Letter to the Editor
To The Editor: We appreciate the deliberative efforts of Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, the staff of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and the standards review teams ..Read More
To The Editor: Bombing and sending US advisers is proposed in response to ISIS in Iraq. I'm telling Congress and the White House, "Not another war in the Middle East." ..Read More
Nathaniel Batchelder
To The Editor: I’m not a political analyst. As a matter of fact, I only had one political science course while working on my teaching degree at O.S.U. – but I&rsquo..Read More
Jim Beckham
To The Editor: All women in America, and their allies, can now take action supporting the resurrecting and passing into law the ERA - Equal Rights Amendment. Two reso..Read More
Nathaniel Batchelder
To The Editor: It has come to my attention that state Senator McAffrey, a candidate for US Congress, recently used a photograph taken with me several years ago at the Capitol in ..Read More
Al Lindley
To the Editor: In working within the Hispanic community in Oklahoma for decades I have witnessed the impact the current immigration system has on the individual, their family and..Read More
Reverend Lily Gonzales
To The Editor: The recent report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America confirmed what I’ve already known for years – Oklahoma cities are bad for allergies..Read More
Jenna Harlow
Letter to the Editor As a corporation commissioner, my constitutional duty is to regulate our public utilities. So why is it that the federal government, through the un-elected employees a..Read More
Patrice Douglas
To the Editor: In Oklahoma City on Aug. 1, 1904, three brothers-in-law, Frank E. Anderson and William Lockhart Clayton, cotton merchants, and Monroe D. Anderson, a banker, form..Read More
David Perryman
To the Editor: There is no issue more vital to the future of our state than the education of our children. Oklahoma has momentum—strong economic growth and low unemployment..Read More
Robert J. Ross
To The Editor: The article from Monday, March 31 (“OK teachers’ union and allies contend public education spending is weak, but is it”? (http://www.capitolbea..Read More
Julie Crowe
To The Editor: If the numbers you cited in Monday’s story about the Education Rally (http://www.capitolbeatok.com/reports/ok-teachers-union-and-allies-contend-publi..Read More
Wayland Kimble
To the editor: I was overwhelmed and excited by the turnout for the education rally on Monday, March 31. It was vitally important that Oklahoma teachers demonstra..Read More
Mike Shelton
To the Editor: Professional Oklahoma Educators, a 9,000 member non-profit professional organization, opposes Common Core. A recent survey indicated that 61.7 percent of POE mem..Read More
Ginger Tinney
To The Editor: For seven seasons from 1957 through 1963, actor Richard Boone played a gentleman gunslinger named Paladin in the CBS television series, “Have Gun—Will ..Read More
Rep. David Perryman
To The Editor: Throughout the course of a legislative session, many bills are proposed, discussed and voted on. Lots of times, good bills pass and become law. Sometim..Read More
Tom Newell
To The Editor: Last week, U.S. House Republicans seemed to be taking positive steps forward by announcing their principles for immigration reform; Sadly, that announcement was foll..Read More
Reverend Lilly Gonzalez-D'Ross
NOTE: Ward 2 Council Member Ed Shadid, a candidate for mayor of Oklahoma City, issued this statement after a series of stories in the state's largest newspaper. To The ..Read More
Dr. Ed Shadid
To The Editor: A blog from the conservative Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. December 23rd, asserts that Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ..Read More
Nathaniel Batchelder
To The Editor: President Barack Obama believes that food stamps help boost the economy. In like manner, many of our friends on the left and in the hospital..Read More
Brandon Dutcher
Editor's Note: This is the text of a statement from Dr. Ed Shadid, Ward 2 Oklahoma City Council member, delivered at a campaign event the evening of Thursday, Dec. 19. ..Read More
Dr. Ed Shadid
To the Editor: How’s that title, for a provocative question? But it’s the question Jennifer Doverspike asks in an excellent article over at TheFederal..Read More
Brandon Dutcher
To the Editor: It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my friends and neighbors in Rogers and Mayes Counties and be their voice in the State Senate. Serving in the ..Read More
Sean Burrage
To The Editor: Does it sound like they’ve been doing their job? They have to do better. Our U.S. senators should have a staffed office in our state Capitol building..Read More
Lewis Moore, Arcadia District 96
To The Editor: Autumn is a beautiful season in Oklahoma. For allergy sufferers like myself, however, watery eyes and a runny nose go hand in hand with the changi..Read More
Shelby Dunham
To The Editor: Are you kidding me? In a time when state workers haven’t had a pay raise in six or more years, Director Snodgrass of the Department of To..Read More
