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Your Views

  • Burdensome ruling on birth control coverage

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    I see that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 recently that two Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses and a private Christian college must now provide birth control coverage. The appeals court ruled that “no substantial burden” was placed on the religious groups and doesn't violate their...

  • Extortion, robbery legal in Oklahoma?

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Regarding “Protecting beetle may carry an expensive price tag” (News, Feb. 15): I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The $5,100 cost for beetle impact on one-third acre in Tecumseh seemed high. That would calculate out to $2.448 million for a 160-acre farm. Also I read that Chaparral Energy...

  • Shocking proposal in Legislature

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Presenting a bill to eliminate or curtail the Advanced Placement U.S. history classes in high schools is the most shocking proposal to come out of the Legislature in years. Advanced Placement classes gave my grandchildren a leg up when they went to college so that they could proceed to other...

  • Former jail admistrator explains phone costs

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    As a former jail administrator, I disagree with Gene Douglas (Your Views, Feb. 20). Eleven dollars does sound high for a phone call, but the cost covers more than the call itself and in most cases is justified. Most guests of a jail are housed either in cells arranged in linear fashion or in...

  • Teach the truth about Oklahoma history

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    My wife and I have traveled across much of Oklahoma going to Thunder games, attending tribal events and photographing Route 66. There is much history in this state, good and bad. We have seen what’s left of Greenwood in Tulsa. We have seen the gentrified Deep Deuce area in Oklahoma City. My...

  • May God forgive us

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Regarding “Group criticizes distribution of Bibles at public schools” (News, Feb. 17): Where does Wisconsin get off deciding what we will do in Oklahoma? It’s a sad day in our country when Bibles are considered "dangerous.” Gideons can go into almost any underdeveloped country and are welcomed...

  • A weak attempt to control what students learn in history classes

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Common Core was removed as Oklahoma's teaching standard in 2014, but a new bill, House Bill 1380, is about to attempt to gut funding to Advanced Placement U.S. history classes. The bill by Rep. Dan Fisher, R-Yukon, is a weak attempt to control what students learn in history classes. I have...

  • Fighting decay in America

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Should America post the Ten Commandments in public? Atheists say no. But the Ten Commandments have been the foundation of law in the West for centuries. Why would someone object to laws against murder, theft, adultery, bearing false witness and coveting your neighbor's belongings? What happens...