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Your Views

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    Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    I can understand how a lot of people were fooled into voting for Barack Obama in 2008. I can only attribute his re-election to uninformed voters. We’re now in another election season where it seems most Democratic candidates are trying to deny supporting Obama. The Democratic U.S. Senate...

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    Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Bill Van Osdol (Your Views, Oct. 22) shouldn’t confuse his desire not to have a gun with my constitutional right to own one. Recent events in Moore showed us that crazy people don't need a gun to create mayhem and a responsible person with a firearm can prevent further violence. How much worse...

  • Issue of Oklahoma superintendents' pay does indeed merit scrutiny

    Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Regarding “Superintendent pay is an issue that merits scrutiny” (Our Views, Oct. 20): Indeed this is an issue that should be looked into, but it hasn’t been. That’s a shame for the taxpayers. Peggs Superintendent John Cox has a salary of $141,678, which comes out to $557 per student in his...

  • Waste, incompetence revealed in dealings with VA

    Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    In 2006, I had the pleasure and heartache of caring for my dying father. He was 82 when I started taking care of him. He was a decorated World War II B-17 pilot who was shot down and spent seven months at the end of the war in a POW camp. When he came into my care he was in poor health. While...

  • Obvious conclusion can be drawn regarding third-grade reading

    Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Regarding third-grade reading tests: What about the third-grade teacher with a classroom of 25 students, most of whom can barely read at first-grade level? The teacher has no helper. The parents when contacted are uninterested. Should she ignore the students (just a very few) who are at the...

  • On same-sex marriage, Supreme Court pulled its punch

    Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    With the issue of same-sex marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court had an opportunity to expand equality. Instead, it pulled its punch. To the disappointment of majorities in several states who voted to ban gay marriage, this move concedes the clear constitutional right of gay Americans to some 1,138...

  • Recent pay raises a result of a state study

    Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Regarding “Officials voice surprise at size of some agency directors’ raises” (News, Oct. 21): Many of the referenced agencies don’t get taxpayer money for funding. The Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners is funded by revenue from licensure fees. In fact, state law requires the board to...

  • Regarding school woes, connect the dots

    Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    “State’s cuts to student spending highest in U.S,” (News, Oct. 16) said that Oklahoma “once again leads the nation in the percentage of per-student spending cuts.” Oklahoma has 40,000 more students than it did just six years ago. This isn’t disputed, but the Legislature has eviscerated school...