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Your Views

  • Nation was founded on religious tolerance

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    In response to Ron Powell (Your Views, Sep. 12): Ever since the horrific events of 9/11, innocent Muslims in this country have been victimized, persecuted, brutalized and shunned for some bad apples. Powell wrote that Muslim groups need to start demanding apologies from their “brethren.” Islamic...

  • NFL players are being singled out

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    If we’re going to demand that the NFL punish players who punch their dates, or beat their children, shouldn't we also demand that all employers punish their employees for the same behavior, and without regard to gender? Bob Kellogg Edmond

  • The world owes inmates nothing

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    I continue to read articles about female inmates in correctional facilities and how their children are affected. When women have children, their choices affect them. Many reforms could help corrections. Ultimately, though, people must realize that there are consequences to their choices. There...

  • Tennessee fans treated as honored guests at OU game

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    My wife and I drove from Knoxville to Norman to attend the Tennessee vs. Oklahoma football game last Saturday. Although we were disappointed with the outcome of the game, we had a great time. We stayed with friends who were wonderful hosts. The folks we met in and around the stadium could not...

  • Rigged system is wrong

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Mike Jones (Your Views, Sept. 13) quoted the idea from an old socialist that the Democratic Party had adopted a socialist platform in the guise of liberalism. We have socialism here, but Democrats and Republicans together have created the largest form of it. At the state Capitol and in...

  • No unicorns, no God

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    I’ve been amused at the hysterical overreaction of Christians to the upcoming “black mass” at Civic Center Music Hall. The vast majority of Oklahomans are adherents of the Christian superstition, but sheer numbers don’t prove a logical argument. A thing exists if it can be measured and tested...

  • State needs to consolidate school districts

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    While on vacation in my native Pennsylvania, I read a newspaper article reporting on teacher contract negotiations in a local school district. The starting pay for a new teacher was slightly more than $50,000 and the highest pay for the most experienced teacher with a Ph.D. was $101,000. An...

  • U.S. Export-Import Bank can't fail

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    America has been the leading global supplier of oilfield products for more than 100 years. I lead the artificial lift business for GE Oil & Gas, headquartered in Oklahoma City with approximately 650 employees. There is strong overseas interest in our products; last year we exported about 70...