• Rare animal breeds can cause major headaches for construction

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Ottawa County bridge is latest example

  • Responsible, thoughtful actions needed following Oklahoma quake study

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Call for ban is an overreaction

  • New Oklahoma GOP chairman should note that in politics, the message matters

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    IN politics, how you’re perceived matters just as much as what you say. Oklahoma Republicans should hope their new party leader takes that lesson to heart if they truly hope to build support for conservative policies. Attendees at the recent Oklahoma Republican Party convention elected former state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso as party chair, and Estela Hernandez of Oklahoma City as vice-chair. To their credit, all leadership candidates emphasized the importance of reaching out to groups that don’t typically vote for Republicans today. Following his election, Brogdon declared, “There are thousands of minorities, Hispanics, African-Americans and millennials who are looking for a conservative approach when it comes to

  • Reserve officers provide valuable service to Oklahoma law enforcement

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Most do their work well

  • Washington Examiner: Congress should adopt Trade Promotion Authority

    Washington Examiner editorial | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    ASKED Friday about Hillary Clinton's position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, spokesman Nick Merrill offered a tepid statement intended to give heart to the anti-trade Left. “The goal,” he remarked, “is greater prosperity and security for American families, not trade for trade's sake.” In short, candidate Clinton is gently but consciously positioning herself against free trade, aware that the opposite position might alienate supporters. We have seen less subtle expressions of this before. In 2008, candidate Barack Obama railed against free trade, suggesting even that the North American Free Trade Agreement (by then 14 years old) should be renegotiated.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers due credit for letting market forces reign

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    TOO often, politicians’ first instinct is to extend government’s reach into the private economy when that should be an act of last resort. Yet perceived problems are many times resolved far more quickly through the efficient mechanism of market forces than through the imposition of bureaucratic red tape. A recent debate in Oklahoma over ride-sharing legislation brings this fact to mind. House Bill 1614 would impose uniform statewide regulation of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Currently, those services face different regulations in different Oklahoma towns. The bill initially included a provision requiring ride-sharing services to adopt a policy of nondiscrimination based on several factors, including sexual

  • Oklahoma City arts festival begins its six days of fun

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    We have written in recent months, since The Oklahoman’s return downtown after nearly 25 years away, about how neat it is to be back in the heart of the city. One special treat is that our employees only have to cross the street to enjoy the Festival of the Arts, which begins Tuesday. The festival, hosted by Arts Council Oklahoma City and manned by 5,000 volunteers, will be underway from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, at Myriad Gardens, Festival Gardens and Hudson Avenue, which bisects the two. The arts fest features an array of musicians playing night and day. Roughly 200 visual artists from Oklahoma and around the country will display their work.

  • As usual, former Sen. Tom Coburn dispensing some tough but needed medicine

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    It says something telling about the current regulatory state when a longtime physician such as former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn has no interest at all in returning to the profession, even for a little while. Coburn, an obstetrician who has delivered more than 4,000 babies, recently filled in for six weeks for a former partner traveling overseas. After that experience, Coburn told the Washington Examiner, “I would never go back and practice medicine the way it is today, never. I’d have to be a concierge doctor. There’s no way I’d play the game they’re having to play. It’s just so much work that doesn’t help the patient.” Later in the interview, Coburn, always a champion of markets managing health care, instead of

  • Condition of Oklahoma health lab another example of need to use bond issues

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    THE plight of the state’s public health laboratory should grab the attention of Oklahoma’s lawmakers, especially the many who are loath to consider using bond issues for much of anything. The lab, which has been at its current location inside the Health Department building at 1000 NE 10 since 1972, conducts important work for hospitals and medical facilities statewide — everything from newborn screenings to flu tests to communicable disease research. In 2013, the lab received about 194,000 specimens and ran roughly 661,000 tests. But lab employees work in a building that, as reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove recounted in The Oklahoman last year, is in “a fluctuating state of disrepair, with a failing air conditioning unit,

