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Your Views

  • Death penalty moratorium appropriate

    Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    With the news that state Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked to delay upcoming executions in Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin should place an immediate moratorium on the death penalty in this state. Even though state officials said jrecently they were prepared for the executions currently...

  • Response to Ebola is negligent

    Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Ebola imposes risks to Americans. There is the risk of transmitting a disease, which has a 70 percent or greater fatality rate, into the population of the United States. This disease imposes a risk of death to health care workers having limited experience, training and equipment to deal with it....

  • Oklahoma needs o decriminalize marijuana

    Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    “Considerable downside to decriminalization of pot” (Our Views, Oct. 13) criticized state Sen. Connie Johnson for advocating decriminalizing marijuana use. Yet any thinking person has to recognize the wisdom of Johnson’s position. Pot shouldn’t be categorized as a Schedule I drug. It’s not...

  • Court's primary allegiance is to politics, not the Constitution.

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    In response to Bob Lawrence (Your Views, Oct. 10), the Founders did set apart the judiciary so that it wouldn’t be subject to the passing fancies of demagogues and the demands of the majority. However, the Constitution never mentions judicial review of laws. Marbury v. Madison (1803) was the...

  • Islam rule brings fighting and killing

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Lutheran Bishop Michael Girlinghouse (Point of View, Oct. 12) decries “the anti-Muslim sentiments surging in the aftermath of Alton Nolen’s beheading of a woman in Moore.” He later says Islam is a peaceful, proactive religion. But Islam is more than a religion. It’s also a political system,...

  • Seniors need to study Medicare options

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that this year, perhaps more than any year in the past, is an important one to pay attention to their Medicare coverage options during the open enrollment period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7). The Affordable Care Act brings with it notable changes to...

  • 90-year-old veteran thankful for trip to Washington, D.C.

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    As a 90-year-old veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, I was lucky enough to make the recent Oklahoma Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. I viewed the war monuments with awe and sadness; each monument was different, yet conveyed unseen messages of strife, destruction, blood, mangled...

  • 'Party of No' is welcome label

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    The GOP should welcome the label of “The Party of No.” As in, no new taxes, no increase in the national debt, no delays in decreasing the national debt, no decrease in military strength, no social programs that promote dependence on the government, that destroy self-reliance and personal pride,...