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Your Views

  • Civics education lacking in Oklahoma

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    It's sad that in Oklahoma, so often those who vote are the least educated on how our system of government works. In a recent town hall meeting, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole had to educate constituents on presidential powers, constitutional authority and our country's system of representational democracy....

  • Blame people, not objects

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Two people are murdered on camera in Virginia, and the gun control lobby is out in force. The labor commissioner is killed in Oklahoma, and there is no mention of restricting knives to the mentally ill. Drunk drivers kill people, but I don't hear anyone wanting to ban cars. Texting on...

  • Feds are in the way of clean energy

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Several years ago, investors wanted to put hundreds of wind generators on the open plains in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The process would have taken about two years. But the lines to transfer this valuable renewable energy will take Clean Line Energy six years of red tape from the federal...

  • Human reason enables us to rise above victimization

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Virginia shooter Vester Flanagan seemed to be sending a message that the only possible response to irrationality was more irrationality. I reject this. As a gay man, I know that the power of human reason enables us to rise above the victimization imposed by those who teach that human beings are...

  • Trump is attempting to undermine the GOP

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    It's my belief that Donald Trump, who is known to be a longtime friend and supporter of the Clintons, is deliberately attempting to undermine the GOP. The more people he can draw away from erstwhile presidential hopefuls, the better chance his friend Hillary has to gain her goals. So I say...

  • Americans know we struck a bad deal with Iran

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    During the Iranian nuclear negotiations, President Obama and other officials repeatedly said that no deal is better than a bad deal. They were right. If no deal had been reached, tough U.S. sanctions would have remained in place — the very sanctions that forced Iran to the negotiating table...

  • The real war in abortion debate

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    There is a war going on, though it's not the political smokescreen Patricia Kunkel (Your Views, Aug. 23) would like to believe. The real war is between the truth we don't want to see and our own conscience. All those ugly things Kunkel mentioned need solutions to help people heal, so why add the...

  • Calling me a terrorist is OK

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    If Hillary Clinton wants to call me a terrorist because I want to protect the life of the preborn, I say hallelujah.