Opinion

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As COVID-19 winter nears, Oklahoma must act

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Oklahoma set a record for COVID-19 hospitalizations last week, and the United States reached a grim milestone of more than 250,000 coronavirus deaths.

After earlier surges in the spring and summer, the country is now in the midst of the feared fall coronavirus surge and we’re peering into the darkness that winter will bring. With more than 1,500 Oklahomans now hospitalized and new positive cases averaging more than 2,600 per day, it’s time for Oklahoma to act.

On Nov. 17 and 18, Oklahoma reported COVID-19 daily records for hospitalizations, ICU patients and deaths.

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El Reno employees, cleanup coordinators should be praised for quick response

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How about a giant round of applause for every city of El Reno employee and those who coordinated the cleanup after the late October ice storm.

By far, El Reno is ahead of other cities in this area, including Oklahoma City, Yukon and Mustang when it comes to cleanup. Oklahoma City is just now starting cleanup and Yukon residents have been told the cleanup there could extend into next spring.

El Reno is projected to be limb-free by Nov. 22. That didn’t happen by accident. It happened because of leadership, management and perseverance.

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U.S. Supreme Court Packing: Destabilizing and unnecessary

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The idea of expanding the size of the U.S. Supreme Court, also known as court packing, has surfaced once again, as it did after the Brett Kavanaugh appointment.

Often mentioned is a proposal by Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of University of California Berkeley’s Law School. He favors increasing the size of the court to 13 instead of its current nine.

Letter to the Editor: Mobile Meals thankful

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To The Editor: 

On Monday, Sept. 28, as Christina Ramsey, the director of Mobile Meals, entered the kitchen to begin the preparation of 260 meals for 132 meal recipients, she discovered the big triple freezer had malfunctioned and close to $1,000 of frozen meat had spoiled.

There was no safe way to save the meat, so ground beef, whole turkeys, sausage, shredded pork, cubed chicken, etc., had to be trashed.

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Why SQ 805 makes sense for Oklahoma’s incarceration rate

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One of America’s most popular conservative pundits is known for his catchphrase, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.”

While people may feel differently about the policy of SQ 805, here are the facts.

Oklahoma has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country. We have the highest incarceration rate for women. Yet Oklahoma crime rates are not so extreme -- neither in the very worst nor the very best among the states.

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The census makes sense for you, cents for your community

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Between a global pandemic, economic crisis and multiple natural disasters, there are few aspects of 2020 that any of us could have predicted, and many Oklahomans feel uncertain about the future.

One thing we can do to build a stable and prosperous Oklahoma is for all Oklahomans to complete the 2020 U.S. Census.

It is critical that all Oklahomans are counted in the 2020 U.S. Census because important funding decisions are made based on census participation.