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Religion Helps Oklahoma’s Fight against Illicit Drug Use and Overdoses

December 11, 2017 - 2:57pm CST

By J. Scott Moody and Wendy P. Warcholik Strong families are the foundation of healthy communities, upward economic mobility, and a robust civil society. Unfortunately, Oklahoma families aren’t flourishing the way they once were. Oklahoma ranks a middling 21st in the 2017 Family Prosperity Index (w... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: The right path

November 3, 2017 - 9:19am CDT

While Americans have different views about what’s to be done with those who have come to our country illegally, most are open to some form of leniency for those brought here as children. Oklahoma’s U.S. Sen. James Lankford has offered a sensible proposal to address that issue. Read the rest over on... READ MORE

The Unfinished Business of Criminal Justice Reform

September 14, 2017 - 2:45pm CDT

By Jonathan Small When Oklahoma voters approved State Questions 780 and 781 in 2016, they made themselves perfectly clear: Criminal justice reform is a top priority for Oklahoma. The success of these questions shows a desire among Oklahomans to break the devastating cycle of recidivism and incarce... READ MORE

Oklahoma Pinnacle Plan

June 28, 2016 - 1:26pm CDT

The Oklahoma Pinnacle Plan came about as a result of the settlement of a class action lawsuit in 2012. Funding for the plan over the past four years includes $108.8 million in earmarked appropriations and an additional $49.5 million DHS has redirected internally to Child Welfare Services. Achievemen... READ MORE

Improvements in Child Welfare System Encouraging

June 28, 2016 - 1:14pm CDT

By Ed Lake Oklahoma has made a substantial and wise investment over the past four years in improving its child welfare services. I have the privilege of leading the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the opportunity to see and hear stories every day that demonstrate why we do this work with s... READ MORE

Oklahoma Faith Community Steps Up for Children and Families

June 28, 2016 - 11:44am CDT

By Timothy Tardibono Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “pinnacle” as the point of greatest success or achievement. Pinnacle is the word used to describe the aspirations of Oklahoma’s child welfare system as published in the “Pinnacle Plan” by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). ... READ MORE

Walking the Talk

June 28, 2016 - 11:36am CDT

By Matt Pinnell It started with a tug on our heartstrings. A few years ago, my wife and I began to feel called to foster after being challenged by our pastor, Craig Groeschel, and his wife, Amy. Life.Church consistently reminds its members that we’re called not to be spiritual consumers, but spi... READ MORE

Compassionate, Effective Solutions … For the Children

June 28, 2016 - 10:29am CDT

By Jonathan Small Conservatives, as the readers of this magazine well know, emphasize the principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility over those of collective well-being and communal responsibility. Where there is a problem or a societal ill, we do not reflexively look first to g... READ MORE

Home Economics: These Moms Deserve Our Appreciation

July 1, 2015 - 11:42am CDT

America recently celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to applaud the 3.5 million schoolteachers in this country, including some 400,000 working in private schools. But there are hundreds of thousands more teachers who also deserve our gratitude, including one who lives under my own roof. Th... READ MORE

Families, Not Government, Can Reduce Generational Poverty

May 7, 2014 - 4:23pm CDT

I have previously written in these pages (“Black Leaders Say Personal Responsibility Key to Economic Opportunity,” July 2013) about the mayor of a great city, a prize-winning economist, and an award-winning actor who all speak about the need for stable families. Just last month I discussed the inne... READ MORE

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