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Your Views

  • Owners should use a leash to walk their dogs

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

        “Firefighters’ fast work frees puppy from pipe” (News, July 25) tells the story of a puppy being walked that fell into an open pipe and was rescued by firefighters. It says nothing about the irresponsibility of the owners who were walking the dog without the legally required...

  • Hillary Clinton is unfit for office

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

      I can no longer tolerate the lies, deceptive assertions and falsehoods by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She must believe the rest of the country knows nothing about the creation and handling of classified documents. Upon the creation of a document or email, the...

  • Added perspective to proficiency rates

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Regarding “Student ‘proficiency’ rates inflated by low standards” (Our Views, July 21): I would invite you to consider three points regarding the 2015 National Center for Education Statistics report that ranked state “proficiency standards” (i.e., cut-scores for “proficient”) based on state test...

  • Mixed message in Oklahoma education

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

      Regarding “Student ‘proficiency rates inflated by low standards” (Our Views, July 21): Many Oklahomans have suggested all high school graduates should be prepared for college. Some have suggested students shouldn’t be allowed to graduate if they don’t pass required tests. They suggest...

  • Trump will give our country back to us

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Once again the politicians and self-interest groups are getting nervous. Donald Trump has hit their space and they have unleashed their dogs. Trump is voicing everything most of us are saying in the privacy of our own minds and with a few trusted friends. But Trump isn’t afraid to make our...

  • Our Republican leaders need to grow up

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Like that of many other elected Republican leaders in the majority, Kevin Calvey’s reaction (Point of View, July 22) to recent state Supreme Court decisions they disagree with is childish and irresponsible.

  • Thoughts on low voter turnout

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Regarding “Survey results may augment push to boost voter turnout” (Our Views, July 22): State Sen. David Holt’s efforts to make voter participation in elections easier are laudable. As one of his constituents, I’m supportive of measures he’s been able to pass. However, I believe the dismal...

  • Oklahoma County jail study was a farce

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The seven-month study by prominent local politicians and government employees of the situation with the Oklahoma County jail was clearly a farce. Like big-spending politicians everywhere, their only solution is a tax to pay for a new jail.