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Your Views

  • Try this approach to discipline

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    If officials really wanted to solve the educational funding problem in Oklahoma, each school would fire three or four nonteaching administrators and hire one big disciplinarian with a large paddle.

  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a terrible deal

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    It’s no surprise the American people have lost so much trust in our elected officials. Instead of promoting economic policies that will help America’s workers, members of Congress have chosen to pursue fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement put together in secret that...

  • Remembering our veterans

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    On June 6, we commemorate one of the most decisive moments in human history: D-Day. The stories of courage our troops showed that day, and in the months after, are legend. More than 16 million Americans served during World War II. Today, fewer than 1 million are alive and their numbers are...

  • No place is perfect, just blossom where you're planted

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    I read Scott McLaughlin’s letter (Your Views, May 27) praising the many virtues of the state of Minnesota. I was a little surprised to discover it was posted from Midwest City. Surely McLaughlin knows that just west of Midwest City is Interstate 35, which goes directly into Minneapolis/St. Paul....

  • Casual dress for wreath-laying ceremony is appalling

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Regarding the Page 1 photo of May 26: Doesn’t the 45th Infantry Division Association have a dress code? I was appalled to see the association’s vice president, Preston Willoughby, in such casual dress in the wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day. The least he could have done is wear a coat and...

  • Problems sure to continue for Oklahoma veterans

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    In a Memorial Day ceremony at the Norman Veterans Center, 123 residents were honored for their military service. These veterans had died during the past year. Included in the 123 was James Laughlin, who was beaten by a violent, mentally ill veteran in October 2014. The facility staff tried a...

  • Prisoners and immigrants treated better than war veterans

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    I am an 87-year-old World War II Marine and have a 20 percent service-connected disability, but I can’t get dental care at the VA hospital because you have to have a 100 percent disability to get dental care there. I could go to a convenience store and kill the clerk and they would send me to...

  • Nonbelievers need to be polite and civil

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Regarding the letters by David Grow, Beth Stevenson and Steven Gross (Your Views, May 22): We Christians are always too quiet/silent, which may help account for the declining rolls of Christians. The only time most of us Christians speak out about anything is if it affects our church or...