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Editing is done for the benefit of our readers. We make every attempt to preserve the writer's essential meaning. Editing for length allows us to accept a greater number of letters. Letters most likely to be edited are those that are twice as long as needed to make a point and those that try to make too many points.

Your Views

  • George Will misses the boat with column on pope

    Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    In “The pope's fact-free flamboyance” (Commentary, Sept. 20), George Will uses the technique of attacking the messenger (Pope Francis) to discredit the pope's message. It takes only a careful reading of either the apostolic exhortation “Joy of the Gospel” or the encyclical “Praise to You (O...

  • Increase in tobacco taxes would be prudent

    Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Considering that many of our state's Medicaid problems are caused by tobacco use, an increase of tobacco taxes would be prudent. The average state tax on a pack of cigarettes is $1.60, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Oklahoma's is $1.03 per pack, 33rd in the nation. Raising the...

  • Avoiding vaccinations threatens kids’ health

    Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Regarding “Senate inoculated on vaccine debate” (Capitol Box Score, Sept. 20): Education of parents is critical as it applies to all things involving their children. Oregon requires parental completion of a state vaccine education program in order to file an immunization exemption. The Oklahoma...

  • Support our outstanding local theater groups

    Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    As a relative newcomer to Oklahoma City, I'm impressed by the quality and variety of local live theater options in the area. Because of this, my husband and I are season ticket holders with several organizations. We enjoy attending new–to-us productions, but are dismayed by the lack of...

  • More candidates deserve spot in debates for general election

    Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    We have had two Republican presidential candidate debates this election cycle. The first had 10 candidates, the most recent had 11. If statements made by the Commission on Presidential Debates when it defends its debate criteria are anything to go by, these debates should have been absolute...

  • Explaining Donald Trump phenomenon

    Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Gov. William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray was a keen student of politics and human nature. He could have explained the sudden popularity of Donald Trump in the current presidential contest. Murray published a book in 1930, during trying economic times, titled “Uncle Sam Needs a Doctor.” In it...

  • A starting point for discussing teacher salaries

    Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    “Study from higher ed regents relevant to teacher pay debate” (Our Views, Sept. 16) shows beginning teachers are not underpaid when compared to the professional workforce. Not all teacher pay should be identical. Some areas are more difficult to master, leading to fewer qualified people in...

  • Republican candidates need to get serious

    Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Why does it seem like there isn't a single Republican Party candidate who is taking this presidential race seriously? Last week's debate was a joke. All I heard from any candidate all night was what the other candidates had done wrong. I didn't hear hardly any politics being...