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Your Views

  • Life getting better and better without medication

    Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Regarding “Oklahoma’s deadliest month; 61 lives were claimed by prescription drug overdose deaths in March 2014” (News, April 12): On May 18, 1988, I lit a fire in a public building and later fought with the police in the police station. I was 33. I woke up the next day in a maximum-security...

  • Public education is an investment

    Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    According to the state’s District Report Card, last year my hometown school spent $7,599 per student. That amounts to $42.22 for each of the 180 school days. For $42.22 a day, the school will pick up your children in the morning and return them at the end of the day; feed them twice; teach them...

  • Comdemn the cause of the bombing

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    The anniversary of the Murrah Building bombing is Sunday. We are commending those who captured Timothy McVeigh, as expressed in “Ex-FBI special agent credits higher power for his part in bombing case” (News, April 13). In addition to the museum and memorial of those who died on that day, we...

  • David Boren's logic is hard to understand

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Charles Krauthammer (Commentary, April 10) states that the result of this nuclear deal with Iran ensures that country’s nuclear armament with the resultant arms races of other countries in the region. David Boren (Point of View, April 10), on the other hand, hopes everyone plays nice and all...

  • Welcome legislation for palliative care

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Most everyone’s life will be touched by cancer in some way during his or her lifetime. In Oklahoma, an estimated 19,280 people will hear the words “You have cancer” this year alone. As a two-time cancer survivor, I’ve experienced how the mental and physical side effects of treatment can take a...

  • Jari Askins is an excellent choice for job

    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Regarding the letter from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rall (Your Views, April 11): It doesn’t take a parent to know when children aren’t cared for and protected as they should be. It also doesn’t take a parent to manage limited resources and implement a mandated plan to ensure the safety and well-being...

  • Fewer laws are needed

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    George Will (Commentary, April 9) was on the mark. Not only is the public overloaded with criminal and regulatory laws, it’s just as overloaded with civil laws and regulations. Don't we have it backward when we elect our representatives based on their promises of new laws? Shouldn’t the paradigm...

  • David Boren's rose-colored glasses

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    In saying we (the United States) should be hopeful about a treaty limiting Iran’s uranium enrichment program, David Boren (Point of View, April 10) is looking through rose-colored glasses. Iran is polarized by the Quran. So dictated, Iran is not to be trusted by the Western world. Iran is also...