• Perhaps high court's action on same-sex marriage shouldn't have been surprising

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Gay marriage expands to Oklahoma, elsewhere

  • With energy, U.S. has much to gain from low net import rate

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    THE net U.S. energy import ratio (imports minus exports) was 30 percent at its peak just nine years ago. In 2012, the figure was 16 percent; by 2040 it could be as low as 4 percent. John Manzella, writing in his Manzella Report, says this trend has profound implications on global relationships. Some major sources of energy exports to the United States — Russia, Venezuela and Saudia Arabia — will be hurt economically. With falling U.S. dependency on Middle Eastern oil, the world’s largest consumer of energy will have increasing influence in the Mideast. That consumer is China. The net import changes have enormous potential to help the U.S. economy.

  • Debate shows some similarities between Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Common ground on corrections, splitting legislative sessions

  • Numbers tell the story: Democratic Party in freefall in Oklahoma

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    WE wrote recently about how the number of people who actually cast ballots in Oklahoma has dropped through years, which is cause for concern. State Democrats have another concern altogether — attracting folks who want to register with the party and support its candidates in primary elections and beyond. The latest figures from the Oklahoma State Election Board underscore the gravity of this problem for Democrats. From mid-January to the end of September, the state recorded a net increase of more than 35,000 registered voters. But Democratic registration decreased by about 2,800. Meantime, the Republican Party gained 23,349 registered voters; the number of registered independents increased by 15,019.

  • Obamacare ruling in Oklahoma federal court gives reason for optimism

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    IT’S ironic, but Obamacare opponents have won an important victory in a Muskogee U.S. district court because a judge upheld the federal law. U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White ruled that the Affordable Care Act allows tax credits to be provided only to citizens who buy health care policies through state-run health exchanges, not federally administered exchanges. Obamacare authorizes monthly tax credits for certain taxpayers who obtain insurance through an exchange. The law defines “coverage month” as any month a taxpayer is “covered by a qualified health plan ... that was enrolled in through an Exchange established by the State under section 1311” (emphasis added).

  • Guns-at-work question best left to employers

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Government shouldn’t undermine property rights

  • ScissorTales: Some tests mean a whole lot

    The Oklahoman Editorials | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    OPPONENTS of standardized testing often claim that “one test on one day” should have little bearing on student advancement. Yet as we’ve noted before, those same students will find test results carry enormous weight once they leave the K-12 system. Those wanting to attend college had better do well on the ACT or SAT. Those wishing to join the military must do well on the ASVAB test to enlist. Those wishing to become lawyers must pass the bar exam. Those wishing to clerk at a retail store often need to pass a math test. Now The Wall Street Journal reports that up to 70 percent of prospective workers must take an online personality test, which screens out up to 30 percent of applicants (meaning those applicants never get a job

  • Oklahoma education board's inaction fuels mistrust

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    DEVELOPMENT of new Oklahoma academic standards limped ahead at the latest meeting of the state Board of Education, although progress is occurring at the rate of maple syrup in wintertime. Perhaps board members thought a plodding pace would increase public support. If so, it appears they were wrong. This year, lawmakers repealed the Common Core academic standards they previously approved in 2010. Under the new law, the Board of Education must effectively unveil new standards in math and language by the February start of the 2016 legislative session. The repeal law was signed on June 5, but standards development has yet to begin.

  • Politicians show poor taste in playing off tragedies

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    Members of both parties are guilty

  • True religious persecution common outside the United States

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    War of words has escalated locally

  • Oklahoma aerospace industry continues to soar

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    OKLAHOMA’S aerospace industry is flying high. News that Boeing could add another 900 jobs in the not-too-distant future is further evidence of this. The oil and gas industry and agriculture are the primary drivers of the state’s economic engine and perhaps always will be. Yet work around airplanes, in the private and government sectors, also packs a mighty economic wallop. According to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, about 6.3 percent of the state’s economy involves the aerospace and defense-related industries. More than 120,000 workers make their living in this sector; more than 500 aerospace-related companies do business in Oklahoma. Annual industrial output from the industry exceeds $12 billion.

