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Why Utah’s federal lands fight matters in Oklahoma

December 31, 2014 - 3:52pm CST

This is the last in a five-part series of articles about federal control over land in the American West. Legislation adopted in Utah calls on Congress to hand over certain federal lands there to state control. That law set today as the deadline for federal action. Just 1.6% of the land that compris... READ MORE

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States can manage public lands

December 30, 2014 - 3:56pm CST

This is the fourth article in a five-part series about federal lands. Legislation adopted in Utah calls on the federal government to transfer certain of these lands to the state. It set a deadline of December 31, 2014. A division cuts across the continental United States. In the 11 western states, ... READ MORE

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The neo-colonialism of federal planners and urban elites

December 29, 2014 - 4:01pm CST

This is the third in a five-part series about federal lands. Legislation adopted in Utah calls on the federal government to transfer certain of these lands to the state. It set a deadline of December 31, 2014. Colonialism is “control by one power over a dependent area or people.” This definitio... READ MORE

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VIDEO: Capitalism helps people

December 25, 2014 - 4:04pm CST

In a program last week on FOX Business entitled “Teach Them to Fish,” John Stossel featured the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, a multi-specialty facility in Oklahoma City which posts its prices online. Go to the 32:45 mark in the video below. And for some additional interviews from the program, click h... READ MORE

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Stay-at-home moms worthless: New York Times

December 24, 2014 - 4:18pm CST

Late last week, one of the New York Times blogs featured a post suggesting that, when it comes to welfare spending, “both economic theory and most people’s intuition” are wrong. Not just wrong, but “backward.” You see, conventional wisdom says that social programs that pay people not to work lead t... READ MORE

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The romance and reality of federal lands

December 23, 2014 - 4:23pm CST

This is the second in a five-part series about federal lands. Legislation adopted in Utah calls on the federal government to transfer certain of these lands to the state. It set a deadline of December 31, 2014. Before Horace Greeley and Lewis and Clark there was George Washington. As a teenager... READ MORE

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It’s time for these states to grow up

December 19, 2014 - 4:26pm CST

This is the first in a five-part series about federal lands. Legislation adopted in Utah calls on the federal government to transfer certain of these lands to the state. It set a deadline of December 31, 2014. “Failure To Launch”—it’s a title sometimes given to adults who haven’t quite grown up... READ MORE

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Who should decide what’s for lunch?

December 17, 2014 - 4:39pm CST

“Mystery mush entrees, mystery mush desserts, and a solitary roll next to a mound of canned corn — teens are tweeting photos of these unappetizing school lunches under the hashtag #thanksmichelleobama,” USA Today reported last month. It’s happening here in Oklahoma, too. News reports out of Chi... READ MORE

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Dr. Coburn comes home

December 14, 2014 - 4:42pm CST

In the fifth century B.C., on a farm outside of Rome, there lived a man named Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus who, when his country was in crisis, stepped away from his plow, assumed great authority, and led his people to better times. Then he voluntarily relinquished that power and went home — twice. ... READ MORE

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‘Throwing money at a system that’s not working’

December 5, 2014 - 4:43pm CST

Former Gov. Frank Keating (a Republican) and former state treasurer Scott Meacham (a Democrat) took to the pages of The Oklahoman this week to sound the alarm about Oklahoma’s very serious educational-performance problems. “It appears policymakers, the education establishment, and even a vocal minor... READ MORE