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Your Views

  • Billboard malignancy troubling

    Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    It's impossible to tell where our billboard malignancy started. I first noticed the dreadful growth crossing into Oklahoma along Interstate 44 several years ago. Missouri is no longer the Show Me State but The Billboard State. The cancer skipped south to along Highways 69 and 75 from Durant to...

  • The laws of thermodynamics

    Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Ben Gadd's letter (Your Views, Nov. 16) reminded me of a report on net energy I wrote in 1976-77 while on sabbatical at the Institute for Energy Analysis at Oak Ridge, Tenn. One of my assignments was to analyze the net energy generated by windmills and ocean thermal energy converters, compared...

  • Focus on the positive in alcohol debate

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Regarding “Spirited debate” (Business, Nov. 15): Instead of worrying about the ease of access of alcohol to minors with the proposed law, we should think about the benefits to adults. Sure, minors will be able to see alcohol since it will be in grocery stores and locations where many minors go,...

  • It's time to channel Harry Truman

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    One can only imagine how President Harry Truman, one of our strongest presidents, would have handled ISIS and radical Islam during the past two or more years. He always made decisions in the best interest of our country, regardless of party or political pressure. At the conclusion a recent tour...

  • Cheasapeake's decision commendable, but sad, too

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Unfortunately, Chesapeake Energy has decided not to have its Christmas tree decorations this year. It's commendable that Chesapeake wants to use those funds to help the poor and hungry in Oklahoma City. I have no argument with that. However, Chesapeake should also consider all the poor and...

  • Many factors impair drives

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Regarding “High drivers are just as threatening to Oklahoma road safety as drunk drivers” (Brand Insight, Nov. 10): The use of cannabis is not without potential risk. But such risks need to be placed in proper context. Recently, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration conducted...

  • Why not a crowdfunding campaign for mental health?

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    “Who we are as a people,” as Scott McLaughlin says (Your Views, Nov. 15), are compassionate and generous Oklahomans, always at the forefront of charitable giving. It strikes me, then, in response to our state's mental health crisis, would we not be willing to take this matter into our own hands,...

  • What's happened to the Oklahoma Standard?

    Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    It was most refreshing to read “No place for fear-mongering in debate over Syrian refugees” (Our Views, Nov. 18). Where does this fear-mongering by some state politicians come from? How is it that hundreds of Oklahoma residents called the governor's office about “so-called” threats...