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Your Views

  • Great work on Holtzlaw story

    Great work on Holtzlaw story Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

      Big kudos go to The Oklahoman's Adam Kemp for the fantastic four-part series about the Daniel Holtzclaw case. This was so well written and shows just how far and beyond the Oklahoma City Police Department will go to get all the facts surrounding the accused and also the accusers. They...

  • Regulation Crowdfunding rules offer new opportunity

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

      I am CEO of CrowdSeekr.com, an Oklahoma City-based company helping investors locate real estate crowdfunding investments. My partners and I are excited about the Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) rules that took effect May 16. Reg CF gives ordinary investors the right, for the first time...

  • More expensive, not less

    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

      Victor Gorin (Your Views, May 18) should get his facts correct. I don't know where in Australia he got a Big Mac cheaper than they are sold here. If you go out to eat in Australia, it's much more expensive than it is in the United States. I love Australia and go and visit family every...

  • A proposed response to Obama, Lynch

    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

      North Carolina and any other state that faces the threats of President Obama's Attorney General Loretta Lynch, because of decent and common-sense bathroom laws, should craft a simple response, and make it as public as possible: “Mr. President and Ms. Lynch, every state in the union is...

  • Poking a finger in the governor's eye

    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

      On Thursday, House Minority Leader Scott Inman and his caucus decided to vote against House Bill 3210, which would have increased the cigarette tax. But you can bet your bottom dollar Inman will be complaining that the budget the Legislature approves includes cuts to education and other...

  • Disappointing work by GOP legislators

    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

      As a reformed yellow-dog Democrat, I have usually been pleased with the leadership of the GOP-led Legislature, but their actions, or lack of actions, in this session have been less than admirable. The current fiscal crisis is solely in the laps of our leadership, right up to the...

  • AG should investigate Norman VA center

    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

      Recent news reports have revealed more problems at the Norman Veterans Center. During the last week in March, I presented to the Legislature a grievance against Administrator Jay Horne and the center's director of nursing for conducting fake investigations, falsifying evidence and...

  • The Bible and self-defense

    Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Mary Surbeck (Your Views, May 18) pointed to the Bible in stating that God does not support gun ownership. But the Bible does show that his son Jesus did! In Luke 22, verses 35 and 36, Jesus was about to be arrested and knew he would be leaving his followers behind.  He asks them “When I...