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Your Views

  • Let free market work for renewables

    Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    I'm in favor of OG&E's rooftop solar plan being considered by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Everyone should have to pay their fair share for access to the grid and electricity when the sun isn't shining. The right way to advance solar power and other renewables is to let them stand on...

  • Use zero-based budgeting

    Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    “Schools may get leeway in spending some funds” (News, Jan.28) suggests that if schools find they can get by for less, then they should reallocate the funds. Seems to me if they can get by for less, then the excess should be returned for reallocation. The interesting point is that some are...

  • New turnpike is a bad idea

    Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    I agree with John Carpenter (Point of View, Jan. 27) regarding the state's “Driving Forward” plan, which promotes building a turnpike in eastern Oklahoma County. I live in western Lincoln County. The Turner Turnpike passes close by our town. It's common knowledge to most...

  • Government solutions are often wrong

    Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Government socialism has always been a loser. In the 1960s, President Kennedy's huge tax cut created an economic boom funding Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. Unintended consequences? Destruction of families, disastrous removal of men from homes, loss of discipline for kids, unruly classrooms and...

  • Alternatives to new Oklahoma County turnpike

    Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Regarding “Some residents have message about plan: Take a hike, turnpike” (News, Jan. 27): Why not widen State Highway 102 from McLoud to Wellston? Or make U.S. 177 a four-lane from Shawnee to I-44? Just a thought.

  • Shawnee business is inspirational

    Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    It was a pleasure to read “Denim workwear business fits Shawnee manufacturer like an ‘Oklahoma tuxedo'” (Business, Jan. 24). Seeing an Oklahoma manufacturing company that is still in operation after 112 years makes me very proud to be an Okie.  Hopefully this will encourage others to hang...

  • School choice would help inner-city children

    Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Our inner-city problems of crime, unemployment and single motherhood have a major common cause — the requirement that low-income families must send their children to their designated neighborhood school, no matter how bad and violent it is. The result is generation after generation of...

  • Trump will be a great leader and stateman

    Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    According to Webster's dictionary, the primary definition of a politician and a statesman is basically “one versed in the art and science of government, especially one actively engaged in conducting the business of government.” But further definition of the two shows a great difference....