EDITORIALS: NFL players are people too; Get serious on financial crimes
Pro football has never been more popular, but our society is beginning to have serious discussions about the game and its future. Or at least it should be having them. / The U.S. Department of Justice has taken a serious and significant step to finally treat financial crimes in the same aggressive way it would treat drug cartels, environmental abusers and anti-trust cases.
E-cig regulation: Not about health, but about money
Nov. 10, 2013
State agency heads’ raises are outrageous
When state-level officials start gearing up for re-election next year, Oklahomans should remember how these “public servants” allowed agency heads to score outlandish five-digit pay increases.
Last week, The Oklahoman reported that Deby Snodgrass, state tourism director, was awarded a whopping $40,000-a-year pay hike. If that boggles the mind and generates a sense of outrage, it should: Most Oklahoma families of four struggle to get by on far less than the amount of her raise, much less the $126,508 her paycheck now totals.
EDITORIALS: Move forward on immigration reform; SNAP cuts impact all
The chance of serious immigration reform passing in these closing weeks of Congress depends on how optimistic you are. / The 6 percent, or $5 billion, cut to the nation’s food stamp program will harm more than those individual recipients.
‘Confessional’ Twitter accounts can be dangerous
In the 21st century, social media are valuable tools. If not for links on Twitter, many of today’s young people would be exposed to very little news other than the reality-based satire of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
Social media are used not just to post breaking news, but to entertain and to persuade – other functions of traditional media. Their interactive nature also allows them to serve as a conduit among friends, co-workers and family members, offering a viable – and less expensive – alternative to a phone call.
But social media can also be dangerous, especially when teenagers and young children are involved. And parents who aren’t vigilant, or who have a casual attitude about what their kids are doing online, may eventually find themselves at the center of tragedy.
Helping us help you get the word out
There’s always something going on in Cherokee County – and on many days, several somethings. During the holiday season, the trend is even more prevalent, as churches, organizations and businesses plan charitable endeavors and family fun.
There are so many activities it’s difficult to keep up with them, even for a newspaper as immersed in the community as the Daily Press. For high-profile, large-scale events, a staff writer may do a preview, and when possible, we’ll show up to take photos and interview participants. But due to the small size of our staff, it’s impossible to attend even a fraction of the worthwhile events planned every single day. That doesn’t mean we won’t shine a spotlight on them.
Special Halloween deadlines for you
A couple of key deadlines are approaching this week for Press readers, and we want to remind you about them before they skate past you.
Our annual Salute to the Military section will be published Sunday, Nov. 10, but we can’t do it without help from our readers. If you are a veteran or are on active duty on the military, or know someone who fits the bill, we encourage you to participate in this tribute to the folks who sacrifice so much for this country.
EDITORIALS: Be proactive on cyberbullying; Obamacare stumbles
Parents everywhere must be rejoicing, because a new poll suggests that cyberbullying among students seems to be decreasing. / Every new program is bound to have a few glitches. But what’s happening right now with the nation’s new health insurance program and online signup efforts is disturbing.
Legislative pay hike proposal an insult
Last week, the Legislative Compensation Board, by a 7-1 vote, nixed an audacious proposal to raise the base pay of state lawmakers from $38,400 to $44,000 a year.
The lone holdout for the windfall was former State Sen. Charles Ford, R-Tulsa, who claimed a “competitive salary” was imperative if Oklahoma wants to coax “independent thinking” folks to serve.
Let’s get this straight: If an individual isn’t paid at least twice the amount of the average Okie, for about a third as much work, he’s not going to be a good “public servant”? Given the lack of concrete accomplishments from this recently gerrymandered state body, it’s tempting to accept that explanation. On the other hand, we do have some pearls among the swine, like our own State Rep. Mike Brown, who has done an exceptional job for his constituents.
EDITORIALS: School lunch lessons; D.C. focuses on box scores
Instead of refusing a now-nutritious National School Lunch Program, schools, parents and students should embrace the healthier standards / A box-score mentality - with too much emphasis on winners, losers, scores and assists - afflicts Washington with little concern for those who buy the tickets.
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