Putting Oklahoma parents in charge
Oklahoma’s public schools serve many children very well. Still, for various reasons, some students’ needs are better met in private schools, in virtual schools or elsewhere. That is why two state lawmakers have introduced legislation to give parents debit cards, literally, to shop for the educational services that work best for their children.
Israelis, Palestinians are losing their chance
Developments in the Middle East suggest that prospects of success for the Israeli-Palestinian talks, to which Secretary of State John Kerry has devoted countless hours and trips, are weakening.
Teens might trade naked selfies for mugshots
Will teenagers ever learn? You think yours will. Maybe so. But it's likely that was also the hope of the parents of children who were so shamed by nude photos of themselves that went south - how else can they go - that they killed themselves.
Tax deadline and no reform in sight
The annual tax filing deadline, which comes next Tuesday, provides a good opportunity for tax reform advocates to decry the current law’s increasing complexity and inequities, and to urge enactment of a simpler, fairer system.
To get quality care, it helps to be the right kind of patient
I am a family physician. Sometimes I must step out of the comfort of my clinical role and into that of patient or family caregiver. Generally, these trips to the other side of the exam table inspire a fair amount of anxiety.
Foster care system looking out for young children
It has been said that you can judge a society by how it treats it’s most vulnerable members and a visit to the Juvenile Justice Center in Oklahoma City allows one to see how vulnerable children are treated in Oklahoma County.
In that facility several Oklahoma County judges preside over cases involving children who have been found to be neglected or deprived and removed from their homes and placed in foster care as a result.
Mike Evans, the Court Administrator of Oklahoma, recently reported that there are more than 11,000 children currently in foster care in the state of Oklahoma and that more than half of them are under the age of five. The state of Oklahoma is represented by the Oklahoma County District Attorney who has offices staffed by several assistants in the building. Oklahoma law mandates that the goal is to return the children to their parents if possible.
No more waiting in line
Not just too long ago, on a nice weekend day, a member of the local constituency stopped to fuel up at an area gas station. As the motorist waited on the gas pump, an off-duty police officer approached and pointed out that his car's tag had expired. The officer explained that if he saw this car on the street that he would possibly have it towed.
The Dallas Morning News: Military must study mental illness more closely
Let’s stipulate that no amount of security can guarantee an end to shootings like the one Wednesday at Fort Hood. A motivated attacker, especially one able to get inside the perimeter, will inflict damage.
As if we don’t have enough money in politics already
Thank you, Supreme Court. Before your decision Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC, Americans were confined to giving a measly total of $48,600 in campaign contributions to federal candidates (enough for about nine candidates) and a total of $74,600 to political action committees. That means individuals were subject to aggregate contributions limits totaling a mere $123,200.
Investing more money in tornado research would be a disaster
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would require National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration funding to focus on improving forecasts of "high impact weather events" like tornadoes and hurricanes "for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy."
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