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Your Views

  • 'Right to Farm' is another ridiculous bill

    Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    House Joint Resolution 1012, the “Right to Farm” bill, will enshrine industrial agriculture in the Oklahoma Constitution if voters approve it in 2016. HJR 1012 provides that: “The Legislature shall pass no law which abridges the right of citizens and lawful residents of Oklahoma to employ...

  • Who's in charge of all the shaking going on under my home?

    Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    I’m confused. House Bill 2178 modifies the powers of cities and towns to regulate oil and gas drilling or production. If passed, this would seem to mean the right of cities and towns impacted by man-made quakes wouldn’t have the legal right to regulate the impact at the local level. There’s...

  • Shouldn't we stop this irresponsible process?

    Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Regarding “State geologists release statement concerning quakes, disposal wells" (Business, April 22): The Oklahoma Geological Survey concluded that the ongoing earthquake swarm was “very unlikely to represent a naturally occurring process.” Kim Hatfield, chairman of the Oklahoma Independent...

  • Support carbon fee and dividend

    Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Few favor regulation such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan to address climate change. Even President Obama in his 2014 State of the Union address urged Congress to “pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change.” What kind of market-based solution would...

  • Children need our protection

    Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    “Child abuse is epidemic problem in state, CARE Center CEO says” (News, April 17) noted that one in three girls and one in five boys are abused in Oklahoma County. Child abuse impacts more families than any childhood disease. The abuses include sexual and physical abuse, malnourishment, neglect...

  • Let's remember Rep. David Dank's legacy of selflessness

    Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    We recently saw the bittersweet passing of state Rep. David Dank, a man for whom the continuous performance of selfless acts for the greater good was so prevalent that it was his second nature. Dank was one of the first and most vocal supporters of the SHINE Foundation, in fact he authored the...

  • Updating forced pooling rules

    Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Regarding “Horizontal drilling brings conflicts” (Business, April 18): The forced pooling rules are in need of updating. As a mineral owner getting force pooled, I lose all my rights to leasing any more zones that may be productive. In the past there were leases for one-eighth and the no-cash...

  • Not a minor offense

    Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    According to the articles in The Oklahoman on April 21 and 22, Oklahoma City Public Schools suspended students for minor infractions at a high rate disproportionately represented more by minorities. Defiance of authority should not be considered a minor offense. Without respect of authority,...