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Last June, Oklahoma voters passed a state question that expanded Medicaid in the state to more low-income adults beginning this July 1. Anticipating this, the state Legislature last session passed a measure known as SoonerCare 2.0 that would have required the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (…

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As the United States tries to return to global dominance, the recovery must not forget the most essential asset we have: women in the workforce.

Some years, and quite a few Coffeetime Columns ago, we wrote an article called Hellion Alert. It was about Andy recounting a true incident of eating lunch in a restaurant where a small, undisciplined child was wreaking havoc while the mother ignored it all.

We had a tough vote this week on an education funding formula reform bill. The bill is simply aimed at making sure the state dollars we appropriate go to the school where a student is actually enrolled. There are strong feelings on both sides of this issue, and I truly want to thank everyone…

Every Easter there I would go, racing across the yard at my parents’ home. Trying to beat my little brother to all the brightly colored eggs that were hidden everywhere. Fun – you bet. Competitive – I can still remember whining because he found more than me. Family oriented – oh yeah, all th…

Andy was preparing his own lunch that day. Renie wasn’t feeling well, so he was on his own. He decided he would open up a can of soup, add a few crackers, and he’d be just fine.

Why do news organizations promote Sunshine Week each year? Because we want the general public to understand their right to know what their government is doing. We want the general public to understand that laws requiring open meetings and openness of certain records are not just for journali…

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (Amendment 2, The Constitution of the United States).

Some might think the Second Amendment and the language in that text suggests possessing a gun is related to being a member of a “well-regulated militia.” While that language is true, the Supreme Court has made its decision and that is now considered “settled law.”

We are embarking on the 100th anniversary of the events that led to the worst mass killing in Tulsa, Oklahoma: The Tulsa Race Massacre.

Were you aware that Oklahoma is the only state that does not require children over the age of 8 to wear a seat belt in the backseat of a vehicle? Current state law only requires children under the age of 8 to buckle up in the backseat.

The bills are being cranked out by the Oklahoma Legislature this session at a lightening pace, with far more measures than constituents are used to seeing. It’s a good bet that most of them are self-serving, if not ridiculous and freedom-quashing, but there are also several diamonds among th…

The United States of America, the richest country in the world, finds itself again in the state of extreme income inequality. Prior to 1950, there were frequent ups and downs of disparity, with the income of wealthy families remaining much higher than those less fortunate. From 1950-1980, th…

For the first time in my lifetime, income inequality actually declined with Donald Trump as president, according to a September 2020 Reuters article (although wealth inequality was largely unchanged).

“I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but here on the bottom we too should have rights.” Yertle the Turtle (1958)

Recently we had the opportunity to have lunch with a young newly married friend whom we haven’t seen in a few months. After the usual banter and light gossip about the lives of mutual friends, we asked about his life now that he had been a husband for a while. His bride, his new house, their plans for the future- you know the drill.

The first major deadline for the Oklahoma legislature arrived last week with the conclusion of committee meetings for the “house of origin” of bills. This means, the bills filed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives had to be heard by Thursday to move on and likewise for the bills filed in the Oklahoma Senate.

Andy stepped outside after the recent huge snow storm in our city to meet our postman halfway. Our street was too clogged with snow and ice for him to navigate safely, so our mailman had wisely parked his van at the end of the street. Then this valiant servant of our U.S. Postal System gathe…

February 8 marked the 111th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Since its founding in 1910 over 130 million young men and women have participated as youths in various programs under the guidance of over 35 million adult volunteers. 

Opponents of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s call to use private contractors to oversee managed care in Medicaid say the existing system works well and doesn’t need to be fixed because the program rapidly pays providers.

If you haven’t figured it out, I enjoy quotes by great people. This week I again use a quote by Albert Einstein, he said “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Simply put, we need to alter our traditional thinking to enact and facilitate change within our community.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr is regarded as one of the most effective advocates in the history of the United States. He understood that much work had to be done to see the changes he wanted achieved.

It was an absolutely beautiful brisk fall morning, and Sam just couldn’t resist making his trek to the downtown bank on foot, normally done by car. Some exhilarating fresh air, and much-needed exercise, plus the chance to greet any friends who had the same idea of enjoying the unusual day – the idea was irresistible.

I’m no big fan of AOC. Some of her ideas aren’t bad, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burdens the progressive cause by waving the socialist label like it’s some kind of fashion brand. That has enabled Republicans to make her the face of the Democratic Party in a country where the S-word can…

This week marks the official start of the 117th Congress, including the swearing-in of newly elected members in the U.S. House of Representatives.

President Trump’s nasty campaign to undo the 2020 presidential election and sack President-elect Joe Biden is moving perilously close to inflaming disorder.

Life could return to a pre-pandemic state by the end of next year IF 75% to 80% of the U.S. population takes part in the vaccination campaign that is being phased in across the nation.

Very soon, a year of a deadly pandemic, social isolation, job loss and political chaos will come to an end. The coronavirus will continue its rampage but seems destined to hit a wall around late spring. Life will return to normal, we are told.

To those of our readers who have read my writings previously, you have heard this tirade before and I apologize in advance. But, here it is again. I lived in Sacrament, California, in 1981 and 1982. The apartment my family and I lived in was totally electric, and for those who don’t know, it…

From my perspective, it is important to note there are two types of nuclear energy. One is fission, the type that has led to the atomic bomb and creates radioactive waste. The other is fusion, the type that powers the sun which does not have the same issues with waste but is incredibly compl…

Dark. It was truly a dark world through which Mary and Joseph, and the donkey, plodded toward Bethlehem, and not simply because physical illumination of the night was provided only by candles and torches.

How could anyone believe that Gov. Stitt, Attorney General Mike Hunter, State Reps. Bob Ed Culver, Chris Sneed, and David Hardin, and our Republican legislative leaders, supported the Texas attorney general’s lawsuit to contest presidential election results in states other than our own?

Jeff Sessions endorsed Donald Trump in February 2016, the first U.S. senator to do so. He later became Attorney General of the United States. He recused himself from the investigation of Russian election interference, resulting in the president’s lambasting him on Twitter and asking him to resign as head of the Justice Department.

Growing up on a small farm, Andy and his dad worked some long hours together. But sometimes they just relaxed, “sittin,’ spittin’ and whittlin’, as his dad called it.

What got me remembering Big Red was an evocative photo in the Little Rock newspaper.

There was a great football game this past weekend between two teams not usually talked about regarding the New Year’s Day bowl matchups: BYU and Coastal Carolina. Because of Liberty University’s team having COVID and being unable to play Coastal Carolina, BYU stepped in and finalized the deal on Thursday for the Saturday game. The game was a good matchup between two Top 20 teams that would normally never play each other.

What can America expect under a President Joe Biden administration? Will he roll back many of the Trump administration’s policies?

The son was finishing a very successful senior year as quarterback for his high school’s football team. Recruiters from America’s top football programs came to the family’s humble home to make their appeal for Danny to attend and play for their college.

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