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It’s time to re-examine the Youthful Offender Act

The Office of Juvenile Affairs leadership has announced plans to push through amendments to Youthful Offender Act (YOA) in the upcoming session. The YOA, originally passed in 1994, is the product of … more

It made no sense, until now

What could entice Evangelical Christians to give up layer after layer of their principles to support Donald Trump? I grew up Southern Baptist in Durant, OK, in the ’50s and ‘60s and this … more

Federal marijuana laws must change

A bill before the US Senate would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to use federally insured banks. US Rep. Kendra Horn, R-Oklahoma cosponsored the bill which passed the House last year. She said … more

Presidential primary is March 3

Oklahoma’s Presidential Preferential Primary election is scheduled for March 3. Here is what you need to know. * Eligible voters may cast only one ballot for the Presidential Preferential … more

Initiative Petition 420 is part of national plan

The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard arguments this week on a case that is getting little attention but could have huge implications on the local, state and national levels. The case concerns … more

OEA membership slide continues

The Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), an affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA), has long claimed to speak for state teachers. But it now represents considerably fewer than half of … more

Youthful suffragist, elderly saint waiting: Dorothy Day

Throughout the 72 years of the United States women’s suffrage movement prior to the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment were full of forceful women whose names we know — Susan B Anthony, … more

Voter registration by party

(Oklahoma City) – Official Oklahoma voter registration statistics released yesterday show 2,090,107 Oklahomans are registered to vote heading into the 2020 election cycle. Oklahoma’s … more

Standing for what we believe

The hateful, demeaning verbal exchanges that many of us engage in nowadays are a topic I’ve brought up several times in recent columns. I’ve also bemoaned the virtual disappearance of … more

Growth is good, but it must be managed

Figures from the Oklahoma Tax Commission confirm what everyone already knows: The Durant and Bryan County economies are growing even as the surrounding economies slow. Sales tax revenues are up, … more

Policy Matters: Fixing the broken criminal justice system

This should not be a news flash to anyone who follows Oklahoma’s state of affairs, but our state’s criminal justice system is broken. Oklahoma’s punishment-first approach to … more

Fiscal restraint will be tested in 2020

The Oklahoma State Board of Equalization has released the first revenue estimate for fiscal year (FY) 2021. The Board certified $8.3 billion for next year, only a 2.5 percent increase from the … more

You can’t make people care

A recent social media post raised the question of how to get people between the ages of 30 to 40 involved in politics. The answer is both simple and frustrating because it’s almost impossible. … more

A public vote on the minimum wage?

If Oklahomans want a higher minimum wage, they will have to place the issue before voters, not the Legislature. In Arkansas and Missouri, two neighboring red states where state lawmakers fought … more

Trying something new with those New Year’s Resolutions

It’s not too late to make those New Year’s resolutions! If I said that in certain places, I’d be laughed around the block — or called “stupid” all the way down … more

Where is the focus on sentencing reform?

The Criminal Justice Reclassification Council has approved its report that will make 10 recommendations to the governor and legislative leaders for the legislative session. The Council was created in … more

Legislature should require openess for everyone

A Shawnee state senator has filed bills to improve government transparency in Oklahoma. But, in typical “do-as-we-say-not-as-we-do” state legislature fashion, the proposed bills would put … more

Who truly governs Oklahoma’s public schools?

Recently, voices have called for the governor to be able to appoint the state superintendent of schools. When it comes to improving governance of public schools, Oklahoma should think bigger. The … more

Dear Editor

A chamber’s greatest asset are its people! We are so blessed to work with people who see the advantage of strong partnerships and works together as we secure a stronger future for our city, … more

Can medical and recreational cannabis coexist?

With 228,000 licensed patients, more than 5 percent of Oklahoma’s population is registered to use medical marijuana. That makes Oklahoma home to the largest medical marijuana program in the … more
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