• Charles Krauthammer: The world according to Trump

    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of all Great Powers, bordered on two sides by weak neighbors and on the other two by fish. Two world wars, nuclear missiles and international terrorism have disabused us of the illusion of safety-by-isolation. You wouldn't know it, though, from the Democratic presidential race where foreign policy has been treated as a nuisance, a distraction from such fundamental questions as whether $12 or

  • Wind debate: Industry is proving invaluable to rural Oklahoma schools

    Wind debate: Industry is proving invaluable to...

    By Melva Little | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    As superintendent of Fort Supply Public Schools, I am concerned to see education used as a platform for anti-wind energy activists to criticize an industry that has been nothing but positive to us and, I suspect, many other rural districts across Oklahoma. To disparage an industry providing tremendous economic benefit to not only local schools, but county governments and Oklahoma landowners, is unfair. I know the benefits of the wind industry because I live it every day in my school district. Since 2003, the wind industry has invested well over $7 billion in Oklahoma and established itself as a vital contributor to education funding in numerous rural school districts.

  • Wind debate: Incentives blowing a hole in Oklahoma's budget

    Wind debate: Incentives blowing a hole in...

    By Jeffrey McDougall | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Overly generous. That's how the head of one of the nation's largest wind energy trade associations recently described the wide array of tax incentives that the state of Oklahoma has given to the wind industry. Among our nation's four largest wind energy-producing states — Texas, California, Iowa and Oklahoma — Oklahoma's package of tax credits for wind energy development is excessive and unrivaled. Oklahoma checks almost every possible box, as we are the only state to offer a zero-emission tax credit, an ad valorem tax exemption, an investment tax credit and a manufacturers sales tax exemption, all with no cap on the subsidies wind energy developers receive from state government.