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Your Views

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt due thanks

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    I hope Kirk Alan Jones (Your Views, Oct. 4) hasn’t been in Western Europe in his 26 years away from Oklahoma. There, everyone expects the government to provide them with most things they need. The results are devastating taxes, slow to negative GDP growth and high levels of unemployment, which...

  • Wake up, America, and smell the bacon!

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Barack Obama says “no boots on the ground.” In other words, the president has announced that although the American military exists to protect this country, under his command the military won’t be used to thwart a horrible and growing threat to America. Neither does Obama allow the NSA, FBI or...

  • Get veterinarians to handle executions

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Regarding the apparent inability of Oklahoma’s prison system to humanely execute condemned prisoners: Why don’t we hire a couple of local veterinarians? They successfully put animals to sleep on a routine basis without any of them making the headlines for botching a euthanasia.

  • Texting while driving reaches epidemic proportions

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Epidemic proportions For just a second, close your eyes and think of someone you love with all your heart. It may be a son or daughter, husband or wife — someone you love with every fiber of your being. Now think of your loved one killed by something so ridiculous as a person texting while...

  • Security not a priority with Obama administration

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    It’s becoming more apparent that the security of Americans isn’t a priority with the Obama administration. The president and the Department of Homeland Security are guided by politics and political correctness first and foremost. Two glaring examples are the unsecured border with one of the most...

  • Oklahoma cities obtain revenue through 'popular land grab'

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Cities in Oklahoma are obtaining sales tax and other revenue for expenses and possible unnecessary increases in spending through the popular land grab under the guise of “economic development,” “urban renewal” and “tax increment financing.” The Legislature, assisted by powerful city lobbies, has...

  • 11-year-old boy hasn't been taught cursive writing

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Can’t read cursive My husband and I recently attended a grandson’s 11th birthday party. He’s a good student, as are most of his friends who were in attendance. Imagine my surprise when we found out while he was opening birthday cards that he can’t read cursive. None of his friends could read...

  • Justices' primary allegiance is to the Constitution

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages by saying, “The will of the people has now been overridden.” Those who wrote and approved the Constitution intentionally set the judicial branch apart from the elected representatives with the express objective of...