Party purity and discretionary wisdom
OKLAHOMA CITY — The late Paul M. Weyrich, a man keenly interested in seeing conservatives govern after generations in the policy wilderness, once told me a funny story from the “Old Right” days of the 1960s....
End of the line for Sooner Mobile Home Park
Saturday marked the end of an era at the Sooner Mobile Home Park. The tree-lined park at Classen Boulevard and Constitution has been part of the community for more than 50 years but is now closed for good....
Preventive Health Care for the Planet
As the U.S. experiments with providing greater health care coverage to the public, we need to acknowledge the looming but under-reported health care costs that result from the burning of fossils fuels. Here in Oklahoma, many citizens ...
New NBA commissioner gets impressive first win
This unfolding Donald Sterling saga and his mission to retain ownership of his NBA team has been like watching a horrible movie. You so much want it to end. You also wonder if it would be better to simply get up and walk away....
Getting the ball rolling for new museum
More than 20 years ago my exuberant young neighbor John English was overly excited about his pre-school field trip to the University of Oklahoma campus. “We’re going to the snowball museum,” he told me. “You mean the one with dinosaur ...
Spirit remains strong in Moore a year later
As we look back on the tornadoes that devastated Oklahoma last May, we still mourn the precious lives taken, neighborhoods destroyed and communities shaken. Despite a heartbreaking tragedy, especially for those living in my hometown of ...
Time to get serious
If there were a medal of valor for members of Congress, Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand would deserve it for their success in reforming the U.S. military. Thanks largely to their efforts, the armed services must radically ...
Moore: A strong community with a lot of character
As I watched the live news reports of the EF-5 tornado grinding a wide swath through Moore this past May 20, my thoughts immediately were on the expected fatalities. That powerful of tornado through an urban area would likely produce ...
Anniversary occasion for anxiety
Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court decision that changed America, is 60 years old this Saturday. It’s a time both to applaud the progress this country has made and to worry about the inequities in education that still persist....
Portugal rights course
Portugal, at one point one of Europe’s economic basket cases, last week announced its departure from a three-year bailout that appears to have restored its health....
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