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Your Views

  • Oil and gas incentives also should be reduced in Oklahoma

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    State Sen. Mike Mazzei said it’s necessary to eliminate property tax and wind power production tax credits for new wind energy development. Oklahoma now ranks No. 4 nationally in wind power capacity, with more than 3,780 megawatts. Wind power doesn’t use a drop of water, pollute anything or...

  • Freight is an integral driver of U.S. economy

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    No economy will ever grow faster than its transportation network can carry it. Oklahoma plays an important role in the national freight system. That translates into jobs and wealth, both of which are threatened when bottlenecks result from the lack of a national freight policy and the...

  • Training of Tulsa County reserve deputy lacking

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Regarding the Tulsa County reserve deputy who accidentally shot and killed a man: A 73-year-old would not be on any municipal police force in the country. A sheriff’s deputy usually performs duties such as crowd control at a parade and other civic functions. Confusing a Taser with a gun is akin...

  • Leonard Pitts Jr. needs to go

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    In “Good time to remember what government is: us” (Commentary, April 17), Leonard Pitts begins by reminding us of the atrocity that took place in Oklahoma City 20 years ago with the destruction and deadly bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building. Then he uses the rest of the column to...

  • Thank you Thunder for fantastic season

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Thank you to the Oklahoma City Thunder for another fantastic season. I’m sure some will not think it was fantastic. But any time a team can go through what our guys did this season, with the number of injuries to our starters, trades, new players, and miss the playoffs by only one game, I would...

  • What is 'lunatic fringe'?

    Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    In “Good time to remember what government is: us” (Commentary, April 17), Leonard Pitts directly equated the anti-government lunacy that spawned the Oklahoma City bombing with the “mainstream beating heart of the Republican Party” and the “very DNA of modern conservatism.” In that particularly...

  • They will never destroy our spirit

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    On April 19, 1995 at 9:02 a.m., terror came to the heartland of America, it came to Oklahoma. Evil people killed and maimed our citizens. They killed and maimed our children. But they could not, they did not and they never will destroy our spirit. The Oklahoma City National Memorial is dedicated...

  • Let's continue 'Oklahoma Standard' and grow in love, unity

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    On this anniversary of the bombing, I visited the memorial museum for the first time. I’ve never been for the same reason many haven’t: We lived it. We’re not sure we want to relive it. This tragedy brought grief surrounded by horror and confusion, but also patriotism, honor and a deep unity....