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Your Views

  • I am not ashamed!

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Regarding the Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the state Capitol grounds: I agree in part with Brady Henderson, legal director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, who said, “it isn’t the government’s business to tell us what is right or wrong choices when it...

  • Your Views

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Ten Commandments are ingrained in our culture

  • Don’t blame the state Supreme Court

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

      Removing the Ten Commandments monument from the state Capitol grounds forces dormant Christians to wake up. But before there’s a call to action, there needs to be recognition of reality. The court’s hands were tied. When one looks to the insipid language — “benefit” any “system of...

  • Courageous move

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    The seven members of the state Supreme Court who joined in the decision to declare unconstitutional the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Capitol should be recognized for their courage. It took guts for seven elected judges to follow the clear mandate of Article II, Section 5 of...

  • Trampling on an institution

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

      U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts noted that there was no real judicial or constitutional foundation for the court’s decision to legalize gay marriage. Yet the effect of the decision is to impose on all 50 states this new legal definition of marriage, including those states...

  • Border security is critical

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

      All of us are saddened by the recent passing of Bob Barry Jr. due to a senseless tragedy. The driver who made the U-turn that claimed Barry’s life had been “voluntarily returned” to Mexico three times since 2010. Extra security protecting our borders is more critical than ever. With the...

  • Term limits needed for Supreme Court justices

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    On July 4, 2010, you published my letter regarding the need for term limits for the Supreme Court.  After the two decisions from the court last week, I again suggest that term limits need to be enacted for justices of the Supreme Court. It seems they no longer view the court as a third...

  • A smokescreen for ridicule

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Regarding “For officials, things to name before ‘I do’ is new dilemma” (Our Views, June 28): This editorial about the evolving legal nomenclature for gay spouses concludes, “Better to choose adjectives as you would screen unwelcome visitors such as ‘Thing One’ and ‘Thing Two.’” This analogy,...