Remembering a man named Mandela
South African society during the time of Nelson Mandela was a carefully calibrated classification of color. The top echelon was the European white, Anglo or Afrikaans, then the non-Europeans, the coloreds, then the blacks. This prism ...
Iran at the movies
Our nation’s potential rapprochement with Iran brings to mind an insight embedded in the 2007 film “300,” an unsubtle, comic-book fantasy about the historic clash between East and West....
It’s time to bury the need for the N-word
The N-word again. Of course. Six years after the NAACP staged its symbolic burial, that word has proven rumors of its demise greatly exaggerated....
Norman Christmas Day Community Dinner brings people together
Bob Magarian’s home telephone starts ringing about the time the fall leaves begin to change colors in Norman....
Pensions slash a crisis
The latest news out of Detroit isn’t good. To get its fresh start, this once great but now bankrupt city is going to stick it to municipal employees and retirees....
Health law back to Supreme Court
The problems with Affordable Care Act seem endless. Now the unpopular health-care law is headed back to the Supreme Court, this time over one of the law’s many onerous mandates restricting choice and trampling fundamental freedoms....
November brings early taste of winter
November is considered a fall month climatologically, but it certainly did its best to look like a winter month during 2013. Emphatically cooler than normal, thanks mostly to a frigid outburst by Mother Nature during its final 10 days, ...
The potlatch returns
Some celebrate Christmas, some Hanukkah and some Kwanzaa, but to me the coming holiday time is potlatch season, and it’s starting earlier every year....
Dance of the GOP governors
Don’t look now, but auditions for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination are already under way in Washington. And the flavor of the moment is governors....
Kids should say no to a second helping
WASHINGTON — We are desperately searching for a topic on which the White House may speak without raising the hackles of every breathing Republican. It is difficult....
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