Columns/Opinions

Tue
11
Mar

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
As a kid, I gave silly things up for lent like candy or dessert. What I didn’t do was think of why I was giving up something. As I moved on to high school, where religious conversations were surprisingly common considering that it was a public school, I was forced to defend my beliefs.
 
Tue
04
Mar

The Time To Fix The Capitol Is Now

By Governor Mary Fallin.
 
The Oklahoma Capitol was built in 1917. Since then it has been the People’s House - a place where state business is conducted and laws are written and passed. It is also a living museum where school children and other visitors come to learn about the history of their state and the workings of their government. For many who pass through Oklahoma, it is the lasting impression they have of our home. I am proud of this building. I am proud of the work that has gone into acquiring and preserving the priceless portraits, paintings and murals that showcase our history. When the dome was completed in 2002, I thought the people of Oklahoma finally had the kind of beautiful, functional Capitol building they deserved.
 
Tue
04
Mar

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
As Cordell remains enraptured by their two basketball teams, I am inspired by the way these two teams have come together. They continue to be great ambassadors for the town and the game. What makes these teams so special is that they have arrived at this point on such different paths. The Lady Blue Devils have been the hunted all year. They got every opponent’s best performance, yet, they fought off all comers.
 
Tue
25
Feb

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton.
 
Basketball playoff time is a favorite for many within the Cordell Community. Cordell hosted the district tournament this past week, and both teams will advance to the regional tournament this week. The girls’ team drew a first round bye in the district tournament before facing Dibble in the district finals. Dibble played tough, but the Lady Blue ended up cruising to an easy win. The ladies played a solid game and will look to play better in each round of the playoffs. The ladies will play at Amber-Pocasset Thursday at 6:30 pm. The Friday and Saturday games will be held at Purcell. The area tournament will be played at Byng. It’s time to put on your travelin’ shoes.
 
Tue
25
Feb

Seeing the benefit of Avanced Placement

By Janet Barresi.
 
The College Board’s 2014 Advanced Placement (AP) Report to the Nation showed some encouraging signs for Oklahoma. Among its findings, I was pleased to see that in May of last year, Oklahoma high school students achieved a score of 3 or higher on more than 13,000 AP exams. If each of these scores resulted in three college credits earned at state universities, students and their families stood to save almost $9 million in tuition. The best result, however is that students taking an AP course and its subsequent exam are better prepared for college and career.
 
Tue
18
Feb

Serious Policy Proposals Advance

By State Representative Todd Russ.
 
Tue
18
Feb

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Environmental science was my favorite subject in college, developing a strong interest in the environment and passion for environmental policy. When I moved here, my expectations were pretty low for the environmental standards. In fact, an Oklahoma City resident complained to me about how filthy the water was on my first flight to the state.
 
Tue
11
Feb

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton.
 
Last week the 2014 Legislative Session began, and it looks to be a very important session for the state of Oklahoma. Actually, all sessions of the legislature are important; I believe that this session will be especially crucial for public education within our state. It is my opinion that public education has come under attack during the past few years. The combination of decreased funding along with increased unfunded mandates has lead me to this opinion. This opinion has also been developed as a result of the continued negative attitude towards teachers and public education from some of our state leaders.
 

 

Tue
11
Feb

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ.
 
The Oklahoma economy is still very healthy and we saw revenues continue to go up in January in the state treasurer’s report. The unemployment rate has dropped by almost 2 percent and Oklahoma families have seen their incomes rise by more than 6.3 percent since 2011. Governor Mary Fallin has unveiled her fiscal year 2015 executive budget, the first step in the budget negotiation process as required by our state constitution. In it, she is calling for a $50 million increase for education, a $2.4 million increase for corrections and a $2 million increase for the state medical examiner’s office. To make these proposed increases in a responsible way, she is proposing a 5 percent budget cut too many other agencies. She is also calling for a quarter of a percent reduction to the state income tax and yet keeping state revenue healthy by eliminating certain tax credits.
 
Tue
04
Feb

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
President Barack Obama gave his yearly State of the Union speech Tuesday, January 28. Almost immediately, Congressman Frank Lucas offered his rebuttal, which the Beacon received by e-mail. In it, Lucas laid out point by point everything he disliked about the speech. Ignoring the actual substance of both Obama’s remarks and Lucas’ rebuttal, the tone of Lucas’ e-mail is everything that is wrong with American politics right now.
 

 

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