• Advocates: We need to talk about suicide in Oklahoma

    BY MIKIE GILLMORE, AND KaYLEY SAUNDERS | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    In light of the Germanwings tragedy last month, coupled with the fact that suicide rates are highest in the spring, HeartLine is here to say that it’s time to start a new conversation. Learning the warnings signs of suicide gets help to those who need it, but it’s only part of the solution. As New York City first lady Chirlane McCray noted in a letter to the editor of The New York Times, in addition to mental health screenings for pilots, “We must also seek to change the culture so that people realize that seeking treatment for mental illness is an act of strength, not weakness.” I (Mikie Gillmore) grew up around aviation. My mother was a pilot. I was surrounded by military and private pilots for most of my formative

  • Charles Krauthammer: The queen travels by van

    By Charles Krauthammer | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON — See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy. There’s something surreal about Hillary Clinton’s Marie Antoinette tour, sampling cake and commoners. But what else can she do? After Barack Obama, she’s the best known political figure in America. She has papal name recognition. Like Napoleon and Cher, she’s universally known by her first name.

  • One way to ease Oklahoma's water concerns

    BY TOM M. LUCAS | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    The problem with Eastern Red Cedars

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: A good time to remember what government is: us

    By Leonard Pitts Jr. | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    20 years after Oklahoma City bombing

  • Thunder Women: Russell Westbrook is our MVP

    BY JUDY LOVE, ANN, JOHNSTONE AND | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Guard has been a sparkplug

  • George Will: Sustainability gone wild

    By George F. Will | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of persons who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. The effect of these decisions on consumption of fossil fuels will be nil; the effect on the growth of institutions’ endowments will be negative.

  • Tulsa schools superintendent: Reigniting partnership and collaboration in our schools

    BY KEITH BALLARD | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Great teachers and leaders are essential to district and school success. Nationwide, as we grapple with the challenge of recruiting and retaining great teachers in schools serving low-income students, we must not lose sight of the importance of teacher effectiveness in this effort. Research shows that the teacher at the blackboard is the single greatest school-based factor in a child’s academic trajectory. This is why Tulsa Public Schools is committed to having an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective principal leading and developing faculty and staff purposefully and passionately. In 2010, the TPS Board of Education spent several months developing its five-year strategic plan and core goals. There were

  • Michael Gerson: Enter the reform conservatives

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The juxtaposition of Hillary Clinton’s and Marco Rubio’s announcements for president illustrates a serious problem for American progressivism: Its political bench looks as spry and novel as the old Soviet Politburo. Joe Biden? Jerry Brown? Elizabeth Warren? All fight for Social Security while qualifying for their full check. Conservatives who burn incense to the memory of Ronald Reagan are forbidden from defining youth and inexperience as political qualifications. But Reagan was a policy innovator. Democrats today have a geriatric agenda. Equal pay arguments were avant-garde in 1963. The minimum wage was groundbreaking economic policy in 1938. Democrats propose to increase the payout of a Social Security system

  • Ruth Marcus: What lies ahead for Hillary

    By Ruth Marcus | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON — She’s in! She’s given up the private jet to schlep across America (albeit being driven by the Secret Service) and stroll, incognito, into Chipotle. Herewith, two myths about Hillary Clinton and two challenges for her on the campaign trail: Myth One: She needs someone to run against her to help toughen her up during the primary season. Ha! Do you know of any companies with monopoly power that urge competitors to come in and challenge their dominance? Didn’t think so. If anyone understands the painful difference between a seemingly clear path to the nomination (Clinton 2008) and an actually clear path (Clinton 2016), it’s her. The downside of having an even quasi-serious, Democratic challenger is

  • Oklahoma lawmaker: Leave pension system along in solving budget crunch

    BY STATE REP. RANDY MCDANIEL | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Oklahoma faces a large budget shortfall. Difficult decisions will need to be made. However, using the pension system to solve other problems would be short-sighted. In the past, as pension finances started to improve, resources would be cut to fill different budget holes and new unfunded benefits would be given. The combination of less money and larger benefits led to growing financial insecurity. By 2010, the unfunded pension liability had grown to over $16 billion. The funding deficit was more than $500 million per year, despite record annual contributions. The state retirement system was on a pathway toward insolvency. Leaders took responsibility. Major reforms were passed.

