Bangladesh factory collapse: beyond mourning and money
Last Thursday, I went to the weekly meeting of Norman Rotary Club with Andy Rieger, the executive editor of the Norman Transcript. He introduced me and Rotarians responded with a waving hands and lovely applause. Just moments after I sat ...
Legislature needs to take steps in criminal justice
Most prosecutors and public defenders are sincere in their desire to dispense equal justice. Both sides are vastly overworked in many Oklahoma counties. These public servants are not the rich lawyers of myth. Pay for both sides is too low ...
‘Equality for all’ exemplified by attorneys
The concept of “equality for all,” celebrated by Law Day 2013, is exemplified daily by attorneys working with the Norman-based Oklahoma Indigent Defense System. When judges determine that a citizen accused of a crime and facing loss of ...
Law governs our daily lives
Editor, The Transcript: Whether it is in signing a contract or wondering whether or not a person has the right to remain silent, laws govern all aspects of daily life. In this nation, our founding documents outline fundamental ideas that ...
Does judicial independence matter to us?
“The law makes a promise — neutrality. If the promise gets broken, the law as we know it ceases to exist.’’ — Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Judicial independence is a simple concept. It means that judges decide cases fairly ...
Helping the wounded trial warrior
“Shooting at the walls of heartache, bang, bang, I am the warrior.” — Patty Smyth I got the news that a friend killed himself. One of several lately. All of them middle-aged men. All of them trial lawyers....
Norman’s art scene thriving
It’s been nearly 50 years since I’ve seen many tears inside the Sooner Theatre. It was the mid 1960s and Disney’s “Old Yeller” finally made it to the Norman screen. Young Travis Coates’ adopted dog develops rabies defending his ranch ...
Can’t Norman get a Bangladeshi sister, too?
It was, in fact is, still, a matter of pride when I first saw “Made in Bangladesh” on the price tag of a T-shirt in the Ross outlet here in Norman, Oklahoma, USA. That tag was not the last copy of an exhibition. We saw many such signs ...
‘Rosie the Riveter’ pointed to them
“Rosie the Riveter” posters influenced many women during World War II to work in military factories. The work was hard and the money good. “I wonder how hard it is to get a job out at the base,” May wondered. Her neighbors already worked ...
Lions Club Carnival, NMF, set to rock downtown
Pharmacist Harry McMillan knew every child in my northeast Norman neighborhood. He didn’t always get our names right but he knew the number of mouths in each home. Six here. Two next door. Two next to them. Then four, two and two....
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