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Your Views

  • Shawnee business is inspirational

    Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    It was a pleasure to read “Denim workwear business fits Shawnee manufacturer like an ‘Oklahoma tuxedo'” (Business, Jan. 24). Seeing an Oklahoma manufacturing company that is still in operation after 112 years makes me very proud to be an Okie.  Hopefully this will encourage others to hang...

  • Trump will be a great leader and stateman

    Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    According to Webster's dictionary, the primary definition of a politician and a statesman is basically “one versed in the art and science of government, especially one actively engaged in conducting the business of government.” But further definition of the two shows a great difference....

  • Cameras in classrooms would aid teachers

    Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    I applaud the recent upgrade for Oklahoma City police to be equipped with personal video cameras. We're told the logic behind this decision is to eliminate confusion regarding what occurred and what was heard on each individual's shift. Another segment of public service where video cameras could...

  • Give up idea for Indian Cultural Center

    Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    Regarding “OKC seeks changes in Indian museum proposal” (News, Jan. 27): Here we go again. In every corner of this state is an Indian casino, large and small. Let the sovereign nations pay for the Indian museum, period. If they don't want this museum and the capital it is supposed to bring in,...

  • Good move by Oklahoma City Police Department

    Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    Regarding “OKC police hit ‘on' switch for body camera program” (News, Jan. 23): I think the police department did the right thing by using body cameras, because with all of the suspected crimes about police brutality and shootings, they can now prove or disprove if that crime actually took...

  • Would you trust Hillary?

    Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

       During the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, Hillary Clinton ran an ad asking the viewer a simple question: Who could they trust to answer the crisis phone in the White House when it rang at 3 a.m.? On Sept. 11, 2012, the diplomatic mission in Benghazi,...

  • Tobacco tax idea is superior

    Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    Regarding “Cigarette tax hike is seen as funding option by official” (Tulsa World, Jan. 27): Terry Cline's proposal to increase the tobacco tax by $1.50 a pack hits the nail on the head. The proposal is superior to David Boren's 1-cent sales tax proposal for a myriad of reasons. First, it will...

  • Eliminate misleading expectations about college

    Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Kent Mauck's letter (Your Views, Jan. 24) supports the 1-cent sales tax increase for education proposed by OU President David Boren if it all goes for primary and secondary education and eliminates the portion dedicated to higher education because of their already excessive costs. Amen to that....