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Your Views

  • Perhaps we need a rating system for hate speech

    Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Over the years society realized that certain artistic expressions can be harmful. Hence we have a movie rating system for the depiction of violence and sex so parents can decide what might be harmful for their kids to see. Yet those who see it as a creative, artistic expression to depict frank...

  • Play displays insensitivity to subject of suicide

    Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    My husband and I have been season ticket holders to Celebrity Attractions Broadway Productions for years. We were excited to see “Once” on opening night. While the talent was obviously excellent and impressive, I didn’t like the insensitivity to the subject of suicide. It was joked about more...

  • State agencies more productive with two-year budget

    Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Regarding “Idea for budget-only Oklahoma sessions gains steam” (Associated Press, Jan. 10): When I began my initial state employment as a staff member for the Legislature in 1971, I was told by those in the Office of State Finance who were there during the time of legislative sessions every...

  • Issue of redskins presents teaching opportunity

    Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Regarding “Capitol Hill mascot change to proceed despite protests” (News, Jan. 14): Being an old Oklahoma history teacher, a native Oklahoman with a little Indian blood and a concerned taxpayer, I was disappointed to hear that the new Oklahoma City school superintendent has chosen renaming a...

  • Capitol Hill alumni ignored in school board decision

    Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Alumni ignored Removal of “Redskins” as the mascot for Capitol Hill High School is an affront to the alumni. As a 1955 graduate, part of my heritage includes the mascot. I never considered it an insult to American Indians. In fact, being a Redskin was (and is) a proud distinction for me. The...

  • Hoodies serve no real purpose

    Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Regarding “Pastors plan church hoodie protest” (News, Jan. 10): By wearing hooded sweatshirts, the pastors are showing their support for Boko Haram, al-Qaida, anarchists, rioters, looters, murderers, robbers and any other criminals who want to hide their faces. Yes, many of those listed use...

  • Police officers deserve our respect

    Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    William Sanders (Your Views, Jan. 12) is right in saying that police officers aren’t indentured servants. They’re paid employees who have degrees. Most have come from a career where they were paid a good deal more, but they have a calling, a passion, for helping make their communities safe. They...

  • The bad sides of cedar

    Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    “Consider an evergreen cedar to fill in a bare spot in your winter garden” (Life, Jan. 10) gave some good suggestions regarding the use of cedar to increase the looks of a yard, but it didn’t mention the bad side of cedar. Over the years I’ve lost many apple trees or at least had damage to my...