The 1889 Institute’s Research Fellow, Mike Davis, who is also an attorney, has written “America’s Legal Tradition of Allowing Risk-Taking, Even in a Pandemic,” which argues that American common law allows informed risk taking. As long as people are well-informed, they should therefore have the dignity for themselves to decide how much risk to take. In the case of the current COVID-19 pandemic, individuals in a free society like America’s should have the freedom to choose whether to wear masks and/or isolate themselves as part of social distancing.
Lifestyle & Opinions
At Thanksgiving, I like to reflect over the past year and count the many blessings in my life, even in difficult and unusual times such as this. I am fortunate to have my extended family happy and healthy, and the many good friends and acquaintances in my life who have helped me survive this pandemic.
It’s no secret government officials often target traditional Christians for harassment, but Oklahomans often view that as a problem that happens in other states, not here. Sadly, that’s not true.
With the 2020 U.S. Census completed, the population data will be used to guide legislators as we set about a very important task—redrawing the boundaries for legislative and congressional districts. By law, every district must include as close to the same number of people as possible.
Oklahoma’s government owns a lot of property. This includes land and buildings, but it also includes valuable assets like the state-owned electric power company, the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA). GRDA reports nearly $1.8 billion in assets on its most recent balance sheet, with a “net position” of more than $622 million. Or the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), which has a $1.2 billion endowment producing roughly $50 million annual investment income.