Gas stations used to command loyalty
More than 50 years ago, Ed Ruscha set off on a road trip from California to Oklahoma City and back. The young artist was driving to see his mother, who still lived in Oklahoma....
Mothers today aren’t like early mothers
Early mothers were known for their ability and willingness to sew for family as well as friends and neighbors. When clothes needed mending or someone needed a dress or a jacket, many mothers could always come through. “You have to stand ...
A few ‘tells’ predict who will blow their money
During Kentucky Derby week, gambling was at the forefront of my life. Along with non-stop activities in my home state of Kentucky, I spoke at a dinner for the Society of Settlement Professionals in Las Vegas. A film crew flew in from Rome ...
Remembering George Nigh
George Nigh was sworn into office four times and served longer as Oklahoma’s chief executive officer than any other person in the state’s history....
Cleveland County needs district judges
Politics makes strange bedfellows. Rep. Bobby Cleveland and I have had our disagreements, and likely neither wishes to share a bed with the other. Perhaps we’ve forgiven but not forgotten, but on the issue of an additional district ...
New budget is fiscally responsible
Over the course of the legislative session, the crafting of the state budget is the biggest task we face each spring....
Testing limits, cadets
When the Norman police sergeant insisted on taking me home after a night of binge drinking this week, my first thought was what would the neighbors think when the patrol car creeped into my driveway and my exit was from the back seat? ...
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 ...
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