Celebrating newspapers’ role in free speech
Where would we be as a nation without the freedom of speech? After all, according to the annual State of the First Amendment survey, it is by far America’s favorite freedom and our most important right. In that survey, 47 percent voted for ...
Music as God intended
BOSTON — As the plane descended, I found myself recalling when I first came here for college. Which reminded me of my first dorm room. Which reminded me of the first thing I did in that dorm room. Which reminded me that nobody hooks up a ...
CEO pay perks illuminated
Nothing seems to get U.S. corporations’ dander up like a threat to the pay and perks of their chief executives....
No more leading from behind
WASHINGTON — Let us hear no more about President Obama leading from behind....
Reform to save the government
BEVERLY HILLS — God bless America, and how's everybody? The White House made plans Friday to proceed with the Immigration Reform Bill in the U.S. Senate. The bill is currently in committee. Proponents of the bill say that illegal aliens ...
Norman police mark 50th anniversary of detective’s death
On the same Sunday afternoon that the nation bid farewell to President John F. Kennedy, Norman police officers said goodbye to one of their own. Lt. Jerry Bratcher, a 29-year-old police detective, died in a crash on Old No. 9 highway (now ...
Parents must correct bullies
Two Florida girls, ages 14 and 12, were arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree felony aggravated stalking after a 12-year-old schoolmate, Rebecca Sedwick, hurled herself to her death from a tower. Rebecca was repeatedly bullied at ...
Failure not forgotten
Those we pay to represent us have done it so poorly that simply expecting them to keep the government functioning — not functioning well, just functioning — seems too much to ask....
America takes all kinds
As our politicians in Washington stopped devouring each other for just a few days, I decided to reach out to an expert. A man who studies extinction, and is wise in the ways of aggressive and docile species that eat meat....
Guard member served in Korea
Bobby “Pete” Barnard was born in 1930 in Norman. He attended Wilson Elementary School (and confirmed that Roy Hamilton wrote the Wilson Wildcats Fight Song). While at Norman High School, he played football and baseball; he was All-State in ...
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