A group associated with Epic Charter Schools has donated money to several politicians, including Kevin Stitt. graphic by Conner Maggio

Charter schools should be held to higher transparency standards

New House Bill 1395 would require charter schools to obey the same financial reporting requirements as public schools. A new institution in Oklahoma, Epic Charter Schools, seeks to provide a better form of education to young students. Students can receive their education online or through a mix of online and in-person classes. The non-profit organization […]

Servicemen currently must register to vote separately from their enlistment paperwork. courtesy Navy Live

All gender draft an opportunity to simplify voter registration process

By expanding the draft to women, the U.S. could also improve voter registration and turnout. A new court decision in Houston, Texas, may lead to women joining the same military draft as men. In a statement addressing the constitutional legitimacy of a male-only draft, Judge Gray H. Miller of the U.S. District Court in the […]

Additional taxes on video games would not significantly impact school shootings. graphic by Conner Maggio

Pennsylvania video game tax doesn’t address cause of school violence

Studies indicate there is little connection between games and violence, despite claims to the contrary A new bill in the Pennsylvania State Legislature seeks to put a tax on violent video games to lower the risk of school violence. House Bill 109, created by Representative Christopher Quinn, would put a 10-percent tax on video games […]

Oklahoma is the first state to file a lawsuit against the OxyContin producer. graphic by Conner Maggio

Okla. lawsuit against Purdue Pharma essential for setting precedent

Oklahoma is responding to state revenue lost to citizens addicted to opioids by filing a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma. A new lawsuit has been brought by the State of Oklahoma against pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma. A trial date has been set intended to be served May 28 and is the first of its kind in […]

The jargon-laced descriptions are not accessible to patients. graphic by Conner Maggio

Health care pricing system not representative of actual patient costs

Though the current system does not include insurance differences, it’s a step in the right direction. After a new federal regulation that went into effect on Jan. 1, hospitals are required to post documents online that show the cost of each treatment that they have available. This process was created by the U.S. Department of […]

Police violence should be under same legal jurisdiction as citizen violence

HB2328 removes citizens’ abilities to hold police officers accountable for excessive force and enables reckless officer activity In the Oklahoma House of Representatives, a new house bill is being put forward that would increase the protection of police officers against excessive force lawsuits. House Bill 2328, created by Representatives Kevin McDugle and Josh West, could […]

Instagram egg provides community in corporate-dominated setting

Compared to other Instagram influencers, the egg seems uniquely community-based. There is a new rising star on social media. This recent influencer is an Instagram page titled World Record Egg. Its main goal was to become the most liked photo in the history of Instagram. On the original image, the caption says, “Let’s set a […]

Propensity to share fake news is directly related to age. courtesy Tulsa World

Consumption of fake news on social media related to age of user

Digital literacy in the internet age is essential to discerning the accuracy of online media. The distribution of fake news is a massive and relatively new issue due to the interconnected nature of our modern society. Through the use of social media and online tools such as Facebook, people have the ability to both spread […]

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is rooted in an anti-death penalty history, something the proposed legislation ignores. courtesy Flickr

Possible hate crime legislation undermines intention of forgiveness

The implementation of the death penalty for hate crimes limits the possibility of parole for convicts. Hate crimes are a big issue for the United States as racial, gender-based and political tensions increase across the country. In an attempt to address this problem, federal legislation was put forward to arrest those who threaten another person […]

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 […]