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Your Views

  • Choice seems clear to him

    Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    Elliott Schwartz (Your Views, April 18) asked whether education or funding for the American Indian Museum and Cultural Center would be the better investment. With the results of the last 20 years of money for education and the resulting quality of the students graduating, it seems that there’d...

  • Separation of Oklahoma society still echoes

    Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    Every year at this time, schools stage Land Run re-enactments. On April 22, 1889, thousands of settlers streamed into the Unassigned Lands that were home to American Indians who were the original inhabitants but also who weren’t allowed to participate in the run. This separation of Oklahoma...

  • A harmful overreach by Legislature

    Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    Policymakers claimed that state Senate Bill 573 would increase options for parent choice in education. Instead, it will hurt the state’s virtual public charter schools by ignoring the fact that for many parents, virtual schools are the choice. If charter schools failed their students, parents...

  • State giving wind energy a blank check

    Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    Regarding Curt Roggow’s “Wind power no longer an ‘alternative energy’” (Point of View, April 13): The Wind Energy Coalition recently released a report claiming billions of dollars in economic benefit over the last decade. However, the fine print reveals that only a portion — $442...

  • College isn't only path to prosperity

    Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The dignity of labor in all forms is something this country must endorse. Express Employment Professionals discussed this in a recent white paper acknowledging that college isn’t always the best option for high school graduates. Numerous paths to prosperity exist, including technical and...

  • 'We all believe in love'

    Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    In response to Sharon Gricol (Your Views, April 16): Not all Unitarians are Christian. While the Unitarian-Universalist Association did originate in the Christian tradition, the church believes that humanity was endowed with reason so that we might think critically. Early leaders examined the...

  • Keystone XL pipeline is a win-win

    Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Keystone a win-win Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are mounting a last-ditch effort to block the project, using civil disobedience, if Keystone is approved by the Obama administration. I recently saw a map of all current pipelines running throughout the state of Nebraska, totaling...

  • Disabled have a right to choose where they live

    Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    In response to Julie Rinehart (Your Views, April 5): Our youngest disabled son lives at the state facility in Pauls Valley. He’s had good one-on-one care for 24 hours a day. The caregivers know him and his needs. Had he not been disabled, he would have been in college and living in a dorm on a...