The rejected carbon tax would have increased the price of gasoline for consumers, though the tax would have been placed on gasoline suppliers. courtesy Flickr

Carbon tax viable option to improve environment

The implementation of a carbon tax could provide a financial launchpad for renewable energy. The concept of a carbon tax is one of the new policies that members of state governments are putting forward to promote the growth of renewable energy resources. For those unaware, a carbon tax is a tax on the amount of […]

Informing doctors on the death rate associated with opioid prescription may reduce subsequent overdoses in the state. graphic by Conner Maggio

State opioid law to create doctor-patient dialogue

The new state law will help educate both physicians and patients about the risks of opioid addiction. The use of opioids in Oklahoma is growing as more patients are prescribed painkillers in an attempt to treat chronic pain. This increase in prescriptions is dangerous, however, as more Oklahomans are becoming addicted to opioids and dying […]

At its current $1 tobacco tax, Oklahoma has one of the lowest rates in the country. courtesy CDC

Proposed anti-smoking policy harmful to workers

The policy removes protections for workers who smoke, mostly affecting those in rural areas. Smoking and the use of tobacco is still a big issue in Oklahoma that affects many groups. The current rate of smoking in Oklahoma is 19.6 percent of the population. In addition, Oklahoma’s rate of high school smokers is higher than […]

Since the 2008 recession, Oklahoma has decreased education funding more than any other state. courtesy Together Oklahoma

State Question 801 a step toward better public education

Increasing allotted public funding is ideal for improving education, but altering pre-established funds is a viable temporary measure. Education funding in Oklahoma is still a large issue for schools across the state. In April, the state government passed a new tax bill that helped increase the pay rate of teachers by 15 percent. While this […]

Income and education are large indicators of a U.S. citizen’s likelihood to vote. courtesy Center for American Progress

Increasing voter registration protects democracy

To bolster high voter registration rates, the United States could emulate how European countries encourage voting. Voting rates for the upcoming midterm elections across the United States are at a extremely low rate. While the concept of the low turnout midterm election is a common theme in the American electoral process, it has hit a […]

The Liberator, a single-shot handgun among the first designed 3D-printed firearms, can be broken down into several component parts. courtesy Flickr

3D-printed guns lack governmental oversight

3D-printed guns present a major safety hazard through their lack of serial numbers and plastic parts. Due to the rise in availability of 3D printers, people are now able to produce firearms at a cheap cost. In 2012, a company known as Defense Distributed proposed a plan to sell blueprints on how to build plastic […]

Despite its higher-than-average usage in Oklahoma, insulin’s skyrocketing prices have restricted access for those in need. graphic by Conner Maggio

Okla. insulin cost due to lack of affordable healthcare

A 500 percent increase in the cost of insulin over the last 15 years should be counteracted with a state-wide expansion of Medicaid. Diabetes is a constant medical problem across the United States, especially in Oklahoma, where the rate of diagnosis is higher than the national average by around two percent. It affects a large […]

Like Pepe the Frog, white nationalists attempted to change the meaning of the OK sign. courtesy Flickr

OK sign not restricted to white nationalism

Though political internet groups co-opt mainstream symbols, their varying meanings still exist in a larger cultural context. With the rise of the internet and the spreading of social media, common symbols have a variety of different meanings due to their use by different groups. Because of this, symbols may gain negative connotations due to the […]

Content creators need ads to survive fiscally

Anyone who enjoys content created on the Internet has an obligation to pay the creator, and viewing ads is the best way to do so. Advertising has always been a key feature of media since its rise into the public sphere. Without revenue from advertising, many media sources lack the ability to support themselves in […]

The Flat Earth conspiracy has infamously gained traction over the last few years. Graphic by Conner Maggio

Conspiracy theory renaissance linked to internet culture

Online forums allow global interaction between large numbers of individuals, but also enable the spread of gross information. Throughout the United States and, in some respects, the rest of the world, there has been a growth in conspiratorial beliefs. These beliefs range from the Earth being flat to new political conspiracies, such as Q-Anon. For […]