H.E. "Gene" Rainbolt never really left Norman. The longtime Oklahoma banking and business leader and philanthropist hasn't lived here since the early 1950s but his early upbringing on south Pickard Avenue shaped many of his life's pursuits.
Oklahoma is no stranger to natural disaster and this week has been no exception. If my office can be of any assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to call us. If you have questions or concerns about your insurance coverage and claims, you can also call the state Insurance Department at 1-800-522-0071 or visit their website at www.ok.gov/oid/.
The University of Oklahoma is an incredible place. At perhaps no other university in the world could a freshman meet with the dean of every college on campus, especially the ones in which he isn’t even involved. That’s what I did this year. Each of them taught me something different, and together they reminded me how blessed I am to be here, at OU: the greatest university in the world. If you don’t believe that, you probably don’t go here. The sense of community, the academic excellence, the collegial environment, the football, it all coincides to create the most unique environment. But more on that later.
Visitors to Norman's Thunderbird Clubhouse don't readily notice any distinction between the office staff and those members voluntarily seeking help in their personal recovery from mental illness. There are no name badges or staff IDs hanging from lanyards.
College-decision season has come to its end. It would be nice if all Norman seniors were able to attend their dream schools this fall. Unfortunately, this will not happen. Year after year, students give up admissions to excellent universities including Ivy League schools because of the cost.
Yesterday Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued an Executive Order stating that Oklahoma will not file a state implementation plan for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. In response, Johnson Bridgwater, Director of the Oklahoma Chapter of Sierra Club, issued the following statement:
Winston Churchill once said that the way we govern in the western world is the worst system in the world except for all others that have been tried. I would second that and add that the backbone of our Republic is our Constitutional separation of powers and the three very independent and distinct branches of government. Over my twenty-seven years of judging, I have formed the strong conviction our jury system is a thread that helps holds the entire fabric of this Republic together. Citizen juries work. I truly believe that without juries and citizens willing to sacrifice of their time and assets, our system of government could and likely would deteriorate into legal chaos. We trust juries in this country; they serve as one of our democratic checks and balances between the people of this great country and our government. The constitutional right we all have to let a jury of ordinary people reach verdicts in both civil and criminal litigation insures, better than any other system of justice, an independent and impartial result. Not a guarantee of a perfect result every time, but the most fair and credible there is.
The Oklahoma Bar Association’s celebration of Law Day allows us to annually celebrate our legal heritage – the laws and documents that have governed us since our nation’s founding. In 2015 we are looking back even further. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the document that cemented the concept that no person is above the law. Though Magna Carta was signed on June 15, 1215, by an English King, its principles traveled to the new world and the concepts flourished. Many of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans were directly inspired by Magna Carta, including our basic concept of civil rights promised in the first ten amendments to our Constitution.
Amidst the various twists and turns of our nation’s negotiation with Iran on a nuclear deal, one thing is clear: the American people are skeptical. Americans know that a nuclear Iran is a threat to every nation.
As the nation celebrates Arbor Day (April 24), let’s reflect on the value of trees and highlight the important ability of trees to restore hope, bring healing and lift spirits following natural disasters. Trees are vital to successful, long-term recovery efforts, from a critical conservation recovery perspective, and also when considering the emotional healing and recovery of people and the fabric of a community.