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Your Views

  • Americans seem blind to growing dangers

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Only some people saw the foolhardiness, or worse, when Barack Obama ordered only a fraction of the military force deemed necessary to successfully conclude hostilities in Afghanistan. Members of the “Axis of Terror” (Iran, Iraq and North Korea) are now in recovery, growing stronger by the day....

  • Can't we as a nation have compassion?

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Regarding the children crossing our borders to escape violence, rape and unbelievable persecutions endured in their homelands: America has always offered a haven for people enduring these horrors. In my lifetime we’ve had natives of Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, etc., as well as Puerto Rico,...

  • Is there a pharmaceuticals double standard?

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seized nearly 20,000 packages of pharmaceuticals from foreign sources. This was done, the FDA said, because some countries have less stringent drug manufacturing regulations than the U.S. On July 11, I stopped by two stores to buy a prescription med...

  • Contraception arguments are about controlling sexual behavior

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Many people conflate health insurance coverage of contraceptives with “sex without consequences” and say that they “don’t want to pay for you having sex.” Some claim that contraception isn’t a health issue and shouldn’t even be considered for health insurance coverage. These arguments are really...

  • Quarantine of immigrant children at Fort Sill is good idea

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Quarantine urged State Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, believes the illegal immigrant children should be quarantined at Fort Sill. A physician himself, Ritze made the point that the countries the children come from have diseases not commonly seen in the U.S., such as leprosy, scabies and TB....

  • Contributing to the stress of children

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Many childhood experts agree that for the past 20 years this nation has had a growing but silent epidemic of stress, anxiety, emotional disorders and self-destructive behavior among young children. Many are misdiagnosed as ADHD. Why? These experts agree that: Children are expected to learn...

  • Finding kindred spirits in Oklahoma City

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    As an employee of an Oklahoma City-based oil and gas company, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to your city often. There I have found many dear friends and kindred spirits. Patriotism is most certainly in vogue in your area. I have stood at the gate waiting to board a flight back to West...

  • All Oklahomans need access to quality, affordable health care

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Regarding “Insure Oklahoma is granted extension” (News, July 1): We’re encouraged by Gov. Mary Fallin’s persistent and helpful work in securing another year for the valuable Insure Oklahoma program. Our hope continues to be that this renewal paves the way for implementation of a broader-based...