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Your Views

  • Currie Ballard was the epitome of dedication

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Oklahoma and the inmates in the prison system have lost a champion, someone who listened, with his mind, his judgment and his heart, to their cases, their words. He would listen and vote with a stern demeanor, but there were times when an inmate's testimony was so powerful and moving that he...

  • Something's wrong with Oklahoma education

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Common education in this state has a price tag of $12,206 per child, per year, according to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. At this cost to taxpayers, parents should have school choice, private or public. Children with disabilities should be in schools that specialize in working with...

  • Parents most responsible for instilling religious beliefs in their children

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Lisa Sheppard (Your Views, July 6) wrote that “the same government that refuses to allow my child to pray in school sees no contradiction in telling me I should be more Christian about millions of illegal immigrants.” I want to clarify that all American public school students have the right...

  • Regarding immigration, it's time to take the gloves off

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    The Latin American countries responsible for and which are turning a blind eye to the child immigration problem need to be sent a strong message. It’s time to take the gloves off. Let’s send those countries our immigration bill. Let’s withdraw U.S. foreign aid and shut down U.S. tourist...

  • Can't we as a nation have compassion?

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Regarding the children crossing our borders to escape violence, rape and unbelievable persecutions endured in their homelands: America has always offered a haven for people enduring these horrors. In my lifetime we’ve had natives of Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, etc., as well as Puerto...

  • Contraception arguments are about controlling sexual behavior

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Many people conflate health insurance coverage of contraceptives with “sex without consequences” and say that they “don’t want to pay for you having sex.” Some claim that contraception isn’t a health issue and shouldn’t even be considered for health insurance coverage. These...

  • Americans seem blind to growing dangers

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Only some people saw the foolhardiness, or worse, when Barack Obama ordered only a fraction of the military force deemed necessary to successfully conclude hostilities in Afghanistan. Members of the “Axis of Terror” (Iran, Iraq and North Korea) are now in recovery, growing stronger by the...

  • Is there a pharmaceuticals double standard?

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seized nearly 20,000 packages of pharmaceuticals from foreign sources. This was done, the FDA said, because some countries have less stringent drug manufacturing regulations than the U.S. On July 11, I stopped by two stores to buy a prescription med...