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Your Views

  • Why are diesel fuel prices not dropping?

    Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    With the dramatic drop in oil prices, and the commensurate drop in gasoline prices, why are we not seeing a similar drop in diesel fuel prices? The market is generally thought to reflect on supply and demand to establish prices. I have yet to see or hear of anywhere in the United States that has...

  • New rules would help stroke survivors

    Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    I am a survivor of multiple strokes. At its December meeting, the Oklahoma Board of Health will consider proposed rules that would allow the state Health Department to formally recognize four levels of hospitals based on their readiness to treat acute stroke patients. Stroke remains the...

  • Oklahoma education needs more funding

    Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Frank Keating and Scott Meacham (Point of View, Nov. 30) made excellent points in stating that the quality of education in Oklahoma needs improvement. They said we must stop lowering the bar so that no one fails and that we need to embrace higher curriculum standards. They also said we need...

  • Disrespectful, harmful depiction of American Indians

    Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Local school children were highlighted in the media last month dressed as “Indians” for a Thanksgiving play. This is not only disrespectful, but also harmful. Educators, parents, students, media outlets and community members need to recognize that this is unacceptable to many people. Many...

  • Comply with police offer's orders

    Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    There’s a solution to the problem exposed in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y. This problem can be solved by people always calmly and peacefully complying with a police officer’s orders. No person should resist when being asked by an officer to comply with his or her orders. No race or sex...

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe's colliding interests

    Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Colliding interests Regarding “Bill would save Tinker’s AWACS fleet — for now” (News, Dec. 3): U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe's protection of Tinker Air Force Base programs seems a bit contradictory. He “blocked” the Air Force’s desire to reduce the AWACS program and thwarted its desire to kill the...

  • The path to renewable energy will require more fossil fuels

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    In response to Alex Epstein (Point of View, Nov. 26) and David Grow (Your Views, Dec. 3), regardless of your stance on fossil fuels, the reality is that they’re a necessary bridge to renewable energy. The U.S. energy supply comes primarily from fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) that provide...

  • Dodgers' nickname doesn't fit OKC

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Regarding “Oklahoma City’s team to become the Dodgers” (Sports, Dec. 3): In the baseball world, “Dodgers” is synonymous with Los Angeles or Brooklyn. “RedHawks” is synonymous with Oklahoma City. Too bad the Los Angeles Dodgers organization didn’t see fit to get community input before deciding to...