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Your Views

  • Who's responsible for bringing country to this point?

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    You believe marriage is between one man and one woman. I believe marriage is between one man and one woman. No problem, right? The problem arose when states refused to stop there and put it to a vote of the people. The people refused to allow gays and lesbians to have their civil rights as...

  • In defense of Renewable Fuel Standard

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Regarding “Federal ethanol mandate becoming regulatory farce” (Our Views, June 30): Calling the Renewable Fuel Standard a farce is an unfair assessment. It’s true that fracking has impacted the domestic energy picture but it’s only temporary. The IEA projects the Middle East as “the major source...

  • Fuel standard hurts families

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The Oklahoman editorial board hit the nail on the head with “Federal ethanol mandate becoming a regulatory farce” (Our Views, June 30). Not only is the Renewable Fuel Standard a poster child for “government dysfunction,” it has real-world implications regarding rising food commodity prices....

  • Undereducated lawmaker

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Regarding, “Lawmakers want OSSAA to fall under state Education Department” (Sports, July 2): I agree that a "private" unaccountable board with so much power over our schools and kids needs public oversight. However, Rep. Bobby Cleveland is woefully undereducated when it concerns the law, U.S....

  • Far-reaching consequences to state legislation

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    In a span of nine days, the Legislature introduced and passed a law that will hike workers’ compensation insurance premiums nearly $40 million annually. House Bill 2238 was an effort to help fill the state budget shortfall. However, the hastily drawn measure has far-reaching consequences for...

  • Thanks for trying, Ed Shadid

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Kudos to Ed Shadid for trying to save the Union Bus Station building. As a teenager attending Northeast High in the mid 1950s, I and my friends often had after-school activities that meant we missed the school bus back home to Spencer. We would take a city bus to Union Bus Station, catching an...

  • A matter of deep concern

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

      Regarding “Roberts did the right thing in voting to save ACA” (Commentary, June 28): Clearly, the section in the Affordable Care Act stating subsidies are to be administered by the IRS using “exchanges established by the state” is what the legislative branch intended, and should have...

  • Leaver monument there

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    I visited Oklahoma recently to see the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum. It was heartbreaking. You could feel the pain from that time as you walked through the museum. The one constant you felt was the comfort that was given by the churches and pastors. Faith and the people are what held...