• Zoos back animal conservation efforts worldwide

    BY WILL COGGIN | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Animal rights activists’ offbase

  • Toll roads serve purpose

    BY PATRICK JONES | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Oklahoma embraces value of tolling

  • OK Policy official: Honest conversation needed about the state budget

    BY GENE PERRY | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Deciding how to pay for schools, roads, health care and other crucial public services is the most important job of Oklahoma lawmakers. Hot-button social issues usually get more attention, but to see what makes the biggest difference in the lives of regular Oklahomans, we need to follow the money. Unfortunately, that responsibility isn’t being treated with the care it deserves. This year the state budget was pushed through the Legislature less than 48 hours after it had been seen by anyone outside a small group of budget writers. Lawmakers and citizens had hardly enough time to read the bill, much less understand its complicated provisions, before these critical votes. That’s troubling, because there’s much in the budget we

  • Charles Krauthammer: Why doctors quit

    By Charles Krauthammer | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON — About a decade ago, a doctor friend was lamenting the increasingly frustrating conditions of clinical practice. “How did you know to get out of medicine in 1978?” he asked with a smile. “I didn’t,” I replied. “I had no idea what was coming. I just felt I’d chosen the wrong vocation.” I was reminded of this exchange upon receiving my med school class’s 40th-reunion report and reading some of the entries. In general, my classmates felt fulfilled by family, friends and the considerable achievements of their professional lives. But there was an undercurrent of deep disappointment, almost demoralization, with what medical practice had become.

  • Paul Greenberg: The newest Nixon

    By Paul Greenberg | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Call her Hillary Rodham Nixon, for there are times when she seems to have learned the old master’s routines line by line, evasion by evasion. Remember when Tricky Dick used to say, “I want to say this about that” before saying pretty much nothing about everything, or claiming he’d explained all that before, or just changing the embarrassing subject, or all of the above? If you’ve forgotten those endless Nixonian (rhymes with Clintonian) press conferences about Watergate, or are much too young to remember them, then be thankful.

  • George Will: The separation of campaign and state

    By George F. Will | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON — A simple apology would suffice. Instead, campaign finance reformers, horrified by the predictable results of their handiwork, aspire to yet more regulatory wrinkles to limit political speech. These, too, would have consequences unintended and undesired by reformers, “requiring” a new round of reforms. But the Constitution, properly construed, requires a wall of separation between campaign and state. Reformers detest the emergence of super PACs that fund advocacy supportive of, but not “coordinated” with, particular candidates. These vast reservoirs of money are, however, inevitable, reasonable and, on balance, wholesome responses to the reformers’ attempts to combat what they call “too much money” in

  • Tulsa World Editorial: Medical licensing boards must balance expertise with public involvement

    From the Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Three consumer organizations have asked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to review the way some professions dominate their own state licensing boards. A February U.S. Supreme Court decision leads some to question if the boards could be at risk of violating antitrust laws because of the dominance of members of the regulated professions. The request to Pruitt came from representatives of Consumers Union, the Citizen Advocacy Center and the Center for Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego School of Law.

  • Michael Gerson: Religious conservatives' shifting role

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Roman historian Tacitus described Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians: “In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and torn to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day waned, burned to serve for the evening lights.” In spite of what you may have read or heard, the recent Pew Forum Report, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” was better news for Christians than this. “Is Christianity in America Doomed?” asked one headline, about a faith with which 71 percent of Americans still identify.

  • E.J. Dionne Jr: Political correctness is flowering among GOP

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Conservatives need to start calling it out on their own

  • Oklahoma City attorney: Let the feathers fly at high school graduation

    BY COURTNEY R. JORDAN | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Recently, Caney Valley Public Schools and Moore Public Schools denied graduating Native American students’ requests to wear a sacred eagle feather on their graduation caps during commencement ceremonies. Both students sued their school districts asking the court to enjoin the schools from denying the students’ requests. The Moore student voluntarily dismissed her case citing intervening causes that rendered the matter moot. This isn’t the first time an Oklahoma school district has prohibited a Native American student from demonstrating this form of cultural and religious expression during one of life’s most significant occasions. To American Indian students, receiving an eagle feather or plume in honor of graduation is as

  • Kathleen Parker: Who's the studliest of them all?

    By Kathleen Parker | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Because so many Republicans want to be president — or at least pretend they do — debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls. Fox News, which is hosting the first televised debate Aug. 6, and CNN, host of the second on Sept. 16, have come up with a way to limit the field. Basically, it’s the popularity contest presidential elections have always been, only this time there’s no attempt to masquerade it as something loftier. Fox will limit the number of contestants to the top 10. Everybody else may as well head to their favorite resort, work on their backstroke, and embrace the not-unpleasant reality that someone else is

  • Some of what was said at Southern Republican Leadership Conference

    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Here is some of what was said Thursday and Friday by Republican presidential candidates and potential candidates who addressed the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: “They came and occupied our capitol. Why? Simple. Our plan was about taking power out of the hands of the big government special interests, the big government union bosses, and putting it firmly in the hands of the hardworking taxpayers. And they didn’t much like that. Well, the good news is we succeeded. “In our state, we got rid of seniority and tenure so we can hire and fire at schools based on merit. ...

