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Your Views

  • Many factors impair drives

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Regarding “High drivers are just as threatening to Oklahoma road safety as drunk drivers” (Brand Insight, Nov. 10): The use of cannabis is not without potential risk. But such risks need to be placed in proper context. Recently, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration conducted...

  • Why not a crowdfunding campaign for mental health?

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    “Who we are as a people,” as Scott McLaughlin says (Your Views, Nov. 15), are compassionate and generous Oklahomans, always at the forefront of charitable giving. It strikes me, then, in response to our state's mental health crisis, would we not be willing to take this matter into our own hands,...

  • Cheasapeake's decision commendable, but sad, too

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Unfortunately, Chesapeake Energy has decided not to have its Christmas tree decorations this year. It's commendable that Chesapeake wants to use those funds to help the poor and hungry in Oklahoma City. I have no argument with that. However, Chesapeake should also consider all the poor and...

  • What's happened to the Oklahoma Standard?

    Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    It was most refreshing to read “No place for fear-mongering in debate over Syrian refugees” (Our Views, Nov. 18). Where does this fear-mongering by some state politicians come from? How is it that hundreds of Oklahoma residents called the governor's office about “so-called” threats...

  • Of course, we in education are defensive

    Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    Of course we're defensive The education system we're using is producing perfectly what it was designed to produce: systems thinking. An example of systems thinking is illustrated by Steve Martin in “Father of the Bride” when he rips open a package of 12 hot dog buns to go with his package of...

  • Common sense needed in handling refugees

    Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Recent consideration to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States is more than a passing concern. How can refugees be vetted? There would be little to no background information available; acquired data would be time-consuming, minimal and possibly incorrect; refugees would be homeless...

  • So much for the Ten Commandments

    Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Regarding “Three Syrian refugees have settled in state” (News, Nov. 17): By her actions, Gov. Mary Fallin and other leaders have confirmed that the Ten Commandments are not all that important to them. Those who follow the example of Christ have been given very clear instructions: Love your...

  • No purpose to U.S. military intervention

    Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Although I often disagree with the president on foreign policy, I agree that having the U.S. military go into a region to remove Islamic terrorists serves no purpose if the people of that region cannot evolve beyond their own ethnic and religious ideological biases and come together to defeat...