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Your Views

  • Two-year forecast for Washington

    Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    If the past is prologue, we can forecast what will happen in Washington over the next two years. President Obama will veto any legislation that would help the economy, such as lowering taxes, canceling unreasonable regulations on businesses, eliminating waste and inefficiencies in government,...

  • Liberty question in District of Columbia

    Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The District of Columbia overwhelmingly passed Initiative 71, which would allow D.C. residents and visitors to have up to 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use and would allow home cultivation of up to three plants. The rub is that Congress has the last say on laws in the district. One...

  • Quail Springs Mall needs more access routes

    Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The Saturday north side power outage and the mass of people requiring safe but expeditious exit from Quail Springs Mall and surrounding businesses should bring quick action to open the north side access from that mall to NW 150. The traffic congestion due to the holiday shopping season frenzy...

  • Don't like direction of state or country? Vote!

    Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Chris Vian (Your Views, Nov. 7) took a page out of the Barack Obama playbook and imagined what could have been, had a large majority of Oklahomans voted. As in the national election, if these citizens had any interest in the direction that liberals were taking our country, I’m certain they too...

  • Republicans are on the wrong side of history

    Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    As Barack Obama said on Nov. 5, “The Republicans had a good night.” I suggest they won a political battle but are losing the culture war. Conservative and rural American voters are struggling to preserve a vision of America that existed in earlier generations only for white, middle- and...

  • GOP had legitimate victories

    Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    I guess Chris Vian (Your Views, Nov. 7) thinks the Republican victories on Nov. 4 were illegitimate because only a third of eligible voters actually voted. I don’t believe that’s a new phenomenon. I’d like for Vian to enlighten us as to when a state or national elected office was won with more...

  • Navy SEAL 'assassins' are dead men walking

    Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Two former Navy SEALs are claiming to have been the ones who killed Osama bin Laden. Besides breaking an agreed-to code of silence never to discuss any SEAL operations, these men are now dead men walking. They’ve made themselves targets with the fanatical element, who now have real people to go...

  • Findi cause of poor school performance rather than pointing a finger

    Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    The A-F grading system for schools is about as helpful as going to the doctor when you’re feeling poorly and only getting a diagnosis that you’re sick. We need to know the cause of the problem and what can be done about it. If schools are to be improved, we need to start by answering some...