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ScissorTales: Venerable Oklahoma City charity charting a new course

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: June 21, 2014

FEED The Children has done much on its own through the years to fight hunger around the world. It intends to solicit a little help in carrying out its mission going forward.

Kevin Hagan, president and CEO of Feed The Children, announced this week that the Oklahoma City-based charity will collaborate with other groups to find ways to combat childhood hunger.

Feed The Children and other such organizations must get away from the old model of working separately and apart from other agencies, Hagan said.

“The new Feed The Children is really about challenging the status quo,” he said, “saying that it’s time … that we come together as an industry and as a collaborative of people, compassionate people … that we weave together this very compassionate group to tackle one of the deepest ills in this country, which is childhood hunger.”

That group includes churches, nonprofits, corporate partners and governments, Hagan said. A pilot program begun this month involves 11 sites in Oklahoma City where children are being provided lunch each day, in addition to school supplies and learning activities. About 115,000 food boxes, most paid for with private dollars, will be distributed during the course of the summer.

“For too long, we thought we could do it alone,” Hagan said. “But the truth is, it takes the collective power of all of us.”

We wish Feed The Children all the best as it charts this new course.

Smack in the middle

Despite ranking near the bottom in the percentage of legislators who are female, Oklahoma ranks considerably better in one measure of male-female “parity” in state government. And you can thank Gov. Mary Fallin and state Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi for that. Yes, two Republican women who are anathema to liberals unhappy with the lack of female representation boosted the state to 25th in parity as measured by Representation 2020, a group dedicated to getting more women elected to office. Having a female governor pushes the state far ahead of what it would otherwise be. Barresi is pitted against another women in her race to secure a second GOP nomination for the office. Also, two of the three elected corporation commissioners (all Republicans) are female — although one is leaving the office to run for the seat in Congress that Fallin once held. Fallin was only the second female sent to Congress by Oklahomans in the history of the state. New Hampshire has the nation’s best parity ranking. Virginia has the worst.

Twitter priorities

National debt is at historic highs and continues to climb. Economic growth remains weak, the decline in the unemployment rate owes more to people giving up on job hunting than it does to people actually finding a job and health care costs continue to rise. Terrorists are overrunning Iraq, and Iran is inching closer every day to getting nuclear weapons. So what are Democratic leaders in Congress focused on? The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to cancel six federal trademark registrations held by the Washington Redskins football team. The trademark office said the team’s name was offensive to American Indians. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., both took to Twitter to praise the ruling. Apparently, political correctness always outranks addressing national problems in the weird world of liberal Democratic politics.

In hindsight …

President Barack Obama’s 2008 election had as much to do with voter frustration with the Bush administration as with voters’ actually embracing Obama. Now, having watched Obama in action for more than five years, Americans are reaching a new conclusion: This new guy isn’t any better than the last one. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this week found that 50 percent of adults say the Obama administration is either somewhat competent or very competent. But 53 percent said the Bush administration was somewhat or very competent in 2006 – after the response to Hurricane Katrina had harmed Bush’s standing and public sentiment had turned against the war in Iraq. It seems the Obamacare fiasco, the sluggish economy that never kicks into high gear, and Obama’s nonstop foreign policy failures are starting to place Bush in a new light, despite the undeniable struggles of the Bush administration.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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