Don’t squelch right to ‘free expression’ by imposing bans
Reince Priebus needs to grow up, just like the folks embroiled in the flap over Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty.” And while they’re awaiting maturity to arrive, they might consider reading the U.S. Constitution and familiarizing themselves with its precepts.
School board races not high-profile, but they can be very important
Not many people would argue that the most important resource for a community is its children, and ensuring those children get a good education should be a top priority.
Then why do so few people turn out to vote in annual school board elections?
Race to replace Sen. Tom Coburn will be interesting to watch
Tom Coburn’s announcement that he would be retiring from the U.S. Senate before the end of his term set off a flurry of speculation about his eventual replacement. A few names are already being bandied about, but so far, the field isn’t that impressive.
Excursion train success a sign we need more rails
Jan. 22, 2014
‘Stand your ground’ does not apply to popcorn toss
Jan. 19, 2014
The more transparency for the public, the better
Republican Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is by no means the most conservative member of the U.S. Senate, but he’s often near the top. On the other hand, Democrat Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is considered by many to be among the most liberal.
When two seeming polar opposites can come together on a piece of legislation, the American public ought to sit up and take notice. And that’s the case with their bipartisan Truth in Settlements Act, designed to increase transparency when it comes to settlements between federal enforcement agencies and corporations that have broken the law.
Extend benefits for jobless – for now
When it comes to extending unemployment benefits for Americans who lost their jobs in the wake of the 2008 “Great Recession,” the public is understandably ambivalent.
On one hand, a sudden and widespread loss of individual incomes will deliver a serious blow to the economy, since people who don’t have money can’t spend it. Many businesses, especially the smaller mom-and-pop operations, would be hit on the bottom line, and leaner profits could translate into more job cuts, furloughs, and loss of employee benefits, perpetuating the already vicious circle.
Disability fraud: Bad apples in the Big Apple
Given the lingering legacy of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, it was bound to happen: Someone make a bogus claim of damages incurred, and expect the rest of the taxpayers to foot the bill.
In the wake of those traumatic events, Americans put police officers and firefighters on pedestals, and for good reason: Many of them risked their lives trying to save their fellow citizens. Nearly 400 died in the immediate aftermath, and others died later or became sick from exposure to toxins
On the cutting edge with community events
Snowflake is just one of the ways the Tahlequah Main Street Association (TMSA) is making an impact. And although the primary focus is on downtown venues, everyone in the city – and by extension, the county – is benefiting from this organization’s annual lineup.
U.S. energy independence and ‘fracking,’ as it affects environment, economy
Dec. 29, 2013
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