The diplomacy pendulum
When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, one of his selling points was the promise of a more modest foreign policy than that of his predecessor. And when Obama won re-election 16 months ago, he renewed that pledge. Drone strikes ...
Norman artist’s goal: 50 paintings, 50 states, 50 days
Norman artist Tim Kenney’s work has been “discovered” in recent years. His abstract and impressionist paintings of trees and forests are in demand in Norman and throughout the southwest where he shows in galleries....
Making Russia reverse course
What’s most important about the Ukraine military standoff is that it hasn’t resulted in direct, armed confrontation. Given the high stakes and potential for superpower conflict, a shooting war must remain off the table as a way to resolve ...
Dry, cold winter continues despite snow
Merely looking at the temperature statistics for February would lead one to believe it was a frigid, wintry nightmare from beginning to end. After all, preliminary statistics from the Oklahoma Mesonet indicate that February finished nearly ...
Basketball is just like life
It’s March. The smell of popcorn, the shrill sound of whistles, echoing balls being bounced and the Cinderella style stories of what might or might not pervade our lives, if only for a month or so. The culmination of several months of ...
Three-persons unrelated law is useful
The Norman Transcript published an article Feb. 13 regarding a discussion during the City Council Oversight Committee on the three-persons unrelated law that protects single-family neighborhoods. This law prohibits more than three ...
Bigotry killed ‘conscience law’
When advocates of same-sex marriage pushed their case in the courts of both public opinion and law, they made sure to read the following language from that little card provided to them by the tolerance police: “No one will be forced to ...
Remembering fire victims, nearly a century later
The night watchman smelled smoke in the linen room of Oklahoma State Hospital Ward 14 at 3:45 a.m. on a spring Saturday morning in 1918. He quickly sounded the steam whistle at the hospital’s power plant to wake the sleeping patients. ...
A mixed bag of food labels
The U.S. Food and Drug administration broke new ground in consumer protection when it required, more than 20 years ago, the now-familiar nutrition labels on virtually every bit of packaged food. Now, the labels are being revamped — in ways ...
Some renovations require professionals
Few countries outside of the U.S. make it so easy to change or renovate a home. To cut expenses, homeowners often do a lot of the work themselves....
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