  • George Will: Tim Kaine's quest for war legitimacy

    By George F. Will | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Revolutionary War and Civil War ended in Virginia, which was involved, by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, in the beginning of today’s war with radical Islam. Now a Virginia senator is determined that today’s war shall not continue indefinitely without the legitimacy conferred by congressional involvement congruent with the Constitution’s text and history. Tim Kaine, former Richmond mayor, former governor and former national chairman of the Democratic Party, represents the distressingly small minority of legislators interested in crafting an authorization for use of military force (AUMF). This is easier vowed than accomplished. Kaine’s interest in Congress’ role in the making of war quickened in

  • Paul Greenberg: Remembering, we forget

    By Paul Greenberg | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    The very high price of our forgetful freedom

  • T. Boone Pickens: In order to compete, U.S. needs a better energy plan

    BY BOONE PICKENS | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Anyone reading this doesn’t need to be told the oil and gas industry in the United States, through innovation and investment, has made America the biggest oil and natural gas producer in the world — cutting our dependence on foreign oil by 20 percent. People in Washington, D.C., want to burn up the press release wires with news of how they “fixed” the oil import problem, even though they’ve done little but use the oil and gas industry as a whipping boy. But the real reason they shouldn’t be patting themselves on the back is because the problem hasn’t been solved. Not by a long shot.

  • Institute advancing a vision begun in OKC 40 years ago

    BY GREGORY L. SKUTA, M.D. | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    On December 4, 1975, the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) celebrated the dedication of its original building in a momentous ceremony that included many dignitaries from Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Noted business and civic leader Dean McGee was there as someone who had undergone successful surgical repair of a retinal detachment four years earlier. Through that experience, McGee recognized the importance of building a major eye institute in Oklahoma City. Without question, he would be very proud of what he helped create 40 years ago. Stanton L. Young, another civic icon who passed away in mid-March, also was there. Young served for many years on the DMEI Board of Trustees and as chairman its

  • Jules Witcover: Jeb Bush's damage control efforts come up short

    By Jules Witcover | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush’s recent effort at damage control by reversing his statement on the Iraq War isn’t likely to get him out of the woods. First he said he would have made the decision his brother did to invade Iraq in 2003; eventually he said he wouldn’t have. He also said the invasion was justified because it removed Saddam Hussein, thus vindicating “regime change.” But in saying so he brushed aside the fact that using military force against a sovereign nation other than in self-defense violates the United Nations Charter. Not satisfied at first pointing out that Sen. Hillary Clinton voted in 2002 to authorize the invasion, the younger Bush argued along with his brother that the removal of the Iraqi strongman

  • Kathleen Parker: Bab(i)es on campus

    By Kathleen Parker | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own. WASHINGTON — Those accustomed to reading or listening only to liberal commentators may not be aware of “trigger warnings” and “safe zones” on college campuses. It seems that mostly conservative sites and writers are concerned with the increasingly draconian suppression of free speech on college campuses. But then, it is mostly conservative writers and speakers who are treated as though they’re bringing the Ebola virus rather than contrarian ideas to the sensitive ears of what we may as well name the “Swaddled Generation.

  • Retired police officer: Gun control proponent jumps on bandwagon

    BY BILLY PRATT | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    John Traphagan (Point of View, May 20) has, like so many others before him, used an incident involving guns to jump on the bandwagon of taking guns away from law-abiding citizens because of the actions of law-breakers. One overriding fact he fails to see is that taking guns away from law-abiding people will do nothing to take guns out of the hands of criminals. With over 40 years’ experience in law enforcement, including several years investigating motorcycle gangs, I can almost guarantee Traphagan that none of the guns wielded by the bikers in Waco, Texas, were legally obtained by them. Taking guns from law-abiding citizens will do nothing to alter that fact.

  • Saltsman: Should policymakers 'like' Facebook's $15 minimum wage?

    BY MICHAEL SALTSMAN | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    America’s favorite social network, Facebook, announced recently that it would require contractors and vendors who do “substantial” business with the company to pay a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour. (These businesses will also have to provide 15 paid days off.) Advocates for a higher minimum wage were quick to trumpet the announcement as part of their campaign to force a $15 mandate on service-industry businesses. But Facebook isn’t the same as a fast-food restaurant — and policymakers would be mistaken to assume otherwise. The Wall Street Journal, reporting on the announcement, noted that Facebook “expects to bear the cost of the new standards as vendors raise their rates.