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Your Views

  • Renewable energy is the future

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed regulations to reduce coal-fired electrical generation. Burning coal hurts air quality and public health. Curt Roggow (Your Views, Aug. 10) advocates for clean energy windmills, which are much healthier and not that expensive anymore. Germany...

  • David Boren: Academics comes first at OU

    Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    As another school year opens, it’s helpful to reflect upon a university’s goals and purposes. Universities were established to train and educate the next generation. At the University of Oklahoma, the academic mission comes first. OU aims to graduate young women and men who will be good...

  • Antagonistic voices don't represent country's values

    Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills on Aug. 1, one that amended the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the other to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This is upsetting to me and to many other evangelical Christians in Oklahoma....

  • Quit blaming people for having brain illness

    Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    The death of Robin Williams has focused the nation’s attention on depression. For an illness that affects nearly one in six Americans, depression continues to be one of the most misunderstood and stigmatized of all conditions. Perhaps it’s because most of us have had a “bad day” that such...

  • Follow tribal model on corrections reform

    Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Shame on Oklahoma for leading the nation in the rate of incarcerating women and being third for men’s incarceration. Shame on the governor and other politicians for not promoting the 2012 Justice Reinvestment Initiative to reduce Oklahoma’s prison population while keeping communities safe. Are...

  • Obama administration continues to blunder

    Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    The law, along with public opinion, differentiates between accidental and intentional deeds. Is the Obama administration just inept, or is there malice aforethought in making so many blunders? There is some of both. First, we elected as president a man with no experience in running an...

  • Reasons for taxi regulations

    Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Reasons for regulation Regarding “Valid concerns shouldn’t mean onerous regulations” (Your Views, Aug. 11): It’s important to note that while several “traditional taxis” have an app-based system, they must still meet many requirements that Uber, Lyft and others don’t have to meet. One such...

  • We left Iraq because we weren't wanted

    Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    In response to Bill Mathis (Your Views, Aug. 8): We pulled out of Iraq because we weren’t wanted. There was an attempt to renegotiate another status of forces agreement, but the Iraqi government refused it. The original agreement negotiated by George W. Bush had us leaving at the time we pulled...