HOUSE DISTRICT 31: Giving up power provides new road map
As a Guthrie city councilman, I participated in the important process of hiring a city manager. As councilpersons we knew this was one of our most important duties and the vote to hire must be made with great deliberation. After all, the new city manager would take control of a multi-million dollar organization.
Obamacare to hurt Oklahoma wage earners
As a businessman, numbers have always been a part of my job — understanding profits, assets and dividends. And to this day, I still look to the numbers to guide the decisions I make as labor commissioner. Recent studies have been released on the effect the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, will have on the economy, and the numbers are scary. I agree with 56 percent of Americans that Obamacare is more about controlling people’s lives than improving healthcare.
CONSIDER THIS: Oklahoma’s tax, budget policies make no sense
Tax cuts sound great. And in Oklahoma our governor and Legislature are all about cuts. But at some time we will have to pay the piper. Further cuts make no sense right now.
LETTER: Spiking the Electoral College
To the Editor:
In the presidential election of 1788, Washington won all the electoral votes. Those electors were chosen by less than 1.3 percent of the population. The vote was so small because only white males who owned land could vote and in four states the electors were chosen by the legislators.
HEY HINK: Electing competent leaders remains everyone’s responsibility
An article appearing in the Feb. 19 edition of Science Daily brings an Ambrose Bierce quote to mind. He defines responsibility as, “A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one’s neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.”
History and works of literature provide a wealth of stories of incompetent decision-makers who tried to duck responsibility for the consequences of their bad judgments.
Sex isn't the political killer it used to be
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford survived trying to cover up his infidelity with a tall tale about hiking the Appalachian Trail and returned to Congress. Bill Clinton, who was impeached for his transgressions, left office with a 68 percent approval rating, and his wife is the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.
OPINION: Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam?
After the University of Missouri defensive lineman announced he is gay, many within the NFL publicly supported the All-American, who's expected to join a team following May's college draft.
The coming crash of American diplomacy in the Middle East
President Barack Obama has three significant Middle East diplomatic initiatives under way, treating, respectively, Iran’s nuclear weapons program; Syria’s deadly, exhausting conflict; and the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Into these negotiations, Obama and his administration have poured enormous amounts of American prestige, time and effort.
Actor’s convention may sprout up in Oklahoma
Victor Perillo is a former Hollywood talent agent who has a vision of creating what he calls a “National Actor Convention” in the state of Oklahoma that would provide a venue for acting students from around the nation to display their talent in an annual three-day event.
At the gathering, the students acted in a variety of productions at several different venues that would includee situation comedies, children’s shows, documentaries and various types of dramas. The students who participate at the convention were selected after auditioning for a place in it.
Producers, agents and casting directors who work in film and television production were invited to the convention and were able to view rehearsed scenes in the areas that are of interest to them.
Perillo, who was an agent for several decades who has written a book about acting, believes that such a gathering would allow talented actors who have attended Oklahoma and other states colleges and universities to display their work to those who make films and television shows.
He asserts that such a convention could make Oklahoma an important entertainment venue and would result in more movies and television shows being made in the state.
OUR VIEW: Don’t wait to improve reading
One state representative wants to hold off implementing The Oklahoma Reading Sufficiency Act until more funding for the education reform is put in place by the Legislature.
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