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Space may be the final frontier, but the Trump administration’s decision to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. military is absurd, unnecessary and will divert taxpayer dollars away from actual needs, like repairing our flagging infrastructure, supporting a failing entitlement system or simply addressing the compounding national deficit.

With temperatures creeping to triple digits and beyond, it’s important for Oklahomans to take the heat seriously.

Established to honor the adoption of the American flag on June 14, 1777, Flag Day was established as a national holiday in 1946. While not an official federal holiday, Flag Day has historically been celebrated with parades, ceremonies at historical landmarks and museums, and by citizens displaying the flag of the United States. It’s an excellent opportunity to review flag etiquette, as detailed in the U.S. Flag Code. Below are some points every American should know about the display and maintenance of the flag:

Nearly 100 current educators are attempting to win seats in the state Legislature in an effort to increase emphasis on public education.

Climate change is one of the most significant issues we face today. We’re already experiencing the effects of global warming, and the long-term impact of climate change is incredibly concerning.

One of the issues Oklahomans will weigh in on at the polls later this month is State Question 788, commonly known as medical marijuana.

Tomorrow, May 28, the United States will honor the memory of U.S. military members who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. The holiday originated as Decoration Day in the 1860s after the Civl War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971 and was moved to the final Monday in May to create a three-day weekend.

It may have flown by for you, or dragged on, or a combination of the two, but the school year ends today for OU students, with graduation tonight at Owen Field. 

The Oklahoma Legislature has basically been in session since early 2017, with two regular sessions and two special sessions. Now, as they race to complete the 2018 regular sessions early, a flurry of bizarre, controversial, and downright stupid pieces of legislation are flying through chambers and onto the governor’s desk. 

Norman needs a stormwater utility fee, that much is clear. Exactly how it will work, who will pay what, etc., still needs to be hammered out (although we should have a proposal soon). But the reasons the city needs one are manifold, from improving stormwater infrastructure to meeting state and federal water management restrictions.

Downtown is really the heart of any city. And while Norman has some exciting shopping districts and cultural centers, we feel that’s true about our city as well.

Hands on his hips, his trademark visor casting a shadow on his face, the statue of Bob Stoops that was officially unveiled Saturday during OU’s spring game festivities is obviously larger than life.

The teacher walkout is entering Day 8, and it looks like it will stretch at least two weeks in total, as the legislature doesn’t appear to be moving on any revenue bills and Gov. Mary Fallin signed a repeal of the hotel/motel tax increase Tuesday.

The Oklahoma teacher walkout will continue this week, at least on Monday, although the movement doesn’t show many signs of slowing down. That’s probably not what most of the state legislature was expecting. By passing a $2.9 billion education budget and accompanying revenue bills, many legislators were hoping to stave off the walkout or assumed it would last only a day or two. When Gov. Mary Fallin said she expected teachers to come thank the legislature, she was reflecting the opinion of a lot of our politicians.

The latest in a long list of bad ideas emanating from the Oklahoma State Capitol is one to euthanize prisoners by nitrogen induced suffocation.

We hope you noticed the first installment of our Pulse of the Voters series on Page A1. While there’s a note attached to the story explaining the project, the editorial board thought it would be a good idea to go into more detail here.

Sunday is April Fool’s Day, a day of pranks, jokes and puns that keeps us on our feet every year. So how did all of this start?

The confirmation that energy executive James Gallogly will be the University of Oklahoma’s 14th president when David Boren retires in June was met with plenty of fanfare on Monday. But there was criticism as well that Gallogly, an OU graduate donor with no experience in higher education on the administrative level who has spent his entire career in the corporate business world, is not as qualified as other candidates.

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