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The failed Lake Texoma redevelopment

Beginning in the early 1980s about the time Ronald Reagan was elected president, we started hearing a lot about deregulation, outsourcing and privatization. Many government and industry officials felt that they could do a better job of voluntarily regulating themselves if they were given the chance. They also felt that government was too inefficient and that we should “outsource,” or contract private companies to do much of the work that was being done by public agencies.

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Reader says to get out and vote

Nov. 4 is very close. We in America have the privilege to to and it is our duty to not just vote “the party,” but find out what they stand for. Vote your convictions. Are you for about abortion (killing babies), gay marriage, big government, open borders with handouts to all?Or are you for limited government and states’ rights, religious freedom in our military as well as our whole country to display God’s Ten Commandments, the cross, nativity, to teach and ...

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Public’s investment in park land should be protected

The Commissioners of the Land Office lawsuit against Pointe Vista for breach of contract is about a lot more than just replacing the former state park lodge.It was surprising to learn that state auditor Gary Jones referred to a possible “new agreement or contract” with Pointe Vista. That’s not what their lawsuit is seeking.The CLO independent counsel argued on May 16 that “specific performance” was not a valid legal remedy for the state sinc...

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October is Residents’ Rights Month

October has been known as National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month for many years. Residents’ rights may be thought of as legal requirements, set of standards to be upheld. While rights are legal entitlements, the residents’ rights in the Nursing Home Reform Law (OBRA ’87) go beyond a prescribed list of standards. They encompass the way in which rights are upheld as well as emphasizing the individuality of each person. There are two key provisions in the law tha...

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Newspapers are the foundation of vibrant communities

Forgive us if we’re not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction.It’s the same tired banter that was used when radio first came into existence and many thought signaled the end of the printed word. It’s the same pablum dished up when television was king and challenged newspapers with live action and immedia...

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Brecheen says district attorneys to implement supervision standards statewide

This session, House Speaker Jeff Hickman and I successfully authored and got signed into law Senate Bill 1720 as a means of addressing our state’s ever-growing problem of out-of-control incarceration rates among non-violent offenders. While Oklahoma should continue to be tough on crime, we must also be smart on non-violent crime, which this bill accomplishes.

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