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Your Views

  • No unicorns, no God

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    I’ve been amused at the hysterical overreaction of Christians to the upcoming “black mass” at Civic Center Music Hall. The vast majority of Oklahomans are adherents of the Christian superstition, but sheer numbers don’t prove a logical argument. A thing exists if it can be measured and tested...

  • Rigged system is wrong

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Mike Jones (Your Views, Sept. 13) quoted the idea from an old socialist that the Democratic Party had adopted a socialist platform in the guise of liberalism. We have socialism here, but Democrats and Republicans together have created the largest form of it. At the state Capitol and in...

  • State needs to consolidate school districts

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    While on vacation in my native Pennsylvania, I read a newspaper article reporting on teacher contract negotiations in a local school district. The starting pay for a new teacher was slightly more than $50,000 and the highest pay for the most experienced teacher with a Ph.D. was $101,000. An...

  • U.S. Export-Import Bank can't fail

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    America has been the leading global supplier of oilfield products for more than 100 years. I lead the artificial lift business for GE Oil & Gas, headquartered in Oklahoma City with approximately 650 employees. There is strong overseas interest in our products; last year we exported about 70...

  • Sen. Tom Coburn is a statesman

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    I’ll be sorry to see Tom Coburn leave the U.S. Senate. I hope Oklahomans elect a person to take his place who will exhibit the characteristics of statesmanship that Coburn, R-Muskogee, has used in Washington. I’m not really optimistic about that because statesmanship isn’t very popular either in...

  • Prohibit all political contributions and advertising

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    George Will (Commentary, Sept. 11) opposes any limits on spending on political speech. The problem with that is obvious: It lets wealthy people and entities monopolize the debate. Similarly, political contributions need to be limited because they can border on bribery. Allowing them again gives...

  • Let Americans decide if they want big money to control elections

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    George Will (Commentary, Sept. 11) brands 48 U.S. Senate Democrats as “real extremists.” The following is the proposed amendment related to the Bill of Rights: “To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process,...

  • Scotland will always be British

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    “U.K. leaders fear Scottish indepen-dence” (Associated Press, Sept. 11) states that “Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility.” For Scotland to break from Britain would require a cataclysmic shift of the earth’s tectonic plates, since Britain is an island that’s divided...