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Your Views

  • Exempt VA centers from hiring freeze

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    When she replaced the head of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs in late January, Gov. Mary Fallin declared that “We can do better for Oklahoma's veterans.” The following week, she cut the budget of state agencies by 6.25 percent, which included the seven veterans homes operated by the...

  • Constructing straw men

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Regarding “Why file suit if Bible is just another book?” (Our Views, Feb. 23): There were several factual errors — “the Bible has influenced the structure of the legal code in the United States” — and a general misunderstanding of the issue. The Bible’s influence on language or laws is beside...

  • Why such opposition to wind energy?

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    It’s amazing to watch state legislators introducing bills that would eliminate tax incentives that foster growth of clean, renewable wind energy. Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, has proposed unreasonable setbacks intended to destroy this industry — one mile from occupied structures and three...

  • Overweight people are not weak, sinful

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    In “In battling obesity, policy less important than practices” (Our Views, Feb. 22), The Oklahoman wrote “to re-examine critical assumptions.” The Oklahoman should examine Hilde Bruch. She noticed New York City children were fat in 1934. She wondered why American children are bloated and blown...

  • Simpler sales tax program needed

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    I have operated a successful oil-field supply business for over 35 years, and have faithfully collected and paid sales taxes amounting to thousands of dollars during all those years. Recently I made a sale of oil-field pipe for delivery to a location in Kentucky. As a part of the invoicing...

  • Burdensome ruling on birth control coverage

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    I see that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 recently that two Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses and a private Christian college must now provide birth control coverage. The appeals court ruled that “no substantial burden” was placed on the religious groups and doesn't violate their...

  • Extortion, robbery legal in Oklahoma?

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Regarding “Protecting beetle may carry an expensive price tag” (News, Feb. 15): I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The $5,100 cost for beetle impact on one-third acre in Tecumseh seemed high. That would calculate out to $2.448 million for a 160-acre farm. Also I read that Chaparral Energy...

  • Shocking proposal in Legislature

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Presenting a bill to eliminate or curtail the Advanced Placement U.S. history classes in high schools is the most shocking proposal to come out of the Legislature in years. Advanced Placement classes gave my grandchildren a leg up when they went to college so that they could proceed to other...