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Your Views

  • Is tribal gaming worth the cost in human terms?

    Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    “Tribal gaming law hits 10-year mark” (Tulsa World, Nov. 18) refers to the long-term vision of the architects of State Question 712 that 10 years ago authorized tribal gaming in Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is quoted as saying that “had this not passed, the state of...

  • A sign of efficiency in education

    Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Per-pupil spending cuts are a good thing. They signify efficiency in the Oklahoma public school system. I go to a private school called The Academy of Classical Christian Studies for only $4,000 per year. At this school, I’ve been given a much better education than public school students get, so...

  • Real energy strategy for America is needed

    Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    The climate is changing, but not in the manner declared by President Obama or those who worship at the global warming temple. Arctic ice has expanded dramatically, the Pacific Ocean is cooling and Northern Hemisphere temperature readings are trending lower. We’ll be getting cooler for a period...

  • State Republicans are short on solutions

    Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    “Filling the skills gap: CareerTech ramps up training programs to meet workplace needs” (News, Nov. 14) is yet another story about the need for millions of dollars in funding for another state entity. This seems to be a near weekly occurrence. The week before it was higher education requesting...

  • Obama's cited shortcomings are difficult to reconcile

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Mike Jones (Your Views, Nov. 14) wrote that the Obama administration’s shortcomings in previous years might be predictive of poor performance over the next two years. However, the shortcomings Jones cited are difficult to reconcile. The economy has actually grown since 2009 — the Dow doubled,...

  • Community foundations make a difference

    Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    More than 700 community foundations across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of community foundations. That’s 100 years of community foundations working together with local and state partners to address change in areas such as education, disaster preparedness, wellness and access...

  • Doctors who do abortions are heroes

    Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    “When the issue is abortion, plain English discouraged” (Our Views, Nov. 11) questions why Dr. Larry Burns isn’t referred to as an abortionist. That’s hardly a neutral term. It’s most commonly used by people who commit and sanction acts of terrorism against abortion clinics and doctors. The term...

  • Unilateral disarmament of economic weapons

    Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    President Barack Obama’s historic trade agreement to cut U.S. greenhouse gases at an increased rate of 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025, while China sets a target of stopping its increase by 2030, has the effect of disarming America in the competitive battle of world economies....