  • Kathleen Parker: Rolling Stone gathers dirt — on itself

    By Kathleen Parker | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    WASHINGTON — “As we asked ourselves how we could have gotten the story wrong …” Thus read a Rolling Stone editor’s note attached to a post-mortem story on the false story it published last fall about an alleged gang rape by members of University of Virginia’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Such statements extract all the oxygen from the air that serious journalists breathe. “A Rape on Campus,” which raised flags among other reporters and editors, as well as readers, alleged that “Jackie” went on a date to a fraternity house, where she was raped by seven men while at least one other stood by coaching. The Washington Post quickly compiled a long list of factual problems. Never mind the simply

  • Washington Examiner: For Congress, people should rank ahead of fish

    Washington Examiner editorial | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Bad policies exacerbate drought in the West

  • 'Tax Freedom Day' keeps getting later

    BY ANDY KOENIG | Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    For Oklahomans, it’s April 14

  • George F. Will: Containing Iran's nuclear intoxication

    By George F. Will | Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Next week brings a constitutional moment illustrating a paradox of Barack Obama’s presidency. The catalyst of the drama is legislation proposed by Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, asserting Congress’ foreign policy responsibilities and prerogatives. The paradox is this: Obama’s disdain for constitutional etiquette — his contempt for the institutional self-restraint that enables equilibrium under the separation of powers — has been primarily in domestic policy. His anti-constitutional actions have involved the Affordable Care Act, environmental, education, welfare and immigration policies, Internet regulation and judicially rebuked recess appointments, among other matters.

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Walter Scott, just another 'isolated incident'?

    By Leonard Pitts Jr. | Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Man killed by South Carolina officer

  • Peace activist: Will Congress support negotiations for peace

    BY NATHANIEL BATCHELDER | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    A preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has built hope that a final agreement can be reached. For everyone praying that global conflicts can be resolved through diplomacy, this announcement, after decades of tensions and years of effort, is monumental. Negotiators have until June 30 to finalize an agreement. Technical details remain, but a broad framework is in place that would benefit all sides. A final agreement will preclude military action and war, and will empower Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the forces for reform in Iran who elected him. Anti-American extremists in Iran have opposed these negotiations from the start. Some members of Congress remain active critics. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin

  • Clarence Page: Rising star Trevor Noah stalled by toxic tweets

    By Clarence Page | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Noah has been named as new host of ‘The Daily Show’

  • Transit official: Ridership in Oklahoma continues to rise

    BY STEVE SPRADLING | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Oklahoma public transit usage is the highest since the post World War II years, mirroring a national trend. In 2014, public transit trips were a record 10.8 billion nationwide, the highest ridership in 58 years and indicating a shift in travel attitudes, choices and demographics according to the American Public Transit Association. Oklahoma transit systems also notched record ridership in 2014: 10.3 million trips, or 2.3 percent more than in 2013. Bus travel remains the lifeblood for passenger mobility, accounting for 53 percent of all transit trips nationwide. Oklahoma transit offers opportunity through mobility. Without public transit, a person residing at 15th and Robinson in Oklahoma City is as isolated as one

  • Moynihan: Antidote to

    Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The problem with most discussions of political polarization is that they reach quickly for technical causes and solutions. Our politics are polarized, we are told, because of gerrymandered districts, the rise of opinionated media sources and party primaries closed off to independents or voters in the other party. There’s nothing wrong with thinking about such things, but all the mechanical fixes in the world will not overcome a brute fact about the United States in 2015: We really do have profound disagreements with each other that are intellectual, moral, partisan and ideological.

  • Health care officials: Bill is right solution for Oklahoma Medicaid program

    BY TED HAYNES, CRAIG JONES, AND TOM COBLE | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    It’s not often enough that Oklahoma has an opportunity to save the state money and improve the health of Oklahomans — all at the same time. This is the intent of House Bill 1566, which proposes to establish care coordination programs for our most vulnerable citizens who fall into the aged, blind or disabled population. This is also why groups as diverse as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers and other health care provider organizations are working together as a coalition to reform the current state Medicaid program for long-term sustainability.