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Your Views

  • Here's an idea to help pay off national debt

    Published: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Why can’t the federal government sell off land or property to the states or the taxpayers and apply the money to the national debt? C.J.

  • Oklahoma City doctor saved my life

    Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    “Medicare pays 35 doctors more than $1M each” (Tulsa World, April 11), on release of records of Medicare payments to doctors, seems to be a negative review of those doctors. As many senior citizens on Medicare know, reimbursements to health care providers are way below regular insurance...

  • Drug misuse isn't just from 'doctor shopping'

    Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Regarding Oklahoma’s prescription drug misuse issue, we might consider looking for the reason the drugs are so available, which is leading to the level of overdoses. Due to the massive level of drug access, people are getting drugs in more settings than any patient monitoring program alone...

  • Political lies need to be handled by civil court

    Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Regarding “Issues of political lies goes to high court” (Associated Press, April 17): As the plaintiff who won a libel suit in 1997 against former state Rep. Wallace Collins (now the Democratic Party state chairman), I certainly believe that lies in a political campaign are wrong. However, I...

  • An Easter reminder

    Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Easter reminds us that more than 100 prophesies in historical Jewish writings were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. Seven hundred years before Christ, Isaiah prophesied that God’s “righteous servant” would be “bruised for our inequities.” He would be “scourged for our healing” and...

  • We demand answers from Washington!

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The current talk about Russia is disturbing. Barack Obama points his finger at Vladimir Putin and says that Putin is disrespecting the integrity and sovereignty of the Ukrainian people. Yet Obama projects onto Putin what Obama himself has been doing to the people of the United States. Why are so...

  • Nothing new of consequence to report

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Ditto to Leonard Pitts Jr. (Commentary, April 13) who put into print what many of us have been thinking regarding CNN’s coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It’s not that we don’t care about the fate of that flight or, moreover, the poor souls who were on board. We do. It’s the...

  • House Bill 2807 keeps things in check

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    “Oklahoma cities fear losing authority to keep their neighborhoods liveable” (News, April 8) seems to disparage House Bill 2807 as legislation that prevents cities from creating zoning that helps citizens. In reality, the article exposes the determination of municipalities to regulate land...