Rep. Richard Morrissette, Oklahoma City
To The Editor: The issue of gay marriage is only controversial if we are examining it in the context of religion and how different religions view homosexuality. In m..Read More
Amber Bighorse
To The Editor: A recent legislative Interim Study provided valuable input on how to improve a proposal I have made for runaway alerts. This s..Read More
Joe Dorman
To The Editor: The ACLU of Oklahoma is a non-profit, non-partisan, privately funded membership organization dedicated to defending and further realizing the rights embodied..Read More
Ryan Kiesel
EDITOR’S NOTE: From Public Service Corporation of Oklahoma (PSO), CapitolBeatOK received via email specific criticisms of a report referenced in our recent reporting on the ..Read More
Stan Whiteford, PSO Corporate Communications
To the Editor: This past week we mourned the loss of former state Representative Odilia Dank. A tireless public servant ahead of her time, she was a forerunner fo..Read More
Dave Weston Chairman, Oklahoma Republican Party
To The Editor: Immigration continues to be pushed to the forefront of the debate in Congress. An impassioned topic, activists and lobbyists on both sides of the issue h..Read More
Lydia Gonzales D'Ross
To The Editor: I applaud our state representatives for rejecting legislation that would have blocked everyday law-abiding citizens’ affordable access to cold and allergy ..Read More
Carmen Johnson
To the Editor: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, for the first time ever, many people who have been unable to get high quality, low-cost health insurance will soon be able to do..Read More
Katherine Scheirman, MD
To The Editor: Why are we rejecting Medicaid? The answer given by opponents of the expansion is that it will break the bank, that health care is not a proper function of go..Read More
Anastasia A. Pittman
To The Editor: “Even though I am elated by the recent U.S. Supreme court decision, which favored Oklahoma in a 9-0 vote by the justices, I am still wary of Texas’s ..Read More
Rep. Brian Renegar
To The Editor: Tuesday, June 4, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) will rule on the eligibility appeal of David Cornwell, an incoming senior stud..Read More
Bobby Cleveland
To The Editor: This last week wrapped up my first legislative session as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. I was elected in 2012 as a Democrat to represent an..Read More
Kay Floyd
To The Editor: How highly do we regard Oklahoma veterans? That is the question we would pose after an important bill to address their needs was blocked by one man, the Senate ..Read More
Rep. John Bennett
To The Editor: An important issue is brewing at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (OKDEQ) and it’s about to have a major impact on your family's budget. Th..Read More
Matt Ball, Oklahoma State Director, Americans for Prosperity
To The Editor: Right now in the United States Senate there are discussions occurring about immigration reform. We, as a country need to start a dialogue about solving this pr..Read More
Estela Hernandez
To the Editor: It may not feel like it now, but spring is just around the corner; and with it, spring allergies. Although a bit later than normal, predictions for this allergy season s..Read More
Erin Baxendale
To The Editor: Currently, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) is reviewing a case that would have a huge economic impact on our state brought forth by actions of the Envir..Read More
Tom Schroedter
To the Editor: So let’s say you’re in a horrific work-related accident and you lose your right arm. How much is that arm worth to you? What would be the financial ..Read More
Senator Al McAffrey
To The Editor: People were understandably perturbed when CNN Money recently reported that Tulsa had more meth labs than any part of the country. It’s important to remind ..Read More
Eric Clayton, Tulsa, OK
To The Editor: Legislative appropriations traditionally have been based on a status quo approach with only slight increments of increased or decreased funding applied to st..Read More
Gary A. Jones, Oklahoma Auditor & Inspector
To The Editor: Thirty-three year old Jane is lying on the emergency room bed complaining of stomach pain. This is her third ER visit in two weeks. She is worried about losing her j..Read More
Rep. Doug Cox, Grove
To The Editor: I could not be more disappointed by the negotiations taking place at the national level. It is shameful that the discussion has come down to a battle on whethe..Read More
David Derby
To the Editor: Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote, “Brand new state, brand new state, gonna treat you great.” As part of the prelude to our iconic state song, those word..Read More
Todd Lamb, Oklahoma lieutenant governor
To the Editor: Work at the Capitol is picking up as we approach our first deadline of the 2013 legislative session. Friday, December 14th is the deadline to request bills. Staff will ..Read More
Senator Al McAffrey
To the Editor: From sweeping floors as a boy in my family’s business to eventually becoming an owner in that same business, I have seen the struggles and desires of the p..Read More
