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Your Views

  • Oklahoma City needs to improve traffic flow

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    At last Edmond is trying to help traffic flow by installing right-turn lanes at intersections. I wish the people who design Oklahoma City’s intersections would wise up. All that money spent in recent “upgrades” at NW 23 and Meridian, NW 23 and MacArthur and NW 10 and MacArthur, and still no...

  • Fix Oklahoma ballot-access laws

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Forty years ago, Oklahoma’s Democratic Party-controlled government broke both legs of political competition in this state. When their candidate for president failed to win the Oklahoma election, they blamed the third candidate on the ballot and the party he represented. In response, they changed...

  • Drivers are often oblivious to two-wheeled vehicles

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Regarding Donna Baker’s letter (Your Views, May 10): I fail to understand what possible correlation there is to the tragic SUV accident that involved multiple motorcycles and killed and injured riders. While it’s true helmets make good sense while riding motorcycles, the point of “Rally drives...

  • Amtrak trains should have maximum speed of 60 mph

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    There is much talk about what can be done to reduce Amtrak accidents. I don't know the answer, but I know a question to ask: Why are there railroad engines capable of 106 mph? When is that speed needed? I know that the power might be needed at times, but a speed governor installed with a maximum...

  • A small thing to help save the life of a child

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    If you stop at a local casino, you will see people with their player’s card inserted into the machine, and a cord attached to that card and to their shirt or around their wrist. If they walk away without the card, the cord tugs at them and reminds them to remove it. If I had a child in the back...

  • No fan of Jane Fonda

    Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    I agree with Bruce Bruns (Your Views, May 13) regarding Jane Fonda. I feel sad that Fonda is OK with her actions in Vietnam and continues to consider herself an American. Service members sacrifice everything for a homeland that tolerates flag burners. Too many veterans end up homeless and...

  • Dead cat video sends a dangerous message

    Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Regarding “Oklahoma students make dead cats dance in YouTube video” (NewsOK, May 12): The dead cats that Harding Charter Preparatory High School students used as dancing puppets in a mocking video very likely may have been someone’s beloved family member. Many cats used for dissection are former...

  • Why do teachers leave profession?

    Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The legislative session is ending and with it the annual comments on the state of K-12 teachers. Common themes include a teacher shortage, underpayment and the “best and brightest” leaving. I find the pay issue to be questionable. Students entering teacher education programs must be aware of the...