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Your Views

  • Black Mass represents sheer nihilism

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Regarding “Archbishop protests rental for public Black Mass event” (News, July 2): As a visiting assistant professor of English at Oklahoma State University, I’ve enjoyed spending time in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Stillwater. My wife has enjoyed introducing me to her hometown and its arts...

  • Thunder again vacuums up taxpayer dollars

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    That sucking sound you hear is the Oklahoma City Thunder organization vacuuming up taxpayer dollars once again. The Thunder wanted and the Oklahoma City Council kowtowed once more, paying $600,000 for a players’ family lounge. Really! Although these players have been treated like it since high...

  • Leaders fight ridiculous battles

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    The Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol doesn’t just represent Christian/Judeo faith traditions. These commandments are the basis for the laws that help us be a society that enables people to live and work from day to day without excessive fear. Can it possibly hurt anyone to view...

  • Here's how you destroy a country

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Let’s say you found a lot you’d like to build a house on, but there was already a house on it. If you liked the house except for a few minor details, you’d simply remodel it. If you disliked it intensely, you would have to destroy the house and start from scratch. Let’s say you found a...

  • Contraception is not a health issue

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Regarding “Court’s narrow decision came from narrow-minded” by Leonard Pitts Jr. (Commentary, July 4): Here we go again! What liberals can't seem to grasp is that contraception is not a health issue and should not even be considered for insurance coverage.

  • Fort Sill facility is not a zoo

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    I’m appalled that U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine feels that he should able, at his convenience, to tour the Fort Sill facility where the children who have illegally crossed the U.S. border are being held. These are children, not zoo animals to be gawked at and photographed. Let’s give them the...

  • The Greens' true gift to America

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    I applaud Hobby Lobby and the Green family. They’ve done Americans a real service that has perhaps been overlooked. The Greens have not refused to supply birth control for women. What they do refuse is to pay for abortion pills and devices. Out of 20 options for birth control, they object to...

  • Where are Joshua's seven rams' horns?

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    In a recent attempt to visit the Fort Sill facility housing illegal immigrant children, Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was denied entrance. The congressman was told to make an appointment by emailing a department official and expect to wait about three weeks, presumably for a response,...