Columns/Opinions

Letter To The Editor

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Dear Editor, May I take a moment to comment about a column in the June 3 edition of The Beacon? Shailly Gupta Barnes wrote a piece entitled “Working People Are Bearing The Cost Of The Pandemic.” Ms. Barnes says “...

The Oil Market Doesn’t Need An Intervention

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In late spring, oil prices dipped below zero for the first time ever. Futures contracts for May delivery traded as low as negative $37 a barrel, as producers and speculators paid refineries and storage facilities to take excess crude off their hands.

It’s Time To Talk About

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I’ve had a lot of phone calls from loved ones. Some are mothers, wanting to pay their darling boy’s fees. Some are significant others, wanting to tell me information about their partner, hoping to control their partner’s behavior by having someone who is seen as having a position of power “know things” about them. Some are bosses, wanting a guarantee that their worker will be sober in the future. One time even, I received a phone call from a child, wanting to schedule an appointment for a parent because the parent would not make the call.

The United States Has No Choice But To Lead

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The United States is the most powerful country in the world. By any measure, we are preeminent. We have challenges and vulnerabilities, and we are not as dominant as we once were, but no one else comes close to America’s military, economic and political might.

Letter To The Editor

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Dear Editor: May I take a moment to comment about a column in the June 10 edition of The Beacon? Thomas Knapp wrote a piece entitled “Time To Stop Messing Around And Strike At The Root of Police Violence.” Mr. Knapp proposes three steps to solve the problem.

It’s Time To Talk About

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Self-help meetings are good resources for those who are in need of support, accountability, and building a group of friends that are in recovery. These support groups are not treatment or “rehab” as is a common misunderstanding. These meetings provide community support by linking individuals with specific problems to others who have some recovery time. These recovery groups also offer some form of “program” in which an individual can work.

A Modest Compromise On “Confederate” Military Bases

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In July 1864, Confederate forces led by General Jubal Early attacked Fort Stevens and Fort DeRussy on the outskirts of Washington, DC. Union forces drove them away after two days of skirmishes, but the battle threw a scare into the capital city and constituted a high point in the Confederacy’s Shenandoah Valley campaigns.

What You Need To Know About Medicaid In Oklahoma

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Even with the passage of State Question 802, many people do not fully understand the Medicaid system. I have focused this column on the information Oklahomans need to help those who might qualify or want further information.