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Your Views

  • Differences from schools in Scotland and U.S.

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    I have four grandchildren attending a primary school in Scotland. I’d like to share email comments from my son-in-law regarding some of their recent school activities: “Today we attended the end-of-term Easter service at Canongate Primary. There were gospel songs, two Bible readings, prayer...

  • Focus on preparation for existing jobs

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Focus on preparation While the media focus on the minimum wage, we hear little discussion about skills and education development. The cart has gotten before the horse! If the horse isn’t strong enough to move forward, it won’t, no matter how nice or attractive the cart is. There needs to...

  • Improved roads and bridges is a good first step

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Education should be one of the top three priorities when state money is appropriated, but taking money away from roads and bridges to fund education is a bad idea. You don’t solve a problem by repeating a mistake. For too many years, money that should have been appropriated for roads and...

  • Get back to basics

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    When you get lost you have to stop, turn around and go back. Let’s return to teaching phonics and real math and science. Then American children can again be taught to solve problems instead of being taught to wait for government handouts. I love technology but we’re raising consumers instead...

  • Has to be another way to fund school safe rooms

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Bob Fassio (Your Views, April 4) hit the nail on the head when he suggested using ways other than property taxes to fund school safe rooms. In addition to his ideas, let’s consider stopping the madness of giving Oklahomans a dinky income tax cut. My cut would be very small — enough to pay...

  • Local school districts should have say on storm shelters

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    As a safety engineer I worked with Oklahoma school districts for many years to provide safe environments for children, including protection during severe storms. As for shelters, the first consideration is the cost and if it’s justifiable. Through the years, many schools have suffered damage...

  • National Poetry Month highlights extraordinary legacy

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established April as National Poetry Month. On March 25 this year, Mayor Mick Cornett proclaimed April as National Poetry Month for the city of Oklahoma City. Then, on April 3, state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, presented a resolution to the House of...

  • Drivers need to slow down, pay attention

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Recently I’ve become painfully aware of people’s inattention and impatience. I lost two friends who were in a car that was stopped waiting to turn into Tinker Air Force Base. Their car was hit and they were killed and two others injured. What caused this accident? I don’t know, but it...