Sent the following letter to eight newspapers in Oklahoma. Hope you will call the Governor about this.
Oklahoma needs the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid that Governor Mary Fallin is refusing. It would extend Medicaid to some 150,000 Sooners currently not insured. She says Oklahoma cannot afford it, but it is 100% federally funded the first three years, then Oklahoma begins to pick up a maximum of 10% of the cost. [...] Continue reading Oklahoma Needs Medicaid Expansion
Speech at the Midwest City Martin Luther King Breakfast Jan 21, 2013
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Nathaniel Batchelder
The title of today’s talks – The Wisdom of Peace – is crucial to our times. Dr. King’s words – his sermons and speeches – ring in our ears today as we commemorate his life and lift up again his prophetic messages for the ages.
He advocated nonviolence and [...] Continue reading The Wisdom of Peace
This year the ballot will contain six state questions for voters to weigh in on.
Consulted groups included the OK Policy Institute, The Oklahoma Observer, State Parties, and individuals.
Vote “Yes” on #762 to remove the Governor from the Pardon & Parole Board process on nonviolent crimes. Vote “No” on the other five questions (but check on #764 below).
#758 – Lowers the cap on annual [...] Continue reading Recommendations on the six state questions (and judges)
It is shocking that global warming and climate change were not mentioned in Tuesday’s debate. The consensus of the world scientific community is that that the release of heat-trapping gases is the primary cause of global warming and climate change, and that fossil fuels are the chief source of elevated levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Mitt Romney made it clear that he and his party plan to accelerate production [...] Continue reading Presidential Debates and Global Warming
Thinking about the November Elections, it is clear to me that We The People must stand in the gap to block further drift toward America becoming a nation and government of, for, and by the rich.
From now till the elections, I implore every person passionate about justice and peace to be busy encouraging a huge voter turnout in November for candidates who will legislate for the [...] Continue reading A Chain Letter to America
This commentary appeared in the Oklahoma Gazette of 7/11/12 under the title “Cutting taxes is not an answer”
A recession is no time to cut taxes.
I wish those fortunate enough to be able to pay taxes would reflect on public services that are often taken for granted but make for a civilized society: police and fire protection; sewage treatment and water treatment facilities; public schools and teachers; family [...] Continue reading Building our way out of recession