news-star.com http://www.news-star.com/article/20121002/NEWS/121009916/1008/OPINION news-star.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:32:27 +0000 Weather or not http://www.news-star.com/article/20140419/NEWS/140419517/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 By Brian Blansett http://www.news-star.com/article/20140419/NEWS/140419517/1008/OPINION Killed everything except the onions. Even nailed the tomatoes that I had covered with cans and buckets.]]> Oklahoma weather http://www.news-star.com/article/20140417/NEWS/140419633/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:59:15 +0000 By Brooke Jones http://www.news-star.com/article/20140417/NEWS/140419633/1008/OPINION Musical selection http://www.news-star.com/article/20140417/NEWS/140419663/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:33:38 +0000 By Tina Bridenstine http://www.news-star.com/article/20140417/NEWS/140419663/1008/OPINION Sweet summertime http://www.news-star.com/article/20140415/NEWS/140419732/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 By: Abbie Click http://www.news-star.com/article/20140415/NEWS/140419732/1008/OPINION
Before I start my list I reminisce on the summers I enjoyed most as a kid.

Days spent at the pool, standing in long lines at the snowcone stand and staying up all night with the girls as we watch Nicholas Sparks movies were some of the best memories I have made.

The laughter, fun and [...]]]>
Hate shows its ugly head again http://www.news-star.com/article/20140414/NEWS/140419797/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:34:58 +0000 By James Bridges http://www.news-star.com/article/20140414/NEWS/140419797/1008/OPINION Influenced most by my parents http://www.news-star.com/article/20140410/NEWS/140419940/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:11:34 +0000 By Brooke Jones http://www.news-star.com/article/20140410/NEWS/140419940/1008/OPINION Challenge accepted http://www.news-star.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409502/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:48:49 +0000 By Tina Bridenstine http://www.news-star.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409502/1008/OPINION Bring on the warm weather http://www.news-star.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409534/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:25:02 +0000 Jessica Walker jessica.walker@news-star.com http://www.news-star.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409534/1008/OPINION Hello I'm James and I am an addict http://www.news-star.com/article/20140407/NEWS/140409633/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:49:24 +0000 By James Bridges http://www.news-star.com/article/20140407/NEWS/140409633/1008/OPINION Matthew T. Mangino: The horror of filicide, parents killing their own children http://www.news-star.com/article/20140404/NEWS/140409897/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Matthew T. Mangino More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140404/NEWS/140409897/1008/OPINION Wilkerson is charged with attempted murder. According to a police affidavit, one of her children told detectives that "Mom tried to kill us."
The case is reminiscent of another South Carolinian, Susan [...]]]>
Matthew T. Mangino: The knock on truth-in-sentencing http://www.news-star.com/article/20140328/NEWS/140329706/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Matthew T. Mangino More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140328/NEWS/140329706/1008/OPINION A byproduct of the violence was a new sentencing strategy known as truth-in-sentencing. The laws were enacted as a means to insure that offenders served time in prison consistent with the sentence imposed. The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance [...]]]> Kent Bush: How important is a team name? http://www.news-star.com/article/20140327/NEWS/140329662/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:04:14 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140327/NEWS/140329662/1008/OPINION I find myself more concerned about why people do things instead of merely what they do.
It has taken a decade, but Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder finally decided to get to the root of his team's racist controversy. It took a lot of protests and proposed legislation to get Snyder to dive deep into what his team means in general and specifically to the Native Americans who are often offended by the team's mascot.
Many Native [...]]]>
Charita Goshay: Fred Phelps leaves sorry legacy of hurt, hatred http://www.news-star.com/article/20140325/NEWS/140329762/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:48:10 +0000 By Charita Goshay More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140325/NEWS/140329762/1008/OPINION Phelps' theology was so perverted and vitriolic that he convinced himself and his members that such deaths were a direct result of [...]]]> Kent Bush: Easy to take technology for granted http://www.news-star.com/article/20140320/NEWS/140329974/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:38:50 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140320/NEWS/140329974/1008/OPINION If I talk on the phone for 90 minutes in a week, it is a bad week.
That call made me wonder whether Obama took the call on his trusted BlackBerry or if he was tethered to an office phone. (Yes I consider being caught on the phone to be on par with [...]]]>
Michelle Teheux: Could a bagel land you in prison? http://www.news-star.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319535/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:22:39 +0000 By Michelle Teheux More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319535/1008/OPINION I'm also concerned about the gin and tonics I like to drink on my deck during hot weather.
I am also considering throwing out the tube of hemp-seed hand lotion, no matter how great a job it does on my dry skin.
You see, I don't want to go to prison for any of these things.
If you don't use any illegal drugs you'd think you wouldn't need to worry about any of this, but maybe you do.
We all know that if we are involved in a fatal collision [...]]]>
Mark L. Hopkins: Change revisited http://www.news-star.com/article/20140317/NEWS/140319670/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:29:53 +0000 By Mark L. Hopkins More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140317/NEWS/140319670/1008/OPINION So what has changed? In truth, not much that Obama has had a lot to do with. Gridlock in Congress has kept his agenda for change on the back burner. We are undergoing change in a major way in our country, but most of what is occurring does not find its source in the politics of [...]]]> Charita Goshay: Future America won’t look like yours http://www.news-star.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319839/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:11:55 +0000 By Charita Goshay More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319839/1008/OPINION Recent studies present us with a glimpse of a future America we couldn't have envisioned even 25 years ago.
The research shows that we're getting older, browner, less religious yet more religiously diverse, and more likely to be from somewhere else.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 40 million people — more than 10 percent of the U.S. population — [...]]]>
Kent Bush: GOP's issues deep and numerous http://www.news-star.com/article/20140311/NEWS/140319916/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:54:11 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140311/NEWS/140319916/1008/OPINION A fight is brewing, and the control of the Republican Party is at stake. That fight would headline any pay-per-view event but with a wide-open 2016 presidential election on the horizon, the stakes are a lot higher.
The tea party is credited for the 2010 mid-term elections that gave the Republicans control of the House of Representatives.
Actually, the tea party was just a name given to a very common occurrence. Backlash against the president's party in mid-term [...]]]>
Mark L. Hopkins: Can the government define marriage? http://www.news-star.com/article/20140303/NEWS/140309924/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:05:58 +0000 By Mark L. Hopkins More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140303/NEWS/140309924/1008/OPINION Kent Bush: Worst kind of racism - when bigotry masquerades as humor http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229568/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:40:48 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.news-star.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229568/1008/OPINION I guess that is why I'm never happy.
Not only is racism doing quite well, somehow we are rediscovering it as some free speech issue. I guess every pendulum swings both ways. I thought that civil rights and racial equality was one of those areas that we would show actual growth and not just a societal swing.
But apparently some people are just not happy with America's progress in the area of civil rights, and they are [...]]]>