  • Gruesome killing likely to hurt corrections reform efforts in Oklahoma

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Man was released after short stint in prison

  • Poor pay the price for Obama's environmentalism

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    War on coal hurts low-income Americans

  • No quiet departure for Oklahoma schools superintendent

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    WITH a questionable hiring earlier this month, Janet Barresi has disabused any notion that she might quietly finish her time as Oklahoma’s superintendent of public instruction. Barresi, a Republican, has been a lightning rod since winning election in 2010. Indeed her first state Board of Education meeting was a donnybrook, with two (now former) board members questioning Barresi’s proposed hiring of three new staffers. The GOP-controlled Legislature subsequently empowered the superintendent by stripping the board of its ability to approve agency hirings and firings, and by doing away with a requirement that state education jobs be posted.

  • War far from over in Oklahoma's fight against meth use

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    WHEN government closes a window, the market opens a door. Sadly, this describes the methamphetamine problem in Oklahoma. This state has been a national leader in the meth manufacturing crackdown, finding ways to restrict the purchase of ingredients used to cook meth. But as fewer meth “labs” are being found and shut down by state authorities, the number of meth-related overdose deaths continues to rise. The reason is that the domestic supply disruption has been met with a foreign supply influx. This isn’t a new development, but the latest numbers are startling. Meth demand isn’t going down, but the supply chain has added more links to Mexico.

  • Driverless cars: Lawmakers shouldn't stymie innovation

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    THANKS to technological advancements, the idea of a fully automated “driverless” car is moving closer to reality. The greatest threat to such progress may no longer be logistical challenges, but the potential for burdensome regulation. In “Removing Roadblocks to Intelligent Vehicles and Driverless Cars,” a working paper issued by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, authors Adam Thierer and Ryan Hagemann argue that state policies should facilitate “permissionless innovation” as much as possible. They say that “generally speaking, patience and humility are the wise policy virtues when considering what to do about highly disruptive technologies.

  • Oklahoma voter turnout trends are cause for concern

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    More active citizenship needed

  • ScissorTales: Environmental double standard

    The Oklahoman Editorials | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    THE recent “People’s Climate March” in New York City was supposed to galvanize citizens to support draconian measures to combat alleged man-made climate change. But its greater impact may have been to remind people that green activists don’t always practice what they preach. A follow-up story in The New York Post noted the marchers left trash strewn along the parade route. Much of that trash, we must note, was produced using energy that those same activists claim is warming the earth and threatening our future. At the same time, some of the highest-profile participants in the march — movie stars and politicians — claim we’re destroying the planet but notably refuse to give up their private jets, multiple cars and

  • As promised, Obama administration sets its sights on 'inversions'

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    AS promised, the Obama administration has begun the work of making it more difficult for U.S. companies to move their headquarters to countries with lower — that is, more competitive — tax rates. Curing the symptom, it appears, is easier than fixing the illness. What’s ailing is the U.S. tax code. This country’s 35 percent corporate tax rate is highly uncompetitive. So companies based here have taken to moving their legal headquarters to locales with less punitive tax rates. For this they’ve been scolded by The Great Divider, Barack Obama, who accuses them of taking advantage of an “unpatriotic tax loophole.

  • “The Grapes of Wrath”: A classic story of Okie grit and termination

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    A story that’s endured a love-hate relationship with Oklahoma for three quarters of a century is being staged in this state, with songs by a man with whom Oklahomans also have had a love-hate relationship. Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre is presenting “The Grapes of Wrath” at Oklahoma City University’s Burg Theatre. Rather than the musical score used in previous productions, CityRep is incorporating songs by Woody Guthrie. Seventy-five years ago, John Steinbeck’s novel put Okies on a map displaying the route to California and a better life. The Joad family soon lept from the pages of a book onto the silver screen. Cast as a poor state that barely kept its families fed, Oklahoma wasn’t just a setting but a