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Your Views

  • Why are Oklahomans electing so many slow learners?

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    State Rep. Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa, who is starting his fifth term, said recently that many legislators are just becoming thoroughly familiar with the state’s finances when they have to leave the Legislature because of term limits (12 years). Why are we electing so many slow learners? Maybe...

  • Soldiers' hands shouldn't be tied

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Forty years ago last week, the last helicopter left Saigon. When I think of the time, sacrifice and blood spilled, it makes me sick to my stomach. I spent two tours there and was led to believe that we and the South Vietnamese army were winning. Early on I could see that we servicemen had our...

  • Why is anesthesia such an issue in executions?

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    With all the publicity and debate over the drugs used in the lethal injection process, maybe I have missed something. Every day millions of people have procedures and surgeries done and don’t feel any pain because they have been given anesthesia. I am not a physician, but I don’t understand why...

  • If there is another MAPS project, it should be for water

    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City has come a long way in the 22 years I have lived here. We have had several tax-supported MAPS projects, we acquired an NBA team and downtown has been rejuvenated. During that same period of time, the city’s population has grown significantly. Add the building boom and this...

  • Our nation was built on disrespect

    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Regarding the letter by Dub Whalen (Your Views, April 26): How have we forgotten that our country was built on disrespect? Did the British feel respected when we destroyed private property in protest by throwing it into the Boston Harbor? Were their officials experiencing respect when they were...

  • Easy to understand disciplinary process needed

    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Regarding “Superintendent calls for overhaul of discipline code at OKC schools” (News, April 22): Terrific idea. However, the entire stated process is convoluted, full of modern-day political correctness, and fails to mention a word about parents and responsibility. Senior educational...

  • We're responsible for who we elect, America

    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    One thing that amazes me about corrupted politicians, especially those in Washington, is that they’re people who, by anyone’s standards, have it all. They usually have the respect and admiration of their constituents or they wouldn’t have been elected. They have the power to get things done....

  • Teach For America instructor is filled with gratitude

    Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    As I start to wrap up my first year of teaching at Fillmore Elementary School, I am filled with gratitude for the kids, families and hidden beauty of our state. I teach primarily children of color, and I know the odds are stacked against them. They face higher rates of poverty and lower rates of...