  • Group's actions are contradictory in flap over bibles in Oklahoma schools

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    THE Freedom From Religion Foundation’s purpose, allegedly, is to maintain separation of church and state. But it appears the group simply tries to make headlines. Otherwise, it’s difficult to explain its self-contradictory statements. Earlier this year, the foundation sent letters that appeared to threaten legal action against 26 school districts because Gideons International had reportedly distributed bibles to students in those districts. This led Attorney General Scott Pruitt to issue a letter to districts stressing that “it is in fact legal for schools to allow the dissemination of religious literature and that I will take a stand to defend the religious freedom of Oklahomans.” Andrew Seidel, a foundation

  • Two decades later: A minute that changed our world

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    MOVING imperceptibly from east to west, the morning sun on April 19, 1995, crossed the 200 block of NW 5. A shadow darted out of harm’s way. Clocks advanced from 9:01 to 9:02, Central Daylight Time. A moment in time. A moment of eternity. Lives were brutally stolen in that moment. The lives of hundreds of others were forever changed. A young city aged quickly and visibly, showing lines from worry and despair but also the resilience that the pioneers tapped to survive harsh weather and gutting poverty.

  • Oklahoma ScissorTales: Low voter turnout a perpetual problem in state

    The Oklahoman Editorials | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    THE problem of low voter turnout is a perpetual one in Oklahoma. Recent election results vividly illustrate how that can foster bad government. In Rush Springs, incumbent town clerk/treasurer John Morrow sought another term after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $12,000 from the city. Morrow withheld premiums owed to the city for insurance coverage to boost his take-home pay, gave himself an extra elected position paycheck, and also paid himself advances, according to investigators. Being a known embezzler would normally prevent electoral success in a race for treasurer. Yet Morrow almost won re-election. He lost by just seven votes. One explanation for the close margin is that only 90 people voted. More than 1,200

  • The ongoing battle to fight mental illness stigma in Oklahoma

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Disease touches many in Oklahoma

  • Washington Examiner: Congress needs to have a say in Iran nuke deal

    Washington Examiner editorial | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    FROM the beginning of U.S. negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, it has been clear that their importance does not rest on the mere fact of having or not having a deal. The details of the deal matter. In fact, they are all that matters. It is far less important that a deal be agreed to than it is that the final deal truly serves the goal of preventing nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. For this very reason, it is crucial that the deal not be just an Obama administration deal with Iran. The deal must have a buy-in from Congress. Secretary of State John Kerry has recently been quoted disparaging congressional involvement.

  • 'Austerity' certainly hasn't eliminated government waste

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Rep. Steve Russell’s report only scratches the surface

  • Encouraged by potential compromise on wind power incentive program

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Compromise legislation advancing

  • Public buy-in most important in effort to build new Oklahoma County jail

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    OKLAHOMA County Sheriff John Whetsel is trying to build support among community leaders for a new jail. Voters will have the final say, since they’ll be asked to pay for the project, and swaying them figures to be difficult. The push by Whetsel and some county commissioners for a new jail has increased in recent years, particularly following the 2008 release of a federal Justice Department report that was critical of jail operations. The department cited the county for 60 civil rights violations, including everything from “unconscionable violence” among inmates and between guards and inmates, to unsanitary conditions and poor record keeping. The Justice Department threatened to take over jail operations if improvements

  • Ethics, trustworthiness will define Hillary Clinton more than policy

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Valid questions about her judgment

  • EPA actions often much more political than scientific

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Clean Power Plan regulations are an example

  • Oklahoma loses a fine public servant in state Rep. David Dank

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The sudden passing Friday of state Rep. David Dank leaves the Legislature without its leading proponent for thorough reviews of tax credits, and the potential elimination of some. Dank was an unflinching bulldog on this important issue. Many conservatives at the Capitol want a continued reduction in the state’s personal income tax rate. Dank, R-Oklahoma City, had no great problem with that idea, but said it was irresponsible to cut the tax rate without reviewing whether tax credits were working as intended. A frequent contributor to this opinion page, Dank, 76, wrote as the session began in 2013 that a tax system should have two features. “It should adequately fund essential state services and it should be fair to all,”




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