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Your Views

  • Muslim Day coverage appreciated

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Regarding “Rally for understanding” (News, Feb. 28): Thank you for your coverage of the Muslim Day rally at the Capitol. The reporter did a great job of telling the whole story while focusing on the positive contributions of the moderate, inclusive voices there and not the hate expressed by a...

  • Let's learn to respect all beliefs

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    The recent Muslim Day gathering at the Capitol was an exercise in free speech and freedom of religion. Having traveled and lived in a Muslim country, I found the true Islam is nonviolent, and not anti-Christian nor anti-American. As a Christian, U.S. citizen by birth, retired serviceman and...

  • U.S. should try diplomacy

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Regarding the letter by Ben Humphries (Your Views, March 2): I and many people I know are against further military involvement in Iran. However, the U.S. government should be a leader in world affairs, through diplomacy and international law. Rather than supplying nations with weapons of...

  • Trim the fat from state government

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Regarding “Hiking tobacco tax could help education” (Point of View, Feb. 25): I don’t smoke and never have, but I'm tired of the “tax and spend” crowd. Smokers have become the victims. Do schools need more money? Yes! But I think before we raise taxes on any Oklahomans, we need to look at how...

  • Business as usual with texting while driving

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Legislation to make texting while driving a secondary offense in Oklahoma is less than thrilling. Unlike most states that have made texting while driving a primary offense, here it will be business as usual. How this ruling deters people from texting while driving remains to be seen.

  • Explaining Obama's 'love' for America

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Eric Salameh (Your Views, Feb. 28) asks, “Does anyone in their sane mind really believe President Obama doesn’t love America?” As said by Rudy Giuliani, that answer is yes. Here’s an analogy: Let’s say I’m married to a woman who is revered by her peers and has a long history of doing good....

  • Commending Rudy Giuliani for speaking the truth

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    According to Eric Salameh (Your Views, Feb. 28), anyone with a sane mind believes President Obama loves this country. I believe I’m of sane mind, and don’t believe this president loves this country as it was founded. He has from day one tried to change this country in his own way. And he is...

  • What about the cost for victims?

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Much has been written lately regarding the fairness of fees and fines charged to Oklahoma convicts. I question the fairness of the taxpayer having to pay for the room, board and medical expense of these convicts. I question the fairness of victims having to bear the burden of the cost of...