Senator Kyle Loveless
To The Editor: It is said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In the context of the state budget..Read More
Ken Miller, Oklahoma State Treasurer
To the Editor: Most economists agree that it’s bad to raise taxes when times are tough. Unfortunately, one Oklahoma tax goes up every year. State law allows county as..Read More
State Rep. David Dank
To the Editor: I recently read reports in the Oklahoman and Tulsa World about Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s 2012 Fall Allergy Capitals rankings. Every fall and spring, ..Read More
Lance Maxwell
To the Editor: With State Question 766, Oklahoma voters will be asked to allow a tax break for some of the largest corporations in the state. This would be paid for by a..Read More
Gene Perry, policy analyst with OPI
Editor’s Note: In the 2013 legislative session, state Representative Brian Renegar plans to address new rules adopted by the State Department of Education that will grade school districts on..Read More
state Representative Brian Renegar
To the editor: The 2012 session has drawn to a close. It was, in a word, a disappointment. The Legislature approved a $6.8 billion budget, which is 3.13 percen..Read More
Senator Al McAffrey
To The Editor: Recently I requested the Attorney General to issue an opinion regarding the legality of the State Department of Education’s (SDE) implementation of the..Read More
Rep. Ed Cannaday
To the Editor: In a partisan political age, a fundamental, ideological disagreement often dictates the terms of our debates. That disagreement concerns the proper size and s..Read More
State Representative Mike Brown
To The Editor: Social Security was created in 1935, but it was another 65 years before people at full retirement age could work and collect Social Security benefits at..Read More
State Representative James Lockhart
To The Editor: We are heading into the second half of the legislative session, with only seven weeks remaining until adjournment. Last week was the deadline for single-assigned..Read More
Senator Al McAffrey
To The Editor: I found a very surprising article concerning the state Department of Education in the March 20 edition of The Oklahoman (http://newsok.com/current-state-..Read More
Jenni White, President Restore Oklahoma Public Education (ROPE)
To The Editor: Water in southeastern Oklahoma, particularly in Sardis Lake, has ignited a firestorm of controversy which could impact the policies regarding our most precious ..Read More
State Representative Brian Renegar
February 16, 2012 To The Editor: Republicans admonish government at all levels as bloated, corrupt, and inefficient. In a chanting chorus of Reagan-worshiping rhetoric, ..Read More
Ed Cannaday
July 28, 2011 To The Editor: In response to the Capitol Beat OK article “Barresi, Board of Education approves portions of common education budget on the Oklahoma Stat..Read More
Jenni White
June 3, 2011 To the Editor The history of the U.S. Census is tied to voting rights and to the allocation of federal funding. The first census, conducted in 1790, only re..Read More
Anastasia Pittman
Published: May 28, 2011 To The Editor: The May 24, 2011 tornado outbreak, killing 10 people in Oklahoma, has touched the hearts of many within Oklahoma and around the world. It ..Read More
Cheng Erh Lin Senior Executive Press officer
May 20, 2011 To The Editor: Of all the statements and praise we’ll soon hear about this historic legislative session, in which for the first time the entire executive..Read More
Rep. James Lockhart
Published May 3, 2011 To the Editor: Almost ten years ago I worked for USDA-Wildlife Services. I volunteered to help with the recovery efforts after the September 11, 2001 attacks. I w..Read More
State Rep. James Lockhart
Published 12-Jan-2011 To The Editor: It’s self-evident that actions speak louder than words. What’s also true is that political actions speak louder than campaign promises. ..Read More
State Representative Al McAffrey
December 30, 2010 Dear Editor: On December 24, The Tulsa World reported that Oklahoma would receive $20 million for health reform. During the 2010 campaign Republican candidates uniformly ..Read More
December 29, 2010 Dear Editor: As we sit around the dinner table with family and friends this holiday season, let us not forget to appreciate the gifts of love, trust, and respect. These are..Read More
Dear Editor: During the eight years of the G.W. Bush administration, two foreign wars were waged, with no taxes levied to pay for them. On the contrary, a tax cut was passed, mostly benefiting A..Read More
Dear Editor: Over the past year, Taiwan has made great strides in rebuilding its infrastructure after Typhoon Morakot devastated the island in August 2009; however, the success of reconstruction ..Read More
April 15, 2010 Dear Editor: I once thought of The Oklahoma Farm Bureau (OFB) as an organization actively working to make a positive effect. However, I have been saddened by OFB’s dis..Read More
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