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Your Views

  • If America hasn't learned from its failed military missions, our future looks bleak

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    The philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If America hasn’t learned from its failed missions in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan that military might can’t and won’t install democracy, then our future looks bleak indeed. We’ve...

  • Military response to ISIS threat justified

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    We recently memorialized another 9/11. The 2001 attack caused the death of nearly 3,000 U.S. citizens and required that we respond with military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The beheading of two journalists is just as much reason for a military response. Whether the response to ISIS is called...

  • Adrian Peterson has seen the light

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    How much must a person suffer to be corrected for his mistakes? Adrian Peterson has admitted his mistakes with his sons. Peterson was raised with a switch used on him. I was raised with a razor strop. I used the strop on one of my daughters only once and decided it was too rash of a punishment...

  • Nation was founded on religious tolerance

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    In response to Ron Powell (Your Views, Sep. 12): Ever since the horrific events of 9/11, innocent Muslims in this country have been victimized, persecuted, brutalized and shunned for some bad apples. Powell wrote that Muslim groups need to start demanding apologies from their “brethren.” Islamic...

  • NFL players are being singled out

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    If we’re going to demand that the NFL punish players who punch their dates, or beat their children, shouldn't we also demand that all employers punish their employees for the same behavior, and without regard to gender? Bob Kellogg Edmond

  • The world owes inmates nothing

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    I continue to read articles about female inmates in correctional facilities and how their children are affected. When women have children, their choices affect them. Many reforms could help corrections. Ultimately, though, people must realize that there are consequences to their choices. There...

  • Tennessee fans treated as honored guests at OU game

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    My wife and I drove from Knoxville to Norman to attend the Tennessee vs. Oklahoma football game last Saturday. Although we were disappointed with the outcome of the game, we had a great time. We stayed with friends who were wonderful hosts. The folks we met in and around the stadium could not...

  • Rigged system is wrong

    Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Mike Jones (Your Views, Sept. 13) quoted the idea from an old socialist that the Democratic Party had adopted a socialist platform in the guise of liberalism. We have socialism here, but Democrats and Republicans together have created the largest form of it. At the state Capitol and in...