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  • Hacking Hillary

    Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Computer hackers (presumed to be Chinese) have breached “secured” government files. They harvested information on 18 million security-cleared government employees. It’s logical to assume that experts who can do this could also have accessed Hillary Clinton’s unsecured personal servers on which...

  • They fight crime and pick up nails, too

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    While cycling recently on 10th Street, I was suddenly aware of an oncoming Oklahoma City police cruiser. The officer put on his flashers, made an abrupt U-turn and stopped right next to me. My pulse shot up! The officer stopped in the middle of the street, hopped out and began picking up...

  • Congress needs to reform funding for child abuse, neglect

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Regarding “DHS to add child welfare staff, cut elderly, disabled aid” (News, June 17): It’s encouraging to see that despite budget challenges, Oklahoma is making it a priority to invest in the needs of our state’s abused and neglected children. But wouldn’t it be better if the need weren’t so...

  • Most vulnerable in Oklahoma merit our support

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Regarding “DHS to add child welfare staff, cut elderly, disabled aid” (News, June 17): Oklahomans with intellectual disabilities, along with the elderly, are the most vulnerable in the state. Needed supports are a matter of life and death for most of these people, not luxuries. I can appreciate...

  • Flawed argument

    Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    “Primaries should stay as two-party affairs” (Point of View, June 13) was flawed by an excess of partisanship and unfounded innuendo. Neither of today’s American political parties can claim to be related to the character of their founders. Both owe their existence to the debate of the Founding...

  • What’s the reason?

    Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    It’s apparent that the Convention of States proposition is gaining speed. Recent information states applications have been filed in 34 states. Unfortunately, Oklahoma isn’t one of them. Nineteen states have passed the initial committee votes already after filing, presumably from the House of...

  • Who will benefit?

    Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Every day we read more about the Trans Pacific Trade agreement. However we haven’t read the details because they’re classified. We’re just told it’s a great deal. Every day we read about the vanishing middle class. The middle class isn’t vanishing; it’s being relocated to China. The last year...

  • Worth a try?

    Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Oklahoma City residents might need to be reminded that we are still under permanent odd-even outdoor watering restrictions. When praying for rain, I suggest Oklahomans consider the odd-even plan during our next drought (we will have another drought). When nearly everyone prays for rain, it seems...