POWER OF PERSUASION: What does the flag symbolize?
Many pastors have mixed feelings about the Fourth of July. Some even arrange their schedules so that they will be off on Fourth of July weekend.
Worship services often feature lots of flags and patriotic songs. The flag has become a symbol that represents different things to different people. It can be divisive instead of bringing us together.
Parachutes to descend on Frederick
Much was written last month about the 70th anniversary of D-Day and of the gallant men and women who stormed the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944.
For the 60th anniversary, President Ronald Reagan journeyed to the cemetery in Normandy where many of the Americans who died during that invasion are buried and said that the only “foreign soil that we Americans claim is the final resting places of our heroes.”
How voting against a tax increase fixed the problem
I enjoy sharing the encouraging news about Oklahoma’s significant progress toward funding county roads, upgrading state highways and replacing many of its dilapidated bridges.
EPA positioning as assailant
At least since the beginning of the millennium, the assaults by the federal government on freedom and opportunity are relentless. Multiple billion and even trillion dollar deficits, unaccountable expansions of Medicare and Medicaid, creation of new entitlements, expansive growth of federal agencies, growth of the surveillance state, the IRS’ targeting of US citizens, over-criminalization and so many other actions stalk us all.
Could EPA ruling help Oklahoma’s economy?
Next to the IRS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might be the federal agency Oklahomans most love to hate. Ironically, it is also the federal agency that might make the most significant positive impact on the state economy in the coming years.
HEY HINK: Will we keep Orwell’s dystopian vision at bay?
June 25 marked the 111th birthday of Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell. Orwell’s 1949 masterpiece “Nineteen Eighty-Four” was a chilling portrayal of what society might become if economic, social, military and cultural power becomes centralized in a government intent on preserving that power at any cost.
Mixed success for educational choice in 2014 Legislature
In a visit to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs in late May, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offered a passionate defense of Wisconsin’s statewide school voucher program.
It’s not a matter of public schools versus private schools, Walker said. (His own children went to public schools.) Rather, it’s a matter of ensuring that every family has the opportunity to choose the best school for their son or daughter.
The Miami Herald: A win for digital privacy
Every American’s privacy rights just got more secure, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a landmark ruling on Wednesday, the court said our smartphones are as private as the very homes in which we live — and police officers will now need a warrant to snoop into them.
Shouldn’t Europe pay more for its own defense?
This month in Poland, President Obama offered $1 billion in military assistance to address our NATO allies’ anxiety about a resurgent Kremlin. Labeled the European Reassurance Initiative, this boosts NATO’s budget by a mere 0.1 percent.
Bulls, women, run over men
The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, is part of an annual event, the San Fermin Festival, that has taken place there since the 16th Century in which a group of bulls rampage through the streets of Pamplona while men run from them to avoid being gored by sharp horns.
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