Listen First Project found that 57 percent believe that if people with different viewpoints would listen to and consider “the other side first,” it would make a “major impact” or “huge impact” on our politics and society. Thirty-six percent of voters believe this simple commitment would make a “huge impact” and only 6 percent believe it would have “no impact” on our culture. In the September NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll, voters were asked what one message they’d like to send

  • E.J. Dionne: Ebola, pandering and courage

    By E.J. Dionne Jr. | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    BOSTON — Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts’ North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record. You read that right: An investigation by The Boston Globe found that unlike politicians who go to great lengths to puff up their military backgrounds, Moulton, as the paper’s Walter Robinson wrote, “chose not to publicly disclose that he was twice decorated for heroism until pressed by the Globe.” It took Robinson’s reporting to discover that Moulton had won the Bronze Star and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal for valor during the battles for control of Najaf and Nasiriyah.

  • Charles Krauthammer: Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

    By Charles Krauthammer | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday. There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times. It’s his government. He’s president. Has been for six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration. IRS? “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” he thundered in May 2013 when the story broke of the agency targeting conservative groups. “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but

  • Clarence Page: When Ebola turns to 'fearbola'

    By Clarence Page | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    We must pay attention to the mistakes of history, some wise person once said, so we can do a better job of making them in the future. That’s how I feel during the current Ebola crisis when I see how well we Americans seem to be repeating the mistakes of the AIDS epidemic. I thought we learned something, for example, from the case of Ryan White, who was forced to leave his Indiana middle school after he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984 after a tainted blood transfusion. Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, but because AIDS was so poorly understood and, therefore, frightening at the time, many parents and teachers rallied against his attendance.

  • Washington Examiner: This billionaire trying to affect elections is — yes — a Democrat

    Washington Examiner Editorial | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    THIS year, Americans roll their eyes once again at a campaign to vilify the age-old practice of rich people spending their money to spread political messages. The attacks are mostly one-sided, with Democrats using both the campaign platform and the floor of the Senate to denounce two people in particular. They are, of course, Charles and David Koch, billionaire philanthropists who have used some of the money they earned to advance their libertarian view of the world. Their flagship group, Americans for Prosperity (which is actually not exclusively funded by them), spent an impressive $37 million on ads to affect election outcomes in 2012. This time around, though, a liberal billionaire is stealing their thunder.

  • George F. Will: In Kentucky, a constitutional moment

    By George F. Will | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So, Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate’s dignity. Even counting Justice Louis Brandeis as a Kentuckian — at 18 he defected to Harvard and New England — Mitch McConnell, 72, is second only to Henry Clay as the state’s most consequential public servant. McConnell’s skills have been honed through five terms. He is, however — let us say the worst — not

  • Businessman Chuck Mills: Oklahoma business community needs to be involved in education system

    BY CHUCK MILLS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    The business community needs to be involved in improving this state’s education system. After all, having an educated workforce impacts the bottom line. The most important capital investment in every business is human capital. Nothing is worse than having to turn away business because you have the capacity but not the people to fulfill an order. You’re never going to get that back. The simple truth is that Oklahoma’s education system isn’t producing the talent we need. How do we, the job creators, fix that? By getting involved. If you keep saying you’re too busy or it’s too complicated, the problem will never get solved. Our future employees are in classrooms today. Make sure that they’re learning the

  • Michael Gerson: For GOP, no victory lap

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON — On the theory that chickens should not only be counted before they hatch but killed, let us consider the downsides for Republicans of winning both houses of Congress. This hypothetical now seems the most likely outcome, according to the various poll aggregators we now treat as oracles. The Washington Post Election Lab, striding furthest out on the ice, puts the odds of a GOP Senate takeover at 93 percent. The reasons for this advantage are varied. The electoral map is favorable to GOP candidates, with battlegrounds located mainly in states Mitt Romney carried in 2012. Democrats can win only by running well ahead of President Obama’s approval ratings, which range from the 30s to